Twinsburg -- The fire department will spend $55,590 on two new Dodge Durangos to replace two fire prevention and fire investigation vehicles that have been retired from the city's fleet.
This purchase was approved by Council Feb. 12. The two vehicles will be purchased from Key Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, based in Xenia.
They will replace a 1998 Dodge Dakota and a 2000 Durango previously used as fire prevention and investigation vehicles. The previous trucks were retired due to mechanical issues from years of operation.
Capt. Jim Hartung of the department's Fire Prevention Bureau said the vehicles will be used by bureau staff to travel to and from incident and inspection sites.
"Once the fire's over and we're doing investigations, the fire trucks leave but we still have to have some kind of way to get back and forth and carry equipment," Hartung said.
The department's Fire Prevention Bureau consists of Firefighters Lynn Racine and Dan Wagner, who conduct safety inspections aimed at stopping fires before they happen.
"One [of the new Durangos] is replacing a 1998 [Dodge Dakota] pickup truck that was sold last year in the auction," Hartung said. "The second one is replacing a 2000 Durango ... as far as I know, that one is going to auction, whenever the next auction is going to be."
Hartung said when the new vehicles are delivered, they will only require radio installation to be made field-ready.
"We may do some lettering, but if any lettering is done, it'll be done by our service department," Hartung said.