The Toledo City Council Wednesday evening approved the purchase of a nearly $400,000 structure fire engine, to be custom built at KME Kovatch operations 90 miles north of Philadelphia, PA. The engine will replace an aging engine that needs to be replaced, according Fire Chief Will Ewing. Chief Ewing said there is a good chance that a federal grant for $60,000 may help in the purchase. Chief Ewing explained that although the city is prepared to pay the full price, the federal agency said since Toledo still has another $1.5 Million in equipment in need of replacing, the town is eligible to apply for the grant.
The council wasted no time in authorizing Chief Ewing to apply for it. Chief Ewing said he should know within 60 days whether they got the money. He added that he expects the custom built fire engine to arrive ready for duty by late summer of next year. He said the custom features will ensure that the truck will perform well in Toledo’s steep terrain and challenging tight city and rural driving conditions. He said the truck can pump water at a rate of 1,500 gallons per minute.