Friday, August 25, 2000

Fire dept. donates pumper

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — The city has donated a Seagrave pumper to the newly consolidated Deer Park/Silverton Fire Department to serve as a back-up truck not only for Deer Park/Silverton but any other nearby department that may need it.

        Deer Park/Silverton Fire Chief Don Newman said he was pleased when Norwood Chief Curt Goodman offered the truck.

        “It all started when we lent Norwood a ladder truck when theirs went in for service, and Curt said he had the 1973 pumper and asked if we were interested in it. ... Because of our consolidating the two departments, we have the space for the pumper. We certainly can't use it as a first-line pumper, but it is fine as a backup,” Chief Newman said.

        The consolidated department had enough surplus equipment to outfit the pumper, Chief Newman said.

        Norwood Safety Director Cliff Miller said the city first put the old pumper up for bid, but then decided to donate it to a neighboring department. Mr. Miller said Deer Park/Silverton and the Golf Manor fire departments are geographically close and are dispatched by Norwood.

        Chief Newman valued the truck at between $10,000 and $15,000. Mr. Miller said the city received a bid of $3,600 for it.

        Chief Goodman said he was happy to help a nearby department. “Don's thrilled about it. Our departments have a really good relationship.”

        Chief Newman said he will make the truck available to any nearby department that may need it as a backup to out-of-service front-line equipment. It also will serve as a training vehicle.


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