Crystal Township Fire Department may buy Montcalm County rescue vehicle

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — The Crystal Township Fire Department is anticipating having a “new” rescue vehicle.
A Montcalm County Board of Commissioners committee recently voted to sell the old Rescue 20 vehicle — a 1996 GMC with 33,000 miles — to the Crystal Township Fire Department for $1,000. The full board of commissioners will officially vote on the matter Monday.
Along with the purchase, the county would also transfer ownership of a set of extrication equipment to the fire department at no charge.
The county sent out letters to all local fire departments the last time extrication equipment was available and the fire departments in Crystal and Lakeview were the only ones to respond. The county gave Lakeview the last set of equipment.
“I strongly support giving this set of extrication tools to Crystal Fire Department and transferring then in as is condition as we did with Lakeview several years ago,” Montcalm County Emergency Management Services David Feldpausch told commissioners.
Crystal Township Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage said the rescue vehicle and extrication tools could be used by the fire department when firefighters are dispatched for vehicle extrication, wash-down and stand-by in Crystal’s district and in neighboring townships and counties when requested.
“This will allow us to combine rescue equipment into one vehicle for better response time and equipment use year around,” Brundage told commissioners.

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