AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Austintown Fire Department is about ready to roll out the newest emergency response vehicle in its fleet.
In the coming weeks, residents might see a new Humvee responding to brush fires, grass fires or other off-road rescues and emergencies.
Austintown Fire Chief Andy Frost said the Austintown Police Department got the vehicle from the federal government at no cost to the township. It is part of a Department of Defense surplus program that provides local police and fire departments with military vehicles.
The Chief said it fills an immediate need.
“Right now, we have a 1964 and 1966 Jeeps that we use for brush trucks and the problem is they are becoming so old, we have breakdowns. We have had to tow them three times already this year,” Frost said.
Frost said a new brush truck would have cost anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000. But they were able to fully equip the Humvee and get it ready to roll for about $9,000.