Police, fire committee to buy new gear

MARIETTA – New air pacs and a new Jaws of Life extrication tool were on the shopping list for the Marietta Fire Department during Tuesday’s meeting of Marietta City Council’s police and fire committee.

Fire Chief C.W. Durham said the four air pac units, complete with masks and bottles, would cost $6,000, and the Jaws of Life price will be $30,692.

“This equipment was a first priority for our capital expenditures this year,” Durham said. “The jaws we have are 20 years old now, and our initial unit was donated by the American Legion.”

He said a good trade-in value could not be found for the current equipment, so the old jaws will be set aside as a backup unit if needed.

The new Jaws of Life would be purchased from Holmatro of Columbus, according to firefighter Travis Sanford, who researched the equipment that would best serve the department’s needs.

“The new equipment will be lighter, reducing the weight from around 70 pounds to 41 pounds,” he said.

Durham said the weight change would help reduce back injuries as well as the chance of the equipment slipping while in use. He noted the new jaws are also designed to cut through the more hardened steel used to build later-model vehicles.

The committed approved the equipment purchase.

In other business Tuesday, members of the lands, buildings and parks committee agreed to extend the city’s seasonal mowing contract with WASCO Inc. through October at a cost of $4,450.

Eric Lambert, project manager with the city engineering department, said after hours of research the department was unable to find any record of a lead paint assessment being performed on the city hall building at 301 Putnam St. The building, constructed in 1936, is undergoing renovations.

“We’re recommending a contract with Lawhon and Associates (of Columbus) to perform a lead paint assessment of the building,” Lambert said, adding that the service would cost $1,750.

The committee members agreed to fund the contract out of the capital improvement account.