Almont Township firefighters display their new equipment on Monday. They include: (front) Jeff Ludwig, Rick Ziehm, Jay Wisenbaugh, Derek Stine and John Treutle; (back) Chief Paul Wayco, Scott Garner, Dennis Hulett, Brent Smith, Willie Johnson, Terry Wallace, Dick Stine and Chad Kury. photo by Tom Wearing.
March 18, 2009
ALMONT TWP. — New Fire Chief Paul Wayco is paying homage to his predecessor and to township residents for their long support of the fire department.
On Monday evening, with the township's new fire hall as a backdrop, the fire department unveiled two new fire trucks, along with newly-purchased air packs.
Wayco credited the late Chief Paul Wilcox for his integral role in the acquisition of the new trucks and equipment.
He also acknowledged Almont Township residents for their unwavering financial support of the fire department.
"Paul (Wilcox) was instrumental in getting us these new trucks," said Wayco, "and township residents have done a great service by helping us make these purchases. We have a very supportive community."
The recently delivered replacement vehicles include a brand-new rescue truck, acquired at a cost of $318,000; and a 2009 fire truck, whose cost was $325,000. Twenty-three airpacks were purchased at a total cost of $90,000.
Wayco added that the fire department has a new Web site that includes departmental information and access to fire services, including burn permits. Residents and visitors can access the site at: www.almontfire.org.
The Almont Township Fire Department has a current membership of 27 volunteers, said Wayco.