Pebble Twp. Fire Dept Gets a New Weapon to Fight Brush Fires

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Members of the Pebble Twp. Fire Department pose with the new $167,000 Brush Truck that arrived last weekend.

There’s a new weapon in the arsenal for fighting brush fires in Pike County.

Pebble Twp. Fire Chief, Jerry Wessel says the two-year long process finally came through with a happy ending. Through grant funding, the department which covers 35 square miles of Pike County, the township needed to raise just $18,000 of the cost of the Ford F-550 truck which will replace two trucks.

Wessel says the old brush truck had been in service for more than 30 years. The new truck, coming in at $167,000, distributed water more than 30 feet from its front bumper sprayers and the remote controlled Tornado nozzle shoots water between 50-75 feet during a demonstration at the firehouse October 31st. The nozzle can has a wide range of capabilities, including launching an oscillating plume or a wide range spray of water.

The truck was built by Weis Fire & Safety in Salina, Kansas. Wessel drove the truck back home to Ohio late last week and said its presence commanded quite a few looks from other travelers.

Pebble Twp. FD has mutual aid with neighboring townships in Pike County and bordering Pike County.

Members of the Pebble Twp. Fire Dept. await the arrival of the township’s new Brush Truck, which will be a game changer in fighting brush fires in Pebble and surrounding townships.

FROM WEIS FIRE & SAFETY EQUIPMENT: The Weis Quick Attack 300RM has ample storage space, a PAC Tool Board, two rear Hannay hose reels, TFT Tornado monitor with joystick control, a side whipline, and front ground sweeps. . . this big tire brush truck has the ability to reach those difficult-to-reach locations and extinguish a fire.


Type: QA300RM

Tank: 300 gallon

Pump: Hale model HPX300-B18

Truck Body: 2020 Ford F-550 Super Duty Chassis

Chassis: Super Cab

Additional Features

  • Warn Zeon 10 quick mount winch 
  • 1.0” x 8’ red rubber booster whip line at the passenger front corner of the fire body
  • Two Hannay EF-24-30-31 heavy duty electric rewind booster reels 
  • One TFT 1.0” QuadraFog 5-10-24-40-60 GPM adjustable gallonage nozzle with pistol grip with each booster reel
  • Two bumper mounted ground sweep nozzles 
  • TFT Tornado with joystick control
  • Fully Transverse Compartment with a PAC vertical slide out tool board
  • Compartments with satin finish roll up doors
  • Compartments over the Rear Wheel Wells
  • Two underbody toolboxes
  • Rear Tool Compartment 96”D x 30”W x 5”H
  • Loose Storage Compartment behind the headache rack
  • Two pull-out drop-down steps on the rear of the apparatus
  • Kussmaul Auto Charge 1000 with Super Auto Eject plug and battery status indicator
  • Whelen Liberty II NFPA compliant 54” (Red) LED light bar with 360-degree protection including side protection
  • Three 10” Tomar LED TRX Off-Road single row flood lights 
  • Two 20” Tomar LED TRX Off-Road single row flood lights
  • Back up camera with a 7” screen
  • One LED underbody ground light under each corner of the fire body
  • Two LED work lights provided, mounted one on each side of the headache rack
  • Dual steering stabilizers and replace the OEM shock
  • Saddle Step under transverse compartment

CPD to Hold No Shave November to Benefit Local Cancer Survivors

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The Chillicothe Police Department is into its annual fundraising campaign for local cancer survivor support group Southern Ohio Survivors with their “No Shave November”. Officers wishing to participate make a donation to SOS to allow the male officers to let their facial hair grow and female officers to let their hair down, a break from their standard military uniform code.

The shaving resumes in December as the department then prepares for its annual “Shop with a Cop” event for children. They’ll also be making a donation to United Way Ross County in January of 2021.