PICKAWAY TOWNSHIP - The Pickaway Twp. Fire Department recently obtained some new rescue tools to help them in their line of duty.

“We’re replacing a set that is 26 years old,” said Brian Brown, assistant fire chief. “With the new high tensile strength steel that is being used in the new cars today, our tools just wouldn’t cut it. We’re gaining probably another 180,000 pounds of cutting force with the current set.”

That is in addition to the 100,000 pounds of force that the old tools provided. The new tools include a set of new cutters, new spreaders, two push-pull rams, stabilization struts to help support the weight of a vehicle and lift it if needed, and more.

The tools were able to be obtained without the use of tax money. According to Lt. Mark Agin, the process of saving money for rescue tools began about a year and a half ago. Since then, the department has saved money from its monthly tenderloin sales, working at the fair, and from collecting donations. The department also saves the money it derives from cleaning up streets at the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

“We have certain money that we run our department off of … the additional is what we put toward whatever we deem our project,” Agin explained.

He said that the department has purchased a lot of items through donations and fundraisers. He added that the new rescue equipment is about $37,000 to $38,000.