JOHN DAY - Sometimes, knowing the right person can make you money. On other occasions, knowing the right person or persons can also save you a lot of money.
That was the case with the report Fire Chief Ted Johnson made to the John Day City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
Many large fire departments are always upgrading their equipment, which makes a lot of good, usable items available - providing you know where to look.
Recently, Marion County did just that and the local department found a gold mine.
"We were able to obtain three air packs, a fill station, four large air cylinders and a pressure gauge which will allow us to fill air tanks at the scene of a fire," Johnson said. "The total cost of the equipment, if we purchased it new, would be in the neighborhood of $15,000. We bought all of it for $2,640."
Johnson also reported he is working on obtaining some turn-outs for John Day firefighters to use, and expressed his thanks to both Robert and Rollie Watt for their assistance in obtaining the equipment.
"All of the equipment we purchased has been certified and tested, and we can put it to use right away," he said.