Nick McWilliams reporting – As Newcomerston reforms a village-led fire department, a nearby municipality is lending a helping hand.

Village administration are hoping to move the department away from the Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad, due to concerns of missed license renewals and state investigations, along with a recent lawsuit from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who is seeking to dissolve the organization and transfer assets to the village.

Dover Mayor Shane Gunnoe asked on Monday night that council give approval to loan out fire department equipment to Newcomerstown while they work to form the new-look department.

“Those items include four thermal-imaging cameras, 1,075 feet of five-inch hose, 1,100 feet of inch and three-quarter hose, 750 feet of two-and-a-half inch hose. The thermal imaging cameras, being 10 years old, have been replaced with current models.”

The hoses have also been replaced with a purchase of over 16,000 feet of lines.

The equipment that Gunnoe asked to be loaned out was described as “surplus” and is not immediately needed for Dover firefighters.

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