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Potholes take toll on emergency vehicles

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When it comes to potholes, no vehicles are immune.

"Certainly, the drivers try to be a cautious as possible and avoid them while they can," explains Chief Tom Brice of Perrysburg Township Fire and EMS, "but as we all know, you can't avoid 'em all."

Chief Brice calls repairs from potholes the cost of doing business.

Over time, those costs may add up.

Wednesday, a fire truck was up on a hoist so maintenance workers could fix a ruptured water line.

The fire chief says it may have broken from the vibrations from driving over so many potholes, but it's hard to say.

One pothole problem that's immediately obvious: a rough ride.

When you're in the back of an ambulance and on the way to a hospital, you may cross through roads maintained by the city, township, county or state.

If they're bumpy during a medical emergency, it can add discomfort to injury.

"The potholes are out there and they certainly have a negative impact on out operation," said Chief Brice.

Bottom line: filling the potholes could make taxpayers more comfortable, both physically and financially.

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