Fire dept. puts extra gear in local auction

FLINT TWP. — An online visit to will find a vast assortment of items for sale that now will also include surplus township fire equipment.

The township board gave its approval last week for the fire department to use Repocast to auction off unused or outdated fire gear.

“We have some hoses taken out of services and not up to National Fire Protection Association standards,’’ said Fire Chief John Ringwelski, who requested the authorization.

The department also is looking to unload some light bars and truck parts but no large equipment or vehicles at this time.

He added that Repocast will accept almost anything. Some items can be put in lots for a set lot fee, he said.

Terms include charging 15 percent fee for items that sell for under $1000 and 8 percent for those selling for more than $1000, he said.

Repocast will pick up items and handle any needed cleaning, he said.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said it is similar to what the police department does with to sell of its surplus.

Repocast is based in Grand Rapids and operates two Michigan facilities – one at Byron Center near Grand Rapids and a local affiliate at 2851 James P. Cole Blvd. in Flint.

Regular online auctions each Thursday includes goods from businesses, banks credit unions, repossessions and individual consignments.

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