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Rigs From Cumberland, Union and Essex Counties

By John Malecky, Senior Columnist | April 01, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 040220109


By John M. Malecky May, 2020


In the midst of the Covid-19 virus, I am preparing this column. The apparatus displayed this month are from the three counties printed above. I try to even out different manufacturers as best I can. Almost all of the photos shown in this column were taken by me so if I was able to get around this small state (which becomes large when you drive through it) and photograph the different brands then we are able to represent a mixture of trucks and ambulances. Getting photos involves a number of variables which include availability of the truck and if it is lettered, contact with a fire department or squad member authorized to give permission, a driver, good weather (includes warm temperatures and sun) and a clear schedule (no drills, wet downs or emergencies). These conditions are also contingent upon other demands the photographer has in his or her life usually of a personal nature. Representing Cumberland County are a KME pumper from Vineland and a Pierce pumper from Bridgeton. I understand that the Bridgeton pumper was purchased after an exchange was made between them and Vineland in which Vineland received the 2014 Seagrave heavy rescue formerly of Bridgeton. Representing Union County are a Pierce pumper from Cranford and a Pierce mid-mount platform quint from Scotch Plains. This quint replaces a Mack 75-foot Aerialscope which formerly served in New York City. Representing Essex County are a Pierce pumper from Maplewood, a Spartan ER pumper from South Orange and a Pierce rear-mount aerial from Nutley (no pump or water tank).

In dealer news VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists reports the following ambulance deliveries: to the Oakland FAS (Bergen County) a Horton 623 Type 1 on a Ford F-450 chassis; in Ocean County, to the Barnegat Light FAS a Horton 603 Type 1 on a Ford F-550, 4x4 chassis, and to the Toms River FAS an AEV, Z5 Type III on a Foes ER-450 chassis; to Capital Health Regional Medical center in Trenton (Mercer County), two Ford T-350/AEV high roof Transport ambulances and to the Cherry Hill Fire District 13 (Camden County), an AEV 172, Type III on a Ford E-450 chassis.

Absolute Fire Protection has delivered to West Milford FC 6 (Passaic County) an E-ONE eMax stainless steel top-mount pumper on a Typhoon chassis.

Fire & Safety Services has received an order from the Franklin Fire District 2, Griggstown (Somerset County) for a Firematic Ford F-550 Rally BRAT wildland pumper. Pierce deliveries include an Enforcer pumper each to Waldwick (Bergen County) Harrison (Hudson County), Jefferson Township, Milton, Chester Township (both Morris County), and an Arrow XT walk-in HDR to Perth Amboy (Middlesex County).

Campbell Supply Co., LLC was prepping a Spartan/Smeal quint for the Breton Woods FC in Brick Township (Ocean County). They have delivered to Woodbury Heights a Spartan ER pumper with Metro Star chassis, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, aluminum body, Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, 1000-gallon water tank and a 10 kw Harrison hydraulic generator.

Defender Emergency reports that they have delivered a Rosenbauer tandem axle pumper/tanker to the Hopewell Fire District, Union FC, Titusville (Mercer County). Specs include a Peterbilt 567 SBFA chassis, hot dipped galvanized frame, Paccar MX-13, 510 hp diesel engine, Hale, DSD 1500-GPM pump, 3700-gallon water tank, three quick dumps, Zico Quic-Lift hard suction lowering device, and hydraulic portable tank systems, Weldon V-MUX, multiplexing system, FRC Model SMB100-A00 In View 360 video system, and Whelen Pioneer Super LED single lamp surface mount light.

The First Priority Group EMS Division received two ambulance orders: one is from the Lakewood Hatzolah for a Demers MXP150 Type 1 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis (Ocean County), and the other from the Old Tappan EMS (Bergen County) for a Braun Chief XL on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis. Ambulance deliveries include a Braun Liberty Type 1 on a Ford F-450, 4x4 extended cab chassis to Englewood Heqalth (Bergen County), a Braun Chief XL Type III on a Ford E-450 chassis to Roxbury FC 1 (Morris County), a Braun Chief XL on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis to Rutherford EMS (Bergen County), and two First Priority remounts on Ford E-450 chassis to Inspira Health.

Firefighter 1 reports the following Ferrara deliveries: to Jefferson Township FC -2 (Morris County) an Inferno pumper/tanker with Hale Qflo Plus 1250-GPM pump and 3000-gallon water tank; to Belleville a Cinder pumper with Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump and 750-gallon water tank, and to Essex Fells a Cinder pumper with Hale Qmax 1750-GPM pump and 1000-gallon water tank (both Essex County). All have extruded aluminum bodies. Ferrara’s in production include for Neptune Township OEM (Monmouth County) a Cinder HDR; for the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue (Hudson County) a Cinder pumper with Waterous CMU, 1500-GPM side-mount pump and 500-gallon water tank and an Inferno HDR; for North Plainfield (Somerset County), a Cinder pumper with Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump and 750-gallon water tank; for North Wildwood an Inferno HD-107 quint with Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank and for Wildwood City an Ultra HDR (both Cape May County). All have extruded aluminum bodies.

New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered a P. L. Custom Classic Type 1 ambulance to the Nutley Emergency & Rescue Squad (Essex County).

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.