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New Madison Engine Has a Rear Mounted Pump

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


By John M. Malecky February, 2023


(Author’s Note: Last month I recognized the late Bruce Turcotte and his son for helping me to photograph Hopelawn apparatus. I stated Bruce’s son’s name was also Bruce, but it actually is Brian. Sorry for the error!)

This month we feature a new pumper from the Borough of Madison in Morris County. It is nicknamed “The Rose City” because at one time long ago it was No. 1 in the country for growing roses. This pumper, a 2022 E-ONE Cyclone, has a rear mounted pump panel (at the left/rear), and has rear discharges with the exception of the 2 ½-inch front bumper discharge wyed to two 1 ¾-inch attack lines. This gives the engine a means to provide water from both the front and rear of the vehicle. The pumper leads in a structure fire response followed by the aerial ladder. The pump panel location provides the convenience of having the controls near most of the discharges along with protection from the elements being behind a roll-up compartment door when traveling. The City of Morristown (the county seat), further west has two older pumpers from a different manufacturer with rear mounted pumps. Features and equipment on this pumper include a Cummins X15, 500 hp diesel engine, a Waterous CX 1250-gpm pump, Waterous Aquis 3.0 foam system with a 200P, PTO Platinum CAFS, a 40-gallon Class “A” foam cell, Akron DeckMaster monitor, Pro Poly 500-gallon water tank, ROM roll-up compartment doors on the body, a 9,000-pound Pierce portable winch, a Harrison 6 kw generator and lighting with Fire Tech scene lights and a Will Burt Night Scan. Also across the street from fire headquarters is the Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which has a 2022 Ford E-450/Horton Model 523 ambulance. Other photos featured include two in Berkeley Heights (Union County). One is Engine 3, a 2018 Freightliner M2/Pierce interface pumper with 1000-gpm pump and 500-gallon water tank. It replaces an old Hahn pumper which served them well and later had been designated to responding to brush and grass fires. The other apparatus is Tower 2, a 2020 Pierce Velocity 100-foot Ascendant platform, which also has a 10 kw generator. It is strictly a truck company with no pump or water tank. It is mid-mounted as opposed to its predecessor, which had a rear mounted platform and now serves Atlantic Highlands in Monmouth County. It was shown in the “Where are they Now” feature in a past issue. Finally, we have two units from Hillsborough Township (Somerset County). One is from Fire Company 1 (Flagtown) and is SS 36, a special operations unit. It is a 2022 Ford F-600, 4x4/Rescue 1 with a 193-inch wheelbase, 14-foot six-inch walk-in body with roll-up compartment doors, seating for five, and driver’s side awning, 9,000-pound winch, Fire Tech lighting and a Honda 1 kw portable generator. It is of similar design to the one in Plainsboro. Finally the last one is Mini 10, a 2021 Ford F-550 XL/Pierce 1500/300/30 which is stored in a separate township building (not a fire station) and is manned by a fire inspector certain hours during the week and responds to all calls.

In dealer news, First Priority Group has received the following ambulance orders: a Crestline CCL 150 on a Ford E-350 4x4 chassis for Montclair State University (Essex County), a Demers MXP 150 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis for St. Clare’s Health (Morris County), and a Crestline CCL 150 on a Ford E-350 chassis for the Harrison FD (Hudson County). Ambulance deliveries include two Crestline CCL 150’s on Ford E-350 4x4 chassis to Bergen County EMS, and three Demers MXP 150’s on Ford F-450 4x4 chassis (one each to Paterson FD in Passaic County, North Stelton Fire/EMS in Middlesex County and North Plainfield FD in Somerset County).

VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists report two Horton ambulance deliveries in Burlington County. One is a 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Hampton Lake Emergency Squad in Vincentown, and the other is a 555 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis to the Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps in Columbus. Ambulance orders include five Horton 603’s on Ford F-550 4x4 chassis for the Union County EMS and a Road Rescue remount for Wall Township (Monmouth County).

New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has made the following P.L. Custom ambulance deliveries: There were three Medallion Type III’s on Ford E-450 chassis, one each to Freehold FAS and the Asbury Park FD (both Monmouth County), and one to the Branchburg FAS in Somerset County. Another on a Ford E-450 chassis was delivered to the Bloomfield EMS (Essex County). They have received an order from the Jersey Shore Hatzalah for a P.L. Custom Medallion on a Ford E-450 chassis.

Absolute Fire Protection has returned Dunellen’s Engine 2 (e-Max pumper) after refurbishment from damages from their station fire (Middlesex County). They have also delivered Cresskill’s E-ONE Cyclone squad pumper (Bergen County), Hoboken’s Typhoon Metro 110-foot rear mount aerial (Hudson County), and they are prepping a stock Typhoon HP 75-foot quint for Morris Township (Morris County).

Defender Emergency Products reports that they have delivered to the Atlantic City FD (Atlantic County) a Rosenbauer side mount pumper for Engine 2. It is the third Rosenbauer in their fleet. Specs include a 60-inch cab length with a nine-inch raised roof, barrier free cab entry doors, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Rosenbauer stainless steel body, Max Force bumper, Zone Defense camera system, hot dipped galvanized frame rails, Waterous CMUC20, 1500-gpm three-stage high pressure pump, 500-gallon poly water tank, custom storage compartments, Amdor roll-up doors, Whelen lighting package and a full NFPA ladder compliment. They also delivered to the Brick Police EMS (Ocean County) a Medix MSV-157, Type 1 ambulance. Specs include a Dodge Ram 4500 4x4 chassis, 6.7 L diesel engine, liquid spring suspension, 72-inch headroom, Whelen light package, air horns, Pro-Air High-Capacity HVAC system and a Vanner 100 watt inverter.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: two Enforcer heavy duty rescue pumpers, one each for Pennsville Township/Deepwater FD (Salem County), and Woodcliff Lake (Bergen County), and an Enforcer pumper for Roselle Park (Union County). Pierce deliveries include an International 507, 4x4 urban wildland interface pumper to Howell Fire District 4, Ramtown FC (Monmouth County), an Enforcer pumper to Bridgewater Fire District 3, for Country Hills FC/Branchburg Township (Somerset County), and an Enforcer pumper to Lincoln Park (Morris County).

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