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Trucks from Bergen and Hudson Counties

By John Malecky, Senior Columnist | February 01, 2022 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 021622117

APPARATUS OF THE MONTH

By John M. Malecky March, 2022

TRUCKS FROM BERGEN AND HUDSON COUNTIES

This month, representing Bergen County, are vehicles from the Cresskill Fire Department. It was organized as a volunteer fire department in 1858, however the town was not incorporated as a borough until 36 years later. The borough is a little over two-square-miles of which just about all of it is land. Currently, it is a career department during the week and operates one station. The ambulance squad, which at one time was part of the fire department, is housed next door. In their photos are three first line apparatus; a 2001 Ferrara Inferno pumper, a 1989 E-ONE 80-foot rear-mount, and a 2008 Ford/Odyssey rescue. It is believed that the aerial either came from or was destined for Kentucky, but the sale never took place and hence it became a Cresskill truck. What is interesting to note is that when E-ONE first came out with a shorter rear-mount they manufactured an 80-footer as opposed to other competitors who offered 75-footers. I thought at the time that it was a good idea to offer a slightly longer ladder. But for some reason, 75-footers stayed popular with many fire chiefs so E-ONE went to a 75 and discontinued the 80. They also have a pumper formerly from the Boro of Middlesex FC 3. It was a 1983 Mack CF, which was converted by glider kit to an E-ONE in 1998. Cresskill presently has an E-ONE pumper on order.

Hudson County makes up the rest of the apparatus photos with the exception of one, all Hudson County rigs are Pierce. One is a top mount pumper from Kearny and the rest are two pumpers and one mid-mount platform from Jersey City. Due to the fact that many fire districts have not yet received their funding which has caused a light reporting from most of the dealers, an eighth photo is being added to this month’s column to fill in some space. It is a special operations truck with trailer from Bayville in Berkeley Township (Ocean County). It is used for water and ice rescue and communications.

We have learned some news involving Burlington County. New Gretna has ordered an E-ONE Typhoon e-MAX 1500/1000 top-mount pumper probably to replace a 1994 HME/Alleheny pumper. Also, the Seagrave 95-foot Aerialscope recently replaced in Willingboro is now in Upper Chichester, PA.

In dealer news, VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists reports the following ambulance deliveries: to the Silverton EMS in Toms River Township (Ocean County), the first of two Horton 603 Type 1’s on Ford F-550 4x4 chassis. To the Waterford EMS in Atco (Camden County), a Ford AEV E-350 Firstar T3. To Natan Medical Transportation, New Brunswick (Middlesex County), a Ford T-250 AEV, medium roof Transit and to ABBA Medical Transportation in Aberdeen Township (Monmouth County), two Ford T-250 AEV medium roof Transits.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for the Cedarville FC in Lawrence Township (Cumberland County), an Enforcer tanker/pumper; for Toms River Fire District 1, Ocean Beach FC 3 (Ocean County), an Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant ladder; for Franklin Township Fire District 1, Elizabeth Avenue FC (Somerset County), an Arrow XT 100-foot rear-mount platform; for Morristown (Morris County), an Enforcer Ascendant TDA; for Cliffside Park (Bergen County), an Arrow XT 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower; for West Long Branch (Monmouth County), an Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant ladder; for Hamilton Township (Mercer County), an Enforcer pumper; for Woodbridge Township Fire District 1 (Middlesex County), a Velocity 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower; for Hammonton (Atlantic County), an Enforcer pumper; for the Borough of Bellmawr, an Enforcer heavy duty rescue pumper and an Enforcer 75-foot heavy duty steel ladder and for Pennsauken, an Enforcer pumper (all Camden County).

Campbell Supply Co., LLC has received an order from the Washington Township Fire Department (Gloucester County) for a Spartan Gladiator LFD pumper for the Grenloch FC. It has a 10-inch raised roof cab, a Hale 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and is a Star Series design.

Absolute Fire Protection reports that they have received an order from the Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire District 6 (Morris County) for an E-ONE HP100 platform on a Cyclone chassis.

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