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By John M. Malecky                                                                May, 2024




This month we visit Morris County. The focus is mostly in Jefferson Township, plus two New Jersey Forest Fire Service trucks serving their “A” Regional Division of which Morris County is a part. One is a brush truck with a shop-built body and the other is a tanker with an Amthors body and updated Freightliner chassis. The county apparatus is from Jefferson Township and features most of the ones from FC. 1, Milton. From Milton are two Pierce pumpers with large water tanks, a pump-in-compartment pumper/tanker with black wrap covering the hood and top of the cab as an alternative to paint. It has been said that this plastic wrap lasts longer than a normal paint job would be. Also in this column is their 4x4 pumper, which has a wrap on its hood and roof. Completing the photos is FC. 2’s Rescue 2, a 2002 Autocar/Rescue 1, refurbished in 2023. There were other photos taken from FC. 1 that will appear in a future issue.

In dealer news, Blaze Emergency Equipment reports that they have received an order from Sea Isle City (Cape May County) for a Sutphen custom pumper. Specs include a Monarch 73-inch-long cab with 10-inch raised roof, 2000-gpm Hale Qmax pump, 1000-gallon poly water tank, 25-gallon poly foam tank, Hale Smartfoam 5.0 CAFS, booster reel, three crosslays, front bumper suction and 2 ½-inch discharge, FRC Spectra 12V scene lights, TFT Crossfire deck gun with Extenda-Gun, hose bed capacity of 300-feet of three-inch, 400-feet of 2 ½-inch and 1500-feet of five-inch LDH and fully enclosed ladders and hard suction. They have delivered to Pennsville FC in Pennsville Township (Salem County) the Sutphen Monarch 108-foot RM quint.

Campbell Supply Co., LLC has received the following orders: for West Tuckerton in Little Egg Harbor Township (Ocean County), a Spartan Star Tanker with Kenworth T-880 chassis, Waterous 2000-gpm pump and 3500-gallon water tank. Also, Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County) has ordered a Spartan ER Star Series Extreme Duty Pumper on a Metro Star chassis. It has a 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous 2000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank and low hose bed. They also have some Emergency Vehicles Inc. (EVI) orders. Those include two for Monmouth County. One is an Emergency Service Unit on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis for the Sherriff’s Department. It will have Whelen scene lighting. The other is for the Fire Marshal’s Office and will be a special service unit on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis and 12-foot emergency service body with Whelen scene lights. Others are for the Middlesex County OEM. One is a 24-foot USAR trailer with Ford F-550 4x4 tow vehicle. It will have Amdor roll-up compartment doors, Whelen scene lights, a back up camera, an electric reel, and a 7 kw Honda quiet portable generator. Next is a hazmat air truck on a Freightliner M2-106 + chassis. It will have a 236-inch wheelbase, 21-foot body, a rear Girard awning, booster pump, Bauer three bottle fill station, 18 SCBA storage sleeves, nine 6000 psi cascade bottles and a Will Burt light tower. Another is a roll off unit with a Penn Fabrication high water rescue platform which can be rolled on. It will be in a Freightliner 114 SD chassis. In addition, another EVI order is from the Franklin Township Police (Somerset County) for a command unit, which will be on a Freightliner M2 chassis. 

Firefighter 1 has two Ferrara orders: one is for the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue (Hudson County) for a Cinder pumper. Specs include a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax, 1750-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, and extruded body with a low hose bed. The other is for Belleville (Essex County) and is an HD 77 quint on a Cinder chassis. Specs include a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1750-gpm pump, 500-gallon water tank and rear-mounted aerial. They have delivered to the Budd Lake FC in Mount Olive Township (Morris County), a Cinder pumper. Specs include a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Waterous CSU 1500-gpm pump, Eclipse CAFS/750-gallon water tank and extruded body with a low hose bed.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: a Saber pumper for the West Orange FD (Essex County) and an Enforcer mid-mount tower for the Borough of Deal (Monmouth County). Pierce deliveries include two Enforcer pumpers. One went to Pennsauken in Camden County and the other to the Long Hill, Stirling FC in Morris County.

New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered a P.L. Custom Classic 147 ambulance on a Ford F-350 chassis to the Monmouth County Sherriff’s Department.

Absolute Fire Protection reports that they are prepping Newark’s Ladder 6, an E-ONE Typhoon Metro 95 platform (Essex County), and Bogota’s new super low travel height Typhoon pumper (Bergen County). They have delivered North Plainfield’s Metro 100 quint on Typhoon chassis (Somerset County) and Highland Park’s Typhoon pumper as a retail unit (Middlesex County). 

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