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New Life for West Belmar's Truck

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



By John M. Malecky                                                                June, 2024




In Monmouth County, Wall Township Fire Co. 1, better known as West Belmar, has had their 1999 Freightliner FL 70/Amtech Special Service Unit 52-1-88 refurbished with a 2023 Freightliner M2-106 chassis. The truck was driven by Campbell Supply Co., LLC to the LT plant in Ephrata, PA where the Amtech body was refurbished and returned. Amtech Emergency Products has had other names over the years. The last name, Maintainer, is now part of Ward Fire Apparatus. The body was repainted and new lights were added, as well as new light tower, awning and roll-up doors. Also, all of the body and crew interior compartments were redone. They changed to new waning/scene lighting with line-x and new shelves on the inside of the body. A new front bumper was added as well. The existing 15 kw direct drive generator is being reused. A couple of other photos are from Monmouth County, namely Cold’s Neck FC. 1, which is a Spartan ER, Metro Star pumper and a Spartan ER massive pumper/tanker on a Kenworth T-880 chassis from Marlboro FC 1. Then we go to Middlesex County to show another Ferrara pumper in New Brunswick at Engine 5. The rest are three Pierce apparatus from Hillsborough Township FC. 2 (Somerset County). One is a platform, another a spare pumper and the third an active engine.

In Cumberland County, Downe Township has ordered an E-ONE Typhoon walk-in rescue and Upper Deerfield Township Co. 3 has ordered an E-ONE Cyclone HP75 quint with 1500-gpm pump and 500-gallon water tank.

In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for Montgomery Township District 1 (Somerset County), a Velocity dry side tanker; for South Amboy (Middlesex County), an Enforcer pumper and for Hudson County, a Frontline communications unit on a Ford Transit CRU chassis. Pierce deliveries include a stock Freightliner M2, 3000-gallon tanker to the Quakertown FC in Franklin Township (Hunterdon County) and an Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant ladder to the Ocean Beach FC.3 in Toms River Township (Ocean County).

New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered the following P.L. Custom ambulances: to the City of Elizabeth FD (Union County), a remounted Classic Series on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis with extended cab; to the City of Clifton FD (Passaic County), a remounted Medallion on a Ford E-450 chassis, and to the Jersey Shore Hatzalah (Monmouth County), a new Medallion on a Ford E-450 chassis. They have received P.L. Custom orders for a Classic Type 1 on a Dodge D5500 4x4 chassis for the Hillside FD (Union County) and for an NJEV remount of a Medallion on a Ford E-450 chassis for the Lakewood FAS (Ocean County).

Emergency Equipment Sales & Service is prepping an HME mini pumper for Denville (Morris County). Specs include a Ford F-550, 4-door crew cab, Power Stroke 6.7L diesel engine, five seats, Hale DSD 1500-gpm pump, two crosslays, rear discharge, booster reel, 300-gallon water tank, stainless steel body, roll-up compartment doors and Super Single upgrade buckstop front bumper with winch. Their Ambulance division delivered two Excellance Type III Specialty Ambulances on Ford E-450 chassis to Gloucester County EMS. These ambulances are equipped with secondary A/C and heater options, as well as the capacity to carry bariatric patients. 

Blaze Emergency Equipment has delivered the Kenworth T-880/Sutphen pumper/tanker to the Community FC 3 in Warren Township (Somerset County). It has a Hale Qmax 2000-gpm pump and 3000-gallon water tank.

Defender Emergency Products has received an order from Cape May Point (Cape May County) for a Rosenbauer Commander pumper with 2000-gpm pump and 1000-gallon water tank. 

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