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By John M. Malecky                                                                       June, 2023




As you may know, there are several Franklin Townships in our state. This one is in Somerset County and is just about 47-square-miles in area. There is also one in Gloucester County, Hunterdon County and Warren County, as well as a Franklin Borough which is in Sussex County. The ones I have been to most are this one and the one in Gloucester County.

This month we display apparatus from three of the 10 fire companies. They are Franklin Park, Griggstown and Little Rocky Hill. We did not have room for all that were photographed, so the others will be in subsequent issues. The township itself is in the Raritan Valley region, and is a mixture of mainly urban, suburban, industrial, commercial and rural areas. They have four aerial apparatus. Three are platforms and one is a 75-foot quint. In the photos are Franklin Park Engine 31, a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT pumper, Squad 31, a 2021 Seagrave Capitol pumper and Truck 31, a 2004 Seagrave 95-foot Aerialscope. From Griggstown we have Tanker 35, a 2007 Pierce Quantum pumper/tanker, and from Little Rocky Hill we have Engine 41, a 2010 Pierce Quantum pumper, Rescue 41, a 2020 Pierce Velocity rescue and Tank 41, a 1995 Peterbilt 357/S & S pumper/tanker. This month’s Little Big Guys features Brush 35, a Ford/Firematic BRAT. There are also three utility trucks that will be eventually show in Little Big Guys. 

In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services has received the following Pierce orders: for Mansfield Township/Tri County FC, (Warren County), a Saber pumper; for Parsippany-Troy Hills District 4, Lake Hiawatha and Arrow XT 100-foot mid-mount tower, and for the Borough of Netcong a Saber pumper (both Morris County); for the Borough of Norwood a Saber pumper and for Mahwah FC 1 an Arrow XT heavy duty non-walk-in rescue (both Bergen County); for the Town of Clinton (Hunterdon County) an Enforcer pumper, for the City of Linden (Union County) an Enforcer 100-foot mid-mount tower and for Lacey Township/Forked River (Ocean County) an Enforcer heavy duty rescue/pumper. Pierce deliveries include an Enforcer pumper each to Harrison (Hudson County) and Woodland Park (Passaic County).

Campbell Supply Co., LLC has received a Spartan ER order from the Middlesex County Fire Academy for a pumper. Specs include an FC-94 chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, 2000-gpm Hale Qmax pump and 500-gallon water tank. They are prepping the following Spartan ER’s for delivery: a Metro Star ELFD Star walk-around rescue for Livingston (Essex County). It has a 20-inch raised roof cab, Smart Power 20 kw generator and Space Saver 4 bottle air cascade system with Sierra booster pump. For Allenhurst, a Metrro Star MFD pumper with 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous 2000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank and Harrison 10 kw generator and for Middletown Township, Belford Engine Co., a Gladiator pumper with Hale Qmax 2000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank and Harrison 6 kw generator (both Monmouth County). Spartan deliveries include to the Hampton Lakes FC in Southampton Township (Burlington County) a Star tanker on a Spartan ER Metro Star EMFD chassis with Cummins X-12, 500 hp diesel engine, 10-inch raised roof cab, Hale Qmax 2000-gpm pump and 3000-gallon water tank, a refurbished Gladiator chassis on a Star Series 100-foot platform to Passaic (Passaic County), a Star Series Metro Star pumper to Bayonne (Hudson County) with a 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous 1500-gpm pump and 750-gallon water tank and to Franklin Township Fire Commissioners District 1, (Somerset County) an extreme duty pumper on a Metro Star chassis having a 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous 2000-gpm pump and 750-gallon water tank.

Defender Emergency Products has received an order from the Union Beach EMS (Monmouth County) for a Medix MSV-11 Type 1 ambulance on a Ford F-450 XLT chassis. Specs include a 7.3L gasoline engine, 169-inch wheelbase, liquid spring suspension, air horns, RVS audible alert rear sensor system, power door locks, Vanner 100 watt three-stage inverter, EVS child safety seat, Whelen lighting package and Stryker Power Load System cot mount.

Blaze Emergency Equipment has received an order from Millstone Township (Monmouth County) for an Alexis tanker with a 1500-gpm Hale pump and 4000-gallon water tank. It will be on a Kenworth T-880 chassis.

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