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A Trip To Sussex County

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



By John M. Malecky                                                              September, 2023





This month we go way up north to feature apparatus from Sussex County. We start in High Point where in Wantage Township, the Colesville Fire Company has three vehicles. Then we travel south, just below Montague to Frankford Township, to feature most of their vehicles. So, in the photos from Colesville is their Engine 621, a 2010 Pierce Velocity pumper, their Engine 622, a 2016 Pierce Enforcer PUC pumper and 62-T, a 2022 Ferrara Inferno pumper/tanker. In Frankford is featured Engine 1, a 2010 Smeal Sirius pumper, Engine 2, a 2019 Ferrara Cinder pumper, Rescue 1, a 2004 Spartan/Advantage/Hackney and Tank 1, a 2023 Kenworth T-880/Sutphen pumper/tanker. Elsewhere in this issue is their brush truck in Little Big Guys, their Engine 3, a 1996 International/Pierce is in the "Still in Service" feature, and their Rescue 2, a 2018 Ford F-550/Horton is in their "Where are they Now" feature.

In dealer news, Blaze Emergency Equipment has made two Sutphen pumper deliveries. One is to Laurence Harbor in Old Bridge Township (Middlesex County). Specs include a Monarch heavy duty chassis, 62-inch cab with 10-inch raised roof, four-door, six-person capacity, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax single-stage 2,000-gpm pump, 750-gallon water tank, 40-gallon foam tank, Akron 95-gpm 3096 internal foam educator, Smart Power 10 kw generator and Fire Tech scene lights. The other is to Jackson Mills FC in Jackson Township (Ocean County). Specs include a Monarch extreme duty 72-inch cab, 15-inch raised roof, six seats, Hale Qmax 2000-gpm pump, 1000-gallon water tank, 30-gallon foam tank, Akron foam system, Fire Tech scene lighting, full height and depth compartments and 252-cubic-feet of storage. 

Absolute Fire Protection has received an order from West Milford FC 4 (Passaic County) for an E-ONE Typhoon, 2500-gallon tanker with stainless steel body and an order from Piscataway Township Fire District 2, Possumtown (Middlesex County) for an E-ONE VM8 mini pumper on a Ford F-550 chassis. They have delivered two Metro 110-foot rear-mount aerials on Typhoon chassis to Newark (Essex County), a CR 100-foot ladder to Edgewater (Bergen County) and a 95-foot mid-mount platform to Raritan Boro (Hunterdon County). 

Defender Emergency Products has received two orders; for the Apparatus Division, the Borough of Bound Brook (Somerset County) ordered a Rosenbauer walk-in rescue with an FX body style on a Freightliner M2 chassis. It will have a David Clark wireless intercom system, full Whelen LED lighting package, full awnings on both sides, roof compartments, air cascade system, hitch and tie off points, and a Cummins L9, 360 EV hp diesel engine; for the Ambulance Division, Oakhurst EMS (Monmouth County) ordered a Medix 166LTD Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 XL Cutaway chassis with 7.3L gasoline engine, 158-inch wheelbase and 14,500 GVWR. Other features and equipment include 166-inch length, 94-inch width and 72-inch headroom, heavy duty aluminum body, full Whelen light package, Vanner inverter LSC12-1100, 1100 watt with three-stage 55-amp battery charger, cargo net head of squad bench, power door locks and a long list of Medix standard features.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for Readington Township/Whitehouse Station FC (Hunterdon County) a Saber pumper; for Stafford Township (Ocean County) a Saber pumper; for Mountain Lakes (Morris County) a Saber pumper; for Hasbrouck Heights (Bergen County) an Enforcer pumper; for East Brunswick Fire District 2/Independent FC (Middlesex County) an Enforcer 100-foot mid-mount tower; for Stone Harbor (Cape May County) an Enforcer 107-foot PUC ladder; for Manalapan Fire District 2/Millhurst FC an Enforcer 107-foot tandem axle ladder; for Wall Township Fire District 3/South Wall FC an Enforcer 100-foot mid-mount tower (both Monmouth County), and for NJ Transit (Essex County) a Ford F-550 mini pumper. Pierce deliveries include an Impel heavy duty rescue pumper to the Borough of Berlin (Camden County); an Enforcer pumper to Branchburg Township for the North Branch FC in Bridgewater Fire District 3 (Somerset County) and an Enforcer heavy duty rescue pumper to River Edge (Bergen County).  

New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered to the South Branch Emergency Services (Hunterdon County) a P.L. Custom Classic 170 Type 1 ambulance on a Ford F-550 chassis. 

Emergency Equipment Sales & Service LLC received an order from the Germainia FC in Galloway Township (Atlantic County) for an HME Ahrens Fox pumper with 1871 chassis, 12-inch raised roof cab, barrier doors, L9, Cummins engine, Hale Qmax 2000-gpm pump, 1000-gallon water tank, Foamlogix system and stainless-steel body. They have delivered the HME Ahrens Fox pumper to Seaside Park in Ocean County.

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