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


By John M. Malecky October, 2022


In Hudson County, the Jersey City Fire Department has been able to add additional firefighters and officers to their ranks. In doing so they have reorganized Engine 1 (previously disbanded) and established Squad 1. Engine 1 is assigned a 2003 Pierce Dash pumper which formerly had been assigned to Engines 9 and 22. The squad is a 2006 Spartan Advantage/Rescue 1 with 22-foot 4-inch non-walk-in body. Originally part of the EMS Task Force, its duties have been expanded to become a squad. The vehicle still has an EMS inventory as before, but has also been stocked with tools and equipment for fire ground support and rescue work.

Other photos this month include a Toyne platform quint for the P.O.L. Fire Company in Wayne Township (Passaic County). P.O.L. stands for “Property Owners League.” It is their third Toyne and has what is now their official paint scheme. Specs include a Spartan Gladiator ELFD chassis, Cummins ISX 15, 625 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax, 2000-GPM pump, UPF 400-gallon water tank, Smeal 100-foot platform with two Akron Stream Master electric monitors (one with a fog nozzle and the other a smooth bore), 147-feet of ground ladders, ROM roll-up compartment doors, an Onan 8 kw generator and HiViz scene lighting. Also at this station are two vehicles from the Wayne Township Special Response Team. One is Unit 414, a 1995 International 4900 with Rescue 1/P.L.Custom body. The body has overhead compartment doors and an awning. The other one is Unit 413, a 2004 Ford F-550 with a 2006 American LaFrance body. It does technical rescue. It resembles a bomb truck body in which American LaFrance built several around the same time for the New Jersey State Police. Lastly are two vehicles from the Pioneer Hose Co. 1 in the Osbornville section in Brick Township (Ocean County). One is Engine 2251, a 2021 Freightliner M2, 106, 4x4/KME with a 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water and 25-gallon foam tanks. It also has a 6 kw generator. Lastly is their Dive Rescue/Underwater Recovery Unit that we briefly mentioned in the Campbell Supply report last month. To briefly expand on the vehicle, it has a Spartan FC-94 chassis which is designed to compete with commercial chassis trucks. It is available to all manufacturers. Specs on this truck include a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, six seat cab, 23.5 foot walk-in E.V.I. body with bench seating for eight, ROM doors, a Girard awning, a Sabre-Vent Compartment Ventilation System, Warn 10,000-pound winch with front and rear receivers, Onan Protec, 25 kw PTO generator, Will Burt6 Night Scan and FRC scene lighting. A refrigerator is presently on order.

In dealer news, Blaze Emergency Equipment has added Alexis Fire Apparatus to their line of products. Alexis, located in Alexis, Illinois offers pumpers, tankers aerials, rescues, mini pumpers and special hazard vehicles, etc. Blaze has received an order from Woodland Township Fire & EMS (Burlington County) for an Alexis 3000-gallon tanker. Specs include a Freightliner M2 106 chassis with two door cab and tandem axle, Cummins L9, 360 hp diesel engine, heavy duty 14 gauge 304 stainless steel body, heavy duty stainless steel subframe, ROM satin finish roll-up doors, side control stainless steel pump module, Waterous CXVC20, 1500-GPM pump, Trident air prime system, poly wet side tank, 10-inch Newton stainless steel swivel dump and Whelen scene lighting.

Firefighter One has added Custom Fire to their product line. Custom Fire is located in Osceola, Wisconsin and manufactures pumpers, tankers, rescue trucks, initial attack units and industrial apparatus to name a few. The Boro of Belmar (Monmouth County) received a rescue truck built by Custom Fire. It was purchased through a buying program. Specs include a Kenworth T-370 chassis with a 222-inch wheelbase and a non-walk-in body with a forward crew compartment with SCBA seating. It has a 15 kw generator, Command Light, 6000 psi air cascade system, electric cord reel, FRC 360-degree observation system and an oil absorbent hopper. The travel height is 8-feet, 11-inches. Firefighter One has received the following Ferrara orders: for Westwood, a Cinder pumper with a heavy extruded aluminum body with ladders on the side, 1750-GPM Hale Qmax pump and 750-gallon water tank; for Upper Saddle River, a Cinder pumper with a heavy duty extruded aluminum rescue style body, 1750-GPM Hale Qmax pump and 1000-gallon water tank (both Bergen County); in Somerset County, South Bound Brook ordered an Igniter HD77 quint with a Waterous CSU, 2000-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank and low travel height of 10-foot 7-inches. Also, Neshanic ordered an Inferno pumper with a heavy duty extruded aluminum rescue style body, Waterous CSU, 1500-GPM pump and Waterous PTO 200P, CAFS, 1000-gallon water tank and 50-gallon foam tank. New Brunswick (Middlesex County) ordered their third Cinder pumper with a Waterous CMU 1750-GPM pump and 750-gallon water tank. Ferrara deliveries include a Cinder pumper with heavy duty extruded aluminum body with ladders on the side, 1750-GPM Hale Qmax pump and 750-gallon water tank to the City of Paterson (Passaic County). In Monmouth County, Oakhurst in Ocean Township received a Cinder pumper with stainless steel body, 2000-GPM Hale Qmax pump and 500-gallon water tank, and Neptune ordered a High Water Rescue on an Acela 4x4 chassis with General Truck Body. The ambulance Division has received the following orders: for Little Ferry (Bergen County) a Road Rescue MetroMedic Type 1, 170-inch module on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis with liquid spring rear suspension, 74-inches of headroom, Per4Max Safety System, restocking/inventory style interior cabinets and all LED lighting; for the Scotch Plains FD (Union County) a Wheeled Coach Custom Type 1 Medic 170-inch module on a Ford F-450 XLT 4x4 chassis with Black Out Package on exterior diamond plate surfaces, CoolBar HVAC system, composite interior cabinets, dropped side skirts for ease of access and additional storage, corian hard surface counter tops, Per4Max Safety System and Whelen exterior lighting. Finally, the Union City PD EMS ordered two Wheeled Coach Medic 153-inch modules on Ford E-350 chassis with Per4Max Safety Systems, Ferno Washington Stat Track cot system, all LED lighting and a custom aluminum cab console.

Fire & Safety Services reports that the Presidents Park FC in Sayreville (Middlesex County) received a Pierce Arrow XT 75-foot steel ladder. Pierce orders include for Rocky Hill Boro (Somerset County) a Saber pumper, and for Montvale Boro (Bergen County) an Arrow XT PUC pumper.

Absolute Fire Protection has delivered the following E-ONE pumpers: a Cyclone rear-mount rescue pumper with CAFS to Madison (Morris County) and a Cyclone 2500-GPM pumper to West Windsor (Mercer County). They have received two orders, one for a Typhoon top mount, low hose bed pumper for Somerville Engine 1 (Somerset County), and a Typhoon HP 75 quint with low travel height for Ocean Gate Boro (Ocean County).

New Jersey Emergency Vehicles reports that they have delivered the last Rosenbauer that was ordered from them. They are presently a Toyne dealer. The last Rosenbauer, a pumper, went to Hillside in Union County. Specs on it include a 70-inch Warrior cab, FX Series 3/16 inch aluminum body, “N” Series 1500-GPM pump, FRC around the pump foam system and 500-gallon water tank. NJEV has the following ambulances on order: Four P.L. Custom Medallions on Ford E-450 chassis; one each for Wanaque FAS (Passaic County) Branchburg RS (Somerset County), Carney’s Point EMS (Salem County) and Freehold FAS (Monmouth County). For Cranbury FAS (Middlesex County) a P.L. Custom Classic on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis. For Weehawken FAS (Hudson County) a Malley Type II on a Ford Transit AWD van, and for Elizabeth FD (Union County) an NJEV remount of a Type 1 P.L. Custom Classic ambulance on a Ford F-550 4x4 with a gas engine. They are prepping the following: a P.L. Custom Medallion on a Ford E-450 chassis for Brielle FAS (Monmouth County), an NJEV remount of a Type 1 P.L. Custom Classic ambulance on a Ford F-550 chassis for the West Milford EMS (Passaic County), and for Flagtown FD Board of Fire Commissioners, Hillsborough (Somerset County) a Rescue 1, 14-foot six-inch crew, walk-in rescue with upper storage on a Ford F-600 4x4 chassis.

Defender Emergency Products, Apparatus Division has made two Rosenbauer deliveries. The first was to Montville Township with a Fast Track Delivery Customized Stock Unit of a 109-foot Viper aerial. Specs include a Commander chassis with 60-inch flat roof cab, barrier free cab entry doors, Cummins X15, 600 hp diesel engine, Whelen lighting package, EXT 3/16 inch aluminum body, Rosenbauer Max Force bumper, hot dipped galvanized frame rails, Hale Qmax, 2000-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank, custom storage compartments, Rosenbauer side hose bed flip down step system, Harrison 6 kw generator, Smart Aerial Technology with wireless controls for outriggers, monitor and aerial and full NFPA ladder compliment. The second is to the South Egg Harbor VFC in Galloway Township (Atlantic County) for a side mount pumper. Specs include a Warrior chassis with 60-inch cab and eight-inch raised roof, barrier free cab entry doors, Cummins L9, 400 hp diesel engine, Whelen lighting package, FX 3/16 inch aluminum body, hot dipped galvanized frame rails, Hale Qmax, single-stage 1250-GPM pump, Foam Pro System, 1000-gallon poly water tank, custom storage compartments, Amdor roll up compartment doors, Harrison 6 kw hydraulic generator and full NFPA ladder compliment. Apparatus orders include for Atlantic City (Atlantic County) twin side mount pumpers, bringing their department to a total of six Rosenbauer apparatus. Specs include a Commander chassis with 60-inch cabs and eight inch raised roofs, barrier free cab entry doors, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Whelen lighting package, stainless steel body, Max Force bumper, Zone Defense Camera System, hot dipped galvanized frame rails, Waterous CMUC20, 1500-GPM two stage pump, 500-gallon poly water tank, custom storage compartments, Amdor roll up compartment doors and a full NFPA ladder compliment. Their Ambulance Division received an order from the Belmar EMS (Monmouth County) for a Medix MSV-157 Type 1 ambulance on a Dodge Ram 4500 4x4 chassis. It is the second Medix in their fleet. Specs include a 6.7L diesel engine, liquid spring suspension, 72-inch headroom, Whelen light package, Pro-Air high capacity HVAC system and Vanner 100 watt inverter.

VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has delivered the following Horton ambulances: in Bergen County the Westwood VAC received a 457 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis, and Franklin Lakes VAC received a 623 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis. Berkeley Township (Ocean County) received a 602 Type 1 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis (stock remount), and the Egg Harbor Township Ambulance Squad (Atlantic County) received a 453 on a Ford E-350 chassis. Hampton Township Fire & Rescue (Sussex County) has ordered a 603 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis.

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