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FF1 Opens Second Shop; Blaze Relocates

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


By John M. Malecky December, 2021


Two dealer moves have taken place recently. Firefighter One, whose headquarters and service center is based in Sparta (Sussex County), has opened a second shop in Burlington County. The shop geographically is located in Pemberton Township at 102 Firehouse Road with a Browns Mills mailing address. It is a two-bay building formerly occupied by Blaze Emergency Equipment, who has relocated to Forked River in Lacey Township (Ocean County). We understand that the building will eventually undergo an expansion. Firefighter One, part of the REV Group, is the exclusive New Jersey dealer of Ferrara Fire Apparatus and Wheeled Coach and Road Rescue ambulances. Blaze, who is the exclusive Lifeline Emergency Vehicles dealer for New Jersey, also is the Sutphen Fire Apparatus dealer for all of our state with the exception of the counties of Sussex, Bergen, Passaic and Warren. They are now at 715 Old Shore Road in Forked River. The facility is 5,000-square-feet in area consisting of three bays, three offices, parts loft and a reception area. The building was formerly a bus repair center. See additional information in the Vendor Spotlight in this issue.

In the photos this month is a new E-ONE Typhoon HP-95 mid-mount for the Colonia Fire Department in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County). It is with the newly designed Typhoon chassis and it is replacing a 1999 American LaFrance 93-foot mid-mount platform, which we understand is now in Clark in Union County. The new E-ONE has no pump or water tank, whereas the ALF had a pump but no tank. Next is a Ford F-550/Rescue 1 rescue in Rahway. It replaces a 1994 International 4900/Rescue 1 which originally belonged to the Rahway Emergency Squad and was later transferred to the fire department. We understand it will be repurposed and remain with the FD. Next there are three apparatus from Freehold Township (Monmouth County). A Pierce Velocity pumper/tanker with 3500 water tank and a Pierce Velocity 100-foot platform quint are shown. Both followed a Velocity pumper delivered in 2017. The third township unit is a Spartan ER Gladiator top-mount pumper at the East Freehold Fire Company. The last two are from Good Will Hose in Belmar. One is a Seagrave Fastrack pumper and the other, an oldie but goodie, 1991 Sutphen Monarch pumper still in service.

In dealer news Defender Emergency Products has received an order from Atlantic City (Atlantic County) for two Rosenbauer pumpers. The first is a high pressure pumper with side mount panel. Specs include a Commander model, 60-inch cab length with eight inch raised roof, barrier free cab entry doors, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Whelen lighting package, stainless steel body, Max Force Bumper, Zone Defense camera system, Rosenbauer hot dipped galvanized frame rails, Waterous CMUCGVC20C 2000-GPM three stage pump, 500-gallon poly water tank, custom storage compartments, and Amdor roll-up compartment doors. The second is a standard pumper on a Commander chassis with the same specs as the first, but with a Waterous CMUC20 two-stage 2000-GPM pump.

VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has made the following ambulance deliveries: to the Bellmawr FD (Camden County) a Horton 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis; to the Guard Well Medical transport in Edison (Middlesex County) a Ford T-250/AEV medium roof Transit; to the West Orange FD (Essex County) a Horton 603 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis and to the Jackson Township EMS (Ocean County) a Horton 555 stock remount on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for the Port Authority of NY & NJ (Essex County) an Arrow XT, PUC pumper; for Berlin Boro (Camden County) an Impel heavy duty rescue pumper; for Branchburg Township for North Branch FC/Bridgewater District 3 (Somerset County) an Enforcer pumper. Pierce deliveries include to Willingboro Township (Burlington County) a Velocity 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount platform. To Boonton Township (Morris County) an Enforcer dry side tanker and to Ocean City (Cape May County) an Enforcer pumper.

Campbell Supply Co., LLC has delivered two apparatus. The first was to the Malaga FC in Franklin Township (Gloucester County). It is an SVI heavy rescue with 25-foot non-walk-in body. Specs include a Spartan Gladiator ELFD chassis, Cummins X15, 500 hp diesel engine, Winco 25 kw PTO generator, Will Burt Night Scan, 6-ton Ramsey front winch, Weston 4.5-ton portable winch with three receivers, ROM roll-up compartment doors and Speed-Aire air compressor. The other delivery was to the East Freehold FC in Freehold Township (Monmouth County). It is a Spartan ER top-mount pumper with a Gladiator LFD chassis. Specs include a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax, 2000-GPM pump, Foam Pro 2002 system, UPF 1000-gallon water and 30-gallon Class “A” foam tanks, Harrison 8 kw generator, Will Burt Night Scan, TFT Hurricane deck gun, Whelen scene lighting and ROM roll-up compartment doors. They have received an order from the Hampton Lakes FC in Southampton Township (Burlington County) for a Spartan ER Star Model 3000-gallon Tanker. It will be on a Metro Star EMFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, and have a Cummins X12, 500 hp diesel engine and a Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump. Also, the Allenhurst FD (Monmouth County) ordered a Star rescue pumper. It will have a Metro Star LFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous CSU, 2000-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank, Harrison 10 kw generator, Command Light Shadow Series LED light tower and two bottle air cascade fill station with Sierra booster pump.

Firefighter One has received Ferrara orders from Oakhurst in Ocean Township (Monmouth County), Bernardsville (Somerset County) and Colesville in Wantage Township (Sussex County). We hope to have more details in next month’s column.

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