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Rigs from Gloucester and Cumberland Counties; EESS Named Swab Dealer for NJ

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By John M. Malecky January, 2022

Rigs From Gloucester and Cumberland Counties
EESS Named Swab Dealer for NJ

This month we offer photos of Franklin Township in Gloucester County and the City Vineland in Cumberland County. For a number of years I have photographed the township’s fire companies of Janvier, Star Cross, Malaga and Forest Grove, but have never been able to photograph Franklinville. But this last time we found a couple of members in quarters who helped us out. So this month their major apparatus is featured plus their brush truck in the Little Big Guys feature. Their utility truck will be featured in next month’s Little Big Guys. Of the major apparatus is a 2005 KME Renegade rescue pumper, a 2016 KME Severe Service pumper, a 2013 Peterbilt 357/KME 4,000-gallon tender and a 1998 KME Renegade 75-foot quint. See the photos for additional information. Malaga’s 2021 Spartan Gladiator/SVI is featured. A number of the specs can be found in the December column in the Campbell Supply report. From Cumberland County, Vineland’s 2021 Pierce Enforcer 107 quint and 2004 Seagrave pumper are shown. For a little trivia, the City of Vineland is the largest city in our state being roughly 69-square-miles as compared to Newark which is 25.75-square-miles. In comparison however Vineland only has one career fire station with the rest being volunteer, whereas Newark is a fully career department.

On a quick note we want to report that the Helmetta Volunteer Fire Department (Middlesex County) received a donation of a 1996 Pierce Dash pumper from the Independent FC in Morganville in Marlboro Township (Monmouth County). It replaced a 1980 Mack CF pumper formerly of West Long Branch.

In dealer news Emergency Equipment Sales & Service has been named as the dealer and service center for Swab Wagon Company covering all of NJ, Delaware and parts of Pennsylvania. Since 1868, Swab has been producing highly custom fire and rescue apparatus from their Elizabethville, PA manufacturing facility. In New Jersey Swab’s fire and rescue bodies are available on any commercial chassis options, Spartan custom chassis and now also the full line of HME Ahrens-Fox custom chassis. EESS has also received an order from the Howell Township (Monmouth County) First Aid & Rescue Squad No. 1 for an Excellance Type 1 4x4 custom ambulance on a Ford F-550 chassis. To save time and cost, this ambulance will use a refurbished module which was in stock at Excellance’s Madison, AL facility from a previous lease turn in. A fourth Excellance Type III custom ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis was delivered to the Gloucester County EMS. An additional order of four more Type III Excellance ambulances was received and is in production for Gloucester County. They have also completed a full mechanical restoration of a 1969 Ford C/Hahn pumper for the East Freehold FC in Freehold Township (Monmouth County). It received an extensive overhaul of the drivetrain, electrical system and brake system, steering and suspension and the fire pump. The classic rig was towed in originally and driven home by members of the fire company. They have also received an order from the Valley View Co. 1 from Denville Township (Morris County) for an HME Ahrens-Fox 1500-GPM custom mini-pumper. It will be in a Ford F-550 4-door chassis with a Buckstop Super-Single Wheel and lift conversion, stainless steel bolted body construction, roll-up doors, a 400-gallon water tank and a SoundOff Signal lighting package.

Blaze Emergency Equipment report two Sutphen orders from Warren Township (Somerset County). The first is for Rescue 61 of the Mt. Bethel FC. Specs include a Monarch Severe Duty cab and chassis, eight seats, Cummins X12, 500 hp diesel engine, 220-inch wheelbase, Harrison generator, two Command Light Knight LED towers, rescue bumper with two pre-connected Holmatro cord reels, high tie off points, FRC Spectra LED scene lighting and 737 cubic feet of compartment space. The second is for Tender 61 of the Community FC. Specs include a Kenworth T-880 chassis, Paccar MX-13 510 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, (two) 200-foot 1 3/4-inch crosslays and (one) 2 ½-inch crosslay, hosebed for 500-feet of five-inch hose, FRC Spectra scene lights, Newton Kwik Dumps, ladder and hard suction storage chute and storage for a 3500-gallon portable tank.

Defender Emergency Products has made two deliveries. One was a Medix RP-90 Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The other is a Rosenbauer top-mount EXT pumper to the Cape May Court House FC in Middle Township (Cape May County). Specs include a 70-inch Commander cab with eight-inch raised roof, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Command Light, Whelen lighting package, Rosenbauer hot dipped galvanized frame rails, a Waterous CSUC20, 1500-GPM pump, 1000-gallon water tank, and Pneumax CAFS system. They have received an order from Tenafly (Bergen County) for a Rosenbauer single-axle 109-foot Viper aerial with an EXT body. Specs include a 78-inch Commander cab with an 11-inch raised roof, Cummins X-12, 500 hp diesel engine, Whelen lighting package, Rosenbauer hot dipped galvanized frame rails, Rosenbauer hot dipped ladder sections and wireless remote with Smart Aerial Technology.

Fire & Safety Services has received the following Pierce orders: for Clark (Union County) a stock Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant ladder quint, for Millville (Cumberland County) an Enforcer 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower, for Hackensack (Bergen County), an Enforcer pumper, for Lower Bank (Burlington County) an International MV pumper, for the Brookview FC in East Brunswick Township (Middlesex County) an Enforcer pumper and for Pompton Lakes (Passaic County) an Arrow XT 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower. Pierce deliveries include a Ford F-550 mini pumper to Hillsborough (Somerset County), an Enforcer pumper to Scotch Plains (Union County), and Enforcer pumper to Midland Park and an Enforcer PUC heavy duty non-walk-in rescue to Saddle Brook (both Bergen County) and an Arrow XT heavy duty walk-in rescue to the South Wall FC in Wall Township (Monmouth County).

Campbell Supply Co., LLC has delivered a Spartan ER Star Series pumper to Blackwood FC in Gloucester Township District 4 (Camden County). Specs include a Gladiator LFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, top-mount Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, 750-gallon water and 20-gallon foam tanks. They have received an order from the Franklin Township (Somerset County) Fire District 1 for a Spartan Metro Star pumper with MFD chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous 2000-GPM pump and 750-gallon water tank. Also on order is a Star Series pumper for Belford Engine in Middletown Township (Monmouth County). Specs include a Gladiator chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1750-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and a Harrison generator.

VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has made two Horton ambulance deliveries: the Linden FD (Union County) received a 457 on a Ford F-450 chassis and Galloway Township EMS (Atlantic County) received a stock model on a Ford F-350 4x4 chassis.

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