Bond Would Finance Emerson (NJ) New Fire Apparatus

A $1,450,000 multi-purpose bond ordinance would authorize buying a new fire engine for the Emerson Fire Department (NJ) and fund updates within several borough departments.

While Fire Chief Joseph Castrovillari is not sure yet about the type of fire truck the Emerson Fire Department will purchase, it could serve as a dual-purpose engine, replacing a 40-year-old pumper and 30-year-old rescue vehicle. Both have outlived their 20-year life expectancy, Castrovillari said.

The estimated price of the new engine is $750,000, but the department aims to keep the price as low as possible. In the long-run, Castrovillari explained, the town would save money by avoiding repairs.

For now, firefighters are not sure what will happen to the two other trucks once the new engine is delivered, which could take 12 to 18 months, Castrovillari said.

When asked if the rescue and pumper trucks would be put up for auction to control costs after the purchase of a new vehicle, Castrovillari said that the fire department will keep them for now.

“We will see what we will do with them after we get the new truck,” he said.

The multi-purpose bond would also cover a new pick-up truck and equipment for The Department of Public Works at an estimated cost of $70,000, road resurfacing for an estimated $300,000, sidewalk replacement for $10,000, and updates to public facilities for $70,000.

Equipment for several departments, including a new police dispatch communication system is estimated to total $160,000.

Additional spending covered under the bond includes a Kinderkamack Road improvement project that would aim to alleviate traffic for $35,000.

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