Carteret NJ to Upgrade Fire Equipment and Building

A new foam and water firefighting truck will be purchased as part of a plan to upgrade the borough fire department’s equipment and Roosevelt Avenue headquarters.

The borough has received $1.98 million in corporate and nonprofit grant funds while $830,000 has been provided by the Carteret Hazmat Funding Association LLC, a consortium of area businesses that manufacture and/or store hazardous materials, according to Mayor Daniel Reiman and Fire Chief Mark Hruska.

The grants include $230,000 awarded by B.P. Amoco, with an additional $800,000 pledged by the Carteret Business Partnership Inc.

Officials said $1,680,000 has been applied towards the acquisition of several firefighting vehicles including a custom 2014 Pierce Arrow firefighting truck with a 750 gallon water tank and a 250 gallon foam tank. Among the features in the truck are two master stream appliances, a 6-inch foam nozzle capable of supplying 4,000 gallons of foam solution or water per minute and a pump capable of supplying 3,000 gallons per minute when using a pressurized water source.

“We were able to design a one of a kind municipal/industrial hybrid pumper that completely encompasses both tasks,” Hruska said. “This vehicle will definitely bring added firefighting capability to our department.”

The borough is in the process of purchasing an additional 2014 Pierce Arrow 75-foot ladder truck, outfitted with a 75-foot aluminum ladder and a 2000 gallon per minute pump. Similar to the vehicle already acquired by the Carteret Fire Department, the ladder truck will also have foam pumping capabilities.

Both vehicles are state of the art with all of the latest safety systems to protect firefighters, according to Fire Commissioner Randy Krum.

The fire department has also acquired a used Pierce 2000 GPM pumper vehicle from a small community in central Pennsylvania.

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