Clinton (NJ) Takes Delivery of New Fire Apparatus

A new fire truck arrived in town Friday night, and a swarm of firefighters were on hand to celebrate the event.

After it had backed onto the apron of the fire station, firefighters took it from there, pushing the truck into its new space for the first time.

It was a nod to tradition, honoring the days of hand- and horse-drawn fire apparatus. Firemen of that time had to push the fire apparatus into the firehouse every time they returned from a fire.

The truck replaces a 1991 fire truck that Fire Chief Walter Dorf has said was becoming expensive to maintain and less reliable. Through 2014, Dorf said, the department spent more than $20,000 on “unexpected repairs” for the truck.

The 1991 American LaFrance, was out of service with electrical issues when a house caught fire on Country Club Drive in March 2014 and was destroyed, leaving three people homeless. 

The new Pierce truck pumps 2,000 gallons of water a minute, and holds 1,000 gallons.

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