The Edison Fire Department will have three aerial ladder fire trucks. The Township Council voted to accept a $998,682 bid and award a contract to Crimson Fire Inc./Spartan ERV of Brandon (SD) for a tower-ladder platform truck.
The new aerial ladder truck will be able to reach 100 feet high. Many officials and members of the public said the purchase of the truck is overdue, especially for a township the size of Edison.
Fire Chief Brian Latham said the new truck will take a year to build, and should be delivered around January of next year.
“The new truck will be replacing a 17- year-old aerial that is housed at Station [No.] 2 on Route 27 and Langstaff Avenue,” he said.
The old truck, which will be 18 years old by the time the new one arrives, will be used as a reserve.
“With only one truck, it puts a lot of wear and tear on the in-service apparatus, driving up repair and maintenance costs,” he said. “Over the past few years, downtime on both of our aerials was considerable.”
At times when Edison’s aerial ladder trucks have been out of service for repairs, the Fire Department has relied on other towns for mutual aid, including nearby Metuchen. In 2009, the department found itself without ladder trucks due to necessary repairs.
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