Garfield (NJ) Gets New Fire Apparatus

Garfield Fire Company 4 (NJ) has received a new fire truck, replacing a 20-year-old truck that was ridden with repairs.

The truck is a Spartan ERV replacing a 1992 Simon.

The city council went out to bid for a new fire truck in 2012 after Fire Chief John Kopacz said the department could no longer keep up with the repairs and maintenance.

Last year, Kopacz told the mayor and council that the fire department has been making repairs on the truck, including $58,000 worth in two years. Some of the parts required for other repairs were no longer available because the company who made them went out of business.

The fire department has four pump-fire trucks and one ladder truck. The tallest building in Garfield that requires the ladder truck is the Garfield Housing Authority, but it is also beneficial for two-story homes because the ladder goes up faster than the pump trucks

A wet down will take place on June 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 97 Outwater Lane. There will food, a band and rides for children.

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