Long Branch (NJ) Delays Fire Apparatus Replacements

The City Council has decided against a nearly $1 million proposal from the Fire Department for the purchase of two new fire trucks.

Following a lengthy discussion with members of the department’s fire apparatus committee — which requested funding for two new trucks — Council President Michael Sirianni said the city would not be budgeting for trucks until at least 2016.

“I spoke with the mayor when putting together the agenda, and what he said to me was that we would be looking at it in 2016,” he said at the Sept. 23 council workshop meeting. “I’m sure that’s not what you thought you were going to hear tonight.”

Citing an aging fleet often in disrepair, Fire Chief Kevin Stout said two pumper trucks — each valued at $485,000 — would be a welcome addition to the fleet.

“The committee has recognized the need for further purchase of apparatus due to the condition and age of the present fleet,” Stout said. “The committee further recognized that we need to take action now. Most of the fleet has reached its predicted service life or has experienced major service issues.”

Stout said the two pumpers are necessary and would help the department respond to the 1,500 to 2,000 calls received yearly by the city’s nine fire companies.

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