City officials showed off $3.2 million in new fire trucks at Liberty State Park.
The new trucks, purchased with a combination of city, state and federal dollars, include a 100-foot aerial ladder truck; a 95-foot ladder tower truck, used to get firefighters as high as six or seven stories off the ground; three regulation fire engines; and an urban water rescue truck that carries an inflatable boat for rescues.
The city unveiled the new trucks at Liberty State Park’s “green ring” this morning, with One World Trade Center and the State of Liberty as a backdrop.
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Giancaspro said the city hasn’t purchased new trucks since 2009.
“This is really a commitment to making sure the fire department has all the equipment necessary to be the premiere fire department in the state of New Jersey,” Mayor Steve Fulop said.
The city purchased the ladder truck ($625,000) and the engines, which cost between $438,000 and $527,000, with most set to be paid off in seven years, city officials said. The tower truck, which has a ladder that can extend up to 95 feet, cost $939,000, with 80 percent paid for via a federal grant. The price tag of the water rescue truck was $225,000, and was also paid for with a federal grant.
View photos of the new fire trucks, here nj.com