Newark Truck Announcement

Three new engines and two Hazmat vehicles will support Newark Fire Department’s regional response;
Vehicles will make Newark one of nation’s best Hazmat responders
Newark, NJ – April 13, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Newark Municipal Council Members, Fire Director Fateen A. Ziyad, and Fire Chief John Centanni unveiled five new fire trucks, consisting of three engines and two Hazmat vehicles, today, at the Newark Fire Department’s Fire Training Academy at 191 Orange Street in Newark.
“Since 2006, my administration has made public safety a top priority, and we have worked to provide our courageous firefighters with the state-of-the-art technology they need to save property and lives. I commend Fire Director Ziyad and his team for their commitment to make Newark one of the nation’s best Hazmat responders,” Mayor Booker said.
The two Hazmat vehicles were paid for with an Urban Area Security Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and cost $330,000 each, including the high-tech support equipment. Two of the new engines’ costs were borne by the City of Newark’s capital budget, while the third was paid for by the Hazardous Materials fund, which consists of fines collected from hazardous waste violators. Each engine cost $358,000.
“These two Hazmat vehicles are state-of-the-art, top-line Hazmat apparatus, said Director Ziyad. “They give us the ability to support a regional response, and put us on the same line as New York City and Fairfax County, Virginia, the two best Hazmat responders on the East Coast. The three new engines allow us to upgrade our fleet, giving us a top of the line engine fleet.”
“When an unknown substance was found at my house, the Fire Department was there for me, and these vehicles will help the Fire Department be there for all of our residents,” said Municipal Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr. “I commend and support the Fire Department for adding these vehicles to their fleet.”
At the unveiling, members of the Newark Special Operations Training Unit demonstrated the Hazmat vehicles’ different capabilities. These vehicles can decontaminate incident scenes and remove spilled hazardous materials. At the ceremony, the vehicles were blessed by Rev. Anthony Forte and Rev. Dr. Steven B. Davis, the Newark Fire Department Chaplain, said a prayer.
“Today is a very promising day for the Newark Fire Department,” said Chief Centanni. “As we continue to move forward, I thank the administration for supporting the Fire Department during critical fiscal times. These engines are greatly needed to protect our citizens.”
The three engines will be assigned as follows: one vehicle to Engine 26 on Palm Street, the second to Engine 29 on Bergen Street, and the third to Engine 15 on Park Avenue. Engine 15’s vehicle, paid for with the Hazmat funds, has an additional foam capability. The Hazmat vehicles are assigned to the Special Operations Support Company.
Since 2006, the Newark Fire Department has opened new and renovated fire stations, and added new vehicles to its inventory. The Department has 16 engine companies, eight ladder companies, and five special operations support companies. The Newark Fire Department also has a number of specialized units, including an Arson Unit, a Hazardous Materials Unit, a Fireboat, a Confined Space Rescue Team, a Foam Tanker, and a Cascade Unit, which responds to emergency scenes to fill air bottles. In addition, the Department is one of only nine in the State of New Jersey whose Metro Strike Team has a Collapse Unit, to deal with collapsed buildings. Most of the Department’s specialized units are assigned for regional response, to assist neighboring communities that lack such equipment and training.
For more information about all City of Newark programs and policies, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.



Newark Fire Department Special Operations Training Unit

 Here, dignitaries and members of the Newark Fire Department Special Operations Training Unit stand before one of the new vehicles. Sixth from left and continuing: Newark Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Dr. Steven B. Davis, Business Administrator Neals, Esq., Mayor Booker, Deputy Fire Chief Arthur Mauriello, Fire Director Ziyad, Municipal Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr., Municipal Council Vice President Anibal Ramos, Jr., Fire Chief John Centanni, Reverend Anthony Forte. Other pictured persons are members of the Newark Fire Department Special Operations Training Unit.



About the City of Newark, New Jersey

Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major rail connections, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival.  In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, businesses are returning and crime is going down. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission:  to set a national standard for urban transformation.
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