Raritan Township (NJ) Moving Toward Aerial Fire Truck Purchase

The Raritan Township Fire Company will get a new 100-foot aerial platform truck if a bonding ordinance is adopted on June 4.

The ordinance, which was introduced May 6, appropriates $945,000 for the purchase and authorizes borrowing $900,000 to support that purchase.

It will replace the 21-year-old truck that has been in the shop for months. The people repairing it are still testing it and cannot say when it will be back in service, the firefighters told the committee, noting that it is a “core” piece of equipment.

The new truck would take about a year to fabricate, once its purchase is finalized. The township has been relying on other companies’ aerial apparatus; and the Raritan department’s own 75-foot straight ladder truck.

The Fire Company has chosen a Pierce truck with an aerial platform like its predecessor. It would also have a six-person cab, a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump and a 300-gallon water tank. Because Pierce has a state contract, the bid process is unnecessary.

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