The Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District (IL) has sent a fire truck to Union Beach (NJ) to assist in community recovery from the Hurricane Sandy devastation.
The 1984 Pierce Dash pumper truck is being sent on a freight train through a cooperative effort between the fire protection district, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and CSX Transportation.
Rutland-Dundee FPD Fire Chief Richard Thomas contacted State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis to say that his department had a truck to donate to Union Beach but he was not sure how to transport it to New Jersey.
Matkaitis contacted IEMA Director Jonathon Monken, whose agency has established public-private partnerships with several businesses. Monken contacted CSX, which made arrangements to deliver the fire truck to New Jersey at no charge.
In mid-November, Governor Quinn deployed 29 Illinois State Police officers and 25 local law enforcement officers to help Union Beach and other New Jersey communities with public safety. Twenty-two other Illinois first responders were deployed to New York City and Long Island to assist with hurricane response and recovery.
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