West Deptford (NJ) Purchases New Fire Apparatus

The township committee has approved a series of resolutions purchasing a new fire engine and a rescue truck, funded chiefly through a $750,000 grant from Sunoco, gifted in the aftermath of the 2012 Eagle Point refinery tax settlement, reports nj.com.

The new vehicles, purchased from Kovatch Mobile Equipment (KME), based in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, will benefit Colonial Manor Fire Association and Verga Fire Department. They are the product of two grants given to the township from Sunoco — both in the amount of $375,000, in January 2013 and January 2014 — after the township agreed to pay the oil company $13.1 million as part of a massive tax settlement.

According to township Committeeman Gerald Maher, who is public safety liaison for the board, said the trucks should be received within a year.

The Colonia Manor Fire Association will be benefitting from a new fire engine for a cost of $298,694, with an additional $128,576 in options. An another resolution approved last Thursday by the committee allocates $26,535 for “custom” items to be included in the truck that aren’t already under state contract.

Both resolutions relating to the new engine for Colonial Manor were approved by a vote of 4-0, with Maher abstaining, due to his membership with the fire association.

Verga Fire Department gets a new $337,975 rescue truck, with $178,291 in additional options. The truck includes a water pump, tank and breathing air compressor system. A separate resolution expends $69,133 for a new “jaws of life” rescue tool, LED emergency lights and other features for the truck.

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