LIVINGSTON, NJ — A retired 54-passenger bus and a retired 25-passenger van from Livingston Public Schools will be donated to the Livingston Fire Department (LPD) in order to enable the volunteer firefighters to practice extrication from these larger vehicles.

According to members of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE), who unanimously adopted a resolution to enact this community partnership, the two 2005 vehicles are no longer serviceable and have been retired from the district’s fleet.

“We are very fortunate to have a great partnership with the Livingston Fire Department and the many ways that they support us,” said LPS Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block. “We are glad to be able to return the favor when we have the opportunity to make sure they have all the resources they can get.”

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Explaining that local firefighters have not had the opportunity to practice the challenges of extrication from school vehicles, Livingston Fire Chief Christopher Mullin expressed gratitude toward the school board for this donation on behalf of the entire department.

“I hope you never have to use the training, but we are very thankful we were able to give you the bus and van,” said LPS Transportation Manager Lisa Marazzo. “You’ll definitely get good use out of it.”

Marazzo and LBOE President Ronnie Konner also thanked the chief for “keeping out students and staff safe in so many ways.”

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