BARNEGAT, NJ - The Barnegat Fire Department came a step closer to updating its fleet at the Township Committee meeting earlier this week. Township officials voted unanimously to the first reading of an ordinance providing for the purchase of a 2020 Pierce Enforcer Pumper Fire Engine.
The total cost of the replacement fire apparatus is $608, 622. 78. However, the Township already had funds earmarked for the purchase and needed to appropriate an additional $525,000.
Mayor John Novak credited Barnegat Chief Financial Officer Tom Lombarski with fiscal management that allowed the township to purchase the engine for cash. This negates the need for bonding at a potential cost to taxpayers.
According to Chris Velders, Barnegat Fire Department President, the upgraded engine replaces a 1989 Pierce Lance Pumper. Other apparatus within the department includes a 1992 E1 Cyclone, 1992 Pierce Arrow, 1998 Sabor and a 1997 Rescue Freighliner/EVI. They are further equipped for safety.
The markings on the 1989 Pierce Engine show it as representative of the Pinewood Estates Fire Department, which once existed as a separate entity in the township. Barnegat Township Committee members voted to merge the Pinewood Volunteer Department with the Barnegat Fire Department in 2014.
"We are grateful that the Township Committee has worked to help us upgrade our apparatus," said Velders. "This has been a couple of years in the making and was originally considered as a lease to purchase."
When the approval process completes, Pierce moves on to customize the engine. It will be a few months before it is placed into service.