HACKENSACK -- The Hackensack Fire Department purchased recently a brand new, heavy-rescue truck capable of carrying fire-fighting equipment that smaller vehicles are unable to carry according to fire officials.  

"I am overwhelmed by the good this new heavy-rescue truck will do for the city of Hackensack,” Deputy Mayor David Sims said. 

“I am proud to be able to provide better safety to all Hackensack residents. This truck, combined with a new pumper truck purchased last year, demonstrates our commitment to top-notch safety, he said.”  

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The state-of-the-art truck costs $575,000 and will allow the department’s existing, older truck to be used as a supplementary vehicle. 

"Our firefighters, under the leadership of Chief Freeman, engage in rigorous training exercises to make sure they are prepared for any and all situations which may arise in the line of duty,” Mayor John Labrosse said.

Back in 2005, the existing truck was gifted to the fire department through the Urban Areas Security Initiative program in 2006.

“They consistently go above and beyond to protect Hackensack residents, and this new heavy-rescue truck ensures they are armed with the best resources to help them do their jobs."

Last year, the Hackensack Fire Department purchased a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT Engine which replaced a 27-year-old pumper.

“Having state-of-the-art equipment that will save lives in the greater Hackensack-area will not only keep our residents safe; but allow us to provide superior assistance to neighboring municipalities,” Hackensack Fire Chief Thomas Freeman said. 

The newly purchased heavy-rescue truck will be unveiled at a special ceremony later this summer.

“I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for their support purchasing this vehicle, and throughout the year.”