LAKE COMO, NJ — A fire truck from the shuttered South Belmar Fire Department will soon have a new home — in the Bahamas.
When Hurricane Dorian ravaged the islands on August 29, many communities were destroyed, leaving them with little or no fire rescue and emergency equipment. SBFD’s 1994 KME fire truck is being donated to help fill that void.
Belmar Fire Administrator Ryan Dullea currently is handling arrangements to have the truck transported from Lake Como to Miami, where it will be boarded onto a barge headed for the islands.
“It was brought to our attention that the Bahamas was in need of the apparatus. We had been in touch with State Department officials and the National Security Administration of the Bahamas,” Dullea said.
“At this time, they have reviewed pictures, and we are in the process of working with the appropriate officials to transport the apparatus to Miami to ship it down. Right now still in the infant stages, but working diligently on securing transport,” he added.
The Lake Como Borough Council recently approved a resolution setting in motion the title transfer process and is now awaiting word on where the truck will be put in service in the Bahamas.
The donation comes three months after the borough rejected a $2,700 bid to sell the truck at public auction. It also rejected a $2,200 bid for the SBFD’s 1976 Mack fire engine.
In 2018, the SBFD was dissolved after the Lake Como entered into a shared services agreement with neighboring Belmar. Under the 10-year pact, Lake Como pays $30,000 annually for fire protection services provided by the Belmar Fire Department.