SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Tuesday, September 17 is a special day for the South Orange Fire Department. The new Fire Engine that has been custom built for the Village to fit into the Fire House with its narrow doors and low clearance was delivered about 11 am.
The Fire engine was ordered from Cambell Supply who sells and services fire equipment of all types. Robert Cowan, a retired fire fighter, and Cambell's representative was on hand for the delivery of the equipment. This Fire Engine was built by Spartan Manufacturing.
Custom built with a larger than normal engine to ensure no issues climbing the steep hills in town, and with the radio and other accessory equipment installed the cost was $552,000.
Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan said " this is a state of the art piece of equipment, and delivered three months ahead of schedule. This will help us improve response time, provide better services and provide more safety for our firefighters. All the lighting on the engine is LED, and when the side cabinets are opened light automatically goes on, providing better visibility of the equipment and the surrounding surface. lee chance of injury when there's light and our firefighters aren't walking around in the dark."
There will be some time spent on familiaization with the equipment and a formal four day training period from the manufacturer next week.