UNION, NJ – A dedication and blessing for Union’s newest ambulance took place on Thursday at fire headquarters.

“It gives me great pride to stand before this fine piece of equipment and know that it will be put to use by the most capable and qualified individuals,” said Committeewoman and Fire Commissioner Michele Delisfort.  “Today I can think of nothing more than how many lives will be saved and how many people will be helped by the investment in this new ambulance.”

“Public safety is paramount when it comes to the residents of Union,” said Battalion Chief Gregory Ricciardi. 

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Ricciardi said the ambulance was custom built by Custom Truck and Body in Woodbury, GA.  It took about 10 months from the specification stage to delivery.  The ambulance is a 2017 Dodge 5500.  Ricciardi said this is Union’s first 4x4 ambulance so “in inclement weather it will facilitate us getting down the streets, making it safer for our drivers and patients.”

“The ambulance has a heavy-duty suspension incorporated with the newest technology for a more comfortable ride for our patients,” continued Ricciardi.  He said the patient area is equipped with a 5-point harnesses for patient protection and contains the newest cot fastener system per new federal regulations, the first of its kind in the township.

Fire Department Chaplain Father Charles McDermott said, “first I’d like to ask God’s blessing for the patients that will be carried in this new ambulance, that they’ll be comforted.  I’d like to pray for the EMTs on the ambulance who are constantly learning as much as they can to take care of the people of the township.”

“Lastly,” said McDermott, “is the blessing for the ambulance itself.  May everything in it be used to help people and may it be a source of blessing for the whole town and for all of those who are in need of it.”

“Whether it’s this piece of equipment or any other piece of equipment,” said Fire Chief Mike Scanio, “you are getting some of the best equipped and best trained firefighters there are.”