WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield celebrated the arrival of the fire department’s new Engine 4 Tuesday with a dedication ceremony and blessing by Rev. Anthony Randazzo of The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.
The custom-made truck, which has a 750-gallon-per-minute pump, cost about $650,000 and replaces a pumper that was more than 25 years old.
Fire Chief David Kelly explained that his brother, the late Fire Chief Dan Kelly, was there for the beginning of the process to obtain the new truck in 2014.
“This is not something that happened overnight,” Kelly said. “It’s a very happy day for this department.”
He thanked the Mayor Andy Skibitsky and town council for making it possible.
Skibitsky said that he was happy the town could provide the best equipment possible to help firefighters do their jobs safely.
“I want to thank our firefighters for always answering that call to duty and running into danger while we’re running out,” Skibitsky said.
Other attendees included Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, Councilman Keith Loughlin, Councilman Sam Della Fera, Councilman David Oliveira, Councilman Mark LoGrippo, Town Administrator Jim Gildea, Freeholder Al Mirabella, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, members of the Westfield police department, current and retired Westfield firefighters and fire chiefs from other Union County towns.