The proposed rescue pumper truck would be designed, built, and equipped to help Millstone Firefighters protect people and property in Millstone Township
The Millstone Township Fire District hopes to replace two, 20+-year-old Millstone Fire Department trucks with a single, multi-purpose truck built to handle the specific emergency needs of Millstone Township.
A ballot question seeking the blessing of township voters will be held Saturday, February 17 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Firehouse, 461 Stage Coach Road, Millstone Township. New Jersey law requires voter approval for the purchase, for which no new taxes are needed.
The proposed new fire truck – A Pierce Velocity Rescue Pumper – has features that support the rescue of victims in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), which have become the most common type of emergency for which fire department help is needed. Millstone Township Fire Department responded to 44 MVAs in 2000. In 2016, Millstone responded to 143 MVAs – an increase of 122%
Because it can store and pump water and has two types of foam systems, the rescue-pumper truck also is very well-equipped for the fighting of vehicular and structural fires.
“Replacing the two aging trucks with a single, modern firetruck versatile enough to support our firefighters as they suppress structural and vehicle fires and rescue people from vehicular and other accidents is extremely efficient,” said Millstone Township Fire Chief John Fiore.
“Firefighters could take this single truck to many incidents,” said Millstone Township Firefighter Ed Reed, who led the committee that determined the truck that would best meet the fire department’s needs. “We could also respond to a subsequent emergency – even one of a different type – without returning to the firehouse.”
The rescue pumper would take the place of both a 1997 pumper and a 1993 special services rescue truck. The new truck would cost no more than $878,000. Replacing the old pumper and special services rescue truck separately instead would cost in excess of $1.3 million. Due to careful spending in prior years, the new truck can be partly funded with available budget reserves. As a result, NO TAX INCREASE is needed to make this investment in community safety.
Today’s low-interest rates also make the proposed timing of this purchase ideal. The truck would be purchased through Millstone Township Fire District #1. As a municipal entity, the Fire District is able to use a Municipal Lease Purchase and would receive an interest rate even lower than the market rate.
Millstone Township Fire District Commissioners and Millstone firefighters are confident that the more voters learn about this proposed fire truck and how it would help protect the community, the better voter turnout will be on Feb. 17, when the poll will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Millstone Township Fire Department, 461 Stage Coach Road, Millstone Township.
Millstone Township Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman David Markunas said providing all the information to voters is important to the Commission and the Fire Department. “We believe that once residents learn about this truck, how well it fits emergency response in Millstone Township, and that careful budgeting means no tax increase is necessary, they will want to cast a ballot on February 17.”
More about the proposed fire truck:
- The Pierce Velocity Rescue Pumper would replace a 1997 pumper AND a 1993 special services rescue truck. The proposed purchase would allow the fire department to decrease the vehicle fleet by one truck, creating savings in future fuel and maintenance costs.
- Millstone Township Fire Fighters are now called to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) more frequently than to structure fires.
- The rescue pumper truck has features that support the rescue of accident victims.The proposed truck is equipped with both a 750-gallon water tank and Class A and Class B foam systems. Class A foam can expedite extinguishing structure fires. Class B foam helps firefighters better extinguish the gasoline or diesel fuel fires often encountered at MVAs.
- Having one vehicle that can supply water in combination with either Class A or Class B foam makes this truck extremely versatile. This multi-purpose vehicle is well-suited to support MVA responses and fire suppression in homes and other buildings.
- The rescue pumper truck has enough space to accommodate more and updated rescue and firefighting equipment. This allows the Fire Department to operate more efficiently, and that translates into increased safety for our residents regardless of the type of emergency.