Fort Lee Fire Department

Organized in 1888 as the Fort Lee Fire Protection Association No. 1, present day the department serves a two square mile response area located across the Hudson River from New York City. Operating from four stations, 100 active volunteers respond to an average of 1,800 incidents in an urban setting including multiple high rises as well as numerous roadways including the entrance to the George Washington Bridge, Interstate 95 and Routes 46 & 4.

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FIREMATIC HISTORY

Truck 2 - 1994 Simon-Duplex/LTI 102’

In addition to Ladder 1, Fort Lee operates this ladder tower for rapid removal of residents as well as to provide an elevated waterway for incidents in their response area’s numerous high rises.

Ladder 1 - 2004 Seagrave 100’

Closely resembling an FDNY ladder, this rig is designed as a true workhorse for truck company operations in the many high rises Fort Lee covers in their response area.

Engine 3 (“One Stop Shop”) - 2011 Sutphen 2000 gpm/2000 gal./250 “B”

Due to the many congested roadways Fort Lee covers, this rig was designed to literally be a “one stop shop” (as its’ name implies) to provide maximum punch while limiting the amount of apparatus operating on scene. The apparatus committee wanted a large water tank, foam capabilities coupled with a three stage high pressure pump for minimal water use and full depth compartments on both sides to store both standard structural firefighting and rescue equipment including extrication tools. These needs coupled with the desire for a turn-key project led Fort Lee to award the contract to the Sutphen Corporation which was the only vendor able to meet their particular needs. They spent 10 hours laying out the tool set-up using tool boards & trays (90% of the mountings were made in-house by Sutphen) going as far as to haul two van loads of equipment to Sutphen’s upstate New York production facility to coordinate the placement. In addition, to accommodate the desire for a large water tank, a modified combination “L” & “T” shaped water tank was created complete with a recessed section for the generator in the “dead space”.


Measuring in at 38’ long and 10’, 10” high, Engine 3 features a 15,000 watt generator powering a six head 5,400 watt light tower recessed 10” into the cab roof, hydro-driven FoamPro system, a 2,000 gpm water/foam capable remote control deck gun, two 300’ 1” high pressure booster reels, back-up camera and an auto lube system. Additional features of this well designed unit include a 240 volt Hurst electric power unit in the front bumper (removable with the use of a 200’ electric reel), a 100’ hydraulic reel powering a combi tool, a hydraulic ladder rack and speedy dry hopper in the officer’s side rear compartment. It is equipped with Hurst extrication tools with fixed & portable power units, reciprocating and ventilation saws as well as other engine company equipment.

Special thanks to Battalion Chief Mark Suclov & Captain Lane Goldstein for arranging this visit as well as Lt. Bryan Drumgoole for his assistance in positioning the apparatus.

In addition to the bumper mounted tools, this rig also carries a portable power unit with Hurst extrication tools.

This rear step compartments features a slide out tray with a full high rise equipment set-up (folded hose lengths, tool bag, search rope, etc.) that can be easily transported by just 2 firefighters.

The front bumper features a 240 volt Hurst electric power unit (removable with the use of a 200’ electric reel) providing power to Hurst e-DRAULIC series extrication tools. A 100’ hydraulic reel also supplies a combi tool.

You gotta love Fort Lee’s artwork featuring the George Washington Bridge (“The Gateway To The Nation”)