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Asbury Park (NJ) FD, Tower Ladder 89 - 1971 Mack/2013 Seagrave Aerialscope

Originally built on a 1971 Mack CF chassis for Jericho (Long Island, NY), it later served both the Herbertsville and Freewood Acres fire companies in New Jersey. It was subsequently acquired by Seagrave and used as a loaner until purchased by Bruce Springsteen (“The Boss”) for Asbury Park in 2013 where it was in service prior to being sent out to be remounted on a new Seagrave chassis.

“This ‘N That”

Volume I, Edition 9

Random rigs I have photographed during my travels across the Northeast!!

Princeton (NJ) First Aid & Rescue Squad, Rescue 168 - 2003 Pierce Enforcer

Serving a combination department protecting the borough and township of Princeton including the famed Princeton University, this rig was the first Pierce to feature both a stainless steel body and exhaust  diverter (allowing a rehab sector to be established curbside without diesel exhaust being emitted). Seating six (each with SCBA/headset), it features two light towers, an eight bottle cascade system and roll-off awnings. It is equipped with Holmatro® extrication tools, a full compartment of cribbing, 22 ton airbag system, DeWalt® 24 & 36 volt cordless hand tools, rope/confined space gear including an air cart and water/ice rescue gear including six drysuits and a “banana boat” (rapidly inflates with an SCBA cylinder).

Rio Grande VFC, Rescue Engine 7298/Green Creek VFC, Rescue Engine 7333

2006 Pierce Quantum 1500 gpm/750 gal.

If these rigs look like identical twins (minus the color scheme of course), there’s a reason why - originally constructed for the Rio Grande VFC of Cap May County (NJ), the original rig was heavily damaged during transport from the factory when the transport driver suffered a medical emergency and crashed. Although the rig was repaired, Rio Grande rejected it and a new rig with identical specs was constructed. With the original rig repaired and available for sale, their mutual aid neighbor the Green Creek VFC picked it up. Responding to auto accidents and RIC assignments, Green Creek’s rig which seats six (five with SCBA) is equipped with 150’ of 2-1/2” attack line on the front bumper and four 200’ pre-connects (two each of 1-3/4” & 2” attack line). For extrication, it is outfitted with six pre-connected Hurst® extrication tools including a combi tool on the bumper, spreader/cutter/ram on one side and ram/combi tool on the opposite side of the apparatus.

Tarrytown (NY) FD, Ladder 37 - 2011 Smeal Sirius 105’

Operated by Conqueror Hook & Ladder Co# 1, this rig is dedicated in memory of FF John Kelly, a TFD member and Tarrytown DPW employee lost in a work related confined space accident while attempting to rescue fellow DPW worker/TFD member Anthony Ruggerio on September 6th, 2010.

Hurlock (MD) VFC, Brush 6 - 2003 Hummer H1 - 500 gpm/300 gal.

Leased through the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources for $1, the pump, tank and riding positions were added in-house by HVFC members. The color scheme is a variant of the 1970’s movement for high visibility colors on fire apparatus other than the traditional red - this particular color was recommended by the Maryland State Police and has been used on all the company’s apparatus (including their 2000 KME rescue engine). With the arrival of a new apparatus in 2015, HVFC is returning to the more traditional Red/White color scheme.

Special thanks to Hurlock VFC Chief Jason Trago and Asst. Chief David Carrier II, Tarrytown FD Conqueror H & L Co# 1 officers & members , Princeton FARS career staff Matt Stiff and Mike Petruzellis as well as Green Creek VFC Senior Lt. Brian Hayes for providing information on their respective apparatus.