LFD to take Delivery of New Fire Truck

lfd newPHOTO: The Lakewood Fire Department will be taking delivery of a new fire truck to replace one of its two primary trucks.

The vehicle, which has recently arrived in New Jersey, would replace a truck from approximately 2002, and which contains approximately 100,000 miles, and around 70,000 hours of running time, according to a Fire Commissioner.

The truck, which costs approximately $500,000, and used by the paid members of the Department, is expected to be delivered in the coming weeks.


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  1. 100,000 miles seems like a lot of mileage when unlike township police cruisers where they are constantly on the go, fire trucks show up to fires and given the small size of this town it’s a little hard to do that kind of miles in 12 or 13 years…

  2. Please give a bit of thought before you comment.

    We pay for the truck out of our fire taxes which we vote on every February.
    Considering all the types of calls beside fires the paid crews respond to each day it’s easy to see that type of mileage being racked up in 13 years. I’m sure the odometer doesn’t lie.
    Unlike a police car, a firetruck is a complicated piece of machinery with many systems that can fail as they age. Failure at the wrong time can endanger the lives of both the crew and the people they are trying to help.
    Some of its systems aren’t cheap to repair and after awhile it’s the old adage of throwing good money after bad.
    I’m sure the fire commissioners didn’t make this purchase with out serious consideration of its necessity.

  3. Judie:
    The engine was included in and paid for with last year’s approved budget. With all the wear and tear, from an average of 10 calls plus a day, these engines see a tremendous amount of usage and they do need to be replaced to keep up with safety standards.

    Cool Masmid:
    This is the career fire engine we’re talking about. They average about 10 calls a day throughout the year. We can get to a 100,000 miles very quickly. Even the volunteers, one company of whom will be getting another engine with this year’s budget, can rack up high milage. Remember,fire engines are replaced after 20 even 30 plus years. Police cruisers, on the other hand, are replaced much more often than fire trucks.

  4. Do your math, 70,000 hours of running time adds up to almost EIGHT YEARS!!!! The truck is running 8 out of 13 years???? Something doesn’t sound right.

  5. To Lakewood Fire Fighter- firstly thank you for going to the bother to explain it to all of us aso we can better understand and appreciate all of you out there…..and secondly my tremendous appreciation for all that you do to serve this town in the way that you do. I know you have and will continue to drop everything in a heartbeat to respond to a fire and do whatever the situation requires you and your fellow firefighters. to do.

  6. To cool masmid I don’t know where you think this town is small anymore..there are more people per square mile than ever before and it is not stopping. This town is growing by leaps and bounds, You can see it everywhere and the Emergency Services have to grow with it. You can not keep growing and not have your emergency services grow with it.

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