Friday, July 12, 2024

Frelinghuysen Has Fire Truck for Sale

Need a fire engine? Frelinghuysen Township might have one for you.

The township committee authorized the sale of what has become known as the “Harrison Truck,” which was donated to the Frelinghuysen Volunteer Fire Company last year.

At the June 19 committee meeting, Mayor Keith Ramos said the truck is now considered property the township no longer needs.

The fire department, which was formed just two years ago, was certified to become active earlier this year. The department has largely been jump-started with donated surplus trucks and equipment.

While a price has not been set for the vehicle, it can be listed as available and bids can be taken on it, Ramos said.

He added that if the committee is not satisfied with any bids, they can be rejected.

Township attorney Richard Belien conformed this.

“You have the right to reject,” Belien said.

Two years in the making, the department got its accreditation and was deemed ready to be called into service at 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2024. It’s the first fire department in New Jersey to be built from the ground up, according to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

The fire company has received a $34,000 grant from the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program.

The award is part of $20 million in grants given to 353 fire departments across the state, including 11 in Warren County. The program was announced by Gov. Phil Murphy in early March.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.