Tuckerton Buys New Ladder Truck for Volunteer Fire Co.

Feb 05, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Mayor Sue Marshall gives the oath of office to the members of the Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS (from left) Capt. Lee Eggert, EMS Lt. David Inman, Assistant Fire Chief Jerry McCorry, EMS Chief Anthony Jerome and Fire Chief Dale Eggert.

Tuckerton Borough Council bonded $959,500 for a new Pierce 107-foot-ladder truck for the Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. The truck is designed to better respond to problems at the many new homes built on pilings in the town’s flood zone in Tuckerton Beach.

The cost of the new truck is $1,010,000, but the town already put aside $50,000 for the vehicle in 2012 before Superstorm Sandy devastated the area. Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said the borough had promised the fire company a new truck before the storm struck; Sandy presented many more considerations for the borough to deal with.

During the Feb. 4 council meeting, Fire Chief Dale Eggert said the new truck is the best piece of equipment to meet the needs of the borough.

“It has an aerial device and an elevator waterway and a foam unit on it,” he said. It is also a pumper. The manufacturer has promised it will fit in the firehouse, said Eggert. Pierce Manufacturing Inc. is located in Appleton, Wis. It will take about nine to 10 months for the truck to be built and when it is delivered, a training specialist will come with it to train the company in its use.

The borough will own the truck.

Eggert said the newest truck the fire company has currently is a 1994 Pierce pumper that was previously owned by the municipality of Cape May Court House. Once the new truck is in service, the company will retire a 1991 pumper. The company will then house one engine, the ladder truck and a rescue truck.

Mayor Sue Marshall thanked the fire company members for all their hard work.

Later, during the same meeting, Eggert presented the Tuckerton Police Department with new medical supplies and equipment for first responders. The duffle bags will be in all the police vehicles. Police officers also received tourniquets to carry, not only for their own protection but also to use in emergency situations.

Police Chief Brian Olsen thanked the fire company for the new equipment and for instructing police officers in CPR training. Tuckerton’s EMS team CPR instructor Meghan Yovankin and Great Bay Regional EMS CPR instructor Donna Mossey were personally thanked.

Marshall gave the oath of office to Eggert, Assistant Fire Chief Jerry McCorry, Capt. Lee Eggert, EMS Chief Anthony Jerome and Lt. David Inman.

In addition to a new fire truck, the council voted to purchase a $90,586 new backhoe from Groff Tractor for the Tuckerton Public Works Department. Council President Sam Colangelo said the present backhoe was used extensively in saltwater during Superstorm Sandy and is now useless.

Various other contracts for materials to keep the water treatment department running safely, such as for lab services, bags of lime, hypochlorite tablets and emergency generator inspections, were awarded. New water meters were also ordered in various sizes. Fixing two manhole covers on Bass Road may solve a serious problem with saltwater intrusion that has cost the borough thousands in wastewater treatment fees. Two manhole covers and sealers costing $15,280 were purchased from Natural Water Main Cleaning Inc.

Colangelo also said Goodwill Industries, the vendor that used to take electronics such as computers and TVs, has stopped accepting them. For now, public works will no longer take such items. Residents may take them to the Southern Ocean Recycling Center in Stafford Township. Colangelo said public works is searching for another vendor.

Tuckerton Beach Association President Peter Gioiello asked if the borough has applied for lagoon dredging permits to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Gleghorn said no, because the town has yet to decide the de-watering sites for the dredge material.

The town is also working on funding for the dredging through low-cost loans from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Bank. Gleghorn said she hoped the permits would be ready by the first of April.

— Pat Johnson




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