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Warren County Fire Academy replaces engine used for training

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – Warren County Fire Academy has taken delivery of a new used fire engine, which was displayed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Warren County Board of County Commissioners.

The engine, a 2006 Pierce pumper, replaces a 1985 truck that wouldn’t hold water and was badly in need of repairs.

Fire Academy Director Joseph Fox, Sr. and Deputy Director John Lefler said the replacement truck previously was used by Garden Spot Fire and Rescue in Pennsylvania and was obtained from a used fire equipment dealer for $140,000. A comparable fire engine would cost $600,000 to $700,000 new, they said.

Commissioner Director Jason J. Sarnoski and Commissioner James R. Kern III checked out the new acquisition prior to the board meeting and congratulated the fire academy on the smart purchase.

“This apparatus is going to help our future firefighters train,” said Kern, commissioner liaison for Public Safety.

The engine has a 750 gallon tank and can pump 1,750 gallons per minute.

The Warren County Fire Academy, based at the Public Safety complex on the border of Washington and Franklin townships near Warren County Community College and Warren County Technical School, has a mission to provide the highest level of Fire, Rescue, and Hazardous Materials Training and Certification programs to emergency service responders and private industry emergency response teams in Warren County and the region.

More information about the fire academy is available at their section of the Public Safety website.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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