Long Branch: Long Branch Fire Department Chief Angelo Ciaglia welcomed a gift of firefighting equipment from “brother fireman” Chief Bryan Crawford of the Mount Tabor Fire Department. It was delivered the week of March 20, by Crawford’s Parsippany District No.1 Ladder Truck.
The gift consisted of 1,300feet of 1 ¾ inch hose, 1,100 feet of 5 inch and another 150 feet of 3-inch hose. In addition, they brought a positive pressure fan used to push air into a home to clear smoke.
Several light stanchions, tools and a Stokes Basket (rescue litter) were donated as part of the good will from North Jersey. “Brothers helping brothers” Ciaglia said. Mount Tabor knew of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy on the shore towns.
“We had damages in Mount Tabor and the towns near us,” said Chief Crawford. “But it was mostly extremely heavy winds, which had the biggest impact and its share of damages.” He and his firefighter team planned to return via Route 36 through Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright and the Bayshore towns damaged by Sandy.
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Chief Ciaglia "guestimated" the value of the donated equipment at more than $20,000 if purchased new. After testing the gear will be put into operation, a welcome addition to older resources.
Several weeks ago, at the city’s council meeting, Ciaglia and Chiefs Joe Sirianni and Kevin Stout appealed for monies to shore-up outdated and worn materials, some borrowed from other towns and some just “out of spec” from a standards viewpoint.
Council expressed concern about the appeal coming when it did, late in the budgeting cycle. The chiefs committed to creating a plan for projecting future needs earlier to avoid surprises and allow more opportunity for financing. Equipment such as additional $3,000 hand-carried visual devices for “seeing” in smoke filled darkness is needed.