HAZLET –A vote has been scheduled for Oct. 9 by the Hazlet Commissioners of Fire District No. 1 to ask residents if capital funds should be spent for four vehicles and one self-contained breathing apparatus fill station (SCBA).
Legal voters can cast their vote at polling stations on the ground floor of Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The municipal building is located at 1766 Union Ave.
The commissioners say the proposed purchases would come from reserve capital funds and will not directly burden the residents through the tax levy for the fire district. The district is complying with state law by announcing the special capital meeting and vote.
According to information from Hazlet Fire District #1, the SCBA fill station, used to fill firefighters’ Scott Air-Paks, will be used by Hazlet three fire companies: Hazlet Fire Co. #1, North Centerville Fire Co. and West Keansburg Fire Co. It will replace the previous unit, purchased in 1986, which is no longer functional and cannot be repaired. It will cost as much as $40,000.
Of the four vehicles included in the referendum, three would replace current command vehicles priced at $55,000 each or less. The current command vehicles will be passed on to the fire police, whose vehicles, the commissioners say, have exceeded their life expectancy.
The fourth vehicle, for Hazlet Fire Company #1, is to replace a utility vehicle no longer in service at a cost not to exceed $60,000.
The 2019 Hazlet Fire Commissioners are Les Parleman, chairman; Dennis Sheldrick, vice chairman; Robert Preston, treasurer; Brian DeWindt, clerk; and Joseph Schroek, clerk.
In a statement, the commissioners say that the safety and well-being of the volunteer firefighters is always top of mind:
“In order to meet this goal, the district must have all equipment and vehicles in workable and usable condition to maintain the safety of the firefighters and residents. The three companies work together to ensure the safety of the residents of Hazlet Township.
The Board of Fire Commissioners is proud of our Fire Departments, their accomplishments, and dedication to service. The Fire District will continue to support our volunteer firefighters in every way possible.”