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Wayne Looks To Buy Police SUVs, DPW Trucks, Thermal Imaging Cameras

Fire department may receive new thermal imaging cameras.

The town is scheduled to vote on purchasing several vehicles for the and the (DPW) at a meeting Wednesday.

Officials are also scheduled to vote on purchasing new equipment for the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department.

Officials could bond $452,000 to purchase new trucks for the DPW. The council could also bond $118,000 to purchase new sport utility vehicles for the police department.

Additionally, $145,000 from the township’s capital fund could be appropriated to purchase new thermal imaging cameras for the fire department.

Thermal imaging cameras detect hot spots in a home, where a fire may be hidden. They can also detect the position of victims or injured firefighters in dark, smoky rooms. 

The council for a new ambulance last April to bolster the Volunteer First Aid Squad’s fleet of emergency vehicles. The squad has an ambulance bus, five ambulances, one rescue truck, a few rescue boats, a mass casualty incident trailer, and a four-wheel drive, off-road vehicle.

The squad received a earlier this year. Twenty-eight people can rest or sleep in the 42-foot-long vehicle at once. It also comes equipped with a defibrillator, intravenous units, and other life-saving and emergency equipment. The state purchased the vehicle with grant money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Each of New Jersey’s 21 county Emergency Medical Services task forces received an ambulance bus. The squad is a member of the Passaic County EMS Task Force and often receives calls to assist other EMS squads.

The council meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the council chamber in the municipal complex. It will also be broadcast on cable channel 77 and online

Justice April 17, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Keep on spending
Pad April 17, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Yes, keep on spending, raise taxes even more. This is unbelievable that they keep spending money without regards to the taxpayer. How many ambulances do we really need? Do we need them that big? Other towns includiing Paterson don't have these huge ambulances. Spending is out of conntrol in Wayne and every dollar spent must be looked at very carefully. An ambulance bus that sleeps 28? How much will that be used? How about just designated shelter area's with cots for emergency situations? This seems to be a little over the top.
Josie Wanna April 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Taxes go up bc of school but hey lets spend a crap load and buy some trucks and suvs when we dont need them bc the ones we have work fine!! Nice job Wayne keep it up!
Just Facts April 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Get sick or need an ambulance,,,heart attack ... you will be thanking that we have those trucks - Police and emergency services cost you little in compared with school budgeting......
Pad April 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The size of the ambulances and thier cost is the question. I have never seen a town where every ambulance is that big. There is no need for every ambulance to be a rescue ambulance when we have several rescue trucks in town. The size of these vehicles alone slows response time, hard to manuever in tight residential streets etc. Do we really need an ambulance bus that sleeps or rest 28 people? I don't question the excellent job the volunteers do, but the amount of equipment in town seems excessive. I have often been told at times there aren't enough people to respond to a call, let alone use all of these vehicles. All purchases should be justified as to the need and how much equipment do we really need to perform optimal services.
Wayne's World April 18, 2012 at 07:17 PM
A friend of mine who used to be a firefighter shared some insight on this issue. A town of Wayne's size is lucky to have a volunteer fire department, and I personally thank everyone in the department for their service and sacrifice to their personal lives. A professional fire department/ambulance core would cost something like $10 million annually in salaries, benefits, etc., not to mention equipment expenditures. According to my friend, the town does pretty much anything the fire & rescue services ask for because even with these annual capital expenditures, the cost of the fire dept. is a fraction of what it could be. I have noticed that the fire trucks and ambulances all seem to be brand new state of the art. I don't know whether it is because they are not used that much, kept up extremely well, or new every few years. Probably a combination of everything. In a town where so much is in question, I feel pretty good about the dedicated, well-equipped and responsive fire departments spread nicely throughout town.

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