New Jersey firefighters donate fire truck used during Superstorm Sandy to department in Mexico

The Union Hose Fire Company of Union Beach donated 21 full sets of much needed personal protective equipment to firefighters in the Cancun area of Mexico back in January. Another donation was presented on Thursday.

News 12 Staff

Sep 10, 2020, 2:52 PM

Updated 1,310 days ago

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The Union Hose Fire Company of Union Beach donated 21 full sets of much needed personal protective equipment to firefighters in the Cancun area of Mexico back in January. Another donation was presented on Thursday.
The Knights of the Inferno Firefighter/Military Motorcycle Club Mother Chapter gave a 1996, 50-foot Telesquirt Ladder Truck from the Union Gardens Fire Company of Union Beach to a department in Mexico, in addition to $2,500 each from the club and a private company, BWG Strategy.
"What we do is we put it on a top of a flatbed truck, a lowboy, take it to Florida to Port Everglades and there is a shipping company that will take it on a cargo ship from Port Everglades to a town which is about 20 miles south of Cancun,” says Cancun Fire Chief Thomas Hurtado.
The donation in January came after the founder of the motorcycle club, who was on vacation, met the Mexican firefighters and saw some would dangerously battle fires in T-shirts and sneakers. The truck will help keep them safe as well.

"From this point here, there's probably enough pressure in the nozzle to actually get from where the fire engine is across the street may be over the house across the street, so they can fight a fire from a distance if they had to,” says Knights of the Inferno firefighter Robert Laberta.
The ladder truck was in service during Superstorm Sandy and had to be abandoned when the floodwaters rapidly surrounded the truck.
There's also a plan in motion to send equipment to a fire house in the Dominican Republic.


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