Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman has been joined by Carteret Fire Commissioner Randy Krum to announce that the Borough has acquired a new ambulance for the Borough’s EMS division. Partial funding has been provided through the Investors Savings Bank Foundation, which provides grants to local non-profit organizations to improve public resources and programs, and recently provided Carteret with a grant of $25,000.
The $25,000 was matched by Carteret’s Special Improvement District entity, the Carteret Business Partnership, a 501c3 non-profit corporation comprised of local business leaders. The grant is one of many the Borough has received in recent years to bolster the town’s fleet of emergency service vehicles, according to Mayor Reiman.
“This donation is a testament to the value of partnerships that can be formed between a community and the businesses it hosts,” Mayor Reiman stated. “This administration has always been proactive in establishing such partnerships, and encouraging a level of community involvement that goes beyond the establishment of jobs and the growth of our commercial tax base.”
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Firefighter and FMBA Local #167 representative Mark Hruska said, “A 2008 emergency service vehicle with 23,000 miles on it, for $50,000 – this was a deal and a half even before we applied the grant funding. A lot of credit should be given to Mayor Reiman and his team for going the extra mile in our collective effort to improve our emergency services.”
The vehicle was previously valued at $165,000.
According to Fire Commissioner Randy Krum, the Carteret Fire Department, which oversees the town’s Emergency Medical Services, responds to approximately 2,500 calls a year as of 2008. At 4.4 square miles, and a relatively modest 22,000 residents, this makes Carteret’s Fire Department the 4th busiest in Middlesex County, and the 41st busiest in the State of New Jersey.
“This is an active emergency services team,” Krum stated, “with growing needs based on those of the community. We’ve left no stone unturned in our efforts to provide them with the best training and equipment available to us.”