The companies of the North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group (NHMAG) have introduced a “Staffed Squad/Engine Program” to help ensure quick response times and adequate staffing as the summer season approaches.
NHMAG companies (High Bridge Fire, Lebanon Fire, Clinton Fire, Annandale Hose/Clinton Twp, Quakertown Fire) will staff a firehouse on Saturday overnights (18:00-06:00) on a rotating basis for 10 weeks starting 4th of July weekend thru Labor Day. When in-service, the staffed station will be assigned the Station # 51 and respond to any incident in the 5 jursidications. This response will be in addition to the 1st Alarm companies already being dispatched to any incident.
The in-house staffing will be comprised of the volunteers of 5 departments and crews of mixed stations are encouraged. The primary objective of this program is to provide consistent staffing for Summer weekends while a secondary objective is to determine the feasibility of expanding this program to provide staffing for larger blocks of time.
The Clinton Fire Department will be staffing E-452, 2016 Pierce Triple Combination Pumper with 2000 gpm pump and 1,000 gallons of water.
MONDAY evening , NHMAG companies trained together in preparation for the rollout of the Station 51 project. Operating Guidelines were covered for the staffed engine/squad program as well as the new Chiefs-response criteria. Crews also reviewed the apparatuses that will be used to staff the different stations.