In the wake of Hurricane Sandy communities like Union Beach lost not only house but also vital emergency equipment.
When the local Ramtown Fire Department was deciding what to do with an old utility truck it was decided they would donate the vehicle to the first responders in shore community. Fire Commissioner Greg Scarlato, who represents the Ramtown house, said it was an easy decision. "We were looking for a way to clean it off and get rid of it," he said. "We went to the county fire marshal's office and they said after the storm the fire company can use it."
The Union Beach department had lost a similar truck in the storm so Scarlato said it was a perfect fit. "They were very excited about it," he said. "They do a lot more fire police work up there where they help the police block roads during the storm. Where we are we've gotten away from that a little bit."
Scarlato said the Union Beach department had four feet of water in their house during the storm so the members of his house were happy to help get them running again. "We'd much rather give it to someone else in the county," he said. "We thought it was the right thing to do.