CARTERET – Borough residents who find themselves locked out of their vehicles have a new option – calling the Carteret Fire Department.
The fire department has expanded a pilot program to help residents with automotive lockouts, Fire Commissioner Randy Krum said Friday. The Carteret Business Partnership donated auto industry tools to the fire department that enable them to gain entry to locked vehicles quickly and without causing damage.
“The inspiration for starting this program came about because of the interest and concern of one of our firefighters,” Fire Chief Brian O’Connor stated, “who had witnessed several incidents involving people being locked out of their personal vehicles and his observations of what limited options they had to gain access to them.”
According to Krum, the fire department has responded to incidents in the past where entry either had to be gained by the car owner, likely causing damage with or without success, or via a costly private service. More urgent reports often involved infants being locked in the vehicle, or the vehicle being inadvertently locked with the engine running.
“Our firefighters have received training and will now be able to provide fast and convenient service for this common occurrence, and at no cost to our residents” Mayor Daniel Reiman said.
“We are constantly trying to expand and improve the ways we offer our public services to residents,” he added. “If we have a department that’s capable of performing an additional service that won’t conflict with their primary functions, and doesn’t cost additional dollars, we feel its worth it.”
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