OLD BRIDGE — The Middlesex County Public Health Department has donated personal protective equipment, previously used by its Hazardous Material Unit, to the Old Bridge Township Fire District 4-Madison Park Volunteer Fire Company. The donation was approved through a resolution by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during the Aug. 19 meeting.
The Middlesex County Public Health Department has recently purchased new, fully grant-funded, self-contained breathing apparatuses and associated materials for chemical, biological and radiological emergency response. The purchase created a surplus of equipment that can be readily utilized by the Madison Park Volunteer Fire Company since it is one of only two local fire departments in the County that utilizes the same equipment. The second company, also in Old Bridge, was not in need of the equipment.
The equipment is fully functional for use by the fire service and includes self-contained breathing apparatuses, cases, harnesses, masks, breathing valve parts, gauges, cylinder handles, high pressure air cylinders, replacement mask parts and hoses, along with manuals, and gaskets and o-rings for maintenance and repair.
Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the County’s Public Health and Education Committee, stated: “I applaud the decision by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Public Health Department and I commend Director-Health Officer David A. Papi for assisting in the protection of Old Bridge first responders. Emergency response begins at the local level, and this equipment will provide additional support to the Township’s emergency response capabilities.”
Mayor James T. Phillips, Township of Old Bridge said: “I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Public Health Department for providing this equipment to Old Bridge Township. This is another example of a county-municipal cooperative cost saving effort that will assist in relieving taxpayer expenses. The donated personal protective equipment will immediately be utilized by first responders so they can safely and effectively perform their needed emergency duties for the protection of community residents.”
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