Station 75 receives new fire rescue boat

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Using personal funds, Mayor Robert Sabosik and Councilman William Borowsky teamed up with Bubbakoo’s Burritos co-owner/founder Paul Altero and his family and Jersey Mike’s owner and proprietor Peter Cancro to purchase a fire rescue boat for Point Pleasant Fire Department Station 75. [COURTESY OF FRANK PANNUCCI JR.]

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant Fire Department Station 75 has acquired a new fire rescue boat thanks to the support of borough officials and business leaders.

Using personal funds, Mayor Robert Sabosik and Councilman William Borowsky teamed up with Bubbakoo’s Burritos co-owner and founder Paul Altero and his family, and Jersey Mike’s owner and proprietor Peter Cancro to purchase the fire rescue boat for the department.  

“Thank you to Mayor Sabosik and Councilman Borowsky of Nature’s Reward, the Altero Family of Bubbakoos and Peter Cancro of Jersey Mike’s who reached into their personal pockets to help us acquire a new Fire/Rescue Boat! We are very thankful for their kind donation to the Department and the Borough of Point Pleasant,” the department wrote in a March 30 Facebook post.

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According to the post the boat, a 2003 21-foot Zodiac, will be used for various water-related emergencies including fires, dive calls, water rescues and de-watering operations.

“The boat will supplement our aging water-rescue fleet to allow us to continue to provide water emergency responses in our beautiful waterfront community,” the post adds.

Station 75 was organized in 2010, when members of Fire Company No. 1 [Station 40] and Fire Company No. 2 [Station 41] voted to merge into one department. The fire department runs between 300 and 400 calls a year. The department operates two fire stations: Station 75, east of the canal and Station 75-1, west of the canal. Currently, the department operates four engines, a 100 foot Tower Ladder, one fire prevention burn trailer, among additional apparatuses.

Point Pleasant Fire Department Station 75 recently received the delivery of its new 2020 Sutphen Heavy-Duty Custom Pumper. Engine 7551 replaced one of two engines the department has that are over 25 years old. Engine 7751’s features include a 1,000-gallon water tank, an electronic  “deluge gun” and an “extremely maneuverable” turning radius capable of navigating some of the borough’s tighter spaces, according to a Facebook post on the new apparatus.

“The fire department, first aid and OEM give so much to this town and this is another show of support from the business community to give back to our volunteers with the purchase of this boat that was sorely needed by the fire department,” Mayor Sabosik told The Ocean Star.

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