What We Drive

ENGINE 1: 2014 Pierce / Saber

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Apparatus Type: Class "A" Pumper

Motor: Cummins 450 hp ISL9 Diesel

Crew Size: Seven

Pump Size: Waterous Single Stage 1500gpm

Water Tank: 750 Gallons


Engine 1 is the Metuchen Fire Department's newest piece of fire apparatus. It takes the place of the 1989 Lance, which formerly held the same designation. The 1989 Lance has now been re-designated as Engine 4 and replaced the 1970 Mack, which has been officially retired.

The Engine was designed and built to fulfill its role as our departments "First Due Pumper". With LED lighting, increased pump capacity, the addition of the Husky 3 Class “A” Foam System and new equipment like power saws, a portable generator, and a BlowHard ventilation fan makes this vehicle uniquely capable of handling the demands placed on the modern fire service.

LADDER 5: 2006 Pierce / Arrow XT

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Apparatus Type: Midmount Aerial Platform

Motor: 540 Horse Caterpillar Diesel

Crew Size: Six

Ladder Type: 95' Tower Ladder

Generator: 10 Kilowatt PTO

Water Tank: 300 Gallons

Pump: Hale Single Stage 2000 gallons per minute


Ladder 5 is the department's most advanced piece of fire apparatus. Ladder trucks must position themselves so that they can best utilize their aerial device to access windows and floors of buildings for fire attack, ventilation and the rescue of victims.

Ladder 5 carries a wide variety of specialized equipment, which makes it indispensable at structure fires and other emergencies. This truck is also equipped with its own pump, which means it no longer requires an Engine Company to be assigned to supply water for fire suppression duties.

RESCUE 3 - 1996 Pierce / Lance

Apparatus Type: Heavy Rescue Truck

Motor: 350 Horse Power Detroit Diesel

Crew Size: Six

Generator: 35 Kilowatt PTO


Rescue 3 is also known as the department's "Rolling Toolbox" because of the wide variety of tools and equipment it carries.

Some of the many missions undertaken by this apparatus include but are not limited to: motor vehicle extrication, rope and confined space rescue, breathing air replenishment, incident command post, ventilation and firefighter rehab.

One of the most unique features of this truck is its 35’ mast equipped with four 1500 watt flood light used for illuminating emergency scenes at night.

ENGINE 2 - 1993 Pierce / Lance

Apparatus Type: Class "A" Pumper

Motor: 350 Horse Power Detroit Diesel

Crew Size: Nine

Pump Size: Waterous Single Stage 1250 gallons per minute

Water Tank: 750 Gallons


Engine 2 is "Second Due" to all emergencies within the borough but is also the departments designated "Mutual Aid Engine". This means anytime another community requests assistance from the Metuchen Fire Department, Engine 2 is the one that goes. It carries all the same equipment as Engine 1 with a few additional items since it may be forced to operate out of town independently of the rest of the department's apparatus.

ENGINE 4 - 1989 Pierce / Lance

Apparatus Type: Class “A” Pumper

Motor: 350 Horse Power Detroit Diesel

Crew Size: Nine

Pump Size: 1250 gallons per minute

Water Tank: 750 Gallons


Engine 4 served as the Metuchen Fire Department's “First Due Pumper”, since 1989, when it replaced the 1970 Mack. In 2014, it was re-designated as “Engine 4”. Its replacement was the new Pierce Saber, which took over the first due role, as Engine 1.

Equipped with the basics needed to attack a fire, Engine 4 now serves a valuable position as our department's “Flex Engine”. When any other apparatus goes out of service for maintenance or repair, it is capable of fulfilling that trucks mission.

Engine 4 is also equipped with an “around the pump” Class “B” Foam System and boasts a seventy (70) gallon tank of AFFF foam concentrate, which is mixed with water to fight flammable liquid fires such as those involving gasoline or diesel fuel.


UNIT 9 - 2013 PoLaris Ranger

Type: Auto Transmission with Selective 4WD

Motor: 44 HP Gasoline Engine

Crew Size: Four


Unit 9 is our All Terrain Multi-Purpose Response Vehicle, and it has proven incredibly useful over years. Designed to fill multiple roles, it can have equipment added or removed based on the mission at hand. Brush fires in remote areas or along the Green Way, covering public events, supporting environmental cleanup details, and even snow plowing the Green Way and fire department parking lot are all standard duty for this vehicle.

The best part is that the vehicle and all of the equipment on-board were donated to the Metuchen Fire Department. Our good friends over at Cross Country Power Sports in Metuchen and the generous donations of local residents.