The Long Valley Fire Company will be able to replace a generator at its Fairview Avenue firehouse after the Washington Township Committee approved the expenditure at its Monday meeting.
The fire company brought the request of a new generator to the governing body in September with the hopes of receiving a 15 or 17kW capacity generator to replace the former apparatus, which was destroyed during Super Storm Sandy in October 2012.
The fire company agreed to foot the bill on installation costs for a new generator, which freed up costs for the township and allowed them to purchase a 30kW generator for $15,822, according to township administrator Andrew Coppola.
Long Valley Fire Company’s last generator was 15kW – the same size as the apparatus agreed upon by the governing body during that September meeting. A generator of that capability would enable the building to operate enough power to get firefighters safely out the door with apparatus for an emergency, but not enough to keep all equipment on at once.
The generator will need to be placed on a concrete slab, but would still be moveable if the firehouse was ever relocated. Discussions have been in the works for the past few years regarding a new building for the Long Valley Fire Company to relocate to West Mill Road.
No action on that topic has been taken, however.