The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management is trying to win a federal grant that would bring a 50-foot emergency mass-disaster relief truck to Wall, Committeeman Jeff Foster said.
The $360,000 grant has already been allocated to the state, but other counties are applying to station the truck, which will be one of three in the state, Foster said.
The six-passenger truck, equipped with advanced and basic life support capabilities, will be under the county's jurisdiction, but manned by Wall first-aid and fire departments. The truck is intended to respond to major disasters like flooding and snowstorms in Monmouth County and south, Foster said.
The county chose Wall as the location because of the town’s 40- strong First-Aid squad and its ability to house the massive vehicle at the West Belmar Firehouse, Foster said.
Monmouth OEM director Glenn Mason declined to comment, referring all questions to OEM First-Aid coordinator Mike Bascom, who was unavailable this week.
“If we get a disaster or a flood or something like that and we need some medical assistance, that truck rolls," Foster said. "It’s going to be good for Monmouth and Ocean counties, because that’s where we have our flooding issues and snow and any other types of major disaster.”
The two other trucks will serve the northern and western regions of the state, while the Wall truck would serve southern New Jersey, Foster said.
The federal grant recipient is expected to be announced within 45 days, Foster said.
“A couple other counties are looking for it, but we’re hoping that we’re going to get it because it’s going to benefit everybody -- Wall Township and the surrounding towns,” he said.