Unit : Engine 701
Year : 1976
Model : HAHN MOTORS 1000 GPM PUMPER
This 1976 HAHN Motors Custom Pumper was the first new Class A Fire Engine to be housed at the CIVIC CENTER FIRE HOUSE. This Engine, numbered 701, arrived in East Brunswick via HAHN Motors of Hamburg PA, the 2nd week of January in 1976. It was purchased to replace old Engine 701, the 1953 International TASC, and was originally slated to be housed at the Pine Street Fire Station.
Its sister Engine, 707, had arrived a month earlier in December. Engine 707 had been equipped with a larger, 8 cylinder motor. Engine 701 with a 6 cylinder motor, could not pull the hill on Old Bridge Turnpike with the same speed as Engine 707, so the decision was made to switch the engines, and house Engine 701 here at the Civic Center Fire Station.
Engine 701 served as the front line engine at the Civic Center Station for ten years until it was joined by Engine 707 in 1985, and run as a two piece engine company. The two engines were run together out of this house until Ladder Tower 709 was received one year later.
Engine 701was subsequently transferred to the Pine Street Fire House where it was run second out until 1997. By the time Engine 701 was sold in 1997, it was rusting away; a testament to the poor quality of the imported steel used at the time to construct the cab, the body, and the water tank.
For 21 years this engine responded to thousands of alarms, and despite later decay, it regularly passed its annual pump test. It was reliable and dependable, and served the O.B.V.F.D. well. It will always be remembered by those of us who responded with it, through some of the busiest fire duty this department had.