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NEW JERSEY - DELAWARE
NOV 2-6, 2015
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The weather in early November 2015 was perfect. We
started out with clear blue skies and warm
temperatures to find and photograph a number of fire boats and to enjoy the scenery along the way.
Our trip was limited to about four days, so we started out early with a brief visit to a pretty little
community along the Connecticut River known as Essex for the first boat. Over the next couple days
we explored the coast lines primarily in New Jersey and Delaware, but also Connecticut, New York,
and Maryland. We saw some very interesting things along the way. Enjoy!
HUDSON RIVER, NY
We set out to Yonkers to find their fire boat.
Unfortunately we could not find it and presumed
it must have been out of the water somewhere, but we did get some beautiful views of the Hudson
River and looking across towards New Jersey as we drove along the river towards the Tappan
Zee Bridge area.
Yonkers FD Sta. No. 8 along the river
The Tappan Zee Bridge was built back in the early 1950s and has been literally falling apart
for years. Some of the largest cranes in the country and a lot of other equipment are currently
in use building a new bridge to replace the old span.
Located south of the Tappan Zee on the east side of the river.
Located along the Hudson just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge are the communities of
Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow which have several interesting small volunteer stations.
some interesting apparatus and a couple fire rescue boats.
The Tarrytown boat is in the water still. A second boat
belonging to Sleepy Hollow was not found
this trip but we will look again some day.
Across the Tappan Zee to the New York community of Piermont on
the west coast of the Hudson.
A little settlement on the steep shore line with a marina and a unique boat.
Piermont, NY boat
Continuing south along the western shore of the Hudson from
New York into New Jersey.
A little south of the George Washington Bridge and I-95 is the community of Edgewater.
Located across the river from Manhattan, it offers some spectacular views of the
continuously changing New York City skyline. Edgewater has a couple boats.
New World Trade Center
Empire State Building
Some of the new high rises and the uniquely shaped building on West 57th St.
NORTH HUDSON, NJ
The North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is a regional
department covering several communities
in Bergen County including North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken, and Guttenberg.
The department is located across from mid town Manhattan on the west side of the Lincoln Tunnel.
Two boats, including a fairly new one are located in a marina.
Just west of the North Hudson area is Secaucus, located across
the Hackensack River from
the Meadowlands and Met Life Stadium where the Jet and the Giants play. Under the Route 3
bridge is the Secaucus fire boat. The boat came from the North Hudson department in a trade
for two spare fire apparatus after North Hudson got their new boat.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ
We headed out of the busy metro areas before afternoon rush
hour and headed to the
northern Jersey shore finding another boat in the marina at Atlantic Highlands, NJ
just west of Sandy Hook.
ATLANTIC CITY. NJ
We settled in for the night in Atlantic City.
There is much more of the Jersey Shore to see, but we ran short of day light and time.
The following morning the sun came up and the clear blue sky made for another perfect day
as we traveled south to Cape May and crossed over to Delaware via the Cape May-Lewes
Ferry. We got a quick tour of Cape May prior to our 10:30 ferry ride. It is a beautiful town.
Cape May has a couple departments and a nice little fire museum.
Atlantic City Station 1
Atlantic City Station 2
Cape May, NJ
Cape May Fire Rescue
Cape May Fire Museum
Cape May Point, VFD
We took the 90 minute trip from Cape May, NJ across the
Delaware Bay to Lewes, Delaware
aboard the ferry "New Jersey" It was a perfect ride and was a very economical option to a long drive.
Arriving into Delaware
The Lewes Fire Department protects the community that claims
rights to being the first
incorporated town in the first state in the USA. Pretty cool and they have an old FD as well.
The area is rapidly growing and the department has become quite busy providing both
fire and EMS. They operate a high speed fire boat.
BETHANY BEACH, DE
South of Lewes along the outer shore are several communities including Bethany Beach.
OCEAN CITY, MD
A couple miles south of Bethany Beach, Delaware you cross into
Maryland and come into
the popular shore community of Ocean City which has several stations. They also have a
boat which we did not find out about until after we left town.
Located about in the middle of the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula is the
city of Salisbury, MD.
The department operates 3 fire stations, a fleet of modern and specialized apparatus,
and a new fire boat that protects the river and into the Chesapeake Bay.
Back into Delaware and about half way up the coast, just south
of Dover is a small
shore community called Bowers. The volunteer FD operates a number of fire and
rescue apparatus and a couple water craft including a fire boat that is trailered
as needed. As we pulled in front of the station, the fire whistle blew calling in
a crew for an EMS call.
The end of day 3 on the shore in Delaware.
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