ATLANTIC CITY — The Westside and Venice Park neighborhoods will see a shiny new fire truck responding to calls in the foreseeable future.
The firefighters of Station 3, located at Indiana and Grant Avenues, pushed the new Engine 3 into its bay on Feb. 7 as per tradition when a new apparatus is put into service.
“The men and women of the Atlantic City Fire Department can expect more reliability with this new engine,” said Fire Chief Scott Evans. “Having that confidence that your equipment will work well in an emergency situation goes a long way.”
Mayor Marty Small Sr., Evans and Atlantic City Fire Department Union President John Varallo along with the firefighters of Station 3 also acknowledged the death of longtime firefighter Anthony Carfagno, who was assigned to Station 3 and died from COVID-19 in December 2021. A plaque on the front of the new truck honors his memory.
Station 3, which was built in 1909, is also being considered for addition to the National Register of Historic Places along with the fire station at Atlantic and Annapolis avenues which was built in 1907.
The municipality won a $50,000 grant from the National Park Service to prepare the applications.
“This grant is part of a concerted effort to restore the beautiful firehouses in our city and to preserve our history,” Small said in a prepared statement in December 2022 when the grant was awarded to make application to the National Register.
Earlier in 2022, the city won a $500,000 African American Civil Rights grant to preserve the firehouse at the corner of Indiana and Baltic avenues in the Northside Institutional Historic District. The New Jersey Historic Trust also awarded the city a $750,000 grant for that project.