Fire Department's 'Big Green Truck' needs new name

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Brigantine’s Fire Department just got a new tool for their toolbox – a vehicle that is currently going by the title “Big Green Truck.”

The vehicle, a 5-ton Army cargo truck, was obtained through the efforts of Chief Jim Holl, who had made a request using the Federal Excess Property Program. In total, Holl asked for three 5-ton trucks and three Humvees. The city might still receive the additional vehicles.

The truck itself cost the city nothing; however, the city does need to paint it, install a department radio and a flashing light.

This vehicle, which was assigned to the 253rd Transportation Company of Cape May and had seen service in both Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm, was built in 1987 and refurbished in 1998.

“I drove it back and it drives perfectly,” said Holl. “We haven’t decided what color to paint it.”

Holl noted that the truck, with a water clearance of 8 to 10 feet, would have been great to have during Superstorm Sandy, when the department needed to rescue residents in chest-high water.

Chief Holl is encouraging local students to come up with a nickname for the truck. The winner will win a ride on the truck, receive a Brigantine Fire Department sweatshirt and have a photo taken that will be submitted to The Beachcomber News.

To enter a name for the truck, email the chief at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to the department’s website,

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