Center, third from left, Picatinny Arsenal Fire Chief, Ron Guidetti hands the keys to a ladder truck to the VA Lyons fire chief as the director of emergency services and director of logistics look on.

The Picatinny Arsenal Fire Department has a tradition of providing assistance to the Arsenal's neighboring communities, responding to many off-post incidents.

Along with the Picatinny Arsenal police department and emergency medical technicians, the firefighters also serve as first responders to the thousands of military and
civilian personnel and their families within the "Cannon Gates."

They serve around the clock,24 hours a day, and need to respond within a moment's notice.

The department's motto is "Protecting Those Who Defend America" and earlier this month the department lived up to its slogan.

Fire Chief Ron Guidetti handed over the keys of Picatinny's 1994 Pierce Arrow ladder truck to the Fire Chief at the Lyons Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The 105-foot ladder truck was scheduled to be replaced through the U.S. Army's non-tactical vehicle program. Last year, through this program, 17 new aerial ladders were purchased for the Department of the Army.

This purchase included a new ladder for Picatinny Arsenal, eliminating the need for the 1994 truck.

The truck was to be turned into the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

Around that time, an inquiry came from the Lyons'department seeking to obtain a vehicle that the Arsenal no longer needed.

After approval through the U.S. Army Atlantic Region and the Installation Management Command, the transfer took place Jan. 10.

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