Howell Fire District No. 3 To Buy New Breathing Masks

Southard Fire Department No. 1 on Route 9, part of Howell Fire District No. 3 (Photo by Sara Grillo)

HOWELL – Voters in Fire District No. 3 approved a budget question that will allow new breathing masks for those firefighters.

On the ballot for District 3 was a capitol question that asked to move money from one part of the district’s budget to the capitol section in order to replace the squad’s self-contained breathing apparatus.

The fire district’s current breathing devices, which allow firefighters to breathe fresh air while battling a blaze, are beginning to fail.

The referendum would allow the district to use $155,657 left over from previous capital projects for other equipment. The capitol question passed 177-61.

Louis Memmolo IV, who served as president of the Southard Fire Department for eight years, was elected as a fire commissioner, beating out his opponent by 14 votes.

The $2,014,709 overall budget also passed, with $1,858,000 expected to be raised by taxation.

Fire District No. 3 responds to calls in the Southard section of Howell, located off Route 9 south of Aldrich Road.

In District 4, the budget passed 43 votes to 2.

James Bailey ran unopposed for a three-year seat as a fire commissioner. He received 35 votes.

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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.