KME Joins Carbon Co. Volunteers to Send Disaster Relief Convoy to New Jersey



11/9/2012
KME joins Carbon County volunteers to send Disaster Relief Convoy to New Jersey
 
What started out as a friend helping a friend has quickly expanded to a massive disaster relief effort by residents and businesses of Carbon County, PA, to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the borough of Sea Bright, New Jersey.
 
Organizer of the effort, Kevin Steber, Sales Engineer for KME in Nesquehoning, PA is on a mission. He says he simply could not sit back and do nothing. Steber responded to the many personal texts and posts on Facebook by his friend, Sea Bright Fire Chief, Charles (Chad) Murphy saying, “I can no longer sit here and watch all this devastation in NJ! I became good friends with the Fire Chief in Sea Bright, Chad, when they bought their KME fire truck earlier this year and they have lost EVERYTHING in their Borough including their fire station. This was one of the hardest hit areas of NJ. Enough is enough!”
 
Using the social media site, Steber created the page CARBON COUNTY HELPS SEA BRIGHT, NJ. Within minutes he managed to rally hundreds of volunteers, including the Summit Hill, PA Fire Department, to assist in the disaster relief effort by donating food, clothing and much needed supplies. The donations rolled in exponentially creating another unexpected challenge and that was how to transport and deliver the supplies to the people of Sea Bright. Fox Transportation of Tamaqua, PA and the KME/Kovatch Organization jumped on board immediately. As a result, the people of Sea Bright, NJ can expect a convoy to roll in to the rescue tomorrow morning.
 
In addition to donating a tractor to haul a 53’ foot trailer donated by Fox, KME’s service department will be providing mobile service to perform preventative maintenance not only for Sea Bright, but also for any fire department within the area. John Kovatch IV, KME Director of Customer Service explains, “When a vehicle is working in water for extended periods of time, water tends to get into the axle housings, transmissions and engines. We plan to do fluid and filter changes as well as any pump repairs so they do not fail while they continue to protect and aid their communities in this time of disaster.” He added that they are ready to provide service for any make and model of emergency vehicle for those nearby who are able to come to the service area location. The oil, filters and service are all being donated. Sea Bright Fire Chief, Chad Murphy has advised KME that at the time of this release, already 20 trucks are lined up to go.
 
The convoy is scheduled to deploy at 7am Saturday morning from the KME headquarters in Nesquehoning, PA, and will include the 53’ foot trailer filled with food, clothing and supplies, two KME service trucks, an additional tractor/trailer donated by Kovatch Motorsports that will carry extra service supplies and equipment, several vans and a bus filled with volunteers from Carbon County, PA. The Pennsylvania State Police will escort it to the New Jersey state line where it will be met by Sea Bright Borough and Fire Department officials. The final destination is the Little Silver Fire Department on Prospect Ave. in Little Silver, NJ where the Carbon County Convoy is expected to arrive and set-up their service area by mid-morning.
 
Carbon County Helps Sea Bright, NJ on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/events/164281397047312/

ABOUT KME:
As a leading manufacturer of first responder vehicles, KME engineers and custom manufactures a full range of specialty trucks for federal, industrial, commercial, aviation and municipal markets. Additional information on KME can be found at kmefire.com or by emailing to kme@kmefire.com

ABOUT REV GROUP:
REV Group, Inc., is a +2 billion manufacturer of industry-leading motor vehicle brands. Products include ambulances, fire trucks, shuttle buses, transit buses, yard trucks, street sweepers, luxury motorhomes and wheelchair accessible vehicles. REV owns 26 brands, employs more than 6,000 people in 16 different manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and produces more than 20,000 specialty vehicles annually. REV Group recently moved its corporate headquarters from Orlando, Fla., to Milwaukee, Wisc. For more information, about REV, visit revgroup.com.