Westfield Garden State Plaza donated a John Deere Gator™ 6x4 TH vehicle to the Borough of Paramus Office of Emergency Management on Monday, April 30th. The Gator™ is a multi-purpose vehicle that will be used in emergency situations within Paramus and is fully equipped with a Med Bed, safety chains and a full lighting package.The Gator™ will be used by the Paramus Emergency Response team for a variety of reasons, such as transportation during inclimate weather, traffic jams, or any time when cars are not feasible. It will also be on hand at all special events. In attendance to accept the donated Gator™ was Paramus Mayor James Tedesco III, Paramus Director of Emergency Preparedness Steven Mehl, Chief of Paramus Rescue Squad John Pecoraro and some of the members of the Rescue Squad.
Steven Mehl stated “The Gator is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used in a variety of situations from patient removal to command assessments. It will be kept on a trailer so it is readily available for any incidents and events in the borough.”
“The new Gator™ will enable respondents to react more quickly and efficiently in emergency situations,” said Mayor Tedesco. “The Borough extends our thanks to Westfield for their generosity in enhancing the emergency services program for Paramus residents.”
“It is our pleasure to provide our community with this state-of-the-art Gator™,” said Phillip St. Pierre, General Manager of Westfield Garden State Plaza. “It will allow emergency respondents more flexibility in accessing situations immediately.”
ABOUT WESTFIELD GARDEN STATE PLAZA
Westfield Garden State Plaza offers the premier shopping experience in New Jersey with over 280 specialty stores, and consistently delivers new retail concepts to the market. In addition, millions of shoppers each year enjoy the array of amenities available to them, including a friendly concierge service, valet parking, gift wrap and complimentary package carry out. Westfield Garden State Plaza is one of the country’s first suburban malls and will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in May 2007 with the opening of a new 16 screen movie theater, a new dining experience, and several new specialty shops. Westfield is pleased to participate in dozens of non-profit and community events throughout the year with organizations such as the Paramus Arts Council, Paramus Rotary, Paramus Education Foundation, and others. Westfield Garden State Plaza is located in Paramus and shopping hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 9:30 pm. For more information, call 201-843-2121 or www.westfield.com.