New Jersey News

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hoboken firefighters want action on new contract

Firefighters descended on the City Council meeting on Monday to demand action on a new contract, telling council members the city's administration has lied to the governing body about negotiations and saying they feel "disrespected" by city officials. The fire officers union, which includes about 40 captains and battalion chiefs, has been working under an expired contract since December 2013. The city wants a mediator to step in to resolve the dispute, according to the union's president, Bernie Grilletti, who called the mediation request "a joke" when speaking to council members on Monday. Grilletti and the union's state delegate, Joseph Grossi, told council members the city wants "exorbitant givebacks," cuts in longevity pay and vacation days and "very minimal" salary increases compared to raises given to other union workers in the city. They said the current administration met with them twice before asking for a mediator. "We ultimately feel that the city doesn't care about us," Grossi said. "We're the backbone of this city."

Ramsey gas station erupts in flames after car smashes into gas pumps

A driver crashed through several fuel pumps at the Delta Gas Station in Ramsey, striking the building and igniting a large fire, authorities said. Smoke from the blaze on North Franklin Turnpike on Sunday could be seen for more than a mile from the scene. Firefighters from Ramsey, Allendale and Mahwah quickly brought the fire under control, Ramsey Rescue Squad said in a news release. Also responding to the accident, which occurred about 8:45 a.m., was Ramsey Office of Emergency Management, Ramsey Ambulance Corps and Ramsey police. The driver, who suffered minor injuries, was ticketed for driving recklessly, according to News4NY. The only employee at the gas station had stepped away for a bathroom break, according to the report.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hamilton fire consolidation on council docket, effort appears closer than ever

During the now three-year effort to consolidate Hamilton's eight autonomous fire districts into one unified fire service, the matter has been before the township council many times - usually for discussion or debate. Now, they have an ordinance, and a resolution. An ordinance to dissolve the districts and create a single municipal fire department - and a resolution for the state's Local Finance Board to bless the move - is on the Hamilton council's agenda. The measures will have their first readings at the council meeting Tuesday evening. The target date for the district dissolutions and new department is Jan. 1, 2019. If all is approved, and the state green lights it, the new Hamilton Fire Department will be led by a fire chief, employee about 130 firefighters and have a proposed budget of about $26 million. Some leaders see this as progress, and positive.

NJ search-and-rescue teams continue to send help after Florence

More members of rescue teams from across New Jersey were deployed to assist communities that have been affected by Hurricane Florence. New Jersey Task Force One sent 16 additional members toward North and South Carolina late Saturday night at the request of Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a news release from the State Police. The state also sent six rescue boats and five vehicles to assist with rescues, the release said. On Sept. 10, the 85-member task force traveled to North Carolina and is staged in Kinston, North Carolina. An additional Task Force One member is in Columbia, South Carolina, helping rescue personnel. The 16 additional members went to Morganton, North Carolina on Saturday.
Press of Atlantic City

Atlantic City police, fire to face off in blood donation challenge

Fire and police departments will once again go head to head Wednesday to try and bring in the most blood donations to benefit the American Red Cross. The annual Battle of the Badges will take place at the Moose Lodge 216 on West End Avenue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., when any eligible donors can give blood in the name of their favorite local firefighters or police officers. Departments in the past have recruited family, friends, neighbors and community members to donate blood and plasma. The fire and police departments have faced off in the annual event since 2016. The Atlantic City Police Department won bragging rights last year with the most people donating in name of the department.
Press of Atlantic City

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