In 1999, North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg combined their fire departments into an award-winning and nationally recognized fire-protection unit called North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue.
Before regionalization, the area was served by five small fire departments, each with their own management structure, maintenance program and administrative staff.
Now, all of those responsibilities have been streamlined and consolidated into one efficient, cost-effective operation.
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue meets or surpasses fire-safety guidelines recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The number of firefighters responding to first alarms has increased, and North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue takes pride in continuing to maintain one of the best response times in the country.