NJ Regional Fire Boat Task Force to hold ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ and Press Event on May 1

WEEHAWKEN, NJ — Federal, state, county and local elected officials will join with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, local fire departments and more to commemorate the creation of the Regional Fire Boat Task Force with a ceremonial “Blessing of the Fleet” event on Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m. The event will celebrate the creation of the Regional Fire Boat Task Force, which is the first of its kind in the nation, and honor maritime traditions by allowing local clergy to officially bless fire boats from each municipality as they parade up the picturesque Hudson River.

WHO: Federal, state, county and local elected officials

WHAT: Blessing of the Fleet Event

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Chart House Restaurant, 1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken NJ

About the New Jersey Regional Fire Boat Task Force

The New Jersey Regional Fire Boat Task Force is an innovative shared services agreement that has been funded by a $1 million federal grant that has been used to establish a regional dispatching center. The program began operating in September 2017 and is greatly improving safety and efficiency in waterfront communities where it is in effect, including Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne, Newark, Kearny, Carteret, Elizabeth, Perth Amboy, Secaucus, and the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue municipalities of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York. Each of these local fire departments are now receiving fire boat dispatching services from a central dispatch center. Additionally, purchases of fire boats in each of the municipalities has been funded by federal Port Security grants.

For any additional information please contact Philip Swibinski at 201-978-8651 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.

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North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Swears-in 37 Firefighters, Lisa Napier becomes NHRFR’s first female firefighter

North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue made history recently by swearing-in 37 new firefighters, its largest hiring class ever, including Lisa Napier, the first female firefighter in the 20-year history of NHRFR. All 37 new firefighters are U.S. military veterans, showing the regional fire department’s unwavering commitment to supporting our nation’s veterans.

All New Firefighters

“Each of the 37 men and women joining our ranks have served this country, and will continue to protect their communities as members of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are all extremely qualified and I am confident they will make excellent firefighters.”

“Today we are proud to welcome 37 brave men and women to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, and wish them luck as they begin their important work protecting the community,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner. “I would like to thank Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for helping secure a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) federal grant which will fully pay the salaries of 35 of these new firefighters. Federal funding this year also enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art cameras which detect body heat and can save precious time when fire crews are in dangerous situations.”

The new NHRFR firefighters are: Alexis Barreto, Ryan M. Haas, Kevin L. Riker, Joshua M. Grochowski, Stephen Arxer, Michael A. Viggiano, Mitchell L. Hoffman, Philip T. Hoffman Jr., Paul B. Brown, Rembert A. Amistad, Patrick J. Klebaur, Shane M. Paczkowski, Julio C. Pinedo, Kenneth E. Stewart, Lisa A. Napier, Kevin P. Greenfield, Alex C. Burkhardt, Richard J. Villane, Ryan A. Malanot, Matthew M. Buchman, Ronnie J. Guerra, Jose J. Solano, Patrick L. Morris, Jeffrey T. Mullins, Arthur J. Knutsen, David L. Washington, Fernando Rodriguez, Mark S. Moran, Andres F. Lopez, Marc R. Vero, Michael A. Carvajal, Thomas H. Ruane, David C. Sigwart, Mauricio B. Rojas, Kyle L. Rowand, Johandy Martinez and Xavier A. Romo.

Group Shot 1Three firefighters were promoted to the rank of Captain: Joseph B. Gobin, Peter Mancini and Timothy P. Richards. Nicholas A. Prato was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief.

Present at the ceremony were Chief Montagne, Mayor Turner, NHRFR Executive Directors Michael DeOrio and Jeffrey Welz, Deputy Chief Anthony Venezia, Battalion Chief Alider Pratts, and NHRFR Board Members Guttenberg Councilman John Habermann, Christopher Pianese and Martin Martinetti.

NHRFR is a nationally recognized fire protection unit, and one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States. Covering the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.

North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Promotion Ceremony Honors Five

Today, five firefighters received promotions in a ceremony held by the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR). Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25 year fireman, Captain Alan Williams, (15 years), and Firefighters James Lisa (15

years), Erik Wilson (12 years) and Richard Gora (19 years) received commendations along with their promotions to the positions of Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief, and Captains, respectively. The ceremony was held at NHRFR Headquarters in West New York and was attended by NHRFR Management Committee Chairman and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner,  North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nicholas Sacco, Guttenberg Councilman John Habermann, Union City Management Committee member Martin Martinetti along with numerous members of the Regional, family and friends.

“Deputy Chief Lorenz, Battalion Chief Williams, and Captains Lisa, Wilson and Gora are some of the most dedicated and professional officers I have had the privilege of working with in my career,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are each very deserving of their promotions and I’m sure they will continue to do excellent work for NHRFR in these new capacities.”

“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and responding to catastrophic fires in our communities, and for the department to continue offering a high level of service we must maintain an adequate supervisory staff of experienced fire officers,” said Mayor Richard Turner. “Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”

NHRFR is a nationally recognized fire protection unit, and one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States. Covering the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.