Thursday, May 23, 2013
The 14 new firefighters were sworn in on Thursday afternoon in Hoboken City Hall.
A new class of Hoboken firefighters was sworn in on Thursday afternoon in Hoboken City Hall. The 14 men all just completed fire academy and will start work next week. Stephen Marks, standing in for Mayor Dawn Zimmer, as well as Public Safety Director Jon Tooke, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Councilwoman Theresa Castellano and City Clerk Jimmy Farina officially welcomed the firemen to the force. Chief Richard Blohm wished all the new recruits — which includes his son Ryan – a safe and successful career. "I'm very proud," said Batallion Chief Mario Fini, who will be taking four new firefighters under his wing. The new members of the department are now entering into a one year probationary period. "It's a very exciting time," Fini …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The City Council will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Hoboken City Council will meet on Thursday for an emergency meeting in which they're planning to vote on $700,000 in retroactive pay for 14 fire fighters. The amount of money was decided on during last week's council meeting. While the city initially asked for $1 million in appropriations, it turned out that only $700,000 was immediately necessary. The $700,000 are emergency appropriations. Before voting on the sum itself, the council will have to approve the sale of that same amount in special emergency notes. The city asked for $1 million, said spokesman Juan Melli, because more retirements are coming later in the year that will have to be paid out. The council is supposed to meet on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After a lengthy discussion, $700,000 was approved to pay outstanding retro pay for the fire department.
While the numbers changed throughout the night and a lenghty discussion prefaced the vote, 14 firemen will receive the retro active pay to which they're entitled. The city initially asked the council to approve $1 million, but only $700,000 was needed. Fourteen firemen retired on February and are due the pay, which until Wednesday night, the city had said was not in the budget. This ordinance is separate from vacation days that could be due to the firemen who retired in February.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Two floors were evacuated from Marineview Plaza Saturday.
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Saturday, March 23
One person was transported to Jersey City Medical Center Saturday after a fire broke out in the Marineview Plaza apartment building Saturday. City Spokesman Juan Melli said damage from the fire was contained to one apartment in the building. There is no word on the origin of the fire. The victim is a resident of the apartment building. Melli said the victim was transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital after first receiving treatment at the medical center. Also, four firefighters and one police officer suffered smoke inhalation. Two floors from the apartment building were evacuated, but Melli said residents will be able to return Saturday afternoon. The Hoboken Fire Department, Hoboken Police, Jersey City Fire Department and Hoboken EMS …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The public is invited on Monday at 2 p.m. in Hoboken City Hall.
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Friday, March 22
Three captains and eight fire fighters will go up a rank, the city has announced. The public is invited to the ceremony, which will take place in Hoboken City Hall at 2 p.m. on Monday. Captains Joseph Turner, David Buoncuore and Jason Cassesa will be promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. Fire fighters Christopher McGlinchy, Joseph Piccicinni, Daniel T. England, Andrew C. Markey, Richard H. Marsh, Gregory Ferrante, Robert J. O’Connor and Andrew J. Maroney will be promoted to the rank of Captain. The ceremony will also recognize firefighters who are retiring from service, the city announced.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The three alarm fire on Sunday afternoon was probably caused by a cigarette butt, according to police reports.
Sunday afternoon's fire on downtown Madison Street seems to have been started by a cigarette butt, police said. One of the residents of 72 Madison St. — the building where the fire originated — told police that he had been smoking a cigarette on the balcony. The wind blew off the bud from the balcony. Moments later, the 26-year-old told police, smoke started coming from the area where his cigarette had fallen. The fire broke out around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, heavily damaging two buildings and minor damage to one more. The six surrounding buildings were also evacuated, but residents were allowed back in after the fire was knocked out. In total, 72 Madison St. had five tenants, spread out over two apartments. The building's basement …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The department will be awarded more than $35,000, according to a release from U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez.
Hoboken is one of six fire departments in the state that will receive a federal grant for new equipment and training or safety operations, announced New Jersey's senators on Monday morning. The Hoboken Fire Department sustained significant damage during Hurricane Sandy, losing multiple trucks and other aparatus. The $35,440 that Hoboken will receive, comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. In total, $640,000 is being divided among the fire departments in Hoboken, Harrison, East Windsor, Wallington, Monmouth Junction and the Township of Union. "Our firefighters are ready to sacrifice everything in responding to emergencies and keeping our communities safe," Menendez said. "We are …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Together with the Hopes Head Start program, 50 turkeys were donated to families in need.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Hoboken Fire Department together with Hopes Head Start donated 50 turkeys to families in need this year. From Andrew Frey, on behalf of Locals 1078/1076: This year, the tradition almost didn't happen. The turkeys are generally delivered to the Hoboken store which was badly damaged by super storm sandy. After speaking to Barbara from Inserra supermarkets, the only option to make this tradition continue was to pick up the turkeys from a Shoprite in Stony Point, NY (Rockland County). The turkeys were made possible by Mr. Larry Inserra of Inserra supermarkets which is based in Mahwah, NJ. The HFD would like to thank Mr. Inserra of Inserra supermarkets and Ms. Barbara Clapsaddle, as well as Stony Point Shoprite manager Peter Cavo …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
More than 900 calls came in during the duration of the storm in Hoboken.
Hoboken has hired an outside company to clean out the four fire stations in town. A contract was awarded — for an amount not to exceed $30,000 — to Polygon. Hoboken's fire houses suffered serious flooding during Superstorm Sandy. The basements of the fire houses were flooded. The water was as high as seven feet, according to Fire Chief Richard Blohm. At the Observer Highway station, three feet of water flooded the ground floor of the building. All of Hoboken's fire aparatus was moved to the fire station at 1313 Washington St., which was the only viable station during the storm, Blohm said. Much like the police department, the fire department was plagued by technical difficulties and failures during the storm. Beside the massive flooding in…
Friday, September 21, 2012
A roughly $1.1 million grant will go toward the hiring of new firemen at the Hoboken Fire Department.
The city has accepted a $1,118,600 million SAFER grant to hire more firemen. Accepting the grant also means that the staffing level of the Hoboken Fire Department will be at at least 75 firemen, Fire Chief Richard Blohm said. During Wednesday's meeting, Blohm attended Wednesday night's council meeting to explain to the council why the department needs more firemen. This is not the first SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant the city receives from the federal government. Last year, the city missed out on roughly $250,000 of a 2007 SAFER grant, after staffing levels weren't maintained. In order to receive that money, the city would have had to hire 15 firemen, which would have amounted to more than $250,000, …