WEST NEW YORK – North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue held a ceremony Monday morning celebrating the promotion of five fire officers and unveiling new equipment that will add to its fleet of fire protection apparatus. Held at NHRFR Headquarters in West New York, the event included the promotion of five veteran firefighters to new supervisory positions: Captain James Corso to Battalion Chief and Firefighters Jose Vargas, Steven Hillis, Brian Stahl and Mike Flood to Captain. The ceremony was attended by North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nick Sacco, as well as Weehawken Mayor and NHRFR Management Committee Chairman Richard Turner.
“As our department has grown younger with the hiring of new firefighters over the past two years, many of whom are military veterans, having outstanding supervising officers who can serve as mentors and leaders is more important than ever,” said Mayor Turner. “Each of these young men have been outstanding members of our department and we are all proud to see their careers continue to advance today.”
Following the promotion ceremony, NHRFR leadership unveiled several new pieces of fire equipment which it has purchased or acquired recently. Included in the presentation was the department’s new 81-foot Tower Ladder truck, as well as its four new Pumper Trucks, each of which are capable of supplying up to 1,500 gallons of water per minute. The Regional also displayed an additional Tower Ladder that it received in an equipment swap with the Town of Secaucus. All the new equipment will be added to the Regional’s fleet and will help it continue to offer among the fastest average response times and highest quality fire protection in the country.
“The past few years have been an exciting time for North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, with many outstanding new members of our department and now this addition of new state-of-the-art fire protection equipment that will help us continue to protect all the residents of our communities from fires and other disasters,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “I would like to thank the leaders of our five communities for continuing to make the proper investments in fire safety and making sure NHRFR continues to be the best fire operation in New Jersey.”
About North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue:
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue was organized in 1999 when North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg combined their fire departments into one award-winning and nationally recognized fire-protection unit that is the third largest fire department in the state. Before regionalization, the area was served by five small fire departments. Now, those responsibilities have been streamlined and consolidated into one efficient, cost-effective operation. NHRFR 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 NHRFR takes pride in continuing to maintain one of the best response times in the country.