NHRFR Welcomes 55 New Officers to Fire Protection Unit

NHRFR Welcomes 55 New Officers to Fire Protection Unit

Jillian Risberg

“It’s an amazing feeling; it’s been a long road, we finally got the job and it’s the best job in the world,” says Probationary Firefigther, Daniel Torres.  “Camaraderie, you deal with people everyday and it becomes like a brotherhood.”

A $5 million Federal Grant gives our local war heroes the chance to be part of a nationally recognized fire protection unit.

“It’s very important to me to support some of the veterans that we’re hiring.  Similar work, they’re the military — they’re disciplined, they know the command structure, they’ve driven heavy apparatus and tools, so it’s a perfect blend for all of us,” says North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Chief Frank Montagne.

They serve and protect, now NHRFR swears in 55 new officers so they can continue doing what they love — serving the public.

“Mayor Stack, Mayor Sacco, Mayor Drasheff, Mayor Roque, myself — we all made a commitment several years ago to hire veterans,” says Richard Turner, NHRFR Chairman and Mayor of Weehawken.  “Twenty-five percent of our total force, so it’s actually a very good commitment and we’re very proud of it.  It’s our contribution back to those individuals who gave so much for their country.”

When this Army veteran got the call, it was one of the best days of his life.

“I like helping people and being in the Civil Service particularly, the fire department — which I’ve always wanted to be a part of is just really very gratifying,” says Probationary Firefighter Patrick Calandrillo.