The Hoboken Fire Department and City of Hoboken have secured $122,000 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The funds will be used to modify all four firehouses with new diesel exhaust removal systems. The new, modern systems will create a healthier and safer environment for firefighters, employees, and visitors by removing carbon monoxide and other carcinogenic gases and particles. Current exhaust removal systems are outdated and damaged.
“New Jersey’s brave first responders in municipalities like Hoboken keep our families and our communities safe,” said Senator Cory Booker. “As our firefighters risk their own lives to protect those of others, particularly in the midst of this public health crisis, we must ensure they have the resources they need to remain out of harm’s way.”
“I’m very pleased Hoboken has been awarded this funding to help keep our first responders and residents safe, especially during the current pandemic,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “We continue to do everything we can to upgrade our infrastructure through alternative sources of funding, and I know the grant will be put to good use within our firehouses. Thank you to Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for fighting for this grant for our community.”
“This grant provides a tremendous investment in the health and safety of the Hoboken Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Brian Crimmins. I would like to thank Mayor Bhalla, the Hoboken City Council, and FEMA Region 2 for providing the support needed to complete this project. We have already started planning and expect to have the new vehicle exhaust removal systems installed within the next 12 months.”
The grant will pay for 90% of the new system, with the City covering the cost of 10%. The system will also save the City and the First Department money on continued maintenance costs. The City will go out to bid in the coming months, with anticipated installation of the new system anticipated by July, 2021.
The City of Hoboken invites members of the public to apply for membership on the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission volunteer board. The Shade Tree Commission was established in 2001 with an overall mission to encourage and manage a safe shade tree program for the benefit of Hoboken’s trees and residents. It consists of five members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor. Members must be Hoboken residents. If you are interested in applying to become a Shade Tree Commission Member, please visit https://www.hobokennj.gov/municipal-boards and click “Apply for a Board.”
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission has postponed its annual spring tree planting to fall 2020. The Commission has received requests to plant more than 90 trees in 2020. Residents can request tree plantings for future years by completing the Street Tree Planting Program Request Form at https://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/shadetree.
The Shade Tree Commission will be collaborating with the Hoboken Green Team to provide community education on tree care and urban forestry. Follow @hoboken_green on Instagram and @HobokenGreenTeam on Facebook for the latest updates.