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PRESS RELEASE - 9/11 RUN FROM PENTAGON TO GROUND ZERO GETS BOOST FROM NEW JERSEY FIREFIGHTERS

ELIZABETH, NJ – September 11, 2017 – At 5:00AM on September 11, 2017, 27 runners from across the country will depart Trenton Fire Headquarters to complete the last day of their three day charity run from the Pentagon to Ground Zero. This 240 mile relay, the 9/11 Promise Run, is organized by Jennifer DePoto who states that this run is, “an effort to honor the lives lost; the emergency personnel who responded with the greatest of courage; the folks today that continue to fight for this country’s safety and freedom, here and abroad; and the children and families who were directly impacted by 9/11.”
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Elizabeth Fire Department Day - May 4, 2017

The Elizabeth Fire Department will again honor the men and women of the Fire and EMS Divisions at 11AM on May 4, 2017, which is the Feast of St. Florian and International Firefighters' Day. The celebration will take place in Council Chambers at Elizabeth City Hall. It will be followed by a light lunch and refreshments at City Tavern for active members, retired members, honorees, and the family of honorees ONLY.
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Parking Logistics for LODD Services for Elizabeth (NJ) Fire Chief Louis Kelly (Ret.)

Logistics Plan for Viewing & Funeral for Chief Louis Kelly Viewing – Monday, December 19, 2016 – 1600-2100hrs Higgins & Bonner Funeral Home 582 Springfield Ave. Westfield, NJ Parking is limited at Higgins & Bonner. After 1700hrs reserve Higgins & Bonner parking lot for family and friends.
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PRESS RELEASE - FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, AND COMMUNITY BAND TOGETHER TO HELP LOUISIANA FLOOD VICTIMS

ELIZABETH, NJ – September 2, 2016 – Between August 8th and 14th of this year nearly 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell on the state of Louisiana with an unfathomable 31.39 inches in a single day. The storm system that hit the region resulted in $30 million in damages; 60,000 homes destroyed; 20,000 rescues; and 13 dead. The Red Cross has called the flood the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy. This is when Fernando Rodrigues and TMX Intermodal stepped in.
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Woman Who Stole Donation Can For Teen With Cancer Arrested, Cops Say

NJ.com — ELIZABETH — Police say they've busted the thief who stole a donation can for a teen battling cancer from a city bakery – and the city's police and fire unions have stepped up to more than replace the stolen funds.

The Feb. 15 surveillance video from Alkazar Bakery shows a woman in dark clothing swipe a large plastic jug that had roughly $350 in donations for Kevin Blanco, a 16-year-old from Kearny battling stage three Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Police used that video and other intelligence to charge Jessica Lopez, 27, of Elizabeth with the crime, according to Deputy Chief John Brennan.
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PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS RACE SANTA TO DELIVER HOLIDAY CHEER

ELIZABETH, NJ – December 24, 2015 – With just days to spare Elizabeth Firefighters completed their yearly holiday benevolence. Every step of the way, at each ward’s tree lighting, at each special improvement district’s tree lighting, firefighters encountered a jolly man in a red suit, and even gave him a ride on a fire engine on a few occasions. This man, affectionately known as Santa Claus, brought smiles to the children of the city and inspired members to continue his work throughout the month.

FMBA Local 9 started the season off by donating toys to Ryan's Toy Roundup held again at Suspenders Restaurant and Pub. This yearly event honors the life of Ryan Faella, the late cousin of Local 9's members, Edward Sisk IV and Nicholas Sisk. “This is always a great event to start the season with because it honors a member of our extended firefighter family and puts into perspective what this season of giving is all about,” said Vice President David Bialas. The toys from Ryan’s Toy Roundup are donated to multiple charities in Elizabeth and around Union County.
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PRESS RELEASE - FIREFIGHTERS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING WITH ELIZABETH COMMUNITY

ELIZABETH, NJ – November 26, 2015 – Throughout the week members of Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 planned multiple events to help make Thanksgiving more enjoyable for those in the community. After a trying month in which firefighters responded to one of the city’s largest multi-agency incidents in recent years Local 9 members showed their resolve and dedication to the community during this week of thanks.
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NJFMBA Rally in Support of 9/11 Zadroga Act to be Held Monday November 23rd at Elizabeth Fire Department Headquarters

NJFMBA - Elizabeth - A rally by the NJFMBA will be held Monday, November 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Elizabeth Fire Department Headquarters, 411 Irivington Ave. The rally will include a press conference by federal, state, and local officials who are in favor of Congress extending and funding the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 including New Jersey Senator Corey Booker and Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.
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PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS COMBAT FIRE AND HUNGER

ELIZABETH, NJ – September 18, 2015 – Members of Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 were on hand Friday to make sandwiches for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. This initiative was part of Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s 3rd Annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation program. This month long event usually takes place in August, but due to the immense support and participation this year firefighters had to wait until September for their opportunity to combat hunger in the City of Elizabeth.
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New Jersey FMBA Endorses 2015 Legislative Candidates

PolitickerNJ - The New Jersey State FMBA, representing over 5,000 career firefighters, dispatchers, and EMTs used the occasion of their statewide convention in Atlantic City to consider and act on endorsements for candidates running for the New Jersey General Assembly in this November’s elections. The endorsements came after convention delegates heard from more than 20 legislators and candidates that accepted the NJFMBA’s invitation to attend.

The candidates that earned the unanimous endorsement of the NJ FMBA have shown not only that they understand the unique concerns of the men and women that keep New Jersey safe, but also that they are willing to stand up and fight for us in the halls of the New Jersey Statehouse, said Eddie Donnelly, President, NJFMBA. Whether on stage or in smaller meetings with delegates from their districts, each candidate was asked to offer their views on continued efforts to protect the Police and Firemen’s Pension System, this remains the number one focus of the NJFMBA.
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NJ Search and Rescue Team at Joint Base May Get Federal Support

NJ.com - Washington - A New Jersey search and rescue team is in line for federal funding as an officially designated U.S. National Urban Search and Rescue System member.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommended that New Jersey Task Force One, a team based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, be added to the national system.The designation includes federal funding for training and equipment.

As a result of dangerous world we live in, these emergency management teams, professionals and volunteers alike, are our best and most important lines of defense, said U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.). In their hands is one of our nation's greatest missions: protecting our homeland.
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WATCH: Jon Stewart Goes to Bat (Again) for 9/11 First Responders

NJ.com - WASHINGTON - Comedian Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show five years ago helped convince Congress to provide benefits and compensation to police officers and firefighters who suffered health problems after responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to ask lawmakers to do it all over again.

Stewart and dozens of first responders rallied at the Capitol and then met with lawmakers to urge them to permanently renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides treatment and economic compensation for first responders who contracted health problems, including respiratory diseases and cancer, after working at World Trade Center and the other 9/11 sites.
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Taxpayers Beware! New Jersey's Debt for Employee Benefits Nears $200 Billion

Does making good on the pension and health benefits unfunded liability mean that state taxes will skyrocket?

NJ Spotlight - Guard your wallets, New Jersey taxpayers! The deficit in state pension and health-benefit plans for public employees is fast approaching $200 billion.

The unfunded liabilities have reached a staggering $194.5 billion, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of State Treasury records. The shortfall has increased by $19 billion -- or roughly 10 percent -- in the past year.
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We regret to announce the passing of Ira Joyce Highsmith, Mother of Captain Gerald Highsmith

We regret to announce the passing of Ira Joyce Highsmith, Mother of Captain Gerald Highsmith on December 10, 2017. Visiting hours will be Friday, December 15, 2017, from 10am service to followat 11am at Smith Funeral Home, 455 North Broad St Elizabeth, NJ.
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EFD Christmas Party

Elizabeth Fire Department Annual Christmas Party!! Date: Sunday, December 3th, 2017 Time: 8am-11am (Please arrive on time.
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1 Dead, 15 Hurt After House Explosion in Elizabeth, NJ; All Now Accounted For

November 11, 2015

WABC - ELIZABETH - One person is dead, 15 injured following an explosion at a house in New Jersey. A person who was earlier unaccounted for has been found safe.

The blast happened at 8 a.m. Wednesday on Magnolia Avenue between Catherine Street and the Route 1 overpass in Elizabeth. A "gas episode" is the cause of the explosion, said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage; the investigation continues.

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Fire at Elizabeth Shipping Terminal Injures 2 Workers

September 17, 2015

NJ.com - ELIZABETH - Two dockworkers were injured today in Elizabeth, when officials said a so-called straddle truck caught fire and the blaze spread to the shipping container it was carrying.

The fire occurred at the APM Port Elizabeth terminal along Newark Bay, where last month a woman dockworker was struck and killed.

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Truck Fled Scene After Fatally Striking Bicyclist in Elizabeth, Police Say

September 16, 2015

NJ.com - ELIZABETH - Elizabeth police have identified the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a truck Wednesday morning as Cassidy Liaci, 37.

According to Elizabeth Police Lt. Dan Geddes, patrol units responded to a 911 call of a bicyclist struck across from 935 Fairmount Avenue just after 9 a.m.

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Several Treated for Exposure to Mixed Cleaning Fluids in Elizabeth

September 10, 2015

RLS Media - Firefighters and hazmat crews responded to the 100 block of Chilton Street at around 5:15 a.m. on reports of several ill occupants inside a house at that location.

Upon arrival to the scene, first responders immediately removed about five residents from the house after they notice abnormal levels of an unknown toxic fume inside the residence.

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Small Acts of Kidness Makes the Biggest Impacts

RLS Media - A bystander in Elizabeth caught an act of kindness on camera that will have a positive impact on a young man's life.

Sometime at around 9:30 a.m., an Elizabeth firefighter at headquarters was approached by a teen requesting assistance.

It was not fire related but perhaps just as crucial for this young man.

Without hesitation the firefighter was seen taking the teen's tie and proceeded to show him how to tie it.
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Democratic Leader Pelosi Calls for Renewing Law to Help 9/11 First Responders

NJ.com - WASHINGTON - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi asked the rest of the party's House members to extend the federal program funding health treatment for first responders injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, named for a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory disease after responding to the World Trade Center attacks, provides treatment and economic compensation for first responders. The program will end this year unless it is renewed.
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Ciattarelli: Uncertain Investment Market Another Reason Pension Reform is Needed

PolitickerNJ - TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli warned that New Jersey cannot rely on its investment portfolio returns to help reform its pension system and that unrealistic projected returns make a bad situation worse. More than two-thirds of states have reduced their pension investment projections since 2008, according to the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. The average projection target of 7.68 percent is the lowest since 1989.

Like other states, New Jersey’s significant unfunded pension liability is affected by increased lifespans, expensive benefits, inadequate or skipped payments and rates of return on investments that fall short of projection, said Ciattarelli, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. These drivers all point to the urgent need for comprehensive reform, including lowering the projected rate-of-return.
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Public-Worker Unions Want US Supreme Court to Rule on NJ Pension Problems

Unions look to take their grievance to the top, but with a steady stream of petitions filed each year, the chance of getting a hearing is slim

NJ Spotlight - After taking several months to research case law, lawyers for New Jersey public-worker unions are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of funding the state’s beleaguered pension system.

More than a dozen unions, including those representing teachers, police officers, and firefighters, have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court that was released publicly yesterday. It seeks a review of the June decision issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court that allowed Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to disobey a key part of a bipartisan reform law that called on the state to increase contributions to the public-employee pension system to help reverse more than a decade of underfunding.
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NJ Cited by Conservative Think Tank As Example of Meaningful Pension Reform

Report’s author credits willingness by Christie and Democrats to work together, but adds relationship is probably poisoned at this point

NJ Spotlight - A new report that analyzes recent state government pension-reform efforts holds up New Jersey as an example of a state that has enacted major changes that will pay long-term dividends -- even as leaders here are still struggling with a serious pension-funding problem.

The report due to be released today by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank based in New York, looks at the pension-reform issue largely from a political perspective. It identifies key factors such as strong leadership and budget pressures that have fostered environments in some states where meaningful changes were passed.
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