Hoboken Fire & Rescue
Question: Is Hoboken Fire & Rescue really needed?
On paper, the Hoboken Fire Department most certainly does a great job in our city. They spend well over 90% of their time tied up with false alarms (most causes are – construction issues, careless cooking, flooding rain). But the fact that they are really one of the quickest responding teams around, is something for Hoboken to be proud of. Bullshit event or not – they’re there.
But my question is – why do we have a marine unit? (I think two now).
For one, the entire Hudson River is under NYC jurisdiction (last I heard). So why would a six-figure, property tax-payer funded gadget like this boat be required?
I guess you can look at it two different ways at least. Hoboken has over a mile of “coastline,” so why wouldn’t an aquatic device like this be useful. But have you ever seen it in action doing anything that may recoup it’s initial investment cost?
What about the fact that the Hudson River – all the way up to the NJ coastline is “governed” by the NY Harbor Patrol? An odd situation to say the least.
Bottom line is – does Hoboken need an aquatic Fire Department?