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?

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realstuff
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realstuff

Fire/Rescue boat was bought with a Federal Grant. The last city division to use horses was the HPD. Years ago the horses powered the ‘garbage wagons’ and of course, the great fire steam engines, which were quite impressive.

realstuff
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realstuff

By the way, I am for a Hoboken Swat team that knows our specific target hazards and trains on sites in order to preplan for any events by all dirty rat bastards.

realstuff
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realstuff

Stupid is what stupid says! It’s a fire/rescue boat, which is docked over 95% of the time. Patrolling for our safety is for the US Coast Guard, NY Harbor Patrol, NJ State Police and the Navy Seals who train frequently in our area. By the way, all those helicopters are not private or commercial……by the way, a former public safety director was stopped by the US Coast Guard for going in forbidden waters with our old fire boat…..

joey maxim
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joey maxim

wasn’t that fireboat donated to the hfd like the horses were a while back? [quote comment=”221793″]Stupid is what stupid says! It’s a fire/rescue boat, which is docked over 95% of the time. Patrolling for our safety is for the US Coast Guard, NY Harbor Patrol, NJ State Police and the Navy Seals who train frequently in our area. By the way, all those helicopters are not private or commercial……by the way, a former public safety director was stopped by the US Coast Guard for going in forbidden waters with our old fire boat…..[/quote]

briank
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briank

You have a point but we already have Port Authority PD, Transit PD, Customs Enforcement all covering various ports and transit hubs and systems around here. Too bad they waste their resources. I see PAPD cops sitting on the elevated traffic circle above 495 and below Kennedy Blvd in Union City to catch people rolling through the stop signs. 2 miles from the Lincoln Tunnel. Sounds like PAPD is out for revenue and trying to justify their budget. Or the Transit police officer who sits in a speed trap on River Rd up by Port Imperial ferry station. Since when does Transit security require speed traps? It’s all about justifying/growing budgets in government.

Optimus
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Optimus

These Boats partol the harbor to monitor for and deter bad guys looking to blow things up. It is cheaper for the US Gov. to give out boats to every agency on the harbor than to set up a “National Port Security Patrol Agency”……..Stupid! Its not about putting out fires in Hoboken with a boat. Its about keeping the harbor safe from terrorists. Don’t think they are not there. Everyone of these people would love to be the hero martyr at their l”ocal place of worship”. Most just don’t have the balls….But….every once in a while…….So if you don’t mind having something like a Train, Bus or Ferry blown up every once in a while, we should get rid of the Fireboat and the police swat unit…..the money we save can be used to buy Starbucks and own tiny dogs that urinate on all the trees (instead of bar patrons, much more civil, while maintaing the same smell!) Quite the Utopia (Like living in your own private Idao)

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