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McGreevey Takes Action to Improve Fire Safety


Signs Executive Order creating the Governors Fire Service and Safety Task Force

 

(TRENTON)In an effort to improve safety at New Jerseys fire departments, Governor James E. McGreevey signed an Executive Order today creating the Governors Fire Service and Safety Task Force.

 

The tragedy of September 11th demonstrated the need to have greater cooperation and superior channels of communication between our fire departments, said McGreevey. Better communication and training will ensure the ability of our fire departments to respond to emergency situations and effectively protect New Jerseys families.

 

The Task Force is being charged with examining interdepartmental communication in response to a major emergency, training exercises, group purchasing, current delivery of fire protection, and operational readiness.  The Task Force is also being asked to develop and recommend a statewide plan to create a more efficient and safe operation.

 

Larry Petrillo, the Director of the Division of Fire Safety, will chair the Task Force. Members will include the Director of the Office of Emergency Management, as well as the presidents of the NJ Firemens Benevolent Association, Professional Fire Chiefs Association, Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, New Jersey State Firemens Association and the League of Municipalities.

 

A copy of the Executive Order is below.

 

WHEREAS, the people of the State of New Jersey rely upon the courageous men and women of the fire departments of this State to protect them from the pervasive danger presented by fire and other emergencies; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has a compelling interest in guaranteeing that the fire departments of the State, both career and volunteer, are adequately trained and equipped to respond to catastrophic damage and loss; and

 

WHEREAS, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have demonstrated the need for greater cooperation and superior channels of communication between municipal fire departments and State, county and federal agencies to ensure the ability of the States fire departments to respond to a catastrophic event or terrorist attack; and

 

WHEREAS, the fire departments of this State could benefit from more efficient, more economical, and safety sensitive training; and

 

WHEREAS, the fire departments of the State of New Jersey could benefit from group purchasing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

 

1.        There is hereby established the Governors Fire Service and Safety Task Force, hereinafter referred to as the Task Force.

2.        The members of the Task Force shall consist of:

         The Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, or his designee

         The Attorney General, or his designee

         The Director of the Division of Fire Safety

         The President of the New Jersey Firemens Benevolent Association, or his designee

         The President of the New Jersey Association of Fire Districts, or his designee

         The President of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association, or his designee

         The President of the New Jersey State Association of County Fire Marshals, or his designee

         The President of the Professional Fire Chiefs Association, or his designee

         The President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, or his designee

         The President of the New Jersey State Firemens Association, or his designee

         The President of the League of Municipalities, or his designee

3.        The Chairperson of the Task Force shall be the Director of the Division of Fire Safety.

4.        The purpose of the Task Force will be to examine how fire departments can foster greater cooperation and improve interdepartmental communication with the State, County and Federal Agencies in order to respond to a major disaster, to examine the current delivery of fire protection and the operational readiness of New Jerseys Fire Service, and to develop and recommend a Statewide plan to affect a more efficient, more economical, and safety sensitive operation.

5.        Specifically, the Task Force will study the following aspects of fire department performance:   Interdepartmental Communication, Massive response major emergency response, and Training

6.        The Task Force will consider making recommendations with regard to potential remedies, including:  Interdepartmental training exercises to prepare for major emergency response, Group purchasing, Methods and technology to improve interdepartmental communication, and Departmental efficiency studies

7.        The Task Force may request assistance from any department, division, office

or agency of the State.  Any department, division, office or agency of the State is hereby required to cooperate with the Council and furnish it with information and personnel assistance to the extent necessary to achieve the goals of this Order.

 

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this

             day of

in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Three, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Seventh.

                                                                                   

James E. McGreevey, Governor

Attest:

Michael R. DeCotiis, Chief Counsel to the Governor