February 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM
PATERSON, NJ – Forty Paterson firefighters on Thursday completed a three-day training course on performing ice rescues conducted at Barbour Pond on Garret Mountain in Clifton.
The training was provided through a $107,736 grant under the United States Department of Homeland Security’s federal Assistance to Firefighters program, according to a press release issued by the firefighters’ union.
In addition to the training, the grant also will cover the cost of 50 personal floatation devices, 20 throw-bags with snag plates, two floatation kits for stretchers, 1,200 feet of floating rescue rope, 20 ring buoys, 40 mesh duffle bags, 40 water rescue knives, and enough waterproof boots, gloves, vests, helmets, wet/dry suits, and locating strobe lights to outfit 40 firefighters, the press release said.
Day in and day out we see that our members must be trained for any incident that may occur,” said Battalion Chief Brian McDermott who oversaw today's training. “Chief Postorino has shown leadership in making sure that we are the best trained Department in the state, while keeping costs to a minimum.”
Twenty-four of the firefighters also were certified so they will be able to train other members of the city’s fire department, the press release said.
Carlos Pagan, president of the Paterson FMBA, praised Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Senator Frank Lautenberg for helping secure the grant.
“Congressman Pascrell and Senator Lautenberg have been great allies of the department,’’ Pagan said. “They understand the challenges we face daily and during extreme crisis, said Carlos Pagan. “With their help, we are able to ensure better safety services and practices for all our residents throughout the city during emergencies.”