PATERSON, NJ – Career firefighters, and members of the NJFMBA, from Paterson, the Ninth Congressional District, and across New Jersey descended on Paterson Fire Headquarters Tuesday to offer their endorsement for the reelection of the man the building is named after.

“Congressman Bill Pascrell has never once wavered in his support of America’s first responders,” Eddie Donnelly, President of the NJ FMBA said. “Whether it’s fighting for resources we need for training, equipment, manpower, and more; or fighting to ensure that those who responded to 9-11 continue to get the health care they deserve; Bill Pascrell has always had our backs. We will always have his.” 

Pascrell has been regularly extolled as a supporter of career firefighters with union leaders pointing to his record from his earliest days in Congress when he authored the FIRE Act which led to creation of the Assistance for Firefighters Grants and SAFER firefighter staffing programs. 

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That support continues, speakers said, with Pascrell introducing legislation in December to provide critical tax relief for first responders

“Firefighters put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. It has been my mission in Congress to provide them with the federal support they both need and deserve, and I am proud to receive their endorsement of my efforts today,” Pascrell, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, said. “America’s first responders are heroes here in North Jersey and throughout the United States. Just as they never stop fighting for us, I will never stop fighting for them. With my reelection to Congress, our firefighters, police, and first responders will continue to have a fighter on their side in Washington.”

Recognizing the increased instance of the disease in firefighter, Pascrell led efforts that led to the passage of a federal law creating a registry for firefighters diagnosed with the deadly cancer.

“The Paterson Fire Department is one of the busiest in the nation, and, thanks in part to the man fighting for us every day in Washington, we are one of the best,” Kyle Hughes and Mike Caposella, the presidents of the PFD’s two local unions said. “Every time we respond to an alarm, we are a little bit safer because of the efforts of Congressman Bill Pascrell. That means the residents we serve are safer.”

 

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