Monday, March 23, 2009

A Tale of Two Towns' Fire Departments

This month marked two major developments in the Fire Departments of the adjacent towns of Clifton and Bloomfield. The doors finally closed on Clifton's Fire Dept #2, laying off several of its firefighters, as part of the city council's plan to save more than $4 million this year - a plan that will see 60 city jobs cut. Protests by firemen and residents have moved onto a community website.

At the same time, the Bloomfield Fire Department received International Accreditation with the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The Commission on Fire Accreditation International unanimously voted for the Fire Department to be accredited.

After an in depth evaluation covering all aspects of how the department is run (from management to operations), it was found that Bloomfield measured up to the rigorous standards that were required by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Of the 30,000 plus fire departments in the US, just 130 have received International Accreditation (no other Municipal Department in the State of NJ has attained this distinction).

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