Welcome again to Jersey Firefighters Now newspaper. Some of you may be thinking: Déjàvu? Has it been three months already? Has Jersey Firefighters Now gone bi-monthly? That’s a big “negative” to all of the above. It is nothing like that at all…yet.

Due to our new schedule change, we are putting out this early complimentary Spring issue for all our loyal readers, while simultaneously working on our new schedule which includes our permanent publishing months of April, July, October and January. Yes, we are still a quarterly newspaper and working harder every day to expand Jersey Firefighters Now everywhere.

I am pleased many of our writers (who have submitted articles recently) have personally thanked me and our newspaper for all the positive reactions they’ve received about their articles. This is tremendous because many of these articles feature some outstanding causes, which because it proves that what we are doing is working. If you or anyone you know feel it is essential to get a story exposed (especially those in need of help), like charities and/or benefits, etc., contact me anytime to see what I can do to help. Also, don’t forget to check out our selected ads and the business card ad section of the newspaper that has also proven to be extremely helpful benefiting firefighters in many different aspects of the field.

If you have a business or know someone who owns one that relates to the emergency service (especially firefighters), please feel free to contact me, and I will direct you to our advertising staff that will work fairly with you to get your business the exposure it deserves. Especially those benefits and charities that can save on ad expenses by simply providing me literature, photos and information of the cause in an article format so we can help as effectively as possible for any brother firefighter or even a family member. Jersey Firefighters Now always help in any way it can, so let’s get the word out now!

In conclusion, as I write this editorial, we currently got hit with a record fourth Nor’easter within less than a month. It seemed the brutal weather was destined to cripple New Jersey, but because of our outstanding Emergency Services, as usual, It Did Not! It made us even stronger—because we are all Jersey strong. From what I’ve witnessed and from what I’ve been told by others who also witnessed, the emergency workers of this state performed efficiently and well and above and beyond their expectations throughout the entirety of these four storms. Their work has, undoubtedly, received an A+ from the Jersey Firefighters Now Newspaper members and higher Staff.

Compassionately working countless hours protecting lives and property through severe weather in such an impressive professional manner, you’ve left me more speechless than ever before. Words cannot describe how proud I am of all of you and how much of an honor it is to know that it is you who are protecting us 24/7. Hats off to all NJ Emergency Responders especially my brothers and sisters of the New Jersey Fire Service out there working hard every day to keep us safe. We should change our state name from The Garden State to The Safest State because of your pride and professionalism that keeps everyone safe and secure through perilous moments is second to none! Thank You for your services, keep up the great work, enjoy the spring months ahead and stay safe!

I can be reached directly at: JerseyFirefighters@yahoo.com

Ret. FF Freddy Tenore

Managing Editor’s Perspective

As I sit her and write this editorial, I look out the window on March 21st to find my yard absent of any signs of spring, as the cold and snow consumes any hope for warmer weather, and all I can only think about is our “Bravest and Finest” battling through another storm. Luckily for me, I’m sitting this one out, but make no mistake about it, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

They say spring comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but I say we need to add the groundhog to this menagerie, because that little bastard is our curse, as he tacked on another six weeks of winter back in February. Now I know we can’t blame him, because he likes warmer weather too, but he gets to take his fat ass back to the hole he dug, while you guys get to freeze your asses off running another hoseline.

Despite what “Punxsutawney Phil” thinks, I promise you that sunshine is on the way, which gives us  re-birth and a real opportunity to make positive changes in our lives. It’s time to shed our winter coats (pounds) and get some much-needed exercise and of course, Vitamin D, brought to us via an ample amount of rays of sunshine.

Now is time the time to really begin how you plan to spend some quality time with your friends and family outside of the firehouse. Perhaps plan a vacation or follow through with an idea that has been in hibernation since November. Maybe go out and clean up the yard or work on some home  improvements. It’s truly time to clear our minds from all the darkness that winter has brought upon us.

As always, this issue of Jersey Firefighters Now will certainly give you something to do in between calls and during your downtime. With baseball on your minds, I’m sure you will enjoy this issues baseball word search and while you’re in the kitchen, you might as well throw together a nice meatloaf, utilizing the recipe in Fran’s Kitchen…

Lastly, be sure to check out our special two-part series on “Fireground Size-up, Factories and Warehouse,” authored by staff writer DC Mike Terpak. Be sure to look for part two of this series in our July issue.

Be Well and Stay Safe!

Joseph Uliano, M.A., Ed.S.
Managing Editor
e. njbluenow77@gmail.com