Welcome back to another issue of Jersey Firefighters Now newspaper. I hope everybody had an incredible and memorable summer. I also hope you are looking forward to the upcoming fall season of Columbus Day and Halloween festivities, as well as Veterans Day and sooner than you think Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. I know everybody loves the summer season—the parades, beach parties, and wet downs—but, the fall and winter seasons were always the best times of year for me as a Firefighter in the Newark Fire Department. I hope it is the same for you because it indeed is an excellent time of year for the fire service.
Jersey Firefighters Now newspaper staff works hard every day and all year round to bring you the best and newest firefighter related sponsors with special rates for all those who serve. All of our advertisements benefit every New Jersey firefighter and their families so please check out our sponsors and see how they can help you and your family. Please feel free to contact them.
In this issue, I welcome GSL Bank and The Newark Fireman Federal Credit Union both of who are the best in the business handling all types of financial assistance and savings plans to benefit all firefighters.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor of our publication or you have a great article/story that can use some exposure, please contact me at my email or phone number listed below. More importantly, if it benefits firefighters and their families, we are the media source you want.
We at Jersey Firefighters Now want the best for all emergency workers. We work hard and take pride to make sure our newspaper is the best directory of information in the fire service for firefighters everywhere.
Have a great fall and winter Season. Stay Safe.
Ret. NFD F/F Freddy Tenore
Managing Editor’s Perspective
Welcome to another great issue of NJ Firefighters Now. As you can tell, we continue to increase the quality of articles and features. We are always working to bring you the very best by offering articles that show heroic actions and also by providing information to help you do your jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible. Being your managing editor has been a humbling experience. The high level of brotherhood in the fire service is comforting and impressive. You all know what the stakes are in your profession, and because of this, you rally for each other when a brother or sister needs it most. There is no higher compliment I can pay other than to say I am genuinely proud of all of you. Keep up the great work. Keep fighting for each other. Keep watching each other’s back.
In our modern world where the public employee is often cast at the bloated bully who receives and never gives, I find these perceptions shameful. We are the ones who are tasked to respond to the most dangerous incidences while others run in the opposite direction. We deserve being compensated for putting our lives on the line. Therefore, those of you fighting for better union contracts or stipends, keep fighting and stay focused knowing you deserve every bit of the compensation. If we can help by providing exposure on a particular topic, please reach out. We are glad to help in any way we can.
In closing, the holiday season will soon be upon us. Sometimes at this time of year, many will feel depressed. Continue to watch out for each other. If you see a fellow brother or sister firefighter experiencing a difficult time, do what you can to assist. We are all in this together and united we are strong. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Joseph R. Uliano, M.A., Ed.S.