Dear Editor:This letter is being written to inform you about our city being put at risk due to insufficient man power and the browning out of fire companies. It has been the practice of a current administration to simply close fire companies when manpower reaches a certain number rather than call additional personnel to maintain the integrity of six fire companies.Over the last nine years, the city has reduced the Hoboken fire department’s manpower from a high of 132 members and 7 fire companies in 2008, to the current total of 113 and 6 fire companies ( 5 companies when the decision is made to “brown out” a company). Over the same period of time, the population in Hoboken went from 38,000+ people to approximately 56,000 people now.Along with the population increase, there has been an increase in the number of newly constructed building throughout town, and in areas that never had residential buildings in the past. Rather than maintain a fire department with sufficient manpower and resources, the city’s answer was to reduce the total manpower and occasionally drop to five fire companies. There are times when there are only 18 fire department personnel on duty to protect 56,000 people. That is preposterous. It puts the citizens at risk and puts the fire department personnel at increased risk.To illustrate, on July 12 the Hoboken fire department browned out an engine company and only had fivecompanies covering the city. During the day, there was a fire in Jersey City and the department sent a truck and engine to Jersey City on mutual aid for five hours. The city was left with THREE fire companies protecting the entire city until the Battalion Chief was able to get a sufficient amount of personnel to come in and open up companies to backfill while the other two companies were at mutual aid, once again, we have 56,000 people in the city of Hoboken.Both the firefighters union and the fire officer union along with the chief of the department ask the city to apply for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant. The purpose of a SAFER grant is to enhance the local fire departments abilities to comply the staffing, response and operational standards established by NFPA 1710 ( National Fire Protection Association) which establishes the minimum personnel per apparatus. (The city has not been compliant since 2009).The union asked the city to apply for 24 firefighters, the chief recommended and ask for 16, and the city only authorized 4 ( as of yet the administration hasn’t accepted it ). Although appreciated, that is not nearly enough for what the department needs we hope that the city administration will finally start increasing the department’s manpower so you the citizens, will have the properly sized fire department to best serve you in the safest and most efficient way. Until that day, please be aware that the members of Hoboken fire department will continue to serve you the citizens as best we can. Sincerely,Michael StefanoHoboken Fire Officer- Local 1076Thomas AligoHoboken Firefighter- Local 1078
22 Deighton Road, Dutton Park, will go under the hammer at the end of March.A dilapidated shack — set to make its owners a major windfall in one of our hottest inner-city suburbs — will be sold “sight unseen” in a sort-of lucky dip for buyers. It may well be the worst property in the country right now — given a similar property dubbed “the worst house in Australia” sold down the road from this one for $668,000 in 2015. The dilapidated house in Deighton Rd, Dutton Park, has just hit the market via the Public Trustee of Queensland, who have it listed to go to auction in a month’s time. Agent Paul Doyle listed it as a “dilapidated, circa 1920 home” that still had “VJ interior, high ceilings, ornate timber breezeways and wide pine flooring but the overall condition and foundations have deteriorated”. He warned: “No internal inspections granted (property to be sold sight unseen)”. They are pretty serious about there being no inspections allowed of the property. The city in the distance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“This pre-war home, adorned with charming features, has fallen on hard times but may be a restored to its former glory or investigated for the option to start again and build your modern masterpiece (subject to council approvals).” It may be hard to spot now, but the house has three bedrooms, two kitchens, a meals area, living room, bathroom, separate toilet and spacious enclosed veranda. It’s the 405sq m block zoned character residential by the Brisbane City Council that is considered “valuable” by househunters, located as it is “only 3km to the CBD”. The property is in a million-dollar neighbourhood with the house next door having sold for $1.11m a year ago. The owner of that property had bought it for $270,000 in 2001, according to CoreLogic. Harcourts Homeside Greenslopes agent Sam Peterffy, who sold the neighbouring house, said the deterioration of 22 Deighton Road did not put off buyers at all. “Anyone could see that the home would be upgraded eventually. Noone has lived there for years, I believe the lady passed away some years ago and left it to her nephew.” “My one next door had massive interest through it and it got sold in the first week. Dutton Park is an area where the older people are starting to move out and younger professionals are starting to move in. They just accept that the area is an up and coming one.” The area is very popular with families because of proximity to both Brisbane State High School and the University of Queensland. The listing said it was “a rare inner city opportunity to salvage and transform”.The Public Trustee’s office had to create a new entry for the property in CoreLogic records, which often means the property has only ever had one owner or ownership under one family passed through inheritance. The auction off 22 Deighton Road will be held on site at 1.30pm on Saturday March 30, and the successful bidder must pay a 5 per cent deposit on the day with the balance cleared in 42 days, and settlement unconditional. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER
Black Stars Captain, Andre Dede Ayew , scored his sixteenth goal of the season to seal victory for his Swansea side at the Liberty stadium against Sheffield Wednesday.Ayew, who has been very impressive for the Welsh side, once again scored in a win that could prove decisive in the Swans’ race for the Championship playoffs.Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster put Swansea in front from close range in the 52nd minute, before Ayew doubled their lead with a penalty in the 66th minute, after Connor Roberts was wrestled to the ground by Adam Reach.Atdhe Nuhiu headed in an injury-time consolation goal for Sheffield Wednesday.Steve Cooper’s side are now eighth in the Championship and back within four points of the play-off places with five matches left this season.