New mutual aid agreement entered between Hohokus and Hillsdale Fire Department

February 12, 2013 by  

The Saddle River and Hohokus, New Jersey fire departments, both of which are in the Northwest Regional Mutual Aid Association, recently approached the Hillsdale Fire Department so as to enter into an agreement in which Hillsdale will provide mutual aid to the two towns.

According to Fire Chief Jason Durie of the Hillsdale Fire Department, the Board of Fire Officers was unanimously in favor of the arrangement that will form a mutual aid pact between the two towns and Hillsdale. Fires in structures to the east of Route 17 in Hohokus will receive mutual aid from the ladder truck company of Hillsdale. With regard to Saddle River, the Hillsdale Fire Department will become the first point of rescue for the town, as it is reported that it is currently having some issues with regard to manpower.

Most likely flyer printing and poster printing are being used to notify residents of this agreement so that they know they can feel protected in case of fire and other emergencies.

Chief Durie added that the Bergen County Mutual Agreement already covers this arrangement among the towns but, as there may be more than the usual number of calls from the towns, the fire officers believed that it was important and the right thing to do with regard to helping these areas. Therefore, the council adopted the requisite resolution at their meeting on February 5, which will cover the agreement throughout the rest of the calendar year.