Category: Fire and Emergency Service

Mayor Martin Signs Ordinances and Memorandum of Agreements to Consolidate the Hamilton Township Fire Division

October 13, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Mayor Martin signed the ordinances and memorandum of agreements to officially consolidate the Hamilton Township Fire Division, effective January 1, 2021.

Under current structure, Hamilton fire services are comprised of nine, autonomous fire districts. Each of the nine districts is governed by five elected commissioners and have their own individual budgets.  With the signing of these ordinances, all nine districts will be consolidated and become part of a newly formed Hamilton Township Fire Division funded by municipal taxes. The Department of Community Affairs’ Local Finance Board previously approved the fire service consolidation on September 9th by a unanimous vote, and Council approved the ordinances by a unanimous vote.

The process to consolidate the fire districts has been one the Township has considered for over twenty years with the most recent proposal beginning in 2015. This proposal has faced many setbacks of the last five years, but remained one of the top priorities for Mayor Jeff Martin’s administration.

The ordinances signed officially dissolve all 9 fire districts and establish a Hamilton Township Fire Division under the Department of Public Safety. Additionally, the Mayor signed Memorandums of Agreement between the Township of Hamilton and Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Locals 84 and 284.

“Today we take another concrete step towards the creation of the Hamilton Township Fire Division. With a firm date set in place, we can finally see the finish line on consolidation,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “This move is a win-win for Township residents, saving roughly $1.5 million a year in reduced fire service costs all while keeping the same number of fire houses and firefighters.  This is an extraordinary moment in both Hamilton and New Jersey history. I want to thank again all that have worked to make this happen including Governor Murphy and his administration, our Legislative leaders – Senator Greenstein, Assemblyman DeAngelo, and Assemblyman Benson, our Township Council, our fire consolidation subcommittee members including — Councilman Pat Papero, Jr., Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr., Mark Murranko, Joe Monzo, Chief Richard Kraemer, Scott Goldsmith, Nick Buroczi, Shane Mull, Richard Braslow, and all of the Hamilton Firefighters.”

“It is incredibly to finally be here and formally move forward with fire district consolidation,” said Councilman Charles Whalen. “I commend all of those that have been involved in this process from the beginning and every step of the way. This is a great day for the Township all around and will shape Hamilton for years to come.”

“I am proud of the efforts of the members of FMBA 84 and 284 that worked so hard for this day, and never backed down to the threats of a previous administration that failed them and the residents.” Eddie Donnelly, President of the NJ FMBA said.  “This community should be grateful to Mayor Jeff Martin and this Township Council for what they have accomplished towards making Hamilton Township safer.”

 “You can throw all the equipment and manpower at a fire you want, but without coordination and communication the emergency will always have the upper hand,” Fire Chief Richard Kraemer said. “This long awaited and much need adjustment to how our Department operates gives the advantage back to the men and women of the Hamilton Fire Department and makes our whole community safer.”

“The members of the Hamilton Fire Department have always stood together. We have always been willing to put ourselves between danger and the residents we serve,” Nick Buroczi, President of Hamilton FMBA Local 284 said. “In this push for consolidation Mayor Jeff Martin and the entire Township Council also stood shoulder to shoulder with us and because of that our community is safer.”

“I applaud the hard work and dedication the Martin Administration, our fire chiefs, and local FMBA representatives to finally make fire consolidation a reality in Hamilton.” said Senator Linda Greenstein. “Ensuring our first responders and firefighters can continue to provide some of the best service in the state of New Jersey to the residents of Hamilton has always been a top priority of all of our local leaders.”

“This is a big moment for Hamilton. Thanks to Mayor Martin and our Township Council, we are finally going to have a unified fire service that will save taxpayers money all while creating a more responsive and capable service for our residents. This is another example of our community working together to make a safer and more effective Hamilton,” said Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo.

“Congratulations to the Mayor and Council on this important milestone achieved through their hard work,” said Assembly Dan Benson. “The time is right to have a strong Township-wide uniform fire service. It improves safety for our residents as well as our firefighters and will ensure that all Hamiltonians receive the same high level of service regardless of their zip code.”

The next step, currently in process, is coordination with the Civil Service Commission for organizational transfer of all current district firefighters.

Mayor Martin signed the ordinances and memorandum of agreements at Station 17, to officially consolidate the Hamilton Township Fire Division, effective January 1, 2021.

Petzl Recalls Safety Ropes Due to Fall and Injury Hazard

These ropes are used in professional use, including work-at-height use, difficult access, technical rescue and industrial applications; and for recreational use, including climbing, caving and mountaineering. 

October 2, 2020

Name of product: Low-Stretch Kernmantle Ropes


The rope can have a deep cut or tape securing two ends of rope together, which can cause the rope to fail, posing fall and injury hazards to the user.Remedy:ReplaceRecall date:September 30, 2020Units:

About 14,850 (In addition, about 2,500 were sold in Canada) Consumer Contact:


The recalled low-stretch kernmantle ropes are designed for professional use, including work-at-height use, difficult access, technical rescue and industrial applications; and for recreational use, including climbing, caving and mountaineering.  The ropes have a nylon core and polyester sheath material.  Only ropes with serial numbers ranging between 18 C 0000000 000 and 20 H 0000000 000 are included in the recall.  The recalled rope models include:

  • Axis 11mm rope (white, yellow, black, blue, red and orange) available in 150, 200, 600 and 1200 feet.  Model Numbers R074AA00 – R074AA27.
  • Parallel 10.5mm (white, yellow, black, blue, red and orange), available in 50, 100, 200 and 500 meters.  Model Numbers R077AA03 – R077AA28. 
  • Vector 12.5mm rope (white, yellow, black, blue, red and orange) available in 150, 200, 600 and 1200 feet. Model Numbers R078AA00—R078AA27.
  • Segment 8 mm (white) available in 50, 100 or 200 meters.  Model Numbers R076AA00 – R076AA06.
  • Ray 12 mm (yellow/black) available in 25, 50, 75, 100 and 200 feet.  Model Numbers R091AA00 – R091AA04.
  • ASAP’AXIS 11 mm (white) available 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 meters. Model numbers R074DA00 — R074DA05
  • Push 200 9 mm (white, orange) available in 200 meters.  Model Numbers R40AW200 and R40AO200.
  • Club 200 10 mm (white, orange) available in 200 meters.  Model Numbers R39AW200 and R39AO200. 
  • Top 9.8 mm (Not sold in North America) 
  • Lead 9.8mm (Not sold in North America)
  • JAG Rescue Kit model numbers K090AA00-K090AA02

The recalled safety ropes have the model name and serial number on the label affixed to each end of the rope.   Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ropes and inspect the rope for a deep cut or tape connecting two ends of rope together, and if either is found, contact Petzl America for instructions on receiving a free replacement rope.Incidents/Injuries:

None reported.Sold At:

GME Supply, Karst Sports and industrial and recreational stores nationwide, and online at and from March 2018 through July 2020 for between $200 and $1,200.Importer(s):

Petzl America Inc., of Salt Lake City, Utah   Manufactured In:FranceRecall number: 20-194

Consumer Contact:

Petzl America toll-free at 877-807-3805 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at, or online at and select Professional or Sport then click on Customer Service/Security Alerts located at the top of the page for more information.