Area Emergency Services Looking for Help

first_imgBy John Burton“Nobody really thinks about us, until we’re needed,” said Josh Sanders, this year’s Red Bank volunteer Fire Department chief.Like many emergency service organizations in New Jersey, some rescue squads and volunteer fire departments in this area are seeing dwindling membership and are looking for people who can answer calls when many of their neighbors are at work.The Red Bank fire department, consisting of six companies around the 1.7-mile borough, has seen a decrease in the number of members over the years – especially from the 1970s when membership was so high, new members were admitted only when a vacancy occurred, Sanders said.Back in 1990 total membership was 200 to 225, he said. Now, total membership is 120 to 150. Active members, those who are regularly available to answer calls and participate in activities, total 75 to 80.“With the lesser membership [it’s] fewer people doing more things,” including responding to tripped alarms, serving on the various committees, he said. “The workload is more than it would be with a full roster.”Bill Kramer, acting director of the Division of Fire Safety of the state Depart­ment of Community Affairs, said volunteering for emergency services has changed over the years.“Volunteerism today is much different than it was years ago, from a commitment standpoint,” Kramer said.It was common for women in past generations to stay home and for men to work, usually only one job. In today’s economy, for many families that just isn’t an option, with both working, sometimes with multiple jobs, he said.“Obviously, it’s an issue,” for organizations to increase or even maintain membership given those factors, Kramer said. Retention of members is important “because you’ve made a commitment with them with respect to training and experience.”Since 1991 there has been an overall decrease across the board of about 10 percent in volunteer fire companies in New Jersey, according Kramer, though some areas have been hit harder than others.In Red Bank the volunteer shortage is worse for the first aid squad than the fire company, Sanders acknowledged, explaining the squad comes under the fire department’s purview.“We’re really hurting for members,” he said.Red Bank First Aid Squad members Tom Cosgrove, left, and Shean Opie with a squad ambulance. The organization is looking for new members.The squad, which has 10 members – six of whom are active – there is a real need for new volunteers, said Tom Cosgrove and Shean Opie, two longtime members.The greatest need is for volunteers during daytime hours. The squad has been relying on mutual aid assistance from surrounding towns to pick up the slack, they said.About 15 or 20 years ago the squad had about 40 members, Cosgrove said.Last year the Red Bank squad responded to 800 calls, according to Opie.The squad is actively seeking members and will be holding an open house and barbecue 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at its building, 151 Spring St.Opie and Cosgrove said the squad also participates in numerous community events, such as the 9/11 memorial service, to heighten people’s awareness of the organization.“We’re trying to encourage that sense of duty in people,” Cosgrove said.For those willing to volunteer their time to emergency services, it is time consuming to get and maintain certification. There can be an out-of-pocket cost for that training.Training requirements have gotten more stringent, according to Kim Ambrose, a trained first responder for both the Fair Haven and Little Silver squads. The number of hours it takes to get certification is now 300 hours. In addition, members must obtain an additional 48 educational units; state resources pay for only the first 24 units, referred to as “the core,” she said.“It is something that you have be dedicated to,” Cosgrove said, noting that in Red Bank there is a long tradition of volunteer service handed down from generation to generation.The same is certainly true for the fire department, Sanders said. Those families are “the threads of the community.”With some members, however, they are “interested but they burn out. And they have other commitments that pull them away.”Ambrose believes that in some regards the training may be unnecessarily arduous and discourage participation.“First aid doesn’t change that much,” she said. “If someone is bleeding, you stop the bleeding. If someone is not breathing, you give them oxygen and get them to the hospital.”The training is vital, said Christopher Rinn, the state Department of Health’s assistant commissioner for public health, infrastructure, laboratories and emergency preparedness. “There’s a real need to keep up with changing technology, training advances, quite frankly, the latest in lifesaving methods.”Communities are looking at ways to continue to supply services, including entering into shared service agreements, consolidation and using paid services.Many towns also are offering incentives such as contributions to a pension fund for firefighters or perks like beach badges for shore communities, Kramer said.Ambrose saw another way to help bolster the rolls. She established a first aid cadet program in Little Silver about 10 years ago. “I was really looking for something for my kids when they were in high school,” she said. Over the years she has seen the kids return from college for summer break and jump in to give the longtime squad members a bit of break.Her next project will be trying to recruit stay-at-home-moms – and dads – to volunteer and hopefully increase the number of those available for day calls.last_img read more

Dredge owner slapped with TIP charges

first_imgA dredge owner and an alleged accomplice were on Monday slapped with Trafficking in Persons (TIP) charges when they appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Mario Figueira and Joaquin (only name), a Brazilian national, both pleaded not guilty to the nine charges of TIP.The charges alleged that between August 18 and 24, 2016, at Providence, Georgetown, they engaged in TIP, that is to say, they recruited, transported and harboured nine women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.The TIP accused being escorted through the courthouseTheir Attorney told the Court that the men were not arrested, but reported to the Police Station of their own accord.He explained that the women were not being held by the men, noting that they were all seen at a popular Main Street night spot in the city last week.The prosecution, however, objected to bail, noting that the defendants posed a flight risk, and the women reported that they were all threatened by one of the defendants who pointed a gun at them.The men were placed on $120,000 bail each. The case will continue on September 14.last_img read more

Stakeholders Brainstorm on Development of Climate Finance Tracking System

first_imgParticipants posed with facilitators at the end of one of the sessions on Climate Finance Tracking System.Technicians and experts from line ministries and agencies are in the commercial hub of Ganta, Nimba County, to develop a national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, and a climate finance tracking system that would enable the monitoring of climate change intervention and the tracking of climate change finance in the country.The development of the national M&E system, and the climate finance tracking system, according to release, is being done under the auspices of the National Adaptation Projects (NAPs).United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the NAPs Project funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), has been supporting the work of the Government to advance its medium term investment planning processes with a view of better tackling the impact of climate change.UNDP, through a NAPs Project hired international consultant, will work to support the development of the national M&E system, and the climate finance tracking system.An international consultant has been hired to support the development of the climate finance tracking system.The consultant will be working with the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in the realization of system.NAPs Project Manager, Abraham T. Tumbey, said there exists opportunities to mobilize resources for the financing of climate change interventions in the country, but said that such opportunities can better be harnessed in a more transparent and accountable environment.“The achievement of accountability and transparency are supported by a strong M&E and finance tracking system that would provide the data information or statistics to demonstrate what funding has come in; how it has been used, and what impact it has made,” said Tumbey.He said that the tracking of climate finance is one of the best practices to promote and support climate finance resource mobilization, as it showcases transparency, accountability, as well as helps to identify gaps in climate resource envelope.Tumbey said that the establishment of a national M&E, and climate finance tracking systems for climate change interventions requires the involvement and support of a cross section of actors in diverse sectors involved with climate change interventions.“These stakeholders must be engaged to establish a common understanding on what such systems mean, how they would be created or strengthened, and how they would work,” Tumbey said.He said that the contributions and support of these stakeholders are also very cardinal in the process, and are required to provide inputs into the process to achieve and sustain the objective of developing or strengthening such systems.For these stakeholders and technicians to contribute to the process in a meaningful and informed manner; they need to clearly understand the technical details.At the two day forum, which stated on Thursday December 5, 2019 in Ganta, technical details about the systems would be discussed and primary data gathered to inform and guide the process.The forum would also help improve the understanding of key stakeholders, and technicians on the national M&E and climate finance tracking system to facilitate the establishment of an effective and functional system for the tracking of climate finance and the monitoring of climate change interventions in the country.The gathering also seeks to identify and discuss common criteria for determining climate finance; identify and discuss common criteria for determining adaptation and mitigation interventions and finances; and to determine and agreed on a suitable software and kinds of platforms for the monitoring of climate change intervention and the tracking of climate finance.“An international consultant has been hired to support the development of the climate finance tracking system,” the release adds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 jailed for trafficking over 3lbs cocaine

first_imgShellon Barrow and Latoya Griffith, who were charged over a plot to traffic almost over three pounds of cocaine, was on Tuesday jailed for three years and nine months.Shellon Barrow and Latoya GriffithBarrow, a vendor of Lot 135 Victoria Street, Albouystown, and Griffith, a hairdresser of Lot 38 Norton Street, Georgetown, were on trial before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The prosecution contended that Barrow trafficked 1.638 kilograms (3.6 pounds) of cocaine on September 15, 2018 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, while Griffith, 37, was alleged to have aided Barrow to traffic the cocaine between September 14 and September 15, 2018 at Sunset Hotel, Kitty, Georgetown. Both women initially denied the charge.When the matter was called on Tuesday, Magistrate McGusty said that sufficient evidence was presented by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Narissa Leander for a conviction. The Magistrate added that evidence showed that both women had knowledge of the illegal act and the video footage provided by the prosecution showed them willingly participating.As such, Magistrate McGusty found them guilty of trafficking and jailed the duo. The women were also fined $3.5 million.Reports are on September 15, 2019, at CJIA, Barrow was intercepted while attempting to board a flight. The cocaine was found concealed in the false walls of her hard-cover suitcase.According to reports, while in custody, she implicated Griffith, telling the CANU officers that she was given the drugs by her. A video from the hotel, which was presented during the trial, showed the ‘drop-off’ of the drug involving Griffith and Barrow.last_img read more

City seeks to rein in day laborers

first_imgThe ordinance now seeks to prohibit all commercial solicitors, city officials said. Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, who brought the residents’ concerns to the council’s attention in December and voted for the ordinance, said the city is doing all they can to keep residents safe. “We are doing everything possible to address this issue,” Garcia said. “It strengthens our ability to continue to monitor those areas and enforce the law and I think it’s better than nothing.” Under the new version of the ordinance only commercial solicitation will be banned, though property owners will be allowed to use their parking areas for commercial solicitation and garage sales. It also states that pedestrians and persons on wheelchairs must have three feet available to access walkways. BALDWIN PARK – The city is continuing a plan to curtail public solicitation by day workers despite critics saying it’s unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the City Council voted 3-2 to introduce a revised version of a no-soliciting ordinance, which if approved, would ban commercial solicitation in areas intended for vehicles, landscaped parkways and areas intended for pedestrian travel. The measure, which is up for approval May 16, was originally aimed at banning day laborers from soliciting in the Home Depot parking lot after residents complained laborers were urinating, sitting on cars, drinking, gambling and making rude comments to people in the shopping center. The ordinance was reworked after the city received letters from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund who said the proposed law would violate a person’s civil rights. Councilman David Olivas, who voted against the ordinance with Councilman Ricardo Pacheco, said the ordinance will not solve the problems residents have complained about. “This ordinance doesn’t stop people from committing crimes or urinating. All it does is tell you where you can and can’t stand,” Olivas said. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said the revisions have not changed its position. “The enforcement of Baldwin Park’s revised ordinance would have the absurd result of preventing people from gathering on public sidewalks not only to solicit but to stand at a bus stops or stand anywhere in the city of Baldwin Park because it poses a health and safety risk to disabled persons,” said Cynthia Valenzuela, the groups’s director of litigation. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP charge man following sexual assault investigation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP have charged a man following a sexual assault investigation. – Advertisement -According to RCMP, Whimp, 39-years-old, has been released on a Promise to Appear with strict conditions and his trial in Provincial Court is scheduled for May 2020. The investigation is ongoing and additional victims have been identified, however, RCMP believe there may be other victims that have not yet come forward to police. As a result of the investigation, Christopher Whimp, a Fort St. John resident, has been charged with sexual assault. center_img In April 2019, RCMP began investigating a sexual assault that reportedly occurred in the city. If you have any information, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rape suspect remains at large

first_imgA Santa Ana man who allegedly posed as a police officer to overpower a Whittier woman after she left a Fullerton bar then attempted to rape her in a secluded canyon area remained at large Tuesday, police said. Anthony Ray Willis, 35, who also goes by three aliases, allegedly convinced the victim to get out of her car after leaving the bar about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by leading her to believe he was a law enforcement officer, said Fullerton police Sgt. Linda King. The Whittier resident left the bar with her boyfriend, then got into her own car and was about to pull out of the lot in the 100 block of Commonwealth Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard, when a man rapped on her car window, King said. He identified himself as an officer and said he was going to arrest her for drunken driving, the King said. When the woman got out of her car, she noticed that the man did not have a badge and was not wearing a uniform, so she called to her boyfriend for help. But the suspect grabbed her and dragged her to his nearby van and drove off, King said. He drove about 33 miles to Cook’s Corner near Trabuco Canyon and attempted to rape the woman, but a passing motorist spotted the then- nude victim and stopped to see if she needed help, King said. She told the motorist she was being attacked and ran into some bushes, while the suspect ran in the opposite direction, abandoning his vehicle in the canyon, King said. A sheriff’s search-and-rescue team located the woman, but detectives believe the suspect managed to convince someone to give him a ride, King said. Willis, who also goes by the names Harley Willis, Anthony Ray Garcia and Richard J. Peterson, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, with brown eyes and closely cropped brown hair, King said. Anyone who knows Willis’ whereabouts, who may have given him a ride, or who has any other information was asked to call the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6715 or Detective Kendrick at (714) 981-3023. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kings’ hot offense scorches the Suns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Kirilenko finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists and four blocks. Mehmet Okur had 29 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Devin Brown scored 15, giving Kirilenko his 10th assist on a layup in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 27 and Jalen Rose scored 16 for Toronto, which had won two straight and seven of nine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kevin Martin scored a career-high 25 points, rookie Francisco Garcia added career-bests of 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the injury-depleted Sacramento Kings handed the Phoenix Suns their biggest loss of the season, 119-90 on Tuesday night at Arco Arena. Kenny Thomas had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Mike Bibby added 19 before sitting out the final 10 ½ minutes of a shockingly one-sided contest. Brad Miller had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Kings, who shot and passed superbly while winning their second consecutive home game without injured starters Peja Stojakovic, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Bonzi Wells. Last-place Sacramento beat the first-place Suns for the 10th time in their last 11 visits to Arco Arena. center_img Shawn Marion scored 25 points and Raja Bell added 19 for the Suns, who fell behind by 24 points in a dismal first half and eventually lost in regulation for the first time since Dec. 23 while making just 37.5 percent of their shots matching their worst percentage of the season. Jazz 111, Raptors 98: Andrei Kirilenko had Utah’s first triple-double since 1999 and the host Jazz ended a two-game losing streak. last_img read more


first_imgAll types of athletes take part in the annual North West 10K.€700While it may by be over four months away the North West 10k committee is commencing work for the 18th charity run and walk which will take place on Sunday, May 3rd in Letterkenny.The organisation’s AGM took place on Thursday evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel where all outgoing officers were re-elected unopposed to serve another term on a body that was setup in 1996 following the end of the Rockhill 10k event.The first North West 10k was staged on the May Bank Holiday of 1997. Since then over 30 charities have benefited to the tune of nearly €700,000 euro. James Boyle who will be serving his second year as Chairperson thanked the Gardai and the Red Cross for their continued support for the event.“Without the support and advice of the Gardai it would not be possible to stage an event of this scale in Letterkenny. Sergeant Eunan Walsh and his team have been very helpful to the committee. Charlie Kerr who drew up the new safety statement for traffic management for the 10k has done a terrific job and the Community Centre have been very generous in putting their facilities at our disposal every year. I also than all the marshals who give of their time voluntarily to make the North West 10k the huge success it has been in recent years.”He also expressed the organisations’s deep appreciation of the support given to the 10k last year by and Brian McCormick Sports.The outgoing Chairperson also paid tribute to the voluntary committee who give up a lot of their valuable time to ensure that the event raises huge money every year for very worthwhile charities. “The North West 10k is a great community event that brings the people of Letterkenny out because it staged in the town which has made it such a success over the years.” The North West 10k is now inviting charities interested in benefiting from next year’s event to make application to Anne Condon at Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex, Canal Road, Letterkenny by Friday, January 30th.The new North West 10k committee includes – Charlie Kelly (Honorary President); James Boyle (Chairperson); Neil Martin (Vice-Chairperson); Anne Condon (Treasurer); Brendan McDaid (Assistant Treasurer & Race Director); Bernie Brennan and Rosemary Foy (Joint Secretaries); Declan Kerr (PRO); Committee – Gerry Davenport, Norman Spratt, Grace Boyle, Neilly McDaid, Gerard McGinley, Patsy Doherty, Nancy McNamee, Paddy Bond and Bridgeen Doherty.  PLANS AFOOT FOR NEXT NORTH WEST 10K AFTER EVENT NEARS €700,000 MARKER was last modified: December 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10klast_img read more


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