Picure by Liz Alterman of Westfield Patch
Politicians take all the credit.
The following are quotes from a story written by Liz Alterman of the Westfield Patch. You can read the entire story at http://westfield.patch.com/articles/congressman-lance-visits-westfield-fire-department
Congressman Lance is quoted as stating, "Westfield firefighters work tirelessly day and night to protect the residents of Union County," said Lance. "In a time of scarce federal, state and local funds, it's important that local fire officials have the resources and tools they need to carry out their important jobs in public safety. Having the right equipment means protecting the public and saving lives." Congressman Lance, the fire department needs the manpower to be able to effectively use the new equipment in order to protect the public and save lives.
Mayor Skibitsky is quoted as stating, "Our fire department will be purchasing 4,375 feet of new five-foot supply hose and five new intake valves with the grant funds. I want to thank Chief Kelly and Deputy Chief Kelly for their efforts in seeking and applying for these grant moneys." Plainfield, Cranford, and Springfield will surely benefit from Westfield purchasing 4,375 feet of hose since the hoses can't be used until one of those departments shows up in response to a call for mutual aid due to the downsizing and understaffing of the Westfield fire department by Westfield's politicians.
Gildea echoed Skitbitsky's sentiments and said both the chief and deputy chief did "a great job seeking out grants" on behalf of the town. Perhaps Mayor Skibitsky and Mr. Gildea can explain why a F.E.M.A grant for the replenishment of manpower has not been sought, or allowed to be sought. Once again, "In a time of scarce federal, state and local funds, it's important that local fire officials have the resources and tools they need to carry out their important jobs in public safety. Since local funds are scarce, why hasn't Gildea applied for grant money to hire more firefighters.