Gov. Chris Christie announces firefighter-to-firefighter assistance program
The program anonymously pairs skilled volunteers with their peers to help rebulid their storm-damaged homes
LITTLE FERRY, N.J. — When superstorm Sandy struck, firefighters helped to evacuate thousands of residents from flood-ravaged homes, often while their own families were in danger and their residences underwater.
On Wednesday, Governor Christie stood in Hose Company No. 1, which was inundated with about 4 feet of water, to announce the Firefighter-to-Firefighter Assistance Program — an initiative that anonymously pairs skilled volunteer firefighters with their peers who still need help rebuilding their storm-damaged homes.
The Department of Community Affairs' Division of Fire Safety established the program two weeks after the October storm, and it has already matched "dozens and dozens" of volunteers with their peers in need, said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable III.