- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
"I support this ordinance wholeheartedly because - bottom line - it's going to save lives, and all at a very minimal cost to all involved," Freda commented. "Councilman Rich Leonard's motion to adopt this ordinance
allows Roseland to proactively see to the safety of all of its residents while
at the same time it cuts down on the likelihood of a preventable emergency.
As first responders, we would all rather respond to a gas detector activation then respond to a house that got blown to pieces."
"As a member of both the Fire Department and First Aid Squad,
it is my belief that this ordinance will prove to be
extremely beneficial to the safety of the residents and
also to the responding agencies in the event of an emergency.
Recently on the First Aid Squad we have begun carrying gas meters on our jumpkits after an incident in Fairfield
where the EMS unit on scene had these meters on their bags,
and they went off detecting a leak.
They were able to evacuate the home and treat the patients,
and the home was not equipped with any detectors.
In February of this year, in Stafford Township,
a home filled up with Natural Gas and eventually ignited, injuring 15 people,
some of which who were firefighters, EMT’s, and gas employees.
If the home had been equipped with natural gas detectors,
the outcome could have been very different.
This ordinance would provide an added safety
to both the residents and first responders." ~ Devin Hinchcliffe