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So in a time when getting Volunteers in this area is harder and harder (Despite the insistence that both Kearny and Harrison Switch to VFD status by some mouth-breathers) They're going to fire a guy who was angry about the lack of maintenance of Safety Equipment on which he..and the taxpayers rely.... THAT certainly sends a good message.

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So in a time when getting Volunteers in this area is harder and harder (Despite the insistence that both Kearny and Harrison Switch to VFD status by some mouth-breathers) They're going to fire a guy who was angry about the lack of maintenance of Safety Equipment on which he..and the taxpayers rely.... THAT certainly sends a good message.

Right and the mayor recently stated in the Observer.... wonder why they have a hard time keeping afloat... What a joke of a department... They are the laughing stock of Hudson County

In another public safety development, the Borough Council voted to expand the number of non-borough residents that can serve on the Volunteer Fire Department, from the current 10 to 12.

“We have 20 members and two runners (apprentices) in each of our fire companies,” Smith said. “People are joining but when they see the time they have to in, it’s a constant battle keeping them around. We’re having a hard time time keeping afloat.”

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Saw this in the Observer.... 

EAST NEWARK –

A disgruntled East Newark volunteer firefighter who was fired last summer has settled a lawsuit against his former employer.

On June 8, the East Newark municipal body voted to approve a settlement and release agreement with the former firefighter Edmund McKeown, a Kearny resident.

In return for giving up “any and all claims” against the borough, McKeown will be paid $27,500, “inclusive of attorneys’ fees and costs.”

McKeown agreed that he “will not seek any future or existing volunteer or employment positions” with the borough.

Through his Basking Ridge attorney Jennifer L. Casazza, McKeown had filed a “wrongful termination” complaint against the borough, Fire Chief Kenneth Graham and Mayor Joseph Smith following his dismissal for “conduct unbecoming” and “insubordination” on July 8, 2015.

The firing stemmed from an incident May 31, 2015, at the borough firehouse on Sherman Ave. at which, according to his complaint against the borough, McKeown suggested that money spent for re-sodding the firehouse backyard would have been better applied to “conduct service ladder testing.”

That issue, the complaint said, led to verbal abuse directed against McKeown by two fire superior officers. The following day, according to the complaint, McKeown advised the mayor in writing about certain departmental “safety issues.”

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