South Orange Village officials gathered at the South Orange Fire
House on Friday, November 22 as Seton Hall University administrators
presented the South Orange Fire Department with eight state-of-the-art
Fire Chief Jeffrey Markey commented, "The equipment is great; the University's always been good to us."
The new equipment, which includes two Panasonic ToughBooks and two
Panasonic Tablets, will enable the fire department to quickly view floor
plans of buildings and to access incident response plans while on
location. Highly functional even in the harshest environments, all of
the equipment is built to military specifications and is resistant to
heat, water, smoke, and the occasional drop. Chief Markey said that the
ability for firefighters to see the floor-by-floor building plans will
result in more efficient searches in emergency situations.
The computers were presented to Chief Markey by Seton Hall
University Vice President Dennis Garbini, vice president of Seton Hall
University and John Signorello, associate vice president.
"Through the years, but beginning in January 2000 with the Boland
Hall fire, the absolute importance of partnering with the Village has
always been apparent. The support from the South Orange Fire Department
and Chief Markey, in particular, shows how the University can build a
partnership that is long-lasting," Mr. Garbini said.
South Orange Village President Alex Torpey, Trustee Sheena Collum,
Village Administrator Barry Lewis, and Deputy Village Administrator Adam
Loehner were on hand for the presentation of the new equipment.
Trustee Collum, an alumnus of Seton Hall and chair of the village’s
public safety committee, explained, "Ensuring our public safety
departments are equipped with what they need to provide top-notch
services throughout the community and on campus is the most critical
partnership we can have with the university and this is just one example
of their generosity. Technology donations, student interns from the
criminal justice department, volunteers for our rescue squad, trainings
for our Community Emergency Response Team - all these things are
happening and we want to continue do even more."
"The relationship between the village and Seton Hall is extremely
important. What is great about what we’ve been trying to do is focusing
on the things of value the village and Seton Hall can bring to each
other, and this is a great example of that," President Torpey said.
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