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Seton Hall Gives Back to South Orange Fire Department
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South Orange Fire Department - photo by Natalie TomacheskiSouth 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 computers.

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.  

For more information please contact:
Laurie Pine
(973) 378-2638
laurie.pine@shu.edu

 

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