New Jersey State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate for Governor Barbara Buono was endorsed by the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ), the state association of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in her bid for Governor against incumbent Governor Chris Christie. Buono received the endorsement on Feb. 20, 2013.
PFANJ President, Dominick Marino, declared Senator Buono the best candidate for New Jersey’s firefighters. “The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey endorses Senator Buono today because she will carry on our mission: improving the life and livelihood of firefighters,” said Marino.
“Throughout her career, Senator Buono has stood by labor issues. She has been a vocal advocate for fair wages. She has fought to protect health care benefits and pensions. New Jersey needs a governor who is focused on middle class priorities. As someone from working class roots, Senator Buono has always fought for the middle class.” said Marino.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of President Marino the PFANJ and the IAFF. New Jersey’s firefighters put their lives on the line for us every day and it is of vital importance that we protect them by ensuring fair labor practices and their right to collectively bargain. I will continue to make these issues a priority if elected governor,” said Buono.
The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey is the IAFF affiliated state association in New Jersey representing nearly 3500 career firefighters and more than 500 career emergency medical care providers in the Garden State.
Those career Emergency Medical Services personnel are the Professional Emergency Services Association of New Jersey (PEMSA-NJ) who number close to 600 Emergency Medical Service Professionals and support staff. The PEMSA-NJ membership responds to more than 150,000 needed medical service requests a year; the majority being emergency Paramedic (ALS) and EMT (BLS) 911 response. Other services handled by their members include Critical Care Inter-facility Transport, Communications Center, Tactical Emergency Response (for local, county and state law enforcement agencies), Aero medical services (emergency response and inter-facility specialty care transport), and BLS inter-facility transport They are employed across the state and are employed by the New Jersey’s Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC)