TRENTON – The head of the state Fire Safety Commission wants to rally opposition to the state’s proposal to dismantle the Division of Fire Safety.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D-19), Sayreville, has sent a letter to fire chiefs and labor leaders seeking their attendance at a meeting Thursday in Wildwood of the Fire Safety Commission.
Other lawmakers spoke out against the plan when it was announced earlier this summer.
Among other things, in the letter Wisniewski says: “While a formal plan has not yet been made public, the proposed changes are significant. For example, the Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement may be moved to the Division of Codes and Standards.
“The Arson K-9 – Fire Investigation Unit could be moved to the New Jersey State Police. The Office of Fire Department Preparedness might be moved to the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
“It is not yet clear what would happen to the other offices and bureaus in the Division but it’s reasonable to expect that additional changes are under consideration.”
In his letter, Wisniewski expressed concern that any attempt to reorganize the Division might affect fire safety and prevention.
In addition, the lawmaker said in the letter he suspects the purpose of the move is “a thinly veiled attempt to seize the revenue that the Division generates each year.”