Bayonne Fire Department first in N.J. to buy new piece of equipment for water rescues


The Bayonne Fire Department has purchased a new piece of equipment for water rescues, the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, better known as EMILY, the first public safety department in the state to do so.

From left to right: Training Captain Donny Haiber, Chief Weaver, Battalion Chief Bob Kleczynski, and Deputy Chief Bill Bartos. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The robotic jet propulsion watercraft which can be rapidly deployed to a person in distress in the waters around Bayonne: the Newark Bay, Kill Van Kull, and New York Bay.

“The Bayonne Fire Department, with the support of the Davis Administration and City Council, is once again on the forefront of deploying technology to make our community safer,” Fire Chief Keith Weaver said in a statement.

“Bayonne Fire is the first public safety agency in New Jersey to obtain this device and training our members will begin immediately, so EMILY can be at the ready to help save lives.”

The use of EMILY is a result of a collaboration between several entities including Hydronalix, the maritime robotics company behind EMILY, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, according to Auvsi.

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