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Hull fire chief leaves for Ground Zero on 9/11

Hull fire chief seeks support for town’s safety personnel

HULL – Fire Chief Nick Russo told selectmen last night that the fire department may need the board’s help in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

“We must consider the psychological effect on safety personnel,” Russo said, referring to the televised reports from New York. “They (firefighters) may need some assistance from the board as they deal with the catastrophe affecting what have to be considered their brothers.”

The selectmen met briefly last night to express their grief over the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., and to assure the public that all of the town’s emergency personnel were on alert and in contact with state and federal agencies.

“From Hull’s perspective, we can rest comfortably—if you can after what you’ve seen today,” Russo said. “That’s the good news. The community is safe. Emergency personnel have been briefed. Personnel are on stand-by. We know where they are for the next 48 to 72 hours.”

Russo said the firefighters felt for the safety personnel who went inside the World Trade Center towers yesterday and did not come out.

“My personnel were in tears today because they know what’s going on and they know they’re going to a lot of funerals,” the chief said. “It’s a brotherhood. It’s not a profession, it’s a culture.”

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