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Retired Passaic (NJ) Fire Chief Louis Imparato, Author of FIRE Act, Passes Away

Retired Passaic (NJ) Fire Chief Louis Imparato passed away Monday after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 68. Lou was the original author of the FIRE Act, which he ghost-wrote for Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ). Introduced in March 1999, the Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement (FIRE) Act was the first comprehensive legislation dedicated to meet the special needs of the nation's fire departments, ultimately authorizing $400 million over two years in competitive grants to departments. "The passing of Lou Imperato is not only a loss for Passaic, but a loss for the entire firefighter community," said Congressman Pascrell.  "Lou was a fireman's fire...

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