11 months after receiving ‘acting’ title, Hoboken swears in Crimmins as fire dept. chief


11 months after being named acting Hoboken Fire Department chief by former Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Brian Crimmins was sworn in as the head of the department this afternoon.

Hoboken Fire Chief Brian Crimmins was formally sworn in today. Photo via City of Hoboken Twitter.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“In less than a year leading the department, Chief Crimmins has demonstrated a new brand of leadership for the department,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“He’s established new standards of professionalism and preparedness, including facilitating training for fire fighters to be better equipped in serving residents with Autism. I applaud his efforts and look forward to his continued stellar leadership.”

Crimmins was humble when speaking of leading the Mile Square City’s fire department.

“I am honored to dedicate my career to improving the resilience of our community and to promoting the finest fire department in the State of New Jersey,” said Crimmins.

In November 2017, Crimmins, then a battalion chief, was sworn in as provisional chief, replacing Anton Peskens.

Additionally, Crimmins comes from a long line of Hoboken public safety officials: his grandfather, George W. Crimmins, was chief of police, and his father, George W. Crimmins II, was the city’s business administrator and public safety director.

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