The Jersey City Fire Department swore in 13 new members, bringing the department up to 599 firefighters, during a ceremony at City Hall yesterday morning.
“I want to say publicly a special thank you to the council that’s behind me. In the last five years, they’ve been second to none in investing in the fire department,” Mayor Steven Fulop said.
“We’ve hired more than 200 firefighters, probably promoted more firefighters than any administration in recent history. We have more companies open on a day-to-day basis than any point in the last 10 years. That wouldn’t be possible without the leadership that’s sitting up here and the support of the city council.”
The latest recruits went through five months of training that included a three-month long EMT certification course.
According to Acting Fire Department Chief Joseph Menendez, this class had 100 applicants, which was then narrowed down to a 29-person academy before the final 13 were selected.
He also said that the recruits would receive their assignments for Monday before they left council chambers.
The new recruits are Dana Granteed, Taylor Hausmann, Christopher Modungo, Joseph Early, Kevin Mongiello, Kurt Warner, Eric Nunez, Albert Bauer, Robert Perry, Thomas Dolaghan, Bray French, Harold Pineda and Marshall O’Keefe.