The Jersey City Fire Department swore in 21 new firefighters at a City Hall ceremony this morning, bringing their total number to 682.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We have a distinguished, prestigious, and proud fire department, which is visible in the heroic actions of our firefighters every single day,” Mayor Steven Fulop said at the ceremony.
“Being a firefighter is a difficult job and I want to thank the 21 new firefighters as you raise your hand today and take the Oath of Office to join the best fire department in the state.”
The newest firefighters will be spread throughout the city’s 28 fire companies located citywide. The JCFD averages approximately 14,000 emergency responses per year.
“This past summer, we grew the number of Fire Companies from 26 to 28 for the first time since the 1930s, and our new firefighters will be assigned to firehouses spanning the City to further enhance fire protection,” added JCFD Chief Steven McGill.
“With every graduating class, we expand public safety and improve protection for our residents. This is a commitment we made from the start, and we continue to build on it, reaching historic levels of staffing, promotions, equipment, and the number of fire companies fully staffed every day and night. Each of these combined further strengthens our great fire department and its members,” noted Public Safety Director James Shea.
The current administration has hired approximately 300 firefighters since 2013, now making them the largest municipal department in the state, also making 16 deputy chiefs, 35 battalion chiefs, and 160 captains.