The Jersey City Fire Department swore in 23 recruits earlier today, bringing their total roster over 700 members.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We hold our firefighters in high regard for their bravery, running towards fires while most people run away from the danger, and our firefighters here in Jersey City respond to nearly 14,000 calls for emergencies every year,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
“So, today I congratulate our newest 23 firefighters who are joining the best fire department in New Jersey, and I want to thank all of the over 700 firefighters for their service and commitment to keeping our community safe as we continue to increase public safety citywide.”
As a result of the administration’s diversity recruitment efforts, half of the new class represents minority populations.
Additionally, every firehouse is currently fully staffed and providing the necessary, and often lifesaving, response coverage citywide 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“These newest graduates should be proud to join a world-class department that goes beyond emergency response to include vital community services from teaching fire safety to our youth to providing proactive fire protection, including our free carbon dioxide and smoke detectors installation program,” noted Public Safety Director James Shea.
“While residents hope never to have to call upon our fire department for an emergency, if they do, they can be assured they are getting the best protection from our highly-skilled firefighters.”