Jersey City Fire Department

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Jersey City Fire Department (JCFD)
FDJC Emblem.png
Operational Area
Country United States
State  New Jersey
City Jersey City
Agency Overview
Established September 21, 1829
Annual calls 52,904 (2011)
Employees 550 Uniformed
50 Civilian[1]
Staffing Career
Fire chief Darren Rivers
Commissioner James Shea (Public Safety Director)
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 1
Battalions 3
Stations 15
Engines 14
Ladders 9
Squads 1
Rescues 1
Fireboats 2
HAZMAT 2
EMS Level BLS First Responder
USAR 1

The Jersey City Fire Department (JCFD) provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Jersey City, New Jersey, United States.[1]

The Jersey City Fire Department is the second-largest fire department in the state after Newark. In 2011, the Fire Department of Jersey City responded to 52,904 emergency calls, with 10,023 being EMS-related.[2]

History[edit]

In the spring of 1829, there were several fires in Jersey City (pop. 1,025) and public opinion demanded protection against fire. The Board of Selectmen listened to the demand but the city treasury did not have enough money for fire protection. There was also no way of raising the needed funds through a tax.

An ordinance was passed which prohibited public auctions unless the auctioneer was licensed. A total of $839.50 was collected from the licenses. This money was used to pay for the needed fire protection.

A committee was appointed to find out how much a fire engine would cost. The committee decided to order a new engine from Henry Ludlum of N.Y. for $800.00. It was delivered on August 28, 1829, along with 100 feet of hose purchased for $87.50. The next problem for the Selectmen was to organize and form a fire company. Any citizen could sign up and become one of the first firemen in Jersey City. Thirty citizens signed on. On September 21, 1829, Liberty Engine Company No. 1 was organized and the engine was placed in the stable of Hugh McCutcheon's "Farmers Hotel" at 42 York Street.[1]

Panel S-29 on the South Pool of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan pays tribute to the Fire Department of Jersey City.

The first Chief Engineer (Chief) of the fire department was Samuel Bridgart. He was appointed by resolution on February 5, 1835.

In 1870, the fire departments of Jersey City, Bergen City, and Hudson City consolidated under Chief Coyle. A volunteer force at the time was not adequate for such a large area. Because of this, the decision was made to organize a paid fire department. The working force for each company was uniformed, paid, and required to remain in the engine-house. A supplemental force known as "Buffaloes" was organized for each company . They were semi-volunteer and paid a small salary. Their duty was to respond to every alarm and perform the same fire duties as the full paid force.

Jersey City’s fire department was the only New Jersey department to receive an official call for assistance during the September 11 attacks, with hundreds of department personnel assisting in the Ground Zero cleanup effort.[3] Among the first responders who perished on that day was Fire Department of Jersey City dispatcher Joseph Lovero, who was hit by a piece of debris. The Fire Department of Jersey City named its fireboat after him.[4]

Fire Company History[edit]

Some fire companies of the Jersey City Fire Department date back to the mid-1800s as volunteer fire companies, while others were formed recently. Engine 2 was formed in 1838 as Arreseoh Engine Co. 2. Engine 8 was formed as Henwood Engine Co. 8 in 1867. Engine 9 was originally formed as Hudson Engine Co. 1, then was organized as Jersey City Engine Co. 9 in 1870. Engine 13 was originally organized as a city of Bergen Lafayette Engine Co. 2 prior to being organized as a Jersey City Engine in 1870. Engine 15 was also organized originally as a city of Bergen company, Columbia Engine Co. 3. Engine 4 was originally organized as a Van Vorst fire company known as Harsimus Engine Co. 1, prior to being organized as Jersey City Washington Engine Co. 4 in 1870. After being disbanded for many years, Engine 4 was reorganized as Squad 4 in 1995. Engine 17 was organized in 1906. Engine 18 was formed in 1918. Engine 22 was organized in 1923. Ladder 2 was formed as Americus Hook & Ladder Co. 2 in 1854. Ladder 3 was formed as Hibernia Hook & Ladder Co. 3 in 1868. Ladder 6 was formed as Bergen Hook & Ladder Co. 1, then organized at Jersey City Hook & Ladder Co. 6 in 1870. Ladder 7 was originally formed as the city of Bergen Hudson Hook & Ladder Co. 2 prior to being organized as Jersey City Hook & Ladder Co. 7 in 1870. Ladder's 9 and 11 were organized in 1937. Ladder 11 was temporarily disbanded in 1944 but reorganized again in 1947. Rescue 1 was organized on May 1, 1964 and temporarily disbanded in 1975. Rescue 1 was reorganized in 1991. The Decontamination(Decon.) and Rehabilitation(Rehab.) Units were formed in 1988.

Operations[edit]

The Jersey City Fire Department currently operates out of 15 Fire Stations, located throughout the city and organized into 3 Battalions. Each Battalion is commanded by a Battalion Chief per shift, who in turn reports to an on-duty Deputy Chief per shift. There is also a Battalion Chief who serves as the Safety Battalion Chief, or Incident Safety Officer (ISO) per shift. Due to budget cuts in the past five years, as many as 6 fire companies are "browned out" daily. Additionally, Engine 18 has been disbanded as of 9/9/14. Both of the JCFD's Fireboats are unstaffed, but have manpower available on a cross-staffed land-based unit, the Marine Coastal Response Unit(M.C.R.U.).

In October 2013, Mayor Fulop mandated that the JCFD eliminate 1 Battalion, distributing its Battalion Chiefs to the Safety Battalion, and moving the companies in the closed Battalion into the remaining 3 Battalions, in an effort to reduce operating costs to the department's budget.[5] Instead of replacing department officers who have retired, the city has been paying large amounts of overtime instead of making the necessary promotions to save large sums of taxpayer monies. Also, Mayor Fulop has mandated that the city staff its companies with acting captains when manpower allows, thus violating its contract with the Fire Officers' Union. This could have been avoided by promoting personnel into positions that have been vacated by retirements.

Battalion 4 was deactivated during October 2013. During large incidents, Jersey City will activate Deputy 2 and recall callback Battalion Chiefs, staffing Battalion 4 and Battalion 5.

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

Below is a listing of all fire station and fire company locations in the city of Jersey City according to Battalion. [6][7]

FDJC Ladder Company 3
FDJC Ladder 11 and Engine 17
FDJC Marine 1
FDJC Fire Headquarters located on Marin Boulevard in Downtown
Quarters of Engine 9 and Battalion 4, located on Bergen Avenue in McGinley Square
Quarter of Engine 11, located on Lincoln Street in the Western Slope
Quarters of Engine 14 and Ladder 7, located on the corner of Palisade Avenue and Congress Street in Jersey City Heights
  • Battalion 1 - 355 Newark Ave. (Quarters of Engine 5, Ladder 6, Safety Battalion)
    • 5 Engine Companies (E2, E5, E6, E9, E10)
    • 3 Ladder Companies (L2, L6, L12)
    • 1 Rescue Company (R1)
    • 1 Squad Company (SQ4)
    • 1 Safety Battalion Chief's Unit (SB)
    • 1 Deputy Chief/Tour Commander's Unit (D1)
    • 1 Callback Battalion Chief's Unit (B4)
    • 1 Mask Service Unit (M.S.U.) (MSU)
    • 1 Rehabiliation (Rehab.) Unit (Rehab. 1)
    • 1 Marine Coastal Response Unit (M.C.R.U.) (MCRU)
    • 1 High-Rise/Tunnel (H.R.T.) Unit (HRT1)
    • 2 Fire, Explosion, Arson Response (F.E.A.R.) Units (C30 & C30A)
    • 1 Special Operations UASI/USAR Collapse Rescue Unit (R2)
    • 1 Mass Care Unit Bus 3 (MCU)
    • 1 Utility Unit
    • 2 Marine Units (Fireboats) M1 & M2)
    • 2 Reserve Engines (E32 & E34)
    • 2 Reserve Ladders (L41 & L43)
    • 1 Gong Club Canteen Unit (C26)
  • Battalion 2 - 2 Bergen Ave. (Quarters of Engine 19, Ladder 8)
    • 5 Engine Companies (E8, E13, E17, E19, E22)
    • 2 Ladder Companies (L8 & L11)
    • 1 Tower Ladder Company (TL4)
    • 1 Special Operations Foam Tender (FT1)
    • 1 Quick Response Vehicle (Q.R.V.) (QRV1)
    • 1 Special Events ATV and Trailer
    • 1 Reserve Engine (E33)
    • 1 Reserve Ladder (L42)
  • Battalion 3 - 715 Summit Ave. (Quarters of Engine 7, Ladder 3)
    • 4 Engine Companies (E7, E11, E14, E15)
    • 3 Ladder Companies (L3, L7, L9)
    • 1 Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat.) Unit (HM1)
    • 1 Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat.) Light Spill Response Unit (L.S.R.U.) (HM2)
    • 1 Special Operations Unit
    • 1 Decontamination (Decon.) Unit (DU1)
    • 1 Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.) Unit (OEM1)
    • 1 Reserve Engine (E31)
Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Chief Battalion Address Neighborhood
Engine 2 1 160 Grand St. Paulus Hook
Squad 4 Rescue 1 1 582 Communipaw Ave. Bergen-Lafayette
Engine 5 Ladder 6 M.S.U., Rehab. 1, M.C.R.U. 1 Battalion 1, Safety Battalion 1 355 Newark Ave. The Village
Engine 6 Ladder 2 H.R.T. Unit, Car 30(Arson Unit), Car 30A(F.E.A.R. Unit), Utility Unit Deputy 1 1 465 Marin Blvd. Downtown
Engine 7 Ladder 3 Decon. Unit, O.E.M. Unit Battalion 3 3 715 Summit Ave. Jersey City Heights
Engine 8 Foam Tender 1, Q.R.V. 1 2 16 Orient Ave. Greenville
Engine 9 Battalion 4** 1 697 Bergen Ave. McGinley Square
Engine 10 Ladder 12 1 283 Halladay St. Communipaw
Engine 11 Engine 31(Reserve)Ex-E11 3 152 Lincoln St. Western Slope
Engine 13 2 152 Linden Ave. Greenville
Engine 14 Ladder 7 Haz-Mat. 1, Haz-Mat. 2, Special Operations Unit 3 595 Palisade Ave. Jersey City Heights
Engine 15 Ladder 9 3 200 Sip Ave. Journal Square Engine 17 Ladder 11
Engine 19 Ladder 8 Battalion 2 2 2 Bergen Ave. Greenville
Engine 22 Tower Ladder 4*** 2 486 Ocean Ave. Greenville
Marine 1, Marine 2 1 Liberty Landing Marina, Audrey Zapp Dr. Liberty State Park
Rescue 2(Special Operations UASI/USAR Collapse Unit), M.C.U. 1 48 State St. Bergen Hill
Car 26(Gong Club Canteen Unit) 1 244 Bay St. Downtown
  • Engine 18 has been DISBANDED 9/9/14 .
  • (**) Battalion 4 is staffed by a callback Battalion Chief when needed.
  • (***) Tower Ladder 4 is temporarily out of service. Tower Ladder 4 is currently using Ladder 43(Reserve).

Other Facilities[edit]

The JCFD Fire Dispatch Center is currently located at 75 Bishop Street. The Dispatch Center was previously located at 715 Summit Ave. The Dispatch Center had to be relocated after Jersey City unknowingly allowed O.E.M. to staff offices in the location of Engine 7 at 715 Summit Ave. and the Federal Government mandated that Fire Dispatch move out.

The JCFD's Apparatus Maintenance Facility and Hose Shop are located at 575 Rte. 440 S.

The Gong Club operates out of the former JCFD Fire Headquarters at 244 Bay St. The Gong Club operates JCFD Car 26, a Canteen Unit.

Closed/Disbanded Fire Companies[edit]

The following is a list of JCFD fire companies that have been closed or disbanded over the years:

  • Engine 1 - 153 Morgan St., WALDO
  • Engine 3 - 38 Mercer St., Paulus Hook
  • Engine 4 - 324 1st St., Downtown
  • Engine 12 - 103 Webster Ave., The Heights
  • Engine 16 - 93 Belmont Ave., McGinley Square
  • Engine 20, Ladder 5 - 582 Communipaw Ave., West Side (quarters now of Squad 4, Rescue 1)
  • Engine 21 - 9th St., Newport (quarters of Ladder 2, 1960s)
  • Ladder 1 - 160 Grand St., Paulus Hook (quarters of Engine 2)
  • Ladder 5 - 29 Seidler St., moved to 582 Communipaw Ave., Bergen-Lafayette (quarters of Engine 20)
  • Ladder 10 - 520 Palisade Ave., The Heights (former quarters of Engine 18)
  • Engine ? - South Street, Heights
  • Engine 18 - Disbanded 9/9/14

Apparatus Specifications[edit]

Below is a complete list of all JCFD apparatus, their manufacturer and specifications, and date.

Engine Companies[edit]

  • Engine 2 - 2007 American LaFrance Metropolitan 1500 gpm/500 gal. pumper truck
  • Squad 4 - 2007 American LaFrance Metropolitan 1500 gpm/500 gal. rescue pumper truck
  • Engine 5 - 2003 Pierce Dash 2000 gpm/500 gal. high-volume pumper truck
  • Engine 6** - 1995 Pierce Saber 1250 gpm/500 gal. pumper truck (Ex-Engine 14)
  • Engine 7** - 2001 Pierce Saber 1250 gpm/500 gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 8 - 2010 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson 1500 gpm./500 gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 9 - 2003 Pierce Dash 2000 gpm/500 gal. high-volume pumper truck
  • Engine 10 - 2004 American LaFrance Metropolitan/LTI 1250 gpm./500 gal./50 gal. Class A/50gal. Class B foam pumper truck
  • Engine 11 - 2007 American LaFrance Metropolitan 1500gpm./500gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 13 - 2003 Pierce Saber 1250gpm./500gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 14 - 2010 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson 1500gpm./500gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 15* - 2001 Pierce Saber 1250gpm./500gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 17 - 2010 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson 1500gpm./500gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 18** -Disbanded on 9/9/14 2007 American LaFrance Metropolitan 1500gpm./500gal. pumper
  • Engine 19 - 2007 American LaFrance Metropolitan 1500gpm./500gal. pumper truck
  • Engine 22 - 2004 American LaFrance Metropolitan/LTI 1250gpm./500gal./50gal. Class A/50gal. Class B foam pumper truck
  • Engine 31(Reserve) - 1996 Seagrave 1250gpm/500gal. pumper truck (Ex-Engine 11)
  • Engine 32(Reserve) - 1999 Pierce Saber 1250gpm/500gal. pumper truck (Ex-Engine 8)
  • Engine 33(Reserve) - 1997 Emergency One 1250gpm/500gal. pumper truck (Ex-Engine 2, Engine 17)
  • Engine 34(Reserve) - 2003 Pierce Saber 1250gpm./500gpm. pumper truck (Ex-Engine 18)
  • (*) New 2015 Pierce Saber 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck is on order to replace Engine 15.
  • (**) Engine 18 has been disbanded 9/9/14. Engine 18's pumper will replace Engine 6 or Engine 7.

Ladder Companies[edit]

  • Ladder 2 - 2005 Emergency-One 100' rear-mount aerial ladder truck (Ex-Ladder 7)
  • Ladder 3 - 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 100' tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck
  • Tower Ladder 4* - 2003 American LaFrance/LTI 75' mid-mount platform tower ladder truck
  • Ladder 6** - 2000 Emergency-One 110' rear-mount aerial ladder truck (Ex-Ladder 9)
  • Ladder 7 - 2005 Emergency-One 100' rear-mount aerial ladder truck
  • Ladder 8 - 2004 Emergency-One 100' rear-mount aerial ladder truck
  • Ladder 9 - 2005 Emergency-One 100' rear-mount aerial ladder truck
  • Ladder 11 - 2008 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 103' rear-mount aerial ladder truck
  • Ladder 12 - 2013 Emergency-One Metro 100' rear-mount aerial ladder truck (Ex-Demo.)
  • Ladder 41(Reserve) - 2004 Emergency-One 100' rear-mount aerial ladder truck (Ex-Ladder 11)
  • Ladder 42(Reserve) - 1996 Seagrave 100' tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck (Ex-Ladder 3)
  • Ladder 43(Reserve) - 2003 American LaFrance/LTI 104' rear-mount aerial ladder truck (Ex-Ladder 12)
  • (*) Tower Ladder 4 is currently being rebuilt and is temporarily out of service. Tower Ladder 4 is using Ladder 43(Reserve)ex-L12.
  • (**) A 2015 Pierce Arrow XT 95' Mid-Mount Tower Ladder Truck is on order to replace Ladder 6's 110 ft rear mount ladder.

Command Units[edit]

  • Battalion 1 - 2013 Ford Explorer (SN4342)
  • Battalion 2 - 2013 Ford Explorer (SN4340)
  • Battalion 3 - 2013 Ford Explorer (SN4341)
  • Battalion 4 - 2012 Ford F-350/EVI pickup truck
  • Deputy 1 - 2012 Ford F-350/EVI pickup truck

Special Operations units[edit]

  • Rescue 1 - 2002 Pierce Lance Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Rescue Squad Truck
  • Rescue 2(Special Operations UASI Collapse Rescue Unit) - 2012 Spartan/2006 Rescue One Heavy-Duty Non-Walk-In Collapse Rescue Truck
  • Haz-Mat. 1 - 2010 Freightliner M2 Wheeled Coach
  • Haz-Mat. 2 (Light Spill Response Unit-L.S.R.U.) - 2007 Freightliner M2 112 w/38-foot Hackney trailer
  • Decon. Unit - 2012 International 7400/Custom Works Medium-Duty Decontamination Unit
  • Decon./Rehab. Unit - 1982 International S-1954/1997 Tropicana Rehab. Unit
  • Mobile Ambulance Bus 3(M.A.B.) - 2012 Medical Ambulance 42-foot bus
  • Utility Unit - 2007 Ford F-450/Reading Decon. truck
  • Mask Service Unit(M.S.U.) - 2005 Pierce Saber Heavy-Duty Non-Walk-In UASI Air Cascade Truck
  • Quick Response Vehicle(Q.R.V.) - 2004 Ford F-150/National Foam Turret pickup truck
  • Special Operations Unit - 2005 Ford F-650/US Truck/Cliffside Body Box Truck
  • Special Operations/Foam Tender 1 - 1998 Freightliner/2007 National Foam 4000gal. foam tanker truck
  • Hose Shop Unit - 2000 Ford E-350/Stahl Plumber's Truck
  • Marine Coastal Response Unit(M.C.R.U.) - 2014 Ford F-550/Firematic 75gpm./200gal. 4x4 Marine Coastal Response Unit
  • Car 30(Arson Unit) - 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan (SN4208)
  • Car 30A(Fire, Explosion and Arson Response Unit-F.E.A.R.) - 2003 Ford F-350/Omaha/Cliffside Body Plumbers truck
  • High-Rise/Tunnel(H.R.T.) Unit - 2010 Spartan Metrostar/Rescue 1
  • Marine 1 - 2006 Sea Ark 48-foot
  • Marine 2 - 2010 Boston Whaler 27-foot

Communications[edit]

Structure Fire Response[edit]

Alarm Type Alarm Level Companies Assigned
All Hands Box Alarm Assignment 1st Alarm 4 Engines, 2 Ladders, Rescue, 1 Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief, Safety Battalion, Mask Service Unit
Working Fire Assignment 1st Alarm, Working Fire(Upgrade) Squad 4, 1 Ladder(F.A.S.T.), 1 Battalion Chief, Car 30(Fire Investigation Unit)
2nd Alarm Assignment 2nd Alarm(Upgrade) 3 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Battalion Chief, Car 3(Assistant Chief)
3rd Alarm Assignment 3rd Alarm(Upgrade) 3 Engines, 1 Ladder
4th Alarm Assignment 4th Alarm(Upgrade) 2 Engines, 1 Ladder
5th Alarm Assignment 5th Alarm(Upgrade) 2 Engines, 1 Ladder

Other Responses[edit]

A assist to EMS is known as a First Responder Assignment, intended to give initial care until the arrival of EMS. A First Responder Assignment consists of one engine, or one truck, and/or rescue.

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