Jersey City Fire Department
|Established||September 21, 1829|
|Annual calls||26,734 (2013)|
|Annual budget||$67,120,543 (2014)|
|Fire chief||Darren Rivers|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Light and air||1|
The Jersey City Fire Department provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Jersey City, New Jersey. In all the department is responsible for 21 square miles (54 km2) with a population of 247,597 residents as of the 2010 United States Census[update].
The department is part of the Metro USAR Strike Team, which consists of nine North Jersey fire departments and other emergency services divisions working to address major emergency rescue situations.
The department got its start in the spring of 1829 after several fires occurred in the city and the public demanded fire protection. Thirty citizens signed up and on September 21, 1829 the Liberty Engine Company No. 1 was established.
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. 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.
Stations and apparatus
|Engine Company||Ladder Company||Special Unit||Chief||Battalion||Address||Neighborhood|
|Engine 2||1||160 Grand St.||Paulus Hook|
|Squad 4||Rescue 1||4||582 Communipaw Ave.||Bergen-Lafayette|
|Engine 5||Ladder Tower 6||Mask Service/Air Cascade Unit, Decon. Unit, Marine Coastal Response Unit||Battalion 1||1||355 Newark Ave.||The Village|
|Engine 6||Ladder 2||High-Rise/Tunnel Unit, Utility Unit, Car 30(Arson Unit), Car 30A(F.E.A.R. Unit)||Deputy 1||1||465 Marin Blvd.||Downtown|
|Engine 7||Ladder 3||Battalion 3||3||715 Summit Ave.||Jersey City Heights|
|Engine 8||Foam Tender, Quick Attack Foam Unit||2||14–16 Orient Ave.||West Bergen|
|Engine 9||Battalion 4||4||697 Bergen Ave.||McGinley Square|
|Engine 10||Ladder 12||1||283 Halladay St.||Communipaw|
|Engine 11||3||152 Lincoln St.||Western Slope|
|Engine 13||2||152 Linden Ave.||Greenville|
|Engine 14||Ladder 7||Haz-Mat. 1, Haz-Mat. 2||3||595 Palisade Ave.||Jersey City Heights|
|Engine 15||Ladder 9||4||200 Sip Ave.||Journal Square|
|Engine 17||Ladder 11||4||255 Kearney Ave.||West Side|
|Engine 19||Ladder 8||Battalion 2||2||2 Bergen Ave.||Greenville|
|Engine 22||Ladder Tower 4||2||486 Ocean Ave.||Greenville|
|Marine 1, Marine 2 (Fire Boats)||1||Liberty Landing Marina, Audrey Zapp Dr.||Liberty State Park|
|Rescue 2 (Metro UASI/USAR Collapse Rescue Unit)||1||48 State St.||Bergen Hill|
|Car 26 (Gong Club Canteen Truck)||1||244 Bay St.||Downtown|
- Due to budget cuts, several companies are placed out of service or "off duty" daily on a rotational basis.
Disbanded fire companies
Throughout the JCFD's history, several fire companies have been disbanded due to budget cuts to the department and reorganization.
- Engine 1 – 153 Morgan St.
- Engine 3 – 38 Mercer St.
- Engine 4 – 324 1st St.
- Engine 12 – 103 Webster Ave.
- Engine 16 – 93 Belmont Ave.
- Engine 18 – 218 Central Ave.
- Engine 20 – 582 Communipaw Ave.
- Engine 21 – 9th St. & Grove St.
- Ladder 1 – 160 Grand St.
- Ladder 5 – 582 Communipaw Ave.
- Ladder 10 – 520 Palisade Ave.
- Water Tower 1 – 520 Palisade Ave.
- Hose 1 – 153 Morgan St.
- "About". Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "2014 Budget" (PDF). City of Jersey City. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "Apparatus". Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "About". City of Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- Steadman, Andrew. "Bayonne firefighters participate in mock disaster drills in Newark", The Jersey Journal, May 1, 2012. Accessed June 6, 2016. "According to the press release, the Metro USAR Strike Team is made up of nine fire departments from Bayonne, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Morristown as well as the five-municipality North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Agency."
- "History". History of the Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- de Vries, Karl (5 May 2011). "Jersey City community remembers 9/11 on National Day of Prayer". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- Boyd, Alesha Williams (12 September 2011). "Across the nation, Americans pay tribute". USA Today. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
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