Jersey City Fire Department

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Jersey City Fire Department
FDJC Emblem.png
Operational area
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
City Jersey City
Agency overview[1][2]
Established September 21, 1829 (1829-09-21)
Annual calls 26,734 (2013)
Employees 616 (2014)
Annual budget $67,120,543 (2014)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Darren Rivers
IAFF 1066/1064
Facilities and equipment[1][2][3]
Battalions 4
Stations 15
Engines 14
Trucks 6
Tillers 1
Platforms 2
Squads 1
Rescues 1
Tenders 1
HAZMAT 2
Fireboats 2
Rescue boats 1
Light and air 1
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Jersey City Fire Department provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Jersey City, New Jersey.[4] 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.

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.[5]

History[edit]

The department got its start in the spring of 1829 after several fires occurred in the city and the public demanded fire protection.[6] Thirty citizens signed up and on September 21, 1829 the Liberty Engine Company No. 1 was established.

Panel S-29 on the South Pool of the 9/11 Museum pays tribute to the JCFD.

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.[7] 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.[8]

Stations and apparatus[edit]

As of June 2016 below is a list of the fire station locations and fire companies in the Jersey City Fire Department.[3]

The quarters of JCFD Engine 9 on Bergen Ave.
JCFD Ladder 3
JCFD Ladder 11 & Engine 17
JCFD Marine 1 The Lovero
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, 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 Decon. Unit 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[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About". Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "2014 Budget" (PDF). City of Jersey City. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Apparatus". Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "About". City of Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  5. ^ 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."
  6. ^ "History". History of the Jersey City Fire Department. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ de Vries, Karl (5 May 2011). "Jersey City community remembers 9/11 on National Day of Prayer". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Boyd, Alesha Williams (12 September 2011). "Across the nation, Americans pay tribute". USA Today. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 

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