BAYONNE, NJ- Bayonne’s growing diversity will soon be reflected in the city’s fire department, officials said Friday.

In a statement Mayor Jimmy Davis announces that 11 recruits have been sent to the firefighter academy for 12 weeks of training, the successful completion of which will make them members of the Bayonne Fire Department.

Of the recruits, Davis said, three are Black and one is Egyptian-American. Eight of the prospective firefighters are military veterans with five having served in the US Army and three in the US Marine Corps. Two continue to serve, one as an Army reservist, their other on the National Guard. 

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Wishing the recruits luck Davis said that “The City of Bayonne welcomes qualified firefighter candidates from all of the racial and ethnic groups in our community,” and that he is particularly proud of the prior military service.

Fire Chief Keith Weaver said that the recruit class is the most diverse in at least thirty years