BAYONNE, NJ - Not sure how much longer the floors could hold the weight of the fire trucks parked inside, or whether the roof would withstand another rainstorm, Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver took his concerns directly to Mayor Jimmy Davis, and, almost immediately, he recalled at a December 9 event, a plan was put into place to fix the issues plaguing the 57th Street firehouse.
With a group of Bayonne firefighters looking on appreciatively, as well as several members of the city council, Davis and Weaver cut a ceremonial fire hose to mark the completion of the approximately $1 million rehabilitation project.
Calling the overhaul of the 90-year-old firehouse, including the installation of a new roof and replacement of the floors, a “true team effort,” Weaver said the project saved the taxpayers millions of dollars as the critical repairs were much more cost effective than the $4 to $5 million estimates to build a brand-new firehouse.
“We made a commitment when we came in to office that we weren’t going to kick the can down the road anymore,” Davis said. “There is nothing more important than public safety, and we need to make sure to give (first responders) everything they need to get the job done right.”
Davis, who served as a police officer for 28 years would later tell TAPinto Bayonne that the completion of the project was especially meaningful as he knows firsthand how important it is that when the men and women of public safety go to work they have the tools, training, and equipment to “go home to their families” after every shift.
Saying that those that serve in the reopened firehouse are affectionately known “Fighting 57th”, Battalion Chief Jack Dunne suggested that while he and his colleagues will “always get the job done, no matter what it takes,” the updated facility, as well as the new engine truck that was also dedicated at the ceremony, shows the firefighters that “our leadership cares about our safety.”
“Morale is high,” Dunne said, adding that “this gives us the opportunity to be the best that we can be.”
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