JERSEY CITY, NJ - In what has perhaps been one of the most challenging times in the careers of the men and women already on the job, Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea welcomed six new firefighters to the Jersey City Fire Department Friday.

“It’s in these times of crisis that often the true heroes shine through, and these new graduates have already been on the frontlines helping Jersey City to get through this pandemic,” said Mayor Fulop who added that the recruits have already been working at the city’s two testing sites to facilitate getting thousands of residents tested in the interest of reducing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. "I have no doubt they will continue to contribute to the betterment of our community for years to come.”

The statement noted that 252 new firefighters have been hired since Mayor Fulop took office and that this latest class of firefighters to take the oath of office marks the Department’s twelfth sworn class since 2013.

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The new graduates will be placed on regular shifts in their firehouses to help increase public safety efforts and will be required to pass the EMT exam once it becomes available again.

“These new graduates deserve to be recognized for not backing down from their commitment to protect their community despite the current environment we’re all faced with," said Director Shea.  “They have undergone the rigorous training necessary to be a part of this great department, and I know they’re more than ready to help us on the frontlines as we get through the current crisis and set out to continue our efforts in expanding public safety citywide.”

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