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Firefighters and public officials assembled at Jersey City Fire Headquarters, on Marin Boulevard, for a ceremony placing the Fire Department’s new 2018 Pierce Arrow XT model rescue truck into service, on Wednesday afternoon.
Chief of Department Steve Mc Gill welcomed all, including Mayor Steve Fulop and Public Safety Director Shea.
Rescue Co. 1 operates out of the firehouse at 582 Communipaw Avenue, in the center of the city, and responds to all sorts of emergency incidents as well as fires. The elite crew are trained to handle may emergency situations including motor vehicle entrapment incidents, high angle rescues, hazardous conditions, etc.
The new apparatus was built with specifications and input from the captains of Rescue 1. It replaced a well worn 2002 Pierce model that will be placed into reserve status. Chief Mc Gill said the company answers about 2,400 calls a year.
The rig and crew received blessing from Fire Department Chaplain Father James Pagnotta. After the ceremony, the crew made up of four firefighters and a captain, placed the rig into service for citywide fire duty.