Story and Photos by Ron Jeffers.-
The redevelopment of the Jersey City waterfront area consist mostly of large residential towers, hotels and office buildings, creating another challenge for firefighters.
On Monday morning local officials and firefighters gathered at Fire Headquarters, on Marin Boulevard, for a traditional blessing of the new apparatus offered by Reverend James Pagnotta, Fire Chaplain.
The new engine was built by Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., of Wisconsin. This unit has a three-stage pump, making it possible for water to reach upper floors of these towers when interior fire safety measures fail. The pumper will “save time and effort” getting water on the fire, Chief of Department Steven Mc Gill said. He added that this is the first municipal three-stage pumper in the state. In addition, he said this city currently has the most high rise buildings per capita in the United States.
Mayor Fulop stressed the need for this upgraded equipment to protect the city’s residents and workers. The $680,000 apparatus is assigned to Engine Co. 6, at the Marin Boulevard firehouse. The fire company’s logo, printed on the upper windshield is, “Guardians of the Gold Coast.”