The Role of the Fire Department

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In the recent series of videos that I have been hosting online, Fire Chief Keith Weaver discussed the role of the Bayonne Fire Department.  During the Coronavirus crisis, he said that the Fire Department has been assisting McCabe Ambulance in responding to calls for emergency medical services.  In addition to dealing with the pandemic, the Fire Department has continued to respond to structure fires, complaints of gas odors, and other calls for service.

As Chief Weaver explained, the Bayonne Fire Department faces the “unique challenges” that come from serving a city that combines residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in close proximity to each other.  The Fire Department also must be prepared to respond to emergencies on Light Rail, freight rail lines, the Bayonne Bridge, the Turnpike’s Newark Bay Extension Bridge, and at Bayonne Medical Center and at the RWJ Barnabas Medical Center.

In the video, Chief Weaver thanked the public for their recent donations of food and emergency equipment.  He recognized the great roles being played by medical doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers, EMTs, and police officers during the current crisis.  He offered his condolences to the families of those who have passed away as a result of the Coronavirus.

Chief Weaver said that the Fire Department has taken a series of steps to mitigate the impact of the virus.  Those steps include a thorough cleaning program for Fire Department equipment.  As a result of all of the measures that people have taken against the Coronavirus, Chief Weaver believes that there is “light at the end of the tunnel,” although we are not there yet.

Reflecting on the history of the Bayonne Fire Department, Chief Weaver recalled the major events that the department has endured – World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Great Recession, Hurricane Sandy, and the current Coronavirus pandemic.  Although the names and faces have changed over the years, Chief Weaver cited the pride that the Bayonne Fire Department continues to take in its accomplishments.  In the interests of safety, he urged all residents to make sure that they have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  He also suggested that everyone in each household know two routes to take out of the building in the event of fire.

I would like to thank Chief Weaver for his participation in our video series.  I would also like to thank the Fire Department for its outstanding work.