Jersey City to host parade for Fire Department’s 150th anniversary

The city will honor the department on Oct. 3

The Jersey City Fire Department was founded in 1871.
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The Jersey City Fire Department was founded in 1871.

Jersey City will hold a parade and ceremony to celebrate the Jersey City Fire Department’s 150th anniversary.

The parade will take place on Oct. 3, starting at Dickinson High School at 12 p.m., and will travel through the city along Newark Avenue and south on Jersey Avenue up to a reviewing stand south of Grand Street. Jersey City firefighters will be joined by first responders from more than 20 fire departments in the tristate area.

“We’ve come a long way over the past 150 years, and the Division of Fire continues to grow with the City,” said JCFD Chief Steve McGill in a statement. “Every year, our call volume grows, and we answer every call ready to assist. I’m proud to be a part of the department’s 150th celebrations, and I know the department will only get stronger over the next 150 years.”

The Jersey City Fire Department was created in 1871 following the consolidation of the volunteer Jersey City Fire Department with the Hudson City and City of Bergen volunteer departments. The JCFD currently has 667 uniformed members. Earlier this month the city swore in 25 new firefighters to the department.

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