Jersey City (NJ) Officials Restructure Fire Department

City officials are restructuring the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department in an effort to reduce overtime costs.

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea announced the move today, according to the Hudson Reporter ( The reorganization would structure the department into three battalions, which officials claim would put more firefighters on duty.

The fire department has already used up all its budgeted overtime funds for the year, roughly $2.6 million, due to what the administration called “inefficient staffing,” particularly among the department’s captains. The reorganization will result in additional fire captains being available on all four of the department’s tours, reducing the need for overtime at the captain rank

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