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Metro-New Jersey by Ron Jeffers

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Photos by Ron Jeffers

The Metro New Jersey Update column reports on all news of apparatus deliveries, rebuilds, reassignments, and newly placed orders in the large, mostly urban area of New Jersey that is geographically adjacent to New York City. Generally, this area includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, and Union. Fire departments within this area range from single station volunteer units to major urban departments while the area protected also varies from rural residential to older industrial cities. A large percentage of this area is protected by career departments that also vary in size from small single station departments to some of the largest departments in the northeast. Among some of the major departments covered are Bayonne, East Orange, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Hoboken, Jersey City, Linden, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, Union, and North Hudson Regional. There are also several airports and non-municipal departments within this area, and
 the type of apparatus in service varies widely.

Ron Jeffers

F.A.J. Contributing Editor

The Metro New Jersey Update is written by Ron Jeffers. Ron Jeffers is a retired Union City, NJ, police sergeant. He attended fire science courses at Oklahoma State University and New York City Community College. He served as a volunteer firefighter in Stillwater, OK, and as an auxiliary firefighter in Newark, NJ. He is Honorary Jersey City and North Hudson Regional Fire Department Battalion Chief/Photographer, and Fire Scene photographer for Bayonne, Lodi and Rochelle Park, NJ. Ron also serves as editor of Emergency Services News New Jersey Edition and is the author of Fire Apparatus of the Jersey City Fire Department. His fire and apparatus photos have appeared in numerous publications. He is also a member of the Cliffside Park Fire Department, a charter member of the New Jersey Metro Fire Photographer's Association, and curator of the Union City Fire Museum.

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