- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Jersey City has 26 new firefighters, including the city’s first black woman to wear the uniform.

Mayor Steven Fulop swore in the newest members of the department during a ceremony at City Hall on Friday.

The city says the hiring was made possible by funds from a $6.9 million federal grant that was announced in January.

The 61st class in the fire department’s 143-year history brings to 47 the total number of firefighters hired since Fulop took office last year.

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