A woman in Jersey City's fire department is making history in New Jersey.
Former battalion chief Constance Zappella was promoted to deputy chief, making her the first female deputy chief in the JCFD.
Mayor Steven Fulop says Zappella is also the first and only female deputy chief serving in a fire department in the state, making her New Jersey's highest-ranking professional female fire officer.
"I am no longer the young girl who sought to change a century of outdated tradition. I am now humbled and honored to serve as the highest-ranking professional female fire officer in the state and city where I was born and raised," Zappella said in a statement. "The difference between my success and failure is the network of people I built who supported me throughout my journey."
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The Long Valley Fire Company was one of the recent recipients of a state grant totaling $10 million, which was distributed to 293 fire departments across the state.
As part of the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant program, the Long Valley Fire Company will receive a $28,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
The program was created to ensure that firefighters have adequate protective, cleaning and sanitization equipment during this time of increased community need.
“Equipping our firefighters with the proper gear is crucial to allowing them to safely and successfully do their jobs,” Governor Murphy said. “The health and safety of our essential workers is of the utmost importance to this Administration. I am grateful to DCA for recognizing these departments’ needs and awarding funding to provide this equipment.”
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A car caught fire on a tow truck on Route 80 Tuesday afternoon, shutting down several lanes in Morris County and snarling traffic as crews responded, authorities said.
The car caught fire on a flatbed in the westbound lanes near milepost 28 in Roxbury Township around 1:40 p.m., NJSP Trooper Charles Marchan told DailyVoice.com.
Delays of 15 to 20 minutes were reported east of exit 30 to Howard Blvd. in Mount Arlington to west of exit 28 to CR 631/US 46 in Roxbury Township.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was unknown, Marchan said.
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