In a ceremony at City Hall today, Mayor Fulop swore in Stephan Drennan as the Chief of the Jersey City Fire Department.  

Fulop also administered the oath of office to 14 newly graduated firefighters.

Drennan comes from three generations of firefighters, which includes Stephan’s father, son, uncles, and cousins. Together the 17 members of his family have racked up over 500 years of service. A 40-year veteran, the Jersey City native was first made Acting Chief in 2023.

“Think about how many lives have been saved by the Drennans and how many houses have been spared and rebuilt because of the family’s commitment to public service,” Mayor Fulop said prior to giving the oath of office. “Today’s newly sworn firefighters are joining the best fire department in the state, and I have no doubt that under Chief Drennan’s leadership, we will continue to set the standard for excellence in emergency services.”

“Thank you for the honor and blessing for me and my family. What our firefighters do is incredible, and it happens every day,” Chief Drennan said before addressing the recruits. “We do more than put out fires. It is about working in the community and helping our people, and the new graduates will quickly learn that about our department.”

The Drennans aren't the only multi-generation Jersey City firefighting family. Fire Captain Robert McCann was on hand to help swear in his son Robert McCann Jr. Newly sworn firefighter Matthew Roman is the son of Former Jersey City Fire Director Armando Roman.