Perth Amboy Adds Three Firefighters

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PERTH AMBOY – Mayor Wilda Diaz swore in three new firefighters in a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday afternoon. The new firefighters are James R. Ashby, Jon J. Febor and Gregory J. Church.

Church has been a certified member of the Perth Amboy Fire Department’s Volunteer Division since 1989. He completed his initial Firefighter I training at the Monmouth County Fire Academy and has received his Firefighter I certification from the NJ Division of Fire Safety. Church is also certified as an emergency medical technician by the New Jersey Department of Health.


Church’s family has a history with the Perth Amboy Fire Department. His father, William, Sr., has been a member of the volunteer division for more 50 years and is currently head of the department’s fire police unit. Church’s brother Raymond is currently an active member of the volunteer division. His brother, William, Jr., and sister, Marlene, are former members of the volunteer division as well.

Church resides on Ashley Street with his wife and three children. He had been a truck driver for Englert Metals Inc. in Perth Amboy since 2002.

Fedor has firefighter experience through previous membership with the Fords Volunteer Fire Company. He has completed his Firefighter I training through the Middlesex County Fire Academy, and has received his Firefighter I certification through the NJ Division of Fire Safety.

Fedor is a 1995 graduate of the Middlesex County Vocational & Technical High School – Perth Amboy Campus. Prior to his appointment, he was the operations manager for Rain for Rent Company in Linden. Fedor lives on Donald Avenue with his wife, Alanna. They are expecting their first child this month.

Ashby is the only candidate being hired with no previous firefighting experience. He successfully completed the New Jersey Department of Personnel Firefighter Entrance Examination process and has received almost 100 hours of in-house training for new firefighter recruits. During his probationary period through the Middlesex County Fire Academy, Ashby will receive more than 300 hours of firefighter and emergency medical training before being assigned to firefighter duties.

A 1996 graduate of Perth Amboy High School, Ashby worked for MSI Security Systems of Kearny as a digital systems technician since 2001. He lives on Brighton Avenue.

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