JERSEY CITY - New Jersey's second largest city swore in its first African-American fire chief today at City Hall.

Darren Rivers will be Jersey City's Fire Department's 17th chief since the department began more than 139 years ago.

Rivers became a firefighter in 1982. He rose through the ranks and became deputy chief in 2007.

The married father of five has a son who is also a firefighter. He says he's thankful to have his friends, family and colleagues fully supporting him.

Rivers is taking over for former fire chief Michael O'Reilly, who retired on Sept. 1.