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New Jersey firefighters sworn into office…using an iPad

by Doug Drinkwater

February 11 2013

The eight firefighters placed their hands on the iPad when being sworn into office
The eight firefighters placed their hands on the iPad when being sworn into office

Firefighters in Atlantic City took their oaths of office in unusual fashion last week, when the absence of the traditional paper-bound bible saw Apple’s iPad thrust into action.

NBC 40 reports that a short ceremony was scheduled to promote a number of Atlantic City Fire Department workers to Battalion Chief and Fire Captain, only for those proceedings to grind to a halt when attendees realized no-one had a bible in the City Council Chambers.

In days gone by, such news may have seen the ceremony cancelled, what with the bible required for fire fighters to agree to the oath. Fortunately, and as a sign of today’s digital age, one attendant brought his Apple iPad along with him and volunteered for the tablet to be used in the ceremony. 

Ceremony officials agreed that the presence of an unspecified bible app on the iPad made it fit for ceremonial purposes, and so the 9.7-inch device was subsequently used for the firefighters to swear their oaths.

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