President & Treasurer: PO Box 8181, Haledon NJ  07538                     

Secretary:  29 South Gifford St., Butler NJ 07405

Serving the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris & Passaic Since 1928

        Hi fellow fire department members, if possible please forward this

to your fire company/department meeting or post on the bulletin board:

        Some of you may wonder how I found you, especially some of you that

are receiving this for the first time.  I have found you from either a

member directory, search engine or a fire deparment web page. If you don't

want to receive this in the future please let me know and I will remove you

from the list.

        An email list at <> has been

established as a forum for discussion and posting of anything firematic

involving the northern New Jersey area.   While the primary geographic area

is the membership area of the North Jersey Volunteer Firemen's Association

(the 5 counties shown above), participation is most welcome from all

firefighters whether career or vollie, exempt firemen, fire buffs, or anyone

just interested, from those counties or other areas as well.  Posts

concerning anything firematic will be welcomed whether it be news about

fires, equipment, firehouses, legislation, or fun runs (parades, wetdowns,

musters, expos, flea markets, fundraisers).  If you are not familiar with

Onelist, it is a new free service with about thousands of lists already,

just visit their webpage, register as a user then find the list: or go

directly to the subscription URL:


        Is your fire department web page linked to or  If your company or department doesn't have a web page, will give you one for free and it is easy to set it up.  As an

example, I set one up for my company, which can be viewed by going to the

        Applications for smokehouse dates at our Fire Training Center in

Wayne are now available from President John Hunt (973-595-6398).  We

currently have a Firefighter I class in progress with indoor sessions being

held at the brand new Verona firehouse and the outdoor classes to be

conducted at our site soon. Like Wal-Mart, "low prices, always".


        The next monthly meeting will be Wednesday, May 5th, at the

firehouse of Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, Paterson-Hamburg

Turnpike & Passaic Avenue one mile east of I-287 exit 53 in Riverdale.  From

NJ Route 23 take I-287 north only 1/4 mile to exit 53.  The session begins

at 8:00 pm and usually ends between 9:30 and 10:00.  A guest speaker is

scheduled to present a special program.  Everyone is welcome from both

member companies and those that are not members of the NJVFA.


        The June 2nd meeting is at Jefferson Township Fire Co. 1, Milton.

The firehouse is on Milton Road, one mile off Berkshire Valley Road by St.

Thomas RC Church, about 3 miles from NJ Route 23 via Oak Ridge Road from

Newfoundland.  From NJ 15, follow Berkshire Valley Road 6 miles to

Dover-Milton Road, a left turn by a tri-angle, then 1 mile to Milton Road

with the firehouse on the right.

        The North Jersey Volunteer Firemen's Association is composed of more

than 130 volunteer fire companies, auxiliary fire units and industrial fire

brigades that are located in the five counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson,

Morris and Passaic.        

        While our name includes the word "Firemen's" we welcome everyone,

men and women of all races, religions, nationalities, etc., who are

associated with the fire service.

        Do you have a fax number at your firehouse or another location where

your company would like to receive updates and urgent notifications?  If so

please send me the fax numbers.


        Our monthly meetings are usually on the first Wednesday of each

month, beginning 8 pm.  While all of the 130+ member companies are urged to

be represented at our meetings, it is not mandatory and everyone is always

welcome, whether or not from a member company.


        Upcoming 1998 Meetings include:


        Some 1999 meetings scheduled so far:


        May 5     Pompton Lakes Fire Department of Passaic County

        Jun 2     Jefferson Township Fire Co. 1 of Milton of Morris County

        Jul       To Be Announced

        Aug 4     Riverdale Fire Department of Morris County

        Sep 1     Schooleys Mountain Fire Protection Association

        Oct 6     To Be Announced

        Nov 3     Prospect Park Fire Department of Passaic County

        Dec 1     Rockaway Neck District 5 of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris

        Meeting locations that we have had in 1999 were:

        Jan       Oakland Fire Department of Bergen County

        Feb       West Paterson Fire Department of Passaic County

        Mar       Excelsior Fire Co. 2 of Montville in Morris County

        Apr       Mount Hope Fire Co. 2 of Rockaway Twp in Morris County

        Officers or representatives of other county, regional and state fire

service organizations are usually on hand to give reports.  We are proud

that NJ State Firemen's Association President Frank Bocchino is a personal

member who attends most of our sessions.  We also try to have a guest

speaker or program at each meeting.  Refreshments are served after the

business session.

     Extra Alarms, Special Calls, Fun Runs:


     Apr 24         Franklin Lakes Fire Dept 75th Anniversary at noon

     July 10        Port Jervis NY -- oldest annual fire parade in America

     Aug 14         Dover Fire Department - never cancelled or postponed

     Aug 21         Phillipsburg hosts the NJ State Exempts Parade (invites

extended to                     all NJ fire departments and 4 counties of

nearby PA -- their last                     one lasted more than 8 hours

with many marching under streetlights.

     Sep 4          Boonton Fire Dept 108th Anniversary

     Sep ?          Cancelled! Morristown Fire Department Annual Parade

(NJ's oldest                     continuous parade won't be held due to

financial restraints)

     May 19, 2001   Pompton Lakes Fire Department Centennial

     June 9, 2001   Caldwell Fire Department/NJVFA Parade


     May 15         Peapack & Gladstone Fire Department

     May 15         Rockaway Boro Fire Dept 7pm

     May 22         Maxfield H&L of Boonton Fire Department

     June 12        Caldwell Fire Department for E-One Hush pumper

     June 19        Community Fire Co. 2 of Newfoundland/Oak Ridge, West

Milford, State                     Highway 23, 5pm

     June 26        Community Fire Co. 1 of Wayne for 1999 Hummer and 100th

Birthday                     & nbsp;  Party for 1899 Christie Steamer!  Ever hear

of that before?)

     July 17        Pompton Lakes Fire Department for new aerial

     July 17        Verona Fire Department for new firehouse and equipment

     Aug 6          Budd Lake Fire Department    

     Musters, Etc.:

                      &nb sp;

     June 12        Tri-Counties Fire Association 6th annual muster at Lake

Horicon                     &n bsp;   Park, Lakehurst NJ. For info call

732-842-0929 or 732-938-2685.

     June 26        Antique Fire Association of Central New Jersey's 6th

annual antique                     fire apparatus show & flea market at

Middlesex County Fire Academy,                     Sayreville


     Flea Markets, expos, etc.


     May 14-16      Lancaster County Fire Expo at Farm Show Complex,

Harrisburg PA --                     700 vendors and exhibitors attract over

25,000 guests



     April 25       Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Company Spring pancake breakfast

(last time                     1100+ people were served) 7am to 1pm at Kiel

Avenue firehouse, 1                        mile west of NJ 23.

     April 28       Bloomingdale Fire Department Ziti Dinner, 5-7pm

     May 12         Kinney Hose Co., Butler FD, Ziti Dinner, 5-7pm

     June 6         Bergen Engine Co., Carlstadt, 2nd annual car-bike-truck

show for info 201-939-1779)

     June 12        Park Row Hose Co. 3 of Wallington is sponsoring its 5th

Annual Old Fashioned Picnic, at VFW Post 2640, Main &

Hathaway Streets.  Free Admission.  12 noon to 9pm.

     Aug 21         NJ State Exempts Harley Davidson raffle, $20 ticket, for

info                     &nbsp ;     contact Mike Shurgot, 30 E Central Ave., Wharton

     Sept 19        Garfield Fire Co. 5 will raffle a 1999 Harley Davidson

                    Fat Boy at Danherts Lake Park.  Tickets are now

available at $20                      &nbsp ; each.  Call 973-478-8982 for more

information or stop by the 33                          Plauderville Avenue

Firehouse any Tuesday night.

     Dec 4          Apshawa Fire Co. 1 of West Milford will raffle a year

2000 Harley                       Davidson Road King Classic.  Tickets are

now available for $20 each.                     Call 973-697-2099 for info

or  visit their web site:



        To learn more about the NJVFA, please check our home page:


        Thanks for your time,

        Rich Dean, Secretary NJVFA

        P.O. Box 274

        Butler NJ  07405


        Home: 973-492-0543  Fax: 973-838-3749

        Work: 973-838-0063  Fax: 973-838-3454


        For directions to our meetings, dial 973-616-1115 then 492-0543

        and voice mailbox 5 for a recorded message -- this way the caller

        gets the recorded information without the phone ringing at Rich's