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IT IS THE MISSION OF THE ELMWOOD PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT TO PROTECT ALL THE CITIZENS FROM INJURY AND LOSS BY ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT THREATS TO LIFE AND PROPERTY DUE TO FIRE OR OTHER HAZARDS. OUR DEPARTMENT IS COMMITTED TO THIS MISSION BY PROVIDING RAPID PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY. THIS MISSION WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH FIRE PREVENTION EDUCATION, FIRE SUPPRESSION AND RESCUE OPERATIONS. WE WILL ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE WITH OUR COMMUNITY, SERVE, PROTECT AND STRIVE TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY UTILIZE ALL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE EXCELLENT SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF ELMWOOD PARK AND ITíS VISITORS...

ESTABLISHING THESE GUIDELINES WILL ALLOW MEMBERS OF THE ELMWOOD PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT TO REFER TO DOCUMENTATION IN PREPARATION OF PERFORMING TASKS WITHIN THEIR FIELD OF RESPONSIBILITY. THEY WILL ALSO ALLOW FOR A BASE UPON WHICH TO BUILD NECESSARY CLARIFICATIONS AS SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES ARISE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES ARE CREATED!

The Elmwood Park Fire Department was founded in 1908, when the borough was formerly known as Dundee Lake, by one volunteer fire company and one apparatus. When the borough evolved into East Paterson in 1916 and then into Elmwood Park in 1972 the department followed and evolved itself. Today the Elmwood Park Volunteer Fire Department has four independent Defender Fire Companies with 6 apparatus serving the 19,000 residents and business owners of the town...

 

"In 1907 the Orchard Street Improvement Association having secured quite a bit of improvements to the Dundee Lake Section of Saddle River Township began to consider the formation of a formal fire company.  Soon after in the early winter of 1908 an event took place that would get the ball rolling.  Very early on a cold Sunday morning a horn was sounded summoning the informal members of the fire company.  Out of the darkness of the night members rushed from their warm beds and out they went with lanterns and water pails.  A serious fire had broken out in Mr. Brandtís house on Grove Street.  Through the darkness and dense smoke the fire company was successful in saving the house.  This event was the primary cause in the formation of the first volunteer fire department in April of 1908. "

-Michael Pressler

 

 

            Current Department Officers

Chief (5): Bill Shadwell (Co. 2)

Assistant Chief (5-1): Mike Sullick (Co. 3)

1st Battalion Chief (5-2): Bob Chvasta Jr. (Co. 4)

2nd Battalion Chief (5-3): Robert Bruce (Co. 1)

 

 
 
 

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