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West Paterson Fire Department
An ISO Class III Fire Department


The West Paterson Fire Department is turning 100 years old. A large scale celebration is planned.

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Sunday, August, 25th
12 PM
@ the Woodland Park Fairway


Watch local firefighter compete in a cook off where they will prepare burgers, ribs and chicken or veggie kebabs.

Firefighters from the West Paterson FD, Little Falls FD, Totowa FD, Hawthorne FD and Wayne FD will compete.





The WPFD and LFFD played a friendly softball game on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Memorial School Field in Woodland Park.

July 18, 2013 - Crews battled the heat as they worked to knock down a multi-alarm fire at a building in Woodland Park. Firefighters were called to 25 Andrews Drive. Four people were treated for heat-related injuries.

WOODLAND PARK - Borough firefighters helped to extinguish a three alarm blaze that engulfed a warehouse in Paterson last Thursday night, a fire official said. Woodland Park firefighters helped to extinguish a fire in Paterson last Thursday with this 100 foot tower ladder. The firefighters used their 100 foot tower ladder to direct water from a Paterson fire truck into the side of the building from 21st street, said Assistant Fire Chief Michael Muccio. With their ladder truck out horizontally over a set of railroad tracks, the Woodland Park firefighters pumped water into the burning building for about 4 hours, he said. Paterson firefighters fought the blaze from the other two sides of the building with their fire trucks, Muccio said. Woodland Park responded with the ladder truck at 10:46 p.m., he said. "We did what we could from the outside and we left at 3:48 p.m.," Muccio said. No injuries were reported.

Paterson Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Vander Voort said it took about five hours to extinguish the fire in all because they had to approach propane cylinders in the building carefully to ensure they did not explode. That's not all that was challenging however. "The location of the building made it hard to get apparatus in there," he said. "It was completely fenced off." And because of the "heavy volume" of the blaze, firefighters used their aerial devices to battle the blaze, he said. "Everybody did well," Vander Voort said. "Everybody worked hard. It was a difficult situation."



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Edward G. Gallo, age 85, of West Paterson, passed away on August 8, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Paterson to the late Gaetano and Mary Gallo.

He proudly served in the US Merchant Marines during WWII. He worked as a general contractor and was the owner of Gallo Builders. Ed worked on the construction of the West Paterson Fire Company #1 where he was later a volunteer, Life Member and Exempt Fireman. He was also a member of the Passaic Valley Kiwanis Club, the NJ State Governor of Kiwanis, Passaic Valley Elks Chapter # 2011, American Legion # 238, a founder and member of the West Paterson Boys and Girls Club where the gymnasium has been dedicated in his name, a member of the West Paterson Republican Club, a former West Paterson Councilman from 1957-1966, and a former member, Vice President and President of the Passaic Valley Board of Education from 1969-1978. He was also a parishioner at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Paterson.

Ed was the beloved husband of the late Bernadette. He was the cherished father of Thomas Gallo and his wife Nancy, Patricia Lightner and her husband Kevin, and Bernadette Bargiel and her husband Larry Zisa. He was the treasured grandfather of Jeffrey Bargiel and his wife Edana, Timothy Bargiel and his wife Dina, Bethanie Sundlin and her husband Rob, Kevin Lightner, Eric Lightner and his wife Dana, Lauren Lightner, Tommy Gallo and Nicole Gallo and 7 great-grandchildren. He was the dear uncle to Deborah Schaper and Leo Methven.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of
Former Department President Jerry M. Broadfield

Jerry M. Broadfield, age 53, of Clifton, passed away on July 2, 2012 surrounded by his family. Jerry was born in Paterson to the late Garry and Mary Broadfield.

Jerry was a member of the West Paterson Fire Department since 1976 serving as President and Vice President. He was a past member of the Paterson Fire Department Auxilary Engine #1 and #5. He was a life member of the NJ State Fireman's Association. He was also a member of the NJ State Exempt Firemen's Association as well as President and Secretary of the West Paterson Firemen's Relief Association and Exempt Firemen's Association.

He was the beloved husband of Rosemary (nee Dreher) for over 22 years and the adored father of Alison Broadfield. He was the cherished brother of Steven Obremski and his wife Marie, Tina Horsham and her husband Ron, William Broadfield and his wife Karen, and Garry Broadfield and his wife Amy. He was also the dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Kidney Foundation


Firefighters were trained on fighting car fires and propane grill fires. It was held at the Passaic County Community College Public Safety Academy. Training was provided as part of a regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

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We attended a training session at Four Seasons at Great Notch. The training evolutions consisted of rescuing firefighters from second and third floor windows. The training was provided to the West Paterson Fire Department by Emergency Training Asscociates.



WOODLAND PARK - A resident of the borough sustained only minor injuries after his vehicle collided with a parked vehicle. The accident occurred during the early afternoon hours last Saturday.

"Dispatch received a call at approximately 1:02 p.m. that a vehicle flipped to its side at 1024 McBride Ave.," said Detective Sgt. John Uzzalino. "It occurred right in front of the McBride shopping center." Read more...

Champs Park Ridge Fire Department Takes 1st Place In The 2nd Annual Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off At Fairway Market

By mel fabrikant Monday, June 18, 2012, 02:31 PM EDT

The 2nd Annual Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off Park Ridge Fire Department is now the proud owner of a magnificent trophy, a $500 gift card to Fairway Market and bragging rights – for the second time - as the winning team in the Second Annual Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off held on Sunday, June 17, 2012, in the parking lot of the Paramus store. The team will also receive a Fairway Market shopping night in which a portion of all proceeds will go to the Mary Therese Rose Fund –the charity of their choice. Read more....

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Firefighters participated in the 2012 Memorial Days services at the WP Firemen's monument, WP War Monument and in the Memorial Day Parade

During the month of February, firefighters completed the annual re-certification for their bail out systems. The bail out systems were purchased in 2010 and were issued to firefighters shortly thereafter.

Most firefighters completed a refresher, while a dozen more were certified for the first time.

The training was completed at Passaic Fire Headquarters with the help of the Passaic Fire Department's instructors. Special thanks to Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost and his firefighters for their assistance.

Firefighters recently attended a Mask Confidence Training Course provided by Emergency Training Associates at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy.

This program provided the firefighter with the knowledge and basic skills needed to reach a proficient level of training in the use of SCBA and their ability to survive emergency hazardous situations. Firefighter’s confidence in the use of their equipment and how to perform in emergency situations will lead to more proficient
operations. As a result, the participants will learn the:

• Inherent dangers of firefighting
• Importance of being proactive
• Implementation of a risk management plan
• Responsibilities for safe fire ground operations
• Rules for survival

Calling of a “May Day”
• Different emergency escape procedures

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Firefighter David Banks, Sr.

DAVID J. BANKS, SR., 75, of Woodland Park died Thursday.
Born in Paterson, NJ, Mr. Banks resided in Woodland Park for the last 52 years. He retired as a Foreman with the City of Newark Water Department. Mr. Banks was a Veteran of the United States Army.

He was a member of Living Water Church of North Arlington; a member of Rifle Camp Fire Co. #3 of the West Paterson Fire Department; a member of the West Paterson and New Jersey State Exempt Fireman's Associations; Troop #59 Boy Scouts of America of Woodland Park and a member of American Legion Post #238 of Woodland Park.
He was predeceased by his three brothers: Warren, Russell and Roland Banks and his daughter in law, Clarene Banks, in 2010.

Survivors include: his wife, the former Lila Weir; his two sons, David J. Jr. and his wife, Odalys of Bloomfield, NJ and Joseph R. Banks of Hopatcong, NJ; his sister, Victoria Muti of Ramsey, NJ; his mother in law, Jennie Weir of Woodland Park, NJ and three step grandchildren: Kier, Amir and Adam Elmonairy.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Monday at Bizub-Parker Funeral Home, 47 Main St., Little Falls. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. Visitation on Sunday from 2-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to New Jersey Fireman's Home, 565 Lathrop Ave., Boonton, NJ 07005-2245 would be appreciated.

Happy New Year 2012!!
New Firematic Officers for 2012

1st Lieutenant Jerry O'Brien - Station 3
2nd Lieutenant Jonathan Depsee - Station 1

Thanks to 1st Lieutenants Todd Hollritt and Jason Macones for their years of service.

Thanks to all who have expressed their condolences during the passing of former
Fire Chief Paul Salomone, Sr.

Paul Salomone Sr., age 86, of West Paterson, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2011 after suffering from a massive heart attack on Thanksgiving evening. Paul was born in West Paterson to the late Rose (Fico) and Guiseppe Salomone.

Beloved husband of 63 years to Dorothy (McKeown) and loving father of Joseph Salomone, Sr. and his wife Marianne of Pompton Plains and Paul Salomone, Jr. and his wife Cecilia of West Paterson. Grandfather of Joseph Salomone, Jr., Brian Salomone, Kelly Gilligan and her husband Patrick, Lauren Diakakis and her husband Nicholas, Jaclyn Salomone and Katlyn Salomone. Great grandfather of Riley, Joseph and Matthew Gilligan. Dear Brother of Mary and her late husband William John and Josephine and her husband Salvatore Piptone.

Paul worked for Brown Bindery for 46 years and owned a part time electric business, Paul's Electric Service since 1952. He also worked with his sons, Joseph and Paul and grandsons Joseph Jr. and Brian in their family business, Salomone Bros., Inc. of Wayne.

Paul was a member of the West Paterson Fire Department for the past 66 years and was Assistant Chief (1951-1971) for 20 years and department Chief (1972-1976) for 5 years and was serving as Assistant Chief since retiring as Chief in 1976. He was Superintendent of the West Paterson Fire Alarm System retiring in 2000. Paul, Sr. was the true meaning of a volunteer Fireman. His life revolved around Rifle Camp fire Co. #3.

He was a member of the Passaic County Electrical Contractors Association. Dad's famous saying was "Your name is everything, a good reputation and hard work, and you have everything". He will be missed by his family, friends, and brother firemen.

It is with deep regret that the West Paterson Fire Department announces the passing of former Fire Department President Vincent J. Olivo.

Vincent J. Olivo, age 79, of Woodland Park, passed away on November 23, 2011. Vince was born in Paterson to the late James and Lena Olivo. Vince served in the United States Air Force and later worked at the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission for over 33 years. In addition to being a dedicated family man, Vince was active in many organizations. He was a parishioner at Our Lady of Pompeii Church and served on its finance board for over 25 years. He was a member and former President of Paterson Unico, the Sewage Authority commissioner for Woodland Park and Totowa, the President of Camp Hope inWest Milford, the treasurer of the 200 Club Emeritus, a member of the Woodland Park Democratic Club, a member of the Paterson Diocesan School Board, a members of the Fathers’ Club at St. Bonaventure Church and Paul VI and help develop the Mutual Aid Association of Woodland Park, Totowa, and Little Falls. In addition, one of Vince’s proudest accomplishments was serving as a volunteer Firefighter for the West Paterson Fire Co. # 1 for nearly 50 years. He was a former President, Vice President, and Trustee there and was later member of the Exempt Fireman’s Association.

Vince was the beloved husband of Teresa (nee Agnes) and the adored father of Jim Olivo and his wife Sharon. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was predeceased by his sister Bessie Trombino. For arrangements visit, www.santangelofuneral.com

Members of the West Paterson Fire Department attended a forcible entry training class on July 18, 2011 and July 28, 2011. The class was instructed by Emergency Training Associates of Woodland Park, NJ.

The training was conducted using a forcible entry door manufactured by Firehouse Innovations.


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