2006: 5 Emergency-One 1500 GPM pumpers painted red obtained and assigned to Engines 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
October 3, 2006: Engine Company 8 renumbered as Engine Company 2
September 18, 2006: Rescue 2 was opened as a full time company consisting of one captain and five firefighters on each shift. Rescue 1 was designated the Urban Search and rescue (USAR) truck and was manned by men of rescue 2.
20?? Under the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission statutes & regulations (Title 39), a Commercial Driving License (CDL) is not required for FFs operating an Emergency vehicle. Consequently, no specialized license or course completion is required to operate a fire engine. Fire recruits may receive a National accredited emergency responder driving course (i.e. CEVO course) in the Fire Academy, driving simulator training upon graduation, and then “hands-on” training from their company officer. The Paterson FD does not have designated “chauffeurs.” and consequently, all company members take their turn in a driver rotation. All personnel are cross-trained (in particular the double-company firehouses) so that they are proficient at operating both the Pumper & Ladder Co, including tillering.
Shown below is the Driver Simulator located at the Madison Avenue Firehouse. It was purchased from a Federal grant for driver training: L-R FF Cesar Collazo, Captain Alton Dickson and Captain Pedro Garced (other driver unidentified)
F/F Cesar Collazo, Captain Alton Dickson, Unknown, & Captain Pedro Garced
April 9, 2013: Because of structural weaknesses of the apparatus floor the 97 Grand Street Firehouse is closed and Engine Company 7 relocates to the Hillcrest Firehouse on Union Ave.
The Mobile Cascade Unit (unit 57) is stocked with spare SCBA (air) bottles and has an on board fill station, to refill bottles right at the fire scene. The one firefighter is assigned as a. accountability officer & tracks all personal entering & exiting the fire building. The REHAB officer refills bottles & coordinates with EMS to set up an area where firefighters must report to after exiting the building. For 3rd alarm fires, or fires with extreme temps, St Joseph's Hospital responds with a Mass Care Unit for Rehab (tents, fans, heaters, etc).
April 2016: Paterson Firefighter Elizabeth "Beth" Fournier who was awarded the Life Saving Award (Non Fire) at a ceremony sponsored by the State FMBA. Firefighter Fournier of Paterson Locale 2, was credited with resuscitating and saving the life of an adult male who collapsed into cardiac arrest at her gym. Story was also featured in local papers
The department has always had spare apparatus but they started numbering them in the early 2000.s Below are May 2016 photos of Spare 2 and Spare 3 quartered at Hillcrest Firehouse on Union Avenue. Spare 1 is kept at at the Lakeview Firehouse on Trenton Avenue. (Todd Hollritt photos)
The fireman's memorial monument listing those who have made the Supreme Sacrifice moved from the Hillcrest Firehouse to the McBride Avenue Firehouse and dedicated on June 5, 2016
Below photo is Honor Guard: Captain AJ Woods, firefighter Luis Vega, Captain Dave Molina, Captain Michael Walker, firefighter Ron Humphries, Captain Scott Parkin. Chief Postorino at left.