The Paterson New Jersey Fire Department dates back to 1815: It was volunteer until transitioning into a partially paid between 1884-1889, half-paid in 1890 and fully paid in 1895. This website documents every detail of its magnificent history -
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April 29, 1832 Little Beaver Mill
February 8, 1890 Broadway & Fair Streets
This web site has been created to bring awareness to the long and proud history of the Paterson, New Jersey Fire Department (PFD), from its origin as a volunteer department in 1815, to its transition beginning in 1886 to a totally paid department in 1895 and thereafter. The goal is to both provide memories and education about the PFD, by using photographs, documents and narratives.
Website founded 10/1/15 This is a work in continuous progress, so please visit regularly
This website is dedicated to all Paterson Firefighters, past, present and future and to Firefighters, Police Officers & EMTs throughout the nation and those who serve/served in the Armed Forces, protecting our great nation 24/7 both at home and abroad.
December 2015: Five new Pierce Arrow XT 1500 GPM pumpers
2017 Pierce Arrow
2019 Ferrara Pumper of Engine 2
2020 Ferrara Pumper of Engine 3
PLEASE USE THE CONTACT SECTION TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE ADMINISTRATORS. IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS OR DOCUMENTATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEBSITE
If you want more detailed information on any picture or topic or have questions, you can also make an inquiry on our related Facebook page (Paterson New Jersey Fire Department: Past and Present). You can also post PFD pictures or PFD-related dialog at that site.