August 3, 1891: Rules and Regulations of the Paterson Fire Department re Insignias
Chief: Five trumpets crossed with bell outward and projecting beyond mouthpiece Assistant Chief: same as chief except there shall be 3 trumpets Captains of Engine Companies: two parallel trumpets with bell downwards: number in between Captains of Hook and Ladder Companies: two parallel axes: number in between
Chief Engineer Uniform Breast and Cap Badges -- 5 Trumpets
PFD Badge numbering education: When the paid department started in 1890, each company had a rage of assigned numbers - Badge #s 10-19 were limited to men of Engine Company 1, with the Captain getting #10, Engineer #11 and drivers (hose wagon and steamer) #12 and 13. Other companies had similar patterns for example Engine 5 had #50-59, with #50 being the captain, #51 the engineer, etc. Until 1910 there were 9 engine companies. So, Truck 1 badges were #100-110 with #100 belonging to the Captain, 101 the driver and 102 the tillerman. Likewise Truck 2 was 120-129 and Truck 3 130-139. Chemical Company 1 was issued badges #140-142. From 1890-1895 there were 5 full time men and 5 call-men. In 1895, all men became full timers. When a firefighter or captain was transferred to a different company, badges remained with original company and the firefighter (or captain) would get a badge of the new company. Chief badges were not numbered.
At a certain point in the 1900s, as men retired and new members were appointed, this strict numbering system faded. Over time as new companies were added (up to 13 engine companies in 1928) and badges were sometimes not returned after retirement or lost, ultimately badges numbers became higher and higher with numbers no longer being related to specific companies.
With respect to the Paterson Volunteer Department, the 9 engine, 3 hose and 3 truck companies were all independent of one another. Each often had hundreds of members and badges numbers ranged from 1 into the 200's.
Fireman's Cap Badge circa 1920s
Edward Hancok appointed 1918
Cap & Breast Badge circa 1950s
Firefighter Henry Kettmann appointed 1954
1960 Firemen's Badge of William "Red" Mosca, an FMBA President - which was also later worn by his son FF Brian Mosca
William Mosca - Appointed May 1963
Engine Company Lieutenant's Breast Badge (one trumpet)
15 is the badge, not the company number
Captain of Engine Company 4 Hat and Breast Badge
Captain of an Engine Company had silver color badges with company number in center surrounded by two trumpets: AT left is uniform cap badge and at right the breast badge.
Engine Company 13 Fireman's Hat and Captain's Breast Badge belonging to Jack Nargiso (circa 1960-80) Also his state and local FMBA badges.
Engine Company 1 and Truck Company 3 Captains Badges of Joseph Dayspring
Above are the Cap and Breast Badges of Captain Joseph Dayspring: Truck Company 3 and Engine Company 1 (circa 1948-1952) Below are his lapel uniform buttons (Truck Company Captain)
1942 Fireman's Badge of Assistant Chief Dayspring
Assistant Chief Uniform and Cap Badges with 4 crossed trumpets. These belonged to Assistant Chief Joseph Dayspring who held that rank 1962 - 1981.
Battalion (1953-1957) and Deputy Chief (1957-1962) Badges belonging to Joseph Dayspring
Many firemen also had smaller badges carried in their wallets
Deputy Chief Supervisor -- Dayspring Collection
FF Combustibles Badge -- Dayspring Collection
Reines Collection: Deputy Chief, Combustibles
Badge Collection of Deputy Chief Solomon Reines who was long time director of the Combustibles bureau.
Courtesy Richard Reines
Courtesy Richard Reines
Fusaro Collection: Fireman, Lieutenant and Captains Ranks
Courtesy Patsy Fusaro
Captain Fusaro's Wallet Badge
MASTER MECHANIC & DRILLMASTER
Master Mechanic Badge on Cap of John Carroll (1971 photo)
Angelo Contini Badge -- Dayspring Collection
RESCUE COMPANY BADGES (CAPTAIN)
The badges below are unique to Rescue Company captains. Just as engine company captains have two upright trumpets and truck captains have two upright axes facing one another, the Rescue officer has 2 upright line guns with a rope bag and a diving helmet in the middle and the company number on the front of the rope bag. Rescue 2 operates out of the Southside Firehouse on Getty Avenue. The badge originated with FDNY Rescue Companies. The late Ira Rubin was a helmet shield and badge distributor for Smith Warren and Blackington badges and introduced them to the PFD when Captain Scott Parkin was given command of Rescue 2 in 2005.
Uniform Cap Badge
Left collar Insignia
Breast Medal for PFD FF & PPD members who responded to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001
Distributed to active PFD FF on September 11, 2017
HONOR GUARD BADGES
Below is the badge on the Honor Guard Uniform: the embroidered crosses each represent 5 years of service
1936: FF P Kearny, C Almroth, & A Bruno
Movie Projector License for Paterson
1949: FF William McCorry, Thomas Walsh, Harry Dews, Richard Kane and George Kuyl
1954: Cpt. William McCorry, Richard Kane, John Griffen, Henry Bush.
Fireline badges, at one time modeled after Gamewell Fire Alarm boxes were handed out to reporters and prominent citizens and allowed them to cross police lines when reporting on or viewing fires. It is of interest that the Founder of the Gamewell Fire Alarm Company actually died in Paterson.
AUXILIARY FIRE BRIGADE PFD BADGE
Courtesy of Henderson Famiy
HONORARY FMBA BADGE
1947: Chief Troy presented badge to Max Simon - For details and photo see FMBA Page
Deputy Chief Joseph Dayspring
Shawn Burns 1985 - 2011
Supreme Sacrifice Memorial Pin 2016 and 2017
Badge presented to widow of FF Scott Rogow (Supreme Sacrifice) by Fallen Firefighters Foundation at Memorial Weekend ceremonies October 8, 2017
The St. Florian (patron Saint of Firefighters) pin was issued in October 2016 to commemorate the first annual Red Mass at St. Gerard's Church in Paterson held in 2015. The mass honors those in the Paterson Diocese (Passaic, Morris and Sussex Counties) who have made the Supreme Sacrifice
PFD Fire Association Fire Officers Association Local 202
Police and Fire Commissioner's Badge of Robert Moore