July 12, 2000: Kevin Hancock, grandson and son of Paterson firefighters is sworn in as a Battalion Chief by Mayor Barnes witnessed by councilman Don Hayden and Chief James Pasquariello
November 6, 2001: Temporary opening of Rescue 1 company at Southside
January 25, 2002: Squad 1 re-established
September 11, 2002: Dedication of 9'11 Memorial at Ward Street and Railway Avenue
L-R Captain Sean Burns, FF Luis Vega, Captain McGuire (in rear), DC Scott MacGilvray, Chief James Pasquariello, FF Ken Beekman in rear, Louis Ponstingel, BC Chris Ricciardi, Captain Fernando Rodriguez, FF Lee Mondelli, Captain Joe Statuto, Captain Greg Lisowski, FF Armando “Julio” Cortez, Captain Javier Tovar, Captain John Botero, FF Mike Gallo
Marty Pelta photo
October 1, 2003: Squad 1 at Southside Firehouse closed.
October 20, 2003:Elizabeth Melhourn becomes the first woman firefighter appointed to Paterson Fire Department.
February 5, 2004: by Orders of Acting Chief Postorino, the following assignments were posted, effective Saturday, February 7, 200 as Personnel Accountability System (PAS) Officers (Unitv 57) FF Wayne Hatfield assigned PAS Officer, Tour 1 FF Stephen Morley assigned PAS Officer, Tour 2 FF Kenneth West assigned PAS Officer, Tour 3 FF Ralph McGuire assigned PAS Officer, Tour 4
The PAS Officer is assigned to every working incident. Each firefighter is issued Accountability Tags and prior to making entry into a fire building, they must leave their Accountability Tag with the PAS Officer. The PAS Officer tracks the location of the company or individual crews within the building. When the FFs exit the building, they check out with the PAS officer, retrieve their tags, and report to the designated Rehabilitaion Area. In the event of a significant change on the fireground (i.e. collapse, flashover, backdraft, strategy change, etc.), the PAS Officer will request a PAR (Personnel Accountability Report) and account for each member on the fireground. Anyone not answering the PAR would be considered missing, and the PAS Officer would be able to identify the last known location of the firefighter or crew.
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.
April 19, 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.
2014 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)
FF Cesar Collazo, Captain Anton Dickson, Captain Pedro Garced
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)
Spare 1 was formerly Engine 1 Spare 2 was formerly Engine 4 Spare 3 was formerly Engine 5
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.
April 2017: First views of Pierce Arrow XT 100' tillered aerial (job #30114) about to be shipped to PFD
May 25, 2017: New Pierce Arrow XT 100' tillered aerial arrives at McBride Avenue Firehouse
Chief Michael Postorino --- Marchese photo
June 4, 2017: Annual Memorial Service at McBride Avenue Firehouse. FF Scott Rogow is the 28th name added to the Memorial Monument. See Supreme Sacrifice
PFD Members between Ladders 3 and 2-- Chris Tompkins Photo
FF Scott Rogow - Badge #420 - Chris Tompkins Photo
June 30, 2017: New Pierce Ladder 3 aerial enters service
July 1, 2017: FF Kerry Rivera of Engine 7 died in an off duty accident June 26, 2017. He was posthumously promoted to Captain on June 30, 2017. Below is the assembly at McBride Avenue Headquarters as the cortege passed (Ron Bombaro Photos)
L-R: Engines 6, 3, 2. Ladder 1, Spare 1
July 18, 2017: Presentation by photographer Vince Marchese of framed photos on behalf of the PFD Website to Chief Postorino and DC Kevin Hancock at McBride Avenue Firehouse
Chief Postorino & DC Hancock
December 27, 2017: New Pierce Arrow Tower Ladder for Ladder 1 arrives at Headquarters on McBride Avenue. It started service January 10, 2018.
December 28, 2017: The 11th Chief Engineer in PFD history, Brian J.McDermott takes the oath of office, effective January 1, 2018. Oath administered by Paterson Mayor Jane E. Williams-Warren
Northjersey.com 12/31/2017 Note name misspelled
January 29, 2018: Brian McDermott sworn in as the 11th Chief Engineer of the paid department at Fire Headquarters on McBride Avenue: name added to McBride Avenue Headquarters
February 26, 2018: Unusual presence of the two Pirece Arrow Ladder (L2 a 2015 model and L1 a 2017 model) Trucks with Engine 3 (E-One pumper) at headquarters.
Ron Bombaro Photos
April 24, 2018: Funeral procession for PPD LODD of Officer Tamby Yagan. PFD had its newer ladder trucks (L1 and L3) displaying the flag at the Grand Street (old Firehouse of E11 and E7) where the officer worked. Several on duty PFD companies lined the route in formation.
May 21, 2018: At City Hall FF Troy Ayers appointed by Mayor Jane Williams-Warren to the Paterson Fire Safety Commission and as the Commissioner to the Paterson Municipal Youth Guidance Council
Swearing in ceremony of FF Ayers with wife Deborahe at his side
DC Pablo Del Valle, DC Kevin Hancock, Mayor Jane Williams-Warren, (behind Mayor not visible PFA Vice President Scott Wilson), Capt. Michael Hall, Mrs. Deborahe Ayers (wife), FF Jihad Dunham, FF Troy Ayers, FF Nicholas Perez, FF Anthony Reddin, Chief Brian McDermott.
June 3, 2018: Annual Memorial Service - the 29th Supreme Sacrifice name (FF Edward J Moore LODD 1938) added to monument For complete details CLICK HERE
June 3, 2018: Chief Brian McDermott bestows an Honorary Battalion Chief on PFD historian Dr Thomas Dayspring
Chief McDermott, Dayspring & DC Kevin Hancock
June 6, 2018: Beth Melhorn Fournier was promoted to the rank of Captain becoming the first female fire officer in the history of the department.
First assignment is Communication
June 28, 2018: Plan for new PFD Heavy Duty Rescue truck
July 1, 2018: Inauguration of Mayor Andre Sayegh Ladders 1 and 3 on Grand Street
October 10, 2018: Chief McDermott was recognized for his support of the National Guard & Reserve, as we have active members of the PFD who are also members of these organizations.
(L-R) Capt. C. Gander, FF B. Russo, 2 representatives from the Dept. of Defense, FF L. Enriquez, Chief McDermott, BC D. Alexander, and FF G. Velez
October 12, 2018: Deputy Chief Pablo Del Valle was recognized by mayor at City Hall for Hispanic Heritage Month
DC R Murray, DC P del Valle, FF M Pierce
Capt. S. Cintron, BC O. Rodriguez, BC L. Cruz, FF J. Lopez
November 19, 2018: Two new ambulance units enter service: 98 joins 94 at Northside Firehouse and 99 joins 91 at Madison Avenue. PFD now serves Haledon, North Haledon, Prospect Park, William Paterson University and at times Woodland Park.
November 27, 2018: A $17,000 check, raised from sale of breast cancer T-shirts was presented to St Joseph's Hospital
McBride Avenue Fire Headquarters
December 1, 2018: Boot Drive (Toys for needy children) Photos below show a group shot inside Firemen's Hall on Walnut Street and outside photos of Members of Engine 5 (Carlos Pagan Jr., Jeffrey Santos and Josh Lopez) with DC Kevin Hancock (they were ate McBride Ave & Glover Street)
Justin Angelica, John Molina, Angel Parilla, Carlos Pagan Jr., Marc Roca, Kyle Hughes, Mike Oates, Mike Caposella, Mike Trommelen, Kevin Hancock, Matt Zavatarro, Jason Legette, John Irwin
December 1, 2018: Tree Lighting at City Hall
Courtesy PFA President Kyle Hughes
December 8, 2018: PFD "Boot Drive" - to help children at Christmas
Chief Brian McDermott and DC Kevin Hancock
Click photos below to enlarge and see names
December 15, 2018: Funeral of Bishop Rodimer at St. John's Cathedral
Ladders 1 and 2
December 2018: Congressman William Pascrell wearing a jacket presented by PFA President FF Kyle Hughes. The jacket is embroidered in gold lettering “Congressman B. Pascrell" and a Maltese Cross (also in gold) as well as an American Flag. The Congressman has been a tremendous champion for Firefighters Nationwide always beginning with his hometown.
January 23, 2019: Police and Fire Department Dispatch Centers to consolidate at Police Headquarters. Police Director Jerry Speziale becomes Paterson's Public Safety Director
February 1, 2019: FF Herman E. Irving was recognized at City Hall as part of Black History Month for his outstanding contributions to Fire Department Recruitment and Public Education
FF Irving - Mayor Sayegh at right
February 7, 2019: First female Captain Beth Melhorn-Fournier, assigned to Combustibles, covers as Captain of Ladder 1 at Madison Avenue FH
Tour 2 Ladder 1 FF Ralph Chavez, Captain Melhorne, FF Ryan Graf, and FF Dave VanTassel