April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday - PFD, PPD and other FD pay tribute to SJH COVID workers Ron Bombaro video
April 11, 2020: Paterson Fire hitting record daily call volume. It is taxing for our EMT’s that have been handling every call with such professionalism and dedication. PFD reached out through the State for some crews to augment EMS staff, and Steve Besselman, Justin Ingles, and Zack Wilson from Midwest Medical Columbus Ohio answered the call.
April 12, 2020: PFD paid its heartfelt respects at for PPD motorcycle patrolman LODD (COVID) Frank Scorpo - Ladder 1 and 2 used to display flag
Ladder Trucks outside Paterson's Municipal Building
Director Speciale at the right with mask
April 29, 2020: PFD issues the following thank you, re the COVID Pandemic on its Department Facebook site
June 1, 2020: Chief McDermott reports all firehouses will have truck exhaust systems in house by end of August. Regarding the Central OEM/Dispatch Building, the chief has met with thearchitect. IIt will take 3-4 months for initial build, then 2 months for PFD implemnentation meaning 6 months total to open
A new Ferrara pumper has been ordered for Engine 3
July 2, 2020: Rank of Assistant Chief is re-established with promotion of D/C Gabe Aboyoun who was appointed May 18, 1992
Mayor Sayegh, Chief McDermott, Director Speziale, A/C Aboyoun
August 19, 2020: A/C Gabriel Aboyoun passes away
1st Responder News October 2020
September, 2020: Upon the passing ofAssistant Chief Gabe Aboyoun, Battalion Chief Michael Caposella promoted to provisional Deputy Chief
September 11, 2020: Memorial
1st Responder News November 2020
Typo: It is B/C Bradle & Macones - 1st Responder News November 2020
October 2020: All firefighters will be given access to the "shotspotter" system. It sends a text whenever a gunshot is fired in the City.
November 12, 2020: PFD and Office of Emergency Management were blessed by Bank of America with 74,000 surgical masks and 400 hand sanitizer pumps which will be dispersed to seniors and the underserved population.
F/F Troy Ayers at left and Chief McDermott at right
December 2020:PFD launched a program that allows for property owners and fire inspectors to utilize smartphone technology to remotely perform an inspection. The team led by Captain Herbert Eggers is made up of eight full-time inspectors and two part-time inspectors, is the first department in the state to offer it.
December 19, 2020: Daughter of retired Captain Larry Franklin sworn into PPD
April 16, 2020: COVID EMS unit photo
December 28, 2020: Paterson Firefighters are among first to receive COVID Vaccine
Captain Bill MacDonald E7 Tour 4
Chief Brian McDermott
January 1, 2021: A powerful photo of Paterson Fire in action during the pandemic makes the globally read NY Times “year in pictures; 2020”. CLICK HERE
January 11, 2021: New Ferrara apparatus for Engine 3 arrives in Paterson
At Headquarters with Chief McDermott
January 26, 2021: Chief McDermott gets his second COVID vaccination
February 1, 2021: Promotions: 3 Deputy Chiefs, 4 Battalion Chiefs, 9 Captains. As the number of promotions exceed the civil service lists, the 3 DC’s and 2 of the BC’s will be provisional appointments. This includes the 1st ever Director of Communications and Chief of Communications (both promoted from ranks of dispatchers).
With these promotions Communications will have a Director, Chief, 10 supervisors, 4 Seniors and 32 dispatchers.
On the first day of black history month PFD will have its first black Deputy Chief and first black female Director of Communications
Twenty five new firefighters will start roughly on March 1, 2021.
Ten fire inspectors are moved to title of Fire Marshals
Renovations planned for Riverside and Northside firehouses. All firehouses now have direct diesel exhaust hoses on slides made by Plymovent. All firehouses now have high tech ion filters. This emits heavy ions into the air that latch on to particles like COVID and drop them to the ground. Since this will cause more dirt 3 more Zamboni walk behind floor cleaners are on order. The decon station at Lakeview has the 1st of its kind super CFM ion fan.
April 10, 2021: Story published about some of the siblings on PFD, including the first sister/brother combination Johanna and Jesus Ramirez. Siblings not permitted to work on the same company.
Johanna and Jesus Ramirez -
Captain Isaac and brother Ralph Feliciano
Other siblings currently on job are: Firefighters Kelly & Charlayne Powell Deputy Chief Alejandro Alicea and Firefighter Leandro Alicea Captain Steve Crampton and Firefighter Frank Crampton Captain John Howe & Captain Tyshawn Hawkins Firefighters Ryan Graf & Michael Graf Firefighters Nicholas & Matthew Poggi Captain John Mauro & Captain Michael Mauro eputy Chief Charles Gander Jr. and Captain Thomas R Gander
April 13, 2021: PFD plans and updates
1. First PFD all electric vehicles (the Mustang Mach E) to be ordered. 2. New Communications and Dispatch (CAD) goes live 6/15. The New building construction is in full swing. 3. Three new ambulances may be ordered in May. All current ambulances now have UVC lights fix mounted. 4. All firehouses now have direct capture diesel exhaust system which are to go live in two weeks or so. 5. 465 new portable radios are in. Gonna be going live in a month or so. 6. Hillcrest Firehouse is getting a new roof which opens for bids in a couple weeks. 7. New RAC Unit design is in 8. Chief McDermott is a NJ Reentry Ambassador to help people exiting prison to avoid recidivism and be more productive. 9. 27 new recruits in the academy, including some legacies. 10. Installing compressed air systems in all houses. Has high particle spray gun for decontaminate, a blow stick and a tire fill for tires and water can refill. 11. Ordering new Car 9. Probably an F150 matching Car 6, the arson gig. 12. All numbers on ambulances will be removed and replaced with removable high reflective placards. Renumbering ambulances will be 1-12. Recently ambulances just never stay in the same spot, so frequently they are not in a bus that has their number. 13. Cryonite being ordered. It’s a CO2 system that freezes bedbugs which are an issue in the City. 14. PFD now does mobile vaccination in concert with a Nurse. 15. New USAR tools coming in. Have received all new rope and new hydraulic tools. The HazMat now has a full complement of rescue tools. The Rescue task force is R2, E6, E3 acting HazMat, RAC, Batt-1 and Car-4. DC Gander is in charge. 16. Fire Marshals and several firefighters are in Arson school. 17. The demolition program is restarting now. 18. An OSHA rep noted the thoroughness of the documented confined space rescue program 19. The Shop construction is completed and all City vehicles roll through daily. Looks awesome. New quiet air compressor and its piped all over. Also put diesel exhaust there too.
All COVID changes are in place: PPE, Ion filters, epoxy flooring, blood gear, sprayers, UV-C lights, thermal cameras, laptops, a Huge schools supplies order, and the list goes on. The electric stretchers are by far the biggest hit with members. LUCAS devices saved multiple lives.
April 17, 2021: PFD is getting their former 2005 E-One Tiller back. It is refurbished and has black over red coloring. For accountability reasons, Spare Ladder (SL) trucks are getting a number in sequence and no longer referred to using SL numbers. They will still act as they are assigned.
June 12, 2021: New General Order -Ambulance renumbering - The Basic Life Support Unit (BLS Units) designations
July 9, 2021: New RAC (Rehabilitation Accountability/Arson/Air & Communications) Unit. (Yes, 3 A’s, but RAAAC would sound silly). This unique Unit is designed to meet State mandates for Safety Officer, Accountability Officer, Rehabilitation Officer, Arson Investigation and Respiratory Compliance. It makes compressed air on board and fills up to 5500 PSI SCBA and SCUBA. It carries command boards, water, extra cylinders, tents, arson investigation equipment, 6,000 PSI air reel, and the Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (Air Cart for confined space rescue). It can respond anywhere in the State. This is being replaced in partnership with the State of NJ UASI. We are using the guts of the air system to reduce cost and the rig will be brand new. Graphics incomplete. Delivery before 2022. Soon, the Car-6 Ford F-150 will become RAC Support and will be “Arson only” to free investigators & fire marshals up for follow through on investigations and to facilitate transport of our full Arson Equipment Cache including a drone ready for rapid deployment.
July 15, 2021: Vincent T Marchese photos of restored 1930 Engine 9 Ahrens Fox pumper with PFD's newest apparatus Engine 3 and Engine 2 Ferrara pumpers at McBride Avenue Headquarters and also at Monument. 13 Paterson LODD Firefighters made their last call on an Ahrens Fox pumper or aerial
FF Louis Hernandez, ?, FF Phil Dominguez, Captain Chris Antoci, Captain Gus Gutierez (Car 9), DC William Bucher, DC Joe Henderson, DC Jason Macones, BC Mike Trommelen, Chief Brian McDermott
Chief of Department Brian J McDermott - Vincent Marchese photo
August 2021: future PFD plans
Plans in operation to 5 Pierce Engines as they are huge, heavy and full of engine coolant problems which will make all 7 front line Ferrara pumpers. They will be clones of the new E3 Ferrara. Short and light and low.
An architect is working out demolition and reconstruction of Riverside Firehouse as ground contamination was found. Plans are for a hi tech new, non-traditional look. It will have 2 long bays and 3 short bays out the other side and everything will be second floor except watch room. Likely will include poles or slides.
New ambulance placard system and new numbering system is working well. Future ambulances will likely be electric powered.
September 1, 2021: Hurricane Ida ravishes Paterson - Summary of PFD actions
1. Over 300 people rescued. No deaths. 1 multiple alarm fire on Canal St. 1 aerial ladder rescue of ambulance crew and patient on Arch St. 2. Searched 2,000+ feet long culvert in Clifton confined space entry looking for bodies. Found nothing. 3. Did multiple river searches for bodies. 2 recovered. 4. High profile bridge rescue. 5. Total loss of 1 ambulance and 1 Engine and 1 boat. Boat motor & Ambulance replaced. No word on Engine. 6. HQ floor flooded. ServPro sanitized. All back to normal. 7. All rescue rope damaged. On order. 8. Madison Ave and Northside roofs damaged. To be repaired 9. 12 water rescue suits damaged and on order.
September 14, 2021: City is without drinking water. Working with PD and DPW on water distribution. PFD set up 3 sites, multiple forklifts, 2 lull forklifts to travel the City, 3 rack trucks and a county pickup. Working about 10 hours per day. 3 Conex boxes arriving for on site security.
November 6, 2021: PFD Updates
The Dispatch Center has significantly reduced response time. The new construction is currently stalled 2. The new RAC Unit is done and will be shipped soon 3. PFD got old 3 truck back and was forced to use it with all the North Hudson markings. An ordinance is being prepared to accept it for December and January. 4. 35 electric vehicles have been approved. 5. Plans are also to purchase Ford Explorer Interceptor Full Hybrid and a Ford Expedition. 6. PFD has an opportunity in Elmwood Park to supply EMS 7. The white ambulance and a diamond plate and Chevron is added to rear. Staying white. 8. PFD gave an ambulance to police for a CSI vehicle. 9. Two ambulances had their boxes removed and cabs repainted. They will have flatbeds added: racks, salt spreader and plows. 10. Request is in for 2022 for a logistics truck to help with issues noted during Paterson's water crisis. Hope is for a 35’ straight job with mounted forklift and these two converted ambulances, we can handle it without stalling DPW Ops. 11. Also a new high-water truck is under request. Current one got beat up in Hurricane Ida. 12. All but 55 portable radios are in use out of 501 between fire and police. Very nice design. 13. Chief McDermott is now a Deputy Fire Coordinator for the County. Hope is to build out Communications for all of the County to get on the same network for mutual aid. Paterson Dispatch might be the hub. 14. Hillcrest Firehouse new roof being installed
December 17, 2021: Ferrara factory photo of the new RAC unit - on the way to NJ
January 2022: A Supreme Sacrifice Memorial Wall built at McBride Avenue quarters. The placards are dedicated to those FF with historical links to HDQTS or E7. Deputy Chief Sweeney and Chief's Aide Dow were operating out of Central HDQTS (then on Van Houten St) on their fateful day. The other FF were in companies that are linked or evolved into current Engine 7: Chemical 1 (Hamilton Street) became Engine 11 (which moved to Grand Street) and subsequently renamed as Engine 7 (previously located at Gould Ave & Southside). E7 moved to McBride Ave. Harry Kelley and Ed Moore (both of E7), William Cook (of Chemical 1), and Fred Armona (of E11) are in essence alumni of current E7 at McBride.
Courtesy FF Francisco Peralta Jr
January 31, 2022: New RAC Unit arrives at Headquarters - built by Ferrara (Cinder Model) - Not yet in service
1st Responder Newspaper July 2022 issue
February 1, 2022: Contingent of Paterson firefighters travels to Baltimore to honor the city's three LODD
BC Liscio, DC Gander, BC Woods, DC Macones , BC Trommelen
February 14, 2022: The tiller which returned to PFD a few months ago saw service as a (L2) spare. Shown here at West Broadway, Main and Broadway intersection
Michael Saggau Jr photo
March 4, 2022: 7 new firefighters appointed and sworn in at City Hall - to enter training academy
March 15, 2022: In a projected spearheaded by Chief Brian McDermott, Paterson buys a fleet (35) of electric cars several of which will be used by PFD.
April 2002: PFD news
New pumpers on order for Engines 6 and 7
Engine 6 will be renamed as Squad 6.
Plans to replace Engines 1, 4, and 5 within the year
Water Rescue Truck approved
New roofs are in the Hillcrest, Northside and Madison Avenue firehouses
Hillcrest and Southside firehouses approved for new epoxy bay floors
New RAC Unit enters service - a Chevy Suburban is also in use as a RAC Support Unit (investigation follow up, extra alarm recall, and simultaneous fires
New boat motor in place
Comments from Chief McDermott on the two new engines- "E6 & E7 Demos saved about $80k per rig before supply chain rate increases and were ready for immediate delivery with minor changes. These engines are similar to E2. Went from 235” wheelbase of Pierce’s to 188” with Ferrara. These two pumpers have 750 gallon tanks for Rt 80 (which has no hydrants). E1, E4 & E5 are ordered, 300 days out and are E3 clones without the foam tank. E6, E7 and E3 w/foam will serve as a Rt 80 strike team in case of tanker fire or pileup. All in all, our current rigs downtime, accidents and repair cost are too much and they’re just too long. Not a fan of crosslays, but they were already there. Backup cameras are fantastic. I’m just thankful that we are so blessed with incredible equipment."
May 2022: New, all electric vehicles in service - including 8 Fire Marshall gigs
Michael Proventud photos
May 19, 2022: Engine Company 6 about to change to Squad 6 and here are initial photos of the new Ferrara pumper. Squad 6 is an Engine Company whose personnel are cross trained in Technical Rescue. Squad 6 is NOT an additional Company to the fleet. It does not increase the number of Companies or staff on duty. It is a name and assignment change for Engine 6 only. They will run as usual to fires as an Engine, following Engine Company SOG’s to guide them. Besides the usual Engine equipment, it will have a small complement of Rescue tools with a focus on water and rope rescue and will include hydraulic rescue tools. They will be dispatched and Team up with Rescue 2 for all tech rescue incidents such as: confined space, trench collapse, elevator/escalator entrapment, train derailments, man under, man in machine, etc. (which are such low frequency, high consequence events that it will be great to have a minimum of 8 members that already train together daily to make their job safer and more efficient). Squad 6 will cross staff a high-water vehicle labeled Squad 6a and will activate for flash floods & hurricanes. They will have access to a swift water boat and an RDC along with Rescue 2. All Squad 6 members including Squad Captain will continue to fill daily Rescue 2 vacancies due to leave or sick time absences. They will also cover Rescue 2 duties when MUSAR activates and can staff Rescue 1 if there’s a second rescue needed at scenes like a Rt. 80 pileup or other such large-scale incidents. This is versatile company.
May 19, 2022: New Engine 7 also on order from Ferrara
August 8, 2022: members of Paterson FA 2 & 202 took part in the FDNY Fire Boat Trip on Hudson River
Click photos below to enlarge (by BC AJ Woods)
August 2002: PFD updates
The OEM building is proceeding. Running all new fiber optic cable to new OEM building from each house replacing copper. No more outages or static or slow speed. Another ambulance planned - making it the 12th in 4 1/2 years LUCAS (Chest Decompression) Devices planned for all ambulances High water truck order planned for September A USAR training pod planned Converting to battery lawn equipment - Mower, blower and weed whackers.
3 hybrid Ford Explorer interceptors on order FEMA funds requested for new boat ramp, parking lot and epoxy floor at HQ from Ida.
Added A new position called Management Specialist created and staffed by Jessica Schutte. PFD graduated 9 firefighters and promoted a Captain.
There is potential for some Unit ID changes related to Squad 6, water rescue assets and Spares.
Planning for operational change - a Battalion Chief, 2 Engines, Squad 6, a Ladder & the Rescue to a reported INSIDE gas leak instead of engine and truck. Rescue and Squad on site for that reason, plus they have gas meters to assist
PFD now has the lowest fire rate by as call volume went from 5900 to 8500 annually in 10 years time
September 30, 2022: Breast cancer fundraiser
October 4, 2022: Paterson Fire Captain Michael Payne is currently in Fort Myers area on deployment with FEMA NJ Task Force 1 conducting primary searches and assisting any remaining residents as well as looking for possible fatalities. Also utilizing the latest technology to document our findings in real time to help expedite aid to those most in need.
October 2022: Vandalism at McBride Avenue Headquarters plaques - Cleanup by Paterson DPW & PFD
December 2022: PFD updates
Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) issues being worked out Squad 6 apparatus is in - training underway Squad 6a High Water Truck training underway New ambulance arrived 12/14/2022 All ambulances receiving LUCAS devices (for chest compression) Epoxy being applied to utility room floors at Riverside and Southside Rubber floor bids for Hillcrest and Southside are in progress Firefighters have received lecture and live operation emergency vehicle operator certification A waste oil burner to utilize waste from the shop being installed to heat annex
The Call volume in fire is approaching the pull box years (10K) with PFD now being around 9k fire runs. Working fires are significantly down
Deputies and line BC’s received FirstNet Sonim XP10 phones enabling them to log in to the CAD from anywhere and make the Unit available for calls. Staff Battalions 4, 5, 6 & 7 can log on when they have a lull in work and take in calls. These phones also have direct connect talk groups and actually serve as portable radios
December 16, 2022: General order announcing the opening of Squad 6 and closing of Engine Company 6
December 2022: Chief "Santa" McDermott at PPD party
January 4, 2023: PFD Headquarters to be facility where the Mobile Medial Unit of Paterson's Division of Health Vehicle will locate
January 23, 2023:PFD completed a repurposing project of a 2015 Department Ambulance in order to save cost. PFD mechanics made it road worthy with parts from old rigs and the new snow equipment. In the winter, it’s a plow/salter. During a severe snow-storm it will be deployed on all reported fires to plow the way and drop some salt. Aside from that, it will clear snow from PFD facilities. From Spring to Fall, mechanics will remove the snow equipment and assign it to Rescue 2 with a swift water rescue boat on the flat bed instead of using the older towed landscape trailer.
January 27, 2023: Press conference at Headquarters regarding 2022 stats