2016 Chief Michael Postorino ---- Vince Marchese photo
Chief William Comer 1985 - 1990
The following are Chief Comer's Uniform cap, Deputy Chief helmet, a presentation helmet to the Chief from helmet makers Cairn's and Brothers and a helmet the Chief used in his personal firematic collection
Presentation from Cairns to the Chief
Chief James Pasquariello 1997 - 2004
The following five helmets span the (37 year) career of one of Paterson's Chief Engineers, specifically Chief James Pasquariello. He served as a fireman on Truck 3 from 1968 to 1980. as a Captain of Truck 3 from 1980 to 1988, as a Battalion Chief from 1998 to 1994, as a Deputy Chief from 1994 to 1997 and as Chief from 1997 until retirement.
Chief John Mauro 1990 - 1996
Mauro Helmet Shield Collection
Courtesy of Chief John Mauro
Assistant Chief Helmet
The Cairns and Brothers, 8 comb helmet shown below belonged to Assistant Chief Joseph Dayspring, who served from 1942 to 1981 He held the rank of Assistant Chief Engineer from 1962 to 1981. The chief also used this helmet as a Battalion and Deputy Chief
The eye shields were made mandatory in the late 1970s after an incident involving then 3 Truck fireman Bill Shortway. He lost the sight in his left eye after being hit with falling debris from a ceiling he was pulling during overhaul operations after a fire. He later advanced to the rank of deputy chief.
Finial typical of that era firemen
Cairns insignia inside helmet
1981 Retirement Photo: last day on job wearing the helmet
Deputy Chief Uniform Cap
This cap belonged to Deputy Chief Joseph Dayspring: 1957-1962
Deputy Chief Helmets
~1890 Deputy Chief Helmet Shield - likely that of the first Deputy Chiefs: Patrick Sweeny or Ernest Fields
2016 photo Deputy Chief Kevin Hancock ---- Vincent Marchese photo
Deputy Chief Solomon Reines (courtesy of Richard Reines)
Chief Reines at Cliffside Dye Fire 1980
Battalion Chief Helmet
Battalion Chief Alex Credidio
BC Michael D'Arco - shield made by Captain Joseph Parkin Jr
Engine Company 1 Captain's Helmet
Captain Edward Hancock circa 1964 from Hancock Collection
Captain Thomas Ottavino
Captain Thomas Ottavino
Craig Lauten - Appointed June 12, 1995 and Captain of Engine 1 - September 2009 - Retired September 2017
Engine Company 2 Captain's Helmet
While quartered at Hillcrest Firehouse on Union Avenue
Captain Edward J Conklin - Engine Company 5. The emblem on shield is from the Third Marine Division that Captain Conklin was assigned to during Vietnam. Became Captain in 1989.
Engine Company 6 Firemans Helmet
Firefighter Jim Durkin
Courtesy Durkin Family
Engine Company 8 Firemans Helmet
Cairns New Yorker used by Vince Marchese
It was in the early 1990s the department started to replace the Cairns 5 A leather New Yorker with the Cairns 880 series plastic helmet. From there the department began to issue the Cairns 1010 reinforced plastic helmet. The newest helmet now being issued is the Cairns 1044 A it is a reinforced plastic leather look helmet with built-in goggles that are stored in the dome of the helmet that flip down when needed. Below is the thermoplastic or composite NFPA approved helmet which was issued to Vince Marchese in the early 1990's showing eye guards and thermal neck protector.
Captain Rescue 2: White shield with a dark blue letter on a white background
Below is a Rescue 2 Helmet of Captain Scott Parker (circa 2016)
Firefighter's Rescue 1 Helmet circa 1994 - Black shield with blue "Rescue Co" letters on a white background and white number "1" and PFD on a dark blue background
Firefighter's Rescue 2 Helmet - Black shield with a white letter on a dark blue background
Truck Company 1 Captain's Helmet
Captain Jim Pasquariello Note the red color of the numeral 1
Truck Company 2 Firemans Helmet
Well know and well respected Firefighter Joseph Parkin Sr. City of Paterson Fire Department badge # 231 was appointed December 1st 1957 and retired March 1st 1982. He served in Engine Company 3, B shift, from 1957 - 1969 and Truck Company 2, Tour 4, from 1969 - 1982. The helmet pictured is his Cairns leather he used for 27 years. It was repaired several times throughout his career, at one point soaking it for nearly a week in water to reshape it and restitch it after it had been accidentally run over by 2 Truck at a tour change. Like all helmets if it could talk it would have many interesting stories. The fire scene photo, with Joe wearing the helmet is from 1978, a second alarm fire at Kings TV repair shop at the intersection of Ryle Road, West Broadway and Presidential Boulevard.
Presentation of helmet at Fireman's Hall on Walnut Street: L-R Ray Cusack, Joe Parkin Sr, Mike Ross and kneeling in front Roy McGinniss The helmet and plaque were made by Joe's son, Captain Joe Parkin Jr,
For more on Joe Parkin Sr visit the Notable Events Page, as a new Tower Ladder (2) was dedicated to his service at the new state of the art Fire Headquarters which was also officially opened at this ceremony.
Truck Company 2 Lieutenant's Helmet
Lieutenant Richard Shortway - appointed to that rank February 1958
Engine Company 3 Captain's Helmet
Truck Company 3 Fireman's Helmet
Firefighter Jim Pasquariello 134 was his badge number
Ladder Company Helmet
Chief's Aide Helmet
Helmet of John B. Murphy: Appointed July 1, 1916 - Driver for Battalion Chief Nolan February 1, 1918 – Driver for Chief of Department May 18, 1926 – Retired April 1, 1957
Chief's Aide John B. Murphy - Courtesy Brian Fleischer
Side view - Courtesy Brian Fleischer
Helmet of Carmine Caposella: Appointed July 1, 1954 – Retired October. 1, 1975
Carmine Caposella - courtesy Mike Caposella
Probationary Firefighter's Helmet
FF Joe DeSomma
Father Patrick Ryan June 3, 2018
Paterson Fire Commissioner's Helmet
PFD CD Auxiliary aluminum helmet. Cairns & Brothers. Paterson issued these helmets for their Auxillary Fireman from the 1940's right through the early 70's. In the 1970s most quickly replaced them with the leather style New Yorker.
Vince Marchese Helmet
Collection of Rick Mosher
1890's Helmet Shield Regulations
From the 1893 Rules and regulations book: For all members of hook and ladder companies, same as for officers of hook and ladder companies, omitting the insignia of rank, and except that the front will be of red patent leather with the number of the company on a back-ground of white patent leather, and the registered number of each member in white figures, one inch long, painted on a line below.
For officers of Truck companies, the shield will be of red leather, and have a white patent leather stitched front, with the number of the company cut out of it near the bottom in plain block figures, on a background of red patent leather (three and one-half inches long, if it be a single figure, and two and one-half inches long, if it be a double figure), and with the insignia of rank above it in gold, shaded with red.
Truck Company 3 Helmet Shields
Firefighter - red background, white number -
Capta: White shield with red letter
Floating Captain's Shield
Floating Captains Shield: A vintage and rather rare Paterson Fire Department "floating" Captain's shield circa 1970's. It was originally used by Captain John Minardi many years ago and then passed to Scott Parkin who had the privilege of using it before being assigned to Engine Company 6 and Rescue Company 2.
PFD Hard Hats - worn during construction of McBride Avenue Firehouse
Over the years, including the Volunteer era, most Paterson Firemen have ordered their helmets from Cairns in Clifton, NJ. Over they decades that company created interesting advertising paraphernalia.