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Bill Bowersox Recognized for 50 years of Service

On Memorial Day the Boro dedicated a lamp post in Bill's honor. In addition at the July 22nd council meeting the New Jersey State Fireman's Association presented Bill with a Proclamation recognizing his 50 years of dedicated service. Bill's official anniversary was July 19th.

See the Photo that was published in the Suburban Trends.

Brough Dedicates Street in Papa Joe's Honor

On Sunday August 25th the Fire Department held a ceremony for the dedication of Post Lane in Honor of Papa Joe Ezzo. Click on the link below and scroll down to the pictures and articles.

Photos and Articles.

John Feger passes away

John Feger an Exempt Member of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department who was active in the 1950's thru the 1980's died on August 2, 2013 at age 90.

Out prayers are with his family.

Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to August 2013)

Raymond Hartman passes away

Raymond Hartman an Exempt Member of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department who was active in the 1950's and 1960's died on July 7, 2013 at age 90.

Out prayers are with his family.

Notice of Death

Chaplin Howard Ball answers final alarm 6/2/2012

hball4.jpg On June 2nd our Chaplin and friend Howard Ball was called to serve the "Supreme Chief". He will be missed by all in the fire service. Service was always important to Howard as you can see from his article printed in the June 3rd 2012 edition of the Suburban Trends.

Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to July 2012)

Suburban Trends Obituary.

Riverdale Chaplin moves to Fireman's Home

Pompton Lakes fireman and Riverdale Chaplin Howard Ball moved into the New Jersey State Fireman's Home on Thursday April 26th 2012. He was escorted by his Ladder Company 52.

Read his news Articles from the Trends by clicking below.

Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to April 2012)

Fire Department Battles Brush Fire and Car fire

The Riverdale Fire Department along with mutual aid towns and the NJ Forest Fire Service battled a large brush fire in the Stoneleigh section. Read the article and see pictures printed in the Trends.

Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to March 2012)

Also a Car fire in the Target lot was quickly extinguished.
Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to April 2012)

Ladies Auxiliary makes donation to the Fire Department

The fire department used the $1,500 donated by the ladies auxiliary to purchase various tools. Click on the link below to see the picture published in the Suburban Trends.

Trends Photo

Riverdale Fire Company Receives Grants

In the last few months the Fire Department was awarded 3 grants. These grants are used to purchase items that cannot be funded through the annual budget, and helps offset taxes to our residents.

Pru Cares - $1,000. Prudential Financial awards grants to recognize the service Prudential employees give to non-profit organizations. See the Press Release

Walmart - $1,775. Walmart Good Works grants are awarded to assist non-profit organizations that serve communities where WalMart operates. Click Here to see more.

Fire Prevention - $300. The Firefighters Charitable Foundation gives grants to local fire department to offset costs of local Fire Prevention activities.

Chief Norton Reaches Major Milestone

Ex-Chief Jack Norton celebrated his 50th anniversary on 12/6/2010. He was honored at Borough Hall with several presentations.

See Pictures in the Photo Album.

Read coverage from the Trends.

9-11 Tribute in Lights

Members went to Liberty State Park in Jersey City to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks

See Pictures in the Photo Album.

Fire Department Responds to Record Number of Calls

As of 10/31/2010 the Fire Department has responded to 179 calls an increase of 5% from 2009. Based on the current pace the fire department will surpass the number of calls in 2009 (206)which was a record for the fire department.

To view the number of calls by category click on the 2010 Incident List.

Check out the call volume back to 1930 by clicking on this link Graph of Incidents by year.

Fire Dept. Responds to House Fire

On July 6th at 4:20 am the fire department responded to a house fire at 41 Hillside Dr.

Fire Departments from Pompton Lakes, Kinnelon, Butler, Pequannock, and Boonton Township responded to help extinguish the fire and provide a water supply.

Newspaper Coverage
Daily Record.
Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to 7/6/2010)

See Additional pictures by scrolling down in our Photo Album. Photo Album.

Fire Department Receives another grant

The Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 grant from Prudential Financial's Prudential Cares grant program. Prudential awarded over $400,000 to local non-profit organizations in 2010.

Memorial Day 2010

The Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary participated in the annual Memorial day parade and service. Prior to the parade photos were taken. Click on the link below to see the photos.

Photo Album.

Fire Department Receives Federal Grant

On April 9th, 2010 the Riverdale Fire Department was awarded $55,676 dollars to upgrade its 24 year old extrication equipment "Jaws of Life". This grant will allow the fire department to continue to provide quality rescue services without a burden to the tax payers of Riverdale.

Multiple Car Fires

The fire department responded to multiple cars on fire in the Target parking lot. See photo from the Trends.


Fire Department Awarded a Grant

The Fire Department received a $3,100 grant from the NJ Forest Fire Service. The money will be used to purchase equipment.

Fire Department Elects New Chiefs

Current Department Chief Mike Norton decided to not run for another term. His dedicated service as Assistant Chief for 10 years, and Department Chief for 2 years is greatly appreciated.

Dan Sturm was elected as Department Chief, and Jim Regeling Jr. was elected Assistant Chief. Best of luck to both as you lead the fire department for the next 2 years.

Fire Department Updates Jaws of Life

The council approved the replacement of the 23 year old Jaws of Life currently used by the Fire Department. The updated equipment will be able to cut the stronger materials that today's cars are made of.

The Suburban Trends covered the council meeting and printed an Article about the purchase.

Amanda Gavrun joins Merchant Marine Academy

Firefighter Amanda Gavrun left July 9,2009 for the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point NY for a four year education. To read more about the Merchant Marine Academy click on the link below.

Class of 2013 Reports

Chaplin Ball turns 80 years old

hball4.jpg Fire Department Chaplin Howard Ball turned 80 on July 3rd. Local Fire Departments arrived at his home with a cake to celebrate. Click on the link below to read more.

Howard's Newspaper Column

Fire Department Receives 2 Grants

The Fire Department received 2 grants in 2009 totaling $6,000.

One grant was a PruCares grant from Prudential Financial for $5,000 to recognize Pat Cleary's volunteer service

The second grant was $1,000 from Walmart.

In addition, a 2008 grant from the Forest Fire Service was increased from $1,200 to $4,100.

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