This is the new home of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department.
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 June 2012)
Suburban Trends Obituary.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suburban Trends. (Scroll down to 7/6/2010)
See Additional pictures by scrolling down in our Photo Album. Photo Album.
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.
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.
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.
The fire department responded to multiple cars on fire in the Target parking lot. See photo from the Trends.
The Fire Department received a $3,100 grant from the NJ Forest Fire Service. The money will be used to purchase equipment.
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.
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.
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
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
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.