Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Paterson Riverside Station - Photo by Dr. Thomas Dayspring

Tuesday, September 20, 2016





: Collection of Bruno Wendt, Paterson Museum

Sylvette's Store, located at Main Street and Broadway in Paterson, was the scene of a general alarm fire and collapse on March 11, 1972.

Box 451, the same alarm signal transmitted for the Great Fire of 1902, rang in at 3 p.m.

A pumper was damaged by a falling wall.

Sylvette's, which sold ladies coats and dresses, was owned and operated by Al and Julius Gladstone

The store was located next to the old Rivoli Theater, which opened in 1923, and was converted into shops.