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.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

WONDER DOG

Photo: Gong Club Inc. Facebook, Collection of Jimmy Carey

Ralph the Wonder Dog, mascot of Jersey City's Engine 6, posing in 1975

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FAIRYLAND FIRE, PATERSON - 1955

Photo: patersonfirehistory.com
On Jan. 15, 1955, a fairyland display in a Paterson home went up in flames during a fund-raising party, claiming the life of its sponsor, Emma Ench.   

The 1,200 square-foot display featured 500 characters from nursery rhymes and story books, according to The Morning Call newspaper.


It was built to raise funds for the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund in memory of Ench's  mother, who died of cancer.


Hundreds of people had visited the display, called the "Land of Let's Believe," over the holidays.

The blaze was apparently sparked by a marshmallow that fell onto the display erected in the basement of the home.


Ench suffered burns trying to extinguish the flames with a pitcher of water.

Firefighter Reginald Ripley pulled her from the first floor "and almost dropped from the intense heat and smoke," the newspaper said.


Twenty-five men, women and children escaped up a stairway with s
ix suffering injuries.

Box 347 was transmitted for 95 Totowa Ave. at 6:42 p.m. 

PATERSON OPERA HOUSE



On Jan. 6, 1914, a general alarm fire gutted the Paterson Opera House, spread to the adjacent Donahue Building and triggered a backdraft.

Firefighters "
jumped in and fought like tigers," Paterson Fire Chief Thomas Coyle said.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

PATERSON PROJECTS - 1980

Photo: Collection of Bruno Wendt

Ladder up! Paterson firefighters knocked down an apartment blaze with a ladder pipe at the Christopher Columbus Projects in February 1980. The projects - nicknamed CCP - included four 16-story towers, which have since been demolished.

Friday, November 1, 2019

3 ALARMS, PATERSON - 1953

Photo: Paterson Retired Firefighters Facebook
On Sept. 3, 1953, fire crews contended with a three-alarm blaze at 80 Pennington Street, Paterson, N.J. Box 156 was transmitted at 8:05 p.m. Photograph from Vince Marchese collection.

PERTH AMBOY - 1921


On June 15, 1921, a Perth Amboy fire engine racing to an alarm collided with a train at the Market Street crossing of the Central Railway of New Jersey, killing nine volunteer firefighters. It's believed to be the largest loss of fire service personnel in 20th Century New Jersey.