Saddle River Fire Department History

Established in 1912,  our founding members would be dispatched via a series of gongs placed throughout town, 8 in total.  The gongs were made by heating and bending railroad ties into circular rings and was operated by banging the railroad tie with a hammer.  Each firefighter who responded would bring his own team of horses to the Firehouse Barn, with the first arriving member hitching his team of horses to the wagon that had a tank of water on it and proceed to the fire.  The firefighter who used his horses to pull the wagon was paid $5 for his horse teams service.  In 1925, the department purchased its first custom build fire engine. 



Happy Mothers Day!

Posted on May 12, 2013

The Officers and members of the Saddle River Fire Department would like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mothers Day!  Thank you for all you have done to shape us into the men and women we are!!



Teaching Fire Safety

Posted on May 11, 2013

Firefighter Carly Antoine recently was invited to speak to 2nd Grade Wyckoff Brownie Troop #4821 on Fire Safety.  Firefighter Antoine taught about fire safety, the importance of having a planned meeting point outside the home in case of fire as well as showing off some of our firefighting tools and equipment to the girls.  This educational experience will help these brownies earn their Safety Award, Celebrating Communuities Badge, First Aid Badge and their My Self Best Badge. 

Overturned Auto On 17 Northbound

Posted on May 9, 2013

At approximately 10:20 Thursday morning the Saddle River Fire Department was dispatched in the area of East Allendale Rd on Route 17 Northbound for a one car motor vehicle rollover. Upon arrival of Chief 1130 and Fire Marshall 1190 it was confirmed by patrol officers on scene that there was one vehicle that landed on its roof in the left lane of the highway. Squad 1132 arrived and assisted with securing the vehicle while Valley BLS attended to the patient that was not trapped in the vehicle and managed to get out on their own. Engine 1131 arrived and assisted with creating a blocking barrier for traffic that was approaching the scene. 

Afternoon Brush Fire Causes Delays On East Allendale

Posted on May 7, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon Saddle River units were dispatched to East Allendale Ave in the area of Mohegan Trail for a brush fire. Upon arrival of Fire Marshall 1190 and Squad 1132 with Chief 1130 on board it was confirmed to be a little more than just smoldering rubbish. The crew pulled a line with Captain 1150 and damped the entire area extinguishing the fire. Shortly after Engine 1131 arrived and assisted with overhauling the burnt area and helped pack up the line off of 1132. The incident closed off the westbound lane of East Allendale Ave for only approximately fifteen minutes. All units wrapped up and were back in service in about twenty minutes. 


Mutual Aid To Waldwick

Posted on May 6, 2013

At 0936 hours this morning, SRPD Communications dispatched 1 engine mutual aid to Waldwick for a smoke condition at their Borough Hall.  Chief Warr and Squad 32 (OIC FF Cebulski) responded and along with a Wyckoff Tower Ladder assisted Waldwick crews attempting to locate the source of a smoke condition and burning odor throughout the structure.  The problem was isolated to a HVAC unit and Waldwick command released all mutual aid units after approximately 1 hour.

Susan Zabransky Hughes 5K Run

Posted on April 28, 2013


Saddle River Fire Department members were on hand recently to both participate and assist with the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5k Run.  President Jack Inserra, Lieutenant Victoria Pope and Firefighters Steve Schiavello and Matt Buonocore participated in the run while other members assisted with traffic control and setting up a landing zone for the Hackensack Medical Center helicopter.  An extremely successful event on a gorgeous day and a job well done to the Run Committee. Special thanks to Upper Saddle River Fire Department for traffic support and to the Waldwick Fire Department for use of their ladder truck to put the American Flag over the run's finish line!

Gear Donation

Posted on April 16, 2013

While doing a long overdue cleaning of SRFD Fire Headquarters, a large amount of old turnout gear was found that was no longer compliant with NJ standards.  Saddle River DPW Supervisor, Bruce Mautz, a former Woodcliff Lake FD Chief put Chief Warr in contact with Hillsdale Fire Chief Jason Durie, who's brother is a former Chief of the Beaver Dam Fire Department in Orglethorpe County Georigia.  Chief Durie advised of inadequate firefighting gear and equipment in this rural Georgia county and that the excess equipment would go to good use there.  A long and coordinated effort paid off today resulting in the donation of 74 bunker pants, 62 coats and 4 nozzles to these brothers in need.  Raymond Durie picked up the equipment which was also donated by Mahwah Fire Companies 1, 2 and 4 in a rented U-Haul trailer.  Ex-Chied Durie stated that the average budget for the 14 departments in Oglethorpe County is $2,500-4,000 a year to operate.  SRFD is glad to have worked with Mahwah FD to help these brothers in desperate need!

Susan Zabransky Memorial 5K Run

Posted on April 14, 2013

Large Fuel Spill/Mutual Aid To Allendale

Posted on April 13, 2013

At approximately 130pm on Friday April 12, Saddle River FD was dispatched to West Gate Rd and Burning Hollow Rd for a fluid spill.  Allendale FD was already operating in Allendale as a commercial vehicle had been leaking engine oil over a half mile area.  Captain Stio signed into service and arrived on scene establishing command reporting the vehicle was stopped on Burning Hollow Rd with several large areas of fluid on the roadway.  Squad 32 (OIC Chief Warr) arrived on scene and mitigated the spill using numerous bags of speedy dry.  Upon completing the clean up in our first due, Allendale command requested Squad 32 work towards Allendale units who were on Franklin Tpke.  Squad 32 and Captain Stio worked the intersection of East Allendale and Franklin Tpke where a large area of oil was found in the intersection.  All SRFD units returned to service within an hour.  

Mid Afternoon Brush Fire

Posted on March 31, 2013

At approximately 1pm on Friday March 29, SRPD Communications alerted the Fire Department to a reported brush fire to the rear of a residence on Alford Dr.  Chief Warr and Captain Stio signed into service and were advised the fire was at an extreme point of the property and the best approach was from Fox Hedge Rd through the wooded area at the rear of the Alford Rd property.  Squad 32 (OIC Capt Stio) responded and extinguished the fire which was a large open burn pit approximately 500-600' from the residence.  FD units also advised the occupant of the open burn ordinance and all units returned to service by 2pm.