Clifton FMBA Local 21 represents over 140 men and women career firefighters of the Clifton Fire Department. Our union joined the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association in 1920. The members of Local 21 not only help those in need while on duty, but try to make a difference and provide support to people and organizations within the city year round. Our members also participate in several community, state, regional, and national programs.
In February, we host a beefsteak fundraiser that helps us support local sports teams and clubs. The month of June is when we collect food donations for St. Peter’s Haven which provides meals and temporary housing for families. In June, we take donations of blankets and supplies that go to the Clifton Animal Shelter. Later in the year, we also do a coat drive which gets distributed to local area shelters. In December we do a toy collection program which the donations go to the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton and the Power of One Clifton. We also take place in breast cancer awareness, stigma free campaign, and color books to kids during fire prevention week. FMBA 21 also assist families that have been devastated by fires in their homes.
Currently there are 143 Firefighter/EMT’s that protect the cities residents and visitors. The city is 11 square miles with about 90,000 residents. We run approximately 13,000 calls a year. We operate out of 6 firehouses. Each shift operates with 5 Engine Companies, 2 Truck Companies, 3 BLS Ambulances, Accountability Technician, and a Deputy Chief. We also have some specialized units such as: Hazmat, Decon, Foam Tankers, and 3 Rescue Boats. Chief Frank Prezioso leads the department with over 20 years of service.