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Firefighter Kenneth Collucci, Congrats on Your Retirement!

FMBA 21 would like to congratulate Firefighter Kenneth Collucci for his 25 years of service to the Clifton Fire Department.

Good luck in your retirement and future endeavors!

FF Collucci worked his last shift on Nov 20, 2022. L to R: Dan Collins, John Bradley, Ken Collucci, Sal Guardascione, Elliot Darisaw, Michael Cromey, Michael Rowan
Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio

Smoke Alarms Save Lives…

With Fire Season approaching, please ensure you check the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace out of date models. Click on the post to view the flyer from the National Fire Protection Agency
With Fire Season approaching, please ensure you check the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace out of date models.

Clifton FMBA 21 – Toys for Tots 2022

Clifton FMBA 21- Toys for Tots 2022. Clifton FD looking for donations of new unwrapped toys. Visit the post on our website to find the nearest drop off location.
Clifton FMBA 21- Toys for Tots 2022. Clifton FD looking for donations of new unwrapped toys. Visit the post on our website to find the nearest drop off location.

Clifton FMBA 21 – Toys for Tots 2022

Clifton Firefighters are seeking donations of new unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages for this holiday season. Donations can be dropped-off at any Clifton firehouse. We will be accepting toys from November 16 through December 16, 2022.

Our firehouses are located at:


Clifton Fire Station 2– 7 Dumont Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013

Clifton Fire Station 3– 180 Mahar Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011

Clifton Fire Station 4– 144 Main Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07014

Clifton Fire Station 5– 51 Brighton Road, Clifton, NJ 07012

Clifton Fire Station 6– 1202 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013

Good Luck FMBA 21 Brother Antonio Latona

Good Luck to our fellow FMBA Brother Antonio Latona on his run for City Council!

Thank you for your 30 years of military service to our country.

Thank you for your 25 years of service to the Clifton Fire Department and Clifton FMBA 21.

Good Luck LATONA!

Election Day: November 8, 2022

Please consider the candidates we support!

FMBA 21 endorses candidates for Clifton City Council

Clifton Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association endorses the following candidates for Clifton City Council:

William Gibson #1

Mary Sadrakula #9

Antonio Latona #10

Rosemary Pino #16

Through careful review of watching and listening, FMBA 21 has decided to endorse and stand with these four candidates who have demonstrated a consistent record and proven history of supporting our organization. We recognize there are many great new candidates and wish them the best of luck. Our leadership looks forward to a friendly working relationship with those elected on November 8th.

Election Day is on Tuesday – November 8, 2022

Fire Prevention Week 2022

As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, the Clifton Fire Department and FMBA 21 reminds residents that

“Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.™”

October 2022 – Clifton FMBA 21 is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape TM”,  works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.  

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

Clifton FMBA 21 encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different,” said (Your name, title). “Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!”

Clifton Fire Department and FMBA 21 want to share these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit and

LT John Van Dorn- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend 2022

One of our very own retirees was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Wall this past weekend. This National Fallen Firefighter Memorial is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the US National Fire Academy. Clifton LT John Van Dorn Jr was added to the memorial wall on October 9, 2022.

Lieutenant John Van Dorn Jr. responded to the World Trade Center voluntarily on September 13, 2001. John passed away from a 9-11 WTC related illness on August 8, 2020. Lieutenant Van Dorn will be forever missed by his family, friends, and brother firefighters.

John P. Van Dorn Jr. 66 of Clifton died peacefully at his Clifton home surrounded by family on Saturday August 8, 2020. Born in Passaic, he was a lifelong resident of Clifton. John was a Clifton police officer prior to becoming a firefighter for the City of Clifton. He was a firefighter for 27 years and a member of FMBA local #21 in Clifton.

Lieutenant John P. Van Dorn Jr
Clifton Fire Department
Served from May 21, 1981 to June 1, 2009

Video Description: Retired Clifton Deputy Chief Michael Sauer walks Lieutenant John Van Dorn’s family to accept a badge of honor at the National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial on October 9, 2022.

Below is a photo gallery showing pictures of the memorial event that took place on October 8 & 9, 2022.

Condolences to the Stolarz Family

Frank Stolarz, 98, of Clifton, passed away on October 6, 2022. Born in Passaic, he was a lifelong resident of Clifton. A Lieutenant for the Clifton Fire Department, Frank retired in 1988 after 34 years of service, and was a Trustee for the Clifton Fireman’s Relief Association for 35 years. A parishioner of St. John Kanty RC Church, Clifton, Frank proudly served his country in the US Air Force during WWII. Beloved husband for 70 years of the late Josephine Stolarz who passed away in 2019. Devoted father of Kathy Malinowski and her husband Michael of Towaco, Joyce McGuire of Montville, and the late July Stolarz who passed away in 1964. Loving grandfather of Michael and his wife Vanishree, Matthew and his wife Amanda, Christopher, Brian and Kaitlin. Cherished great grandfather of Isabella, Alayna, Matthew and Charlotte. Dear brother of the late Charles, Edward, Robert and Joseph Stolarz, Josephine DeLuca, Helen Heinemann, Sophie Welker, and Anne Hunt.

Visiting: Tuesday 4-8 PM at the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Ave., Clifton.

Funeral: Wednesday 8:45 AM at the funeral home and 10 AM at St. John Kanty RC Church, Clifton. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.


To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Frank Stolarz, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.

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