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FMBA 21 VP Tom Nunn speaks at the NJ FMBA Convention

FMBA 21 VP Tom Nunn speaks about the NJ Firefighter Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

FMBA 21 crowned Champions at the 7th Annual Mark A. Virag Memorial Cancer Fund Cornhole Tournament

FMBA 21 President Daniel Schwaner (C) hugs his Championship Cornhole Team members Dylan Maresca (L) and Nick Nicolette (R). Clifton FMBA 21 team competed against 28 other teams and won 2-1 against our brother firemen from Union FMBA Local 46.
FMBA 21 Members Dylan Maresca and Nick Nicolette crowned champions of the 2022 Mark A. Virag Memorial Cancer Fund Cornhole Tournament.

Clifton’s own bagpiper, John Bradley opened the State FMBA convention in Atlantic City

NJ FMBA Fallen Heroes 5K Run 2022

Clifton FMBA 21 takes Third Place!

On September 10th, 2022 members of Clifton FMBA 21 took part of the NJ State FMBA Fallen Hero 5K and placed 3rd overall! Great job by our team!
Clifton FMBA 21 members Robert Osieja and Martin Ramos placed respectively 1st & 2nd place in their age group. Great job guys!
Clifton FMBA 21 guest runner Olivia DuPont placed third overall of all females that ran the race.

Today We Remember one of our own LT John Van Dorn Jr

Today we remember one of our own…LT John Van Dorn Jr. 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. Lieutenant Van Dorn will be forever missed by his family, friends, and brother firefighters.

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

September 11th – Never Forget

Labor Day 2022

Clifton FMBA 21 Welcomes New Recruits

Clifton FMBA 21 would like to welcome our 6 newest members. The 6 new hires are: Joseph Ambrose, Tyler Czupak, Ebony Goolsby, Ryan Murphy, Anthony Pompei, Pablo Torres. The new recruits will do two weeks of introductory training with department Training Captain Bill Legates. The recruits will then be attending approximately 3 months of rigorous training at the Passaic County Fire Academy, followed by 2 months of EMT training.

Chief Frank Prezioso and Captain Bill Legates welcome the new hires.

Clifton FMBA/PBA & Passaic FMBA/PBA Softball Tournament

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Clifton fire station damaged by Ida still out of commission a year later

Clifton Fire Station 1 has been closed for 1 year with no plan to reopen soon.

CLIFTON — A year after the heavy rains brought by the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded and shut down Fire Station 1, it remains out of commission.

Unusable, the Clifton Avenue firehouse will remain closed for at least the next six months.

On Tuesday, the city opened the latest round of bids for repairs, which include removing utilities such as the hot water heater from the basement and reinstalling them higher, where future floods won’t touch them.

The lowest bid received for the work was for $390,000. A separate bid for roof repairs came in at $52,700.

The city’s engineers and attorney must still review the bids, but the city’s purchasing agent, James Jorgensen, said he hopes the paperwork to move forward will be ready for approval at the Sept. 5 City Council meeting. He said that once the contract is signed, the company with the winning bid has 10 days to get the project started and 150 days to complete it.

The city previously received one bid for both jobs for $696,000. That bid was rejected because it came in much higher than expected, Jorgensen said. After that, bids for the two jobs were taken separately.

“That told me that someone was just throwing it up against the wall to see if it will stick,” Jorgensen said,

Firefighters said ideally the fire station should be back immediately.

Since the station, at First Street about one block from Clifton and Main avenues, was shut down, the engine has been operating out of Fire Station 3, several blocks away and across Main Avenue.

Station 3 is also in an old building, built in the 1920s, and while it has bathrooms for men and women firefighters, it lacks separate quarters. Chief Frank Prezioso said the situation is also not optimal because Station 3 does not have a heated bay for the fire engines, an issue in the cold winter months.

Last winter the engine was housed at Station 6, off Broad Street.

Prezioso said he vividly remembers the night Ida hit. Fire crews were out rescuing residents and motorists during the multiple flash floods.

“By the time they got back here, they found things very difficult,” the chief said.

City Manager Nick Villano said it took just a foot of water to render the station inoperable. He said he’s hopeful that once the contract is awarded, things will progress quickly.

“We got it down to the studs at this point,” Villano said.

Retired Clifton Firefighter Rich DeLotto, who worked out of Fire Station 1 for many years, said it is imperative that work get done as soon as possible. It serves part of the oldest section of the city.

“You got to get there pretty quickly,” DeLotto said, “or else there’s going to be trouble.”

-Story by Matt Fagan for

Front Page News – Clifton Journal August 26, 2022
Front Page News – Clifton Journal August 26, 2022
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