Ridgefield Fire Department

Established in 1895, this all-volunteer department serves the Borough of Ridgefield from three stations with a fleet of four engines, a tanker, 93’ tower ladder, heavy rescue and a Zodiac inflatable boat.

Rescue 2 - 2008 Sutphen/Supervac

Having replaced a 1978 GMC/Saulsbury, Rescue 2 features a 6 man cab with a partial walk-in area featuring a mini-fridge and two fold down seats for donning water/ice rescue suits. It is outfitted with a 30KW generator, air compressor, 12,000 lb. winch, a roll-off awning and roll-out equipment tool boards & trays. Its’ equipment complement includes a total of 7 extrication tools, a pavement breaker and 54 spare SCBA cylinders (48 forty five minute & six one hour).

Tanker 5 - 1988 International/Techweld 375 gpm/2200 gal.

Originally serving the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as a tunnel washer,this rig was refurbished by Ridgefield’s members in memory of FF Michael McLaughlin who suffered a LODD on February 11th, 1996.

Rescue 2 features a very distinct piece of history. This flag, flown in Iraq in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” was presented by the US Marine Corps 1st Squadron, 6th United States Cavalry Regiment on behalf of the Pilot-In-Command CW3 Andrew Pohl & Pilot CW2 William McKenna. It was flown during a combat mission on March 18th, 2008 on an OH-58DR Kiowa Warrior helicopter.

An honor typically reserved for dignitaries & politicians, the flag found its’ way through friends and associates to a representative from the apparatus manufacturer with the request that it be given to a fire department in support of their efforts in keeping Americans safe at home. SVI chose to present this to the Ridgefield Fire Department and custom mounted it in a diamond plate frame.

This bell, circa 1904, stands as part of a memorial outside Company Two’s firehouse dedicated to the memory of five Ridgefield firefighters who lost their lives on October 15, 1967 at the Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley on Anderson Avenue in neighboring Cliffside Park. It is a solemn remembrance of the brave souls of Chief Gustave Genschew, Ex-Chief James Lauria, FF Dominick Acquafredda, FF Harry Brown & FF James Edwards.