MILLBURN, NJ - The firefighters in Millburn are introducing a new uniform patch for only the fourth time in its 140 year history. Township residents will get a chance to see the new patch at the Fire Department’s 67th Annual Halloween Parade. Career firefighter Jeff Wanamaker, who was born and raised in Millburn, joined the Department as a volunteer in 1990 and has a natural talent for design oversaw the project.
The patch began as a traditional teardrop design featuring a Maltese cross, and evolved in the 1980s to a yellow patch with silver trim featuring the Township’s signature paper mill. The centerpiece of the new patch is the Millburn “M” in an American flag pattern, bordered by a hook-and-ladder and fire hydrant.
Wanamaker has put his design skills to work before the patch project. He obtained a piece of steel from the World Trade Center site and incorporated it into a tasteful memorial to honor the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. And last year, he worked with art students from County College of Morris to design an ornate dining table, complete with a fire hydrant base, to be used by firefighters at the station.
“When Chief Echavarria asked me to oversee the design of the new patch, it was my honor to create something that would appropriately do justice to the Fire Department that I love,” Wanamaker said. “Because I wanted this to be a collaborative process, I worked with two of my brother firefighters on the design, and we’ve gotten some great feedback from throughout the Department.”
“I’m grateful to Jeff and to everyone who played a role in bringing our new patch to life,” said Millburn Fire Chief Robert Echavarria. “We are now working with our uniform supplier to transition the new patch onto everyone’s uniform in the coming weeks.”