MONTVILLE, NJ – Santa may live in the North Pole, but on Dec. 19 and 20 he visited Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco on his “sleigh” – a ten-ton pumper.

Volunteer fire fighters from all three portions of Montville Township made sure that residents got a healthy dose of Christmas spirit by sending Santa around with his escort to deliver candy canes and smiles to children, seniors and residents alike.

“We’ve been doing this for fifty-plus years, and the seniors come out for their candy canes, too,” said First Assistant Bill Grey of the Towaco Volunteer Fire Department.

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Tiger Scouts from Dens 7 (led by Sheila O'Neill and Jen Caramucci) and 8 (led by Monika Thompson and Sue Scelba) got a special treat for their good works when they made their Toys for Tots donation delivery and got to meet the big guy himself. Every year the Towaco Fire Department serves as a collection point for the Toys for Tots program, which is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Volunteer fire fighters Eric Holswade and Cory Mazzucco did their best belly laughs and smiles on the two trucks the department sends out. This was their fifth year volunteering to put on the red suits.

The Towaco Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Halloween Parade and Costume Contest spotlighted by TAPintoMontville here, and TAPintoMontville spotlighted Towaco Fire President Renée Sorenson here. They also send volunteers to schools in October for Fire Prevention Month. They recently purchased a new fire truck, which will be “christened” at a Wetdown Party on May 7, 2016, although of course it is already being used.  A wetdown is a rescue truck “induction ceremony” in which rescue trucks from towns all over the state pull up with full lights, sirens, and volunteers in turnout gear to “wet down,” or spray the new truck with water. Kids can jump in the spray – bathing suits or not – and food is served.

“We’d love to see more response from the community, and we’d love to see everybody at the wetdown,” said long-term member Patti Mabey.

Donations to the Montville Volunteer Fire Department can be made here Montville.

Donations to the Pine Brook Volunteer Fire Department can be made here Pine Brook.

Donations to the Towaco Volunteer Fire Department can be made here Towaco.