WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The West Paterson Volunteer Fire Department began conducting its annual fund drive collection on Oct. 1. Members of the 75 plus department began going door to door as part of their effort. 

All residents in the Borough of Woodland Park are asked to help the department, which is 100 percent volunteer. Envelopes were mailed to all homes in town as part of the effort. 

"We thank the residents in advance for their generous contribution and continued support of our fire department," said Joe Macones, Fire Co. #1 assistant chief.

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To assist members in collecting donation they ask that you: 

  • have your donation prepared 
  • Make checks payable to WPFD 
  • have your donation envelope taped to your front door 
  • credit and debit cards are accepted 
  • you can also make your donation securely by visiting www.westpatersonfd.com
  • you can also use PayPal at www.westpatersonfd.com 

Members of the department will be visiting homes throughout the borough the entire month of October. The WPFD is not affiliated with any other organizations that solicit donations related to firefighting and the it does not solicit donations over the phone.

The West Paterson Fire Department consists of three companies: Fire. Co. #1 on West 35th Street, Fire Co. #2 on McBride Avenue across from Beatrice Gilmore School and Fire Co. #3, at 357 Rifle Camp Rd.

Each company is responsible for maintaining its own building, including, but not limited to, paying utility bills, roof repairs and maintaining the heating and air conditioning systems. Three quarters of donations go to each company. The remainder is used for state mandated training, and equipment maintenance and upgrades.

Find out more about the department at its newly updated website www.westpatersonfd.com.