WOODLAND PARK, NJ - This week, residents received a donation letter from the West Paterson Volunteer Fire Department.
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the operations of the WPFD. Their ongoing fundraising efforts, which support the operation of the three firehouses in town, has essentially been eliminated.
Typically, members would be out collecting door to door but due to COVID, that will not happen this year. Rather, the WPFD is conducting a mail-in drive and this fund drive will essentially be its only source of revenue this year.
"If you are able, donate generously - our bravest need your help," said Mayor Keith Kazmark.
The WPPD has been in existence since the birth of the community in 1914. It is a 100% volunteer organization with approximately 75 dedicated men and women serving 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. It consists of three fire companies: Company #1 (on West 35th Street), Company #2 (on McBride Avenue across from BG School) and Company #3 (located on Rifle Camp Road). Each company is responsible for maintaining their own building; including, but not limited to paying utility bills, roof repairs, and maintaining the heating and air conditioning systems.
Donations are utilized in two ways. Three quarters go directly to each company. The remainder is used for the training, which includes state mandated courses, upgrading equipment, and maintenance.