In January 1900, town residents stood helplessly by as a spectacular blaze destroyed the railroad station in River Edge, then known as Riverside. At this time there was no firefighting equipment available to the townspeople to extinguish the fire. As a result a group of civic minded men decided to form a fire brigade. The newly formed fire company was officially organized on August 13, 1900 with 22 members.
The original elected officers of the fire company consisted of a Foeman, Assistant Foeman, Secretary, and Treasurer.
In 1902 the organization purchased the first piece of fire fighting apparatus, a hose pumper from the Borough of Delford – now known as the Borough of Oradell.
In 1904 Company # 2 was organized by John Thompson.
In 1905 they purchased a wagon to carry hose and utilized the horses owned by E. M. Crandell to pull the wagon.
1909 saw a new fire house built on Kinderkamack Road to house the wagon. The same year a new combination Borough Hall and fire house was built on Kinderkamack Road just north of Lincoln Avenue.
In 1913 the Fire Department was placed under Municipal control, and more equipment was purchased.
In 1927 the first piece of motorized fire apparatus was purchased.
A new fire house was built in 1940 on Ackerson Street for Company # 2 to house the two pumper trucks they owned.
In 1954 a new fire house was constructed at Kinderkamack Road and Tenney Avenue to house the ladder truck and a pumper of Company # 1.
Currently the department operates with a compliment of 60 full members, a compliment of auxiliary members, and a newly established a cadet program. The department operates 3 engines, a ladder truck, a rescue truck and a special operations team.
The Mission of the River Edge Fire Department is to protect the people and property of the borough of River Edge, NJ.
River Edge, NJ is a suburban community approximately eight miles west of New York City . It is a culturally diverse town whose history dates back to colonial times. Located in close proximity to all the county’s shopping malls, it has the conveniences of a large city with the quiet peacefulness of a small town. Located ten minutes from the George Washington Bridge , River Edge is also a gateway to all the rewards of the most exciting city, NYC.