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Carlstadt Fire Department

Celebrating 150 Years of Service

Organized 1872


Matt Moran

Chief of Department

Ladder Company 1

Friendship Hook & Ladder

2014 Pierce Velocity

Deputy Chief - Robert Ruff Jr. - 709


Captain - Bartlomie Pachucki - 7-4


1st Lieutenant - David Llewellyn - 7-4-1


2nd Lieutenant - Jason Roughgarden - 7-4-2





Tony D'Amico*


Dan Eckert*


David Llewellyn


Hernan Lopez


Bartlomie Pachucki


Andrew Peet


Bryan Reinhardt


Julio Rodriguez


Jason Roughgarden


Robert Ruff Jr.* **


Steve Sass Jr.


Lawrence Wood*



** Current Chief     * Past Chief

The Friendship Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 is the department's oldest company, organized in February 1872.  It is also the only company within the department that has never been reorganized.


Company Officers at the time of organization were:

Conrad Stripple, Foreman

Frederick Frosch, Assistant Foreman

Theo. Muehling, Secretary

J. Trosbach, Treasurer


On April 22, 1881 a fire destroyed the department’s first firehouse on Madison Street between Broad Street and Hoboken Road.  The only equipment saved belonged to the Friendship Hook and Ladder Company No. 1.


The Friendship Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 belongs to various organizations including the North Jersey Firemen’s Association, the New Jersey/New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and the South Bergen Mutual Aid Association, Zone Two.


Our current apparatus is a 2014 Pierce Velocity, 8-man cab, with 100 ft. Heavy Duty Aluminum Ladder.  It has a 750 pound tip load, tip controls for ladder and nozzle positioning, and can flow 1,500 GPM through the pre-piped 4-inch waterway.  The ladder tip is equipped with Egress Lift Eyes that can be used for rescue operations up to 500 pounds.  It is powered by a 500 HP Cummins ISX12 engine with an Allison Gen IV 4000 EVS PR transmission.  An air circulation system is provided in the compartments to reduce humidity and to prevent rusting of equipment.  It was placed in service in September 2014.


Past Apparatus:

1996 Schwing/HME/Marion – In service October 1997 through August 2014 featuring a 10-man HME cab, a Marion body, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, and a 115' Schwing aerial with 4 articulating booms.  The members of the company dedicated this apparatus to Past Chief and member Burton Bello, who died suddenly while an active member of the company.  Burt was also a member of the truck committee whose foresight helped to purchase this apparatus.  A distinguishing mark of this apparatus was it was the first to be manufactured by Schwing for a municipal fire department in the United States.


1969 Mack Snorkel – A 75' Snorkel with a 1,000 GPM pump, 600 ft of 5-inch large diameter hose, and a full complement of ladders and equipment.  In 1984, it was refurbished to include a cab, along with the installation of two square headlights, replacing the original round headlights.  Until its retirement in August 1997, it operated at many major fires in the South Bergen and Passaic areas.


Prior to the 1969 Mack Snorkel, apparatus included a 1954 Maxim and a 1927 Maxim.



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