Recent Calls
Mon. Jan 20th 2020
At 13:55 hours, the WRFD was dispatched to the Wesmont Station train station for a stuck occupied elevator. FFs responded, reset the system and removed three parties from the elevator car. The elevat...
Mon. Jan 20th 2020
At 08:29 hours, the WRFD was dispatched to 162 14th St. for the reported odor of smoke in the house. A thorough investigation by firefighters lead to opening up and finding a small smoldering electr...
Thu. Jan 2nd 2020
At 20:54 hours, Lodi Fire Command requested an engine respond to 116 South Main St., Lodi for a fire in a commercial building. Chiefs Cribben and Schulz, E901 and R903 responded and assisted the Lodi...
Mon. Dec 30th 2019
At 15:15 hours, Carlstadt Fire Command requested a ladder truck respond to 401 Third St., Carlstadt for a house fire. T904 responded and assisted the Carlstadt FD with laddering the building, searchi...
Mon. Dec 23rd 2019
At 19:10 hours, Moonachie Fire Command requested a ladder truck respond to 50 Knickerbocker Rd., Moonachie for a trailer on fire next to the building. T904 and R903 responded and assisted the Moonach...
News Headlines
Sat. Jan 11th 2020
The Wood-Ridge Fire Department held its annual Chief's Installation Dinner at the Fiesta on January 11, 2020. Fire and EMS officers were sworn in by Senator / Mayor Paul Sarlo.2020 WRFD Officers ...
Sat. Dec 21st 2019
On December 21st, Santa stopped by the Wood-Ridge firehouse to spread some Christmas cheer! He was available for pictures prior to getting on E902 for his ride around town. We hope everyone enjoyed ...
Fri. Nov 29th 2019
On November 29th, R903 delivered Santa Claus to the annual Wood-Ridge Tree Lighting ceremony. Merry Christmas!
Sun. Oct 13th 2019
On October 13, 2019 the WRFD held it's annual Fire Safety and Fire Truck Ride Day. This is an open house in which the children are taught fire prevention and safety tips, learn to "Stay Low...
Sat. Oct 5th 2019
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the WRFD held it's annual General Inspection at Fire Headquarters. The members and apparatus were inspected by the Borough Council and neighboring mutual aid fire ch...
WRFD Exempt Association
On June 25, 1909 a preliminary meeting of the Exempt Firemen was held at the firehouse and was attended by Franz Fritsch, Emil Piravano, Jacob Bloom, William White and John Kiefer. Franz Fritsch was elected chairman, pro tem and William White secretary, pro tem. Emil Pirivano was appointed a committee of one to contact the exempt firemen. 
On August 25, 1909 the following attended: Franz Fritsch, Alfred Gramlich, William White, William Jantzen, C. Fred Shotwell, Jacob Bloom, John Kiefer and Emil Pirivano. It was at this meeting that the Exempt Firemen’s Association was organized and the following officers were elected: President-Treasurer Franz Fritsch. Alfred Gramlich, George Young, and C. Fred Shotwell were appointed trustees.
What is an exempt firefighter?  He / she is a firefighter who joins a municipal fire department and attends 50% of fires and drills for seven years.  Some benefits of being an exempt firefighter include a death benefit, exemption from jury duty (not automatic), a free hawkers license and tenure in office.
A local exempt firefighter's association provides veteran firefighters with the opportunity to share experinces, associate with their peers and maintain interest in the fire department.  They can concentrate on activities other than fire suppression if they wish.  A local association elects three representatives to the local relief association, which in turn strengthens the relief association.
The current officers of the WRFD Exempt Association are:
President - Thomas Bischoff, Jr.
Vice-President - Stephen Sarracino
Secretary - Edward Pfeifer
Treasurer - Corey Sherman
NJ State Exempt Firemen's Association website:
 Paul AltschulerAllen Anderson
Harry BakerJames BartlettThomas Bischoff, Jr.*
Brain BollardGeorge BolschThomas Burniston*
Damian CaucegliaLucian CaucegliaJohn Cherichella
Paul ClementeRobert ConcatoJeffrey Cosgrove
Robert Cribben*Michael Cribben*Robert Eschert
Fred EspositoBrian FerryThomas Ferry
Elizabeth Ferry*James FerryAnthony Gentile
Robert GibneyGregory Gorab*Robert Gross
John HeflichRobert JonesSteven Kessler
Dennis Kronyak, Jr.*Robert LivolsiNicolas Lopez
James LynchRobert MacDonaldPeter Mari
Darin OddoWilliam OddoEdward Pfeifer
Eric PettersenNorman PettersenRudolph Pettineo
Ronald Phillips, Sr.*Ronald Phillips, Jr.*Stephen Sarracino*
Thomas Sarracino*Kenneth Schulz*Richard Schulz
Corey ShermanScott ShermanEdward Sullivan
T.A. Sullivan*Eugene Tatur 
William TyrellRobert Van HornMatthew Wood
Kevin Cribben*Gilbert Ruiz* 
* denotes active member  


The following names have been placed on the WRFD Exempt Association Memorial Bell in honor of the firefighter's service and dedication to the Borough of Wood-Ridge.  All exempt firefighters and active members who have passed are listed on the bell.

Walter AdamsJohn AdelungCharles Aimone
Philip AlgozziniFred Barbaretti, Jr.Joseph Beck
Thomas BellCharles BertiniJacob Bloom
Christian BohlmanRobert BrehmEmile Bugnon
Charles BunzCiro CalderoneFrank Castagnetta
Joseph CastiglioneThomas CoffinReno Concato
James Conroy, Jr.William CubbonsThomas Daly
John DistelCharles DixonEmil Dross
Paul EdmunsonAl EggenbergerKenneth Ellison
Albert EricksonLouis EuverardHarold Fink
George FlavalWilliam FowlerGeorge Freschi
Franz FritschEdmund GorabHerbert Gorab
Alfred GramlichLawrence GrecoCornelius Gwinn
Edward HagovskyMichael HahnGeorge Hicke
Charles HirstGeorge Hoecker, Sr.William Hoehl
Hermann HofenerJohn HuberWilliam Jantzen
Julis KemofnerMalachi KennyArthur Kerr
Herbert KerrJames KerrJohn Kiefer
Ewald KleinRichard KleinFred Kobertz
William KoegelWilliam KourWilliam Kour, Jr.
Robert KuhlJoseph LabravicoFrank Lehman
Albert Loesch, Sr.Robert LuinettiTom MacDonald
James MacDonnellDavis Manser, Sr.William Meade
Andrew MyersEdward Myers, Sr.Edward Myers, Jr.
Albert MillsAlfred MolitorissJohn Molitoriss
Fred NortonLouis ObermeyerS. William Ostahagen
Melvin PalmesinoAlphonse ParlatoCarl Pelz
George PetersenEmil PiorvanoElias Popejoy
Leo PurcaroRafael RacouzzoFrank Ranuska
Charles RathwellJohn RodgersFred Roes
Ernest RohlfsCharles RueggerJacob Ruhle
Charles RumsbyRichard SaquiGeorge Sheetz
Charles SchmidtJohn ScottSydney Scruton
George SesselmanC. Fred ShotwellConran Staahl
John StaubachAugust StoefflerMorris Story
Henry Strunk, Sr.Henry Strunk, Jr.Charles Suenholz
Gustave SuenholzHarry TeytaudWalter VanGarlen
August VanGlahnWilliam VanGlahn, Jr.William Wahl
William WhiteEugene WinberryGeorge Young, Sr.
Vincent O'BeirneVincent PascaleRae Rice
Charles NapolitanoPaul EdmondsonThomas Skip Bischoff
Ellsworth KlotzbierRobert PierceDavid Edelman
Bernard DrakeRobert Allman 




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