Recent Calls
Thu. Oct 24th 2019
At 11:21 hours, Moonachie Fire Command requested a ladder truck respond to 35 Ramella St., Moonachie for a house fire. Asst. Chief Cribben and T904 responded and assisted the Moonachie FD with exting...
Sun. Aug 4th 2019
At 07:36 hours, Chief Schulz radioed the WR Police desk to report a working detached garage fire at 354 Windsor Rd. WR units responded and quickly extinguished the fire, preventing extension to a nei...
Mon. Jul 22nd 2019
At 05:44 hours, Lodi Fire Command requested an engine to cover LFD Headquarters while they fought a house fire at 26 Ave. D, Lodi. All three chiefs and E901 responded and covered the empty firehouse ...
Thu. Jul 18th 2019
At 15:36 hours, East Rutherford Fire Command requested an engine to cover the Herman St. firehouse while the ERFD operated at Diamond Chemical Corp, for a chemical reaction / fire at the facility. E9...
Tue. Jul 9th 2019
At 18:27 hours, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Command requested a ladder truck to respond to 1000 Huyler St., Teterboro for a structure fire. Chiefs Cribben and Schulz and T904 responded and assisted the HH...
News Headlines
Mon. Sep 2nd 2019
At the September meeting, Chief Ferry appointed Jessly Gomez as a Junior Firefighter / EMS member and was assigned badge #108. Good luck Jessly!
Wed. Aug 7th 2019
The WRFD Exempt Association regrets to announce the passing of Exempt Association member Robert Allman, 81, on August 7, 2019.Robert was a Wood-Ridge firefighter in the 1970's and wore badge #34. ...
Wed. Aug 7th 2019
Congratulations to FF Liam Maloney and FF Devon Christie who recently passed their Firefighter I final examinations at the Bergen County Fire Academy.
Mon. Aug 5th 2019
At the August meeting, Chief of Department Elizabeth Ferry was honored by the WRFD for her 25 years of service. Congratulations Chief!
Mon. Aug 5th 2019
At the August meeting, Chief Ferry appointed EMT Emily Gaige as a probationary EMS Member and assigned her badge #53 and Jessica Geigges was appointed as a Junior Firefighter and assigned badge #107. ...
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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