FF Bob DeLuca, Congrats on Your Retirement!

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FMBA 21 would like to congratulate Firefighter Bob DeLuca for his 29 years of service to the Clifton Fire Department.

Special thanks to all those hard years as FMBA 21 Union President.

Good luck in your future endeavors!

Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio


Deluca RigPhoto Credit: Charles P. Stauhs


FMBA 21 Food Drive- Month of May

This year’s Food Drive, organized by Clifton Fire – FMBA Local 21 Firefighters Union, will run the month of May.

Clifton Firefighters (FMBA Local 21) are helping out the community this spring season with our annual Food Drive. During the month of May residents can drop off canned and non-perishable food items at any of the six local city firehouses.  The donated items will be packaged up and delivered to St. Peter’s Haven on Clifton Avenue.  If any resident cannot get to a local firehouse, contact us at Info@fmba21.org to make arrangements for pickup.

We would like to recognize “Sign-A-Rama” for providing the display signs gratis.

We have had great success over the past years with our Food Drive, Coat Drive and Toys-4-Tots Drive – Thank you to all those that have helped and we look forward to your continued support!  As spring approaches, if you have a winter coat that your child will have outgrown by fall, please keep it aside for our Coat Drive in October.


Steven Turi

Clifton Firefighter

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Pictured L-R:  Captain Craig Hopkins, Firefighter Dan Schwaner, Firefighter Steven Turi, and Firefighter Ken Scangarello – along with St. Peter Haven Staff




FMBA 21 Picnic 2016 at The NJ Jackals

FMBA 21 Picnic 2016 Flyer

Fifth Annual FMBA 21 Met Game

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FMBA 21 Scholarship 2016

Attention all members.

Below this posting is a link for the FMBA 21 Scholarship.


Please have your applications into Brothers Ricci, Hopkins, or M. Turi by April 30, 2016.


Download the application here: FMBA 21 Scholarship 2016

Congrats to Lieutenant Charlie Stauhs on his promotion!



FMBA 21 would like to express congratulations to Charlie Stauhs on his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant!

Congrats to Captain Chris Botta on his promotion!


FMBA 21 would like to express congratulations to Chris Botta on his promotion to the rank of Captain!

FF Roberto Duran, Congrats on Your Retirement!



FMBA 21 would like to congratulate Firefighter Roberto Duran for his years of service.

Good luck in your future endeavors!


Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio

Clifton FMBA 21 Marches in West Orange St. Patricks Day Parade 2016

WO SPD Parade 2016

COLA- NJ Courts- Very Important Info For Retirees or Soon-To-Be Retirees



Very important to our retirees and soon to be retirees.

Thanks, Billy McMahon- FMBA 21 Delegate

Follow this link to listen to the COLA Oral Arguments from the NJ Court System:

The next Supreme Court Webcasts are scheduled for March 14, 2016 and March 15, 2016 beginning at 10 a.m.


Daylight Savings Time- Change Your Clock- Change Your Batteties In Your Smoke Alarms!

Don’t forget…this Sunday at 2am daylight savings time begins. Change your clock? Change the batteries in your smoke alarms!


Smoke Detectors

Elect Mike Caposella PFRS Trustee – A message from the NJ FMBA

As you have heard, you will soon be receiving your ballot to elect a new Trustee to the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) Board. You know the importance of this election, and we need your full participation in it.


I was proud to serve in this position from 2004 to 2012, to provide our members with a strong voice on the important issues that affect our pensions. I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is that the NJ FMBA have strong representation on this Board, especially now as our pensions continue to come under attack.
The NJ FMBA has offered our unanimous endorsement to Mike Caposella of Paterson FMBA Local 202. Mike, currently a Captain, has served the Paterson Fire Department for over twenty years, and has served as Treasurer for both Local 2 and now Local 202. He is a member of Local 202’s negotiating team and has developed extensive experience dealing with management representatives. Mike will bring this, and his experience as a thirty-year small business owner to bear on this position.
I have had the privilege of knowing Mike for a number of years. His work ethic and dedication to the fire service is second to none. When elected, I know that Mike will continue to be a tireless advocate for us, do all that he can to protect the integrity of our retirement system, and fight against efforts to break the ‘sacred trust’ that is meant to exist between us and the State of New Jersey when it comes to our retirement security.
Your Local President and Executive Delegate have likely already heard from your NJ FMBA District Vice President, and should be prepared to answer any questions you may have on this issue.
It has become clear in recent months that support for Mike among our members is overwhelming, but it’s your vote that counts. Without taking the steps necessary to cast your ballot, the support he has already earned means very little.
If any questions remain, or if you would like to know more about why this position is so important, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 732-499-9250.
In Solidarity,

Rich Mikutsky, VP NJ FMBA


Condolences to the Colca Family – Former Clifton Fire Chief

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FMBA 21 would like to express condolences to retired Fire Chief Joseph Colca and Family.


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Colca, Joseph S., 89 of Clifton, passed away on February 15, 2016. He was born on May 3, 1926, lived in Clifton most of his life. His parents were Charles and Jennie (Elmo) Colca. He graduated high school in 1941. He married his childhood sweetheart in 1947 and had three loving children, Joseph & his wife Susan of Doylestown, PA, Kathryn & her husband Anthony Miragliotta of Clifton and Jane Colca of Riverdale. Grandfather of Joseph, Erin, Michela, Ryan and Lyndsay. Great Grandfather to Emma, Lucas, James, Connor, Giana, Joseph & Evelyn. Dear brother to Charles Colca Jr. of Pequannock and the late Rosalie Lambert. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He joined the Armed Forces after graduating school and served as a Sergeant in the Air Force, he was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Passaic Post Office for 11 years before joining the Clifton Fire Department retiring as Fire Chief. He loved his job and his fellow men who respected him with dignity always. He loved music and made many CDs for his friends, he loved to entertain and cook and his specialty was the sausage bread which everyone loved.
He was a man with dignity and pride and will forever be remembered. He never complained and enjoyed life to the fullest. If you knew him you would love him. He was the heart and soul of our family.

He was a member of the FMBA Local #21, the Firemen’s Relief Association in Clifton, the Leisure Time Friends, the St. Philip’s Prime Timers & The Knights of Columbus. Prior to becoming a Fireman he worked for the Postal service in the Passaic office for 11 years. Joseph was an Army Air Corps. Veteran of WWII and a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle RC Church in Clifton.

Funeral from the Marrocco Memorial Chapel 470 Colfax Avenue Clifton on Friday at 9:15 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Philip the Apostle RC Church at 10 AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Visiting Wednesday 7-9 PM and Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 PM. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. www.marroccos.com

Help us to help you! Please shovel out your hydrant!

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Condolences to the Danielson Family/ Funeral Arrangements

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Eric, Kevin and Scott Danielson

FMBA 21 would like to express condolences to the Danielson family and Lakeland EMS Squad on the passing of Eskil Scott Danielson.

Scott was the 911 Communications Manager for Warren county and 35 year member of the Lakeland Emergency Squad of Byram and Andover, New Jersey.

Scott suffered a heart attack following a response to motor vehicle accident. Hospital personnel Newton and Morristown made a valiant effort to revive him.

Funeral arrangements are set for January 20th from 2-4pm and 6-9pm at Cochrane Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be conducted at Cochrans Funeral Home at 10 am on January 21, 2016. This is LODD and Class A uniforms are optional.

Cochrane Funeral Home
905 High Street
Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840

Congrats to Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy on his promotion!

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FMBA 21 would like to express congratulations to Kevin McCarthy on his promotion to Chief of the Clifton Fire Department!

Photo courtesy of Chris Birkner- Bike 1 Photography

Clifton New Chief 2016