On Monday, February 27, a team of firefighters from Clifton FMBA Local 21 will participate in the 7th annual Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Tasting event. This special event, hosted by the NJFMBA, pits teams of professional firefighters, representing 20 New Jersey fire departments, competing to show off their cooking talents, and will be held at the Pines Manor in Edison.
The event benefits the Saint Barnabas Burn Center and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Foundation.
“The time our members spend together in the firehouse, sometimes in the kitchen, is an important part of their efforts to develop camaraderie and a sense of teamwork,” stated John Beard, President, FMBA Local 21. “That is every bit as important to their ability to do their jobs as the rigorous and continual training they go through every shift. This event is a great way for them to work together, blow off some steam, and raise money for some important causes.”
Tim Flynn, Clifton’s Cooked and Uncorked Executive Chef added, “Our team is ready to compete with the best firehouse chefs in New Jersey, and we are proud to dedicate our participation to the memory of Scott Danielson, a committed volunteer first responder, and brother of one of our members, who died in 2016 after responding to a car accident.”
This past December Anthony Englehardt was diagnosed with Advanced Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Anthony is a 16-year-old volunteer firefighter who is a member of the Little Falls Fire Department Enterprise Company #2. He also is a Passaic Valley High School student, a member of the Hornets Lacrosse team and an avid snowboarder. Anthony is currently undergoing medical treatment, but he needs your support.
Please join us and show your support for Anthony.
When: Saturday March 18th, 2017
Where: St. George Church 237 Long Hill Rd, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Start Time: 6pm
Price: 30$ per person 8 People per table $240 a table
Price includes Complementary Beer and Soda & BYOB!
Entertainment By: DJ DeLuccia, DeMusso & Murphy
Donations and Ticket Sales
Please make checks payable to “Enterprise Fire Company”
Memo Section “Anthony Englehardt Benefit”
Tickets and Event Details Contact Ron Stell at 973-390-0186
“Christmas will be merrier for hundreds of Clifton children thanks to Clifton firefighters, members of FMBA Local 21, and their annual toy drive. Over 500 gifts were collected and donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Clifton for distribution to local residents in need.
“The job of a firefighter is to come to the aid of someone in need, and we consider this effort an extension of the service we provide to our neighbors throughout the City,” stated John Beard. “We hope these toys help to insure that every child in Clifton has an opportunity to experience and enjoy the miracle of the season that we’re in.”
FMBA Local 21 is also grateful for the contributions of countless Clifton residents and business that stopped into local fire houses over the past few weeks to donate gifts to the effort. Special appreciation is also extended to Jackie Thermidor and her team at Associa – Community Management Corp. for their donation of over 100 gifts.”
Clifton FMBA 21 would like to thank the Associa – Community Management Corp for thier generous donations to our Toys for Tots Program!
Below is a message from their Property Manager, Jackie Thermidor:
Dear Fire Department Members,
Associa – Community Management Corp has been part of the Clifton community for over 35 years and we were happy to participate in the Toys for Tots Drive. Brave members of the Clifton Fire Department Engine 6 collected over 100 toys from our team to help needy children this holiday season. We are grateful for their efforts and the service they provide to our community.
Associa – Community Management Corp is located at 1030 Clifton Avenue, Suite 205, Clifton, NJ 07013
Tonight, Clifton’s newest Firefighters graduated from the Fire Academy. Congratulations and Welcome Aboard!
Pictured above from Left to Right: Captain Chris Botta- Training Division, Deputy Chief Brian Mulligan, Chief of Department Kevin McCarthy, Mayor James Anzaldi, City Manager Nick Villano, Personnel Director Doug Johnson, FF Samantha Kirk, FF Andrew Van Woudenberg, FF william Hughes, FF Dean Schwaner, and FF Felix Ventura.
CLIFTON – City firefighters wore lime green T-shirts this week to help take the stigma out of mental health.
Firefighters and City students joined county health officials in a week-long effort to raise funds and mental health awareness.
Passers-by did a double take this week as they walked by Fire Station 3 on Mahar Avenue. The on-duty firefighters appeared to be glowing in lime green.
The bright-colored shirts represent wellness as well as the dollars donated by FMBA Local 21 to fund community training offered by the Mental Health Association in Passaic County (MHAPC).
Clifton Deputy Fire Chief Michael Allora, a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, teaches firefighters around New Jersey and across the country. He aims to create a nationwide fire service initiative to train first responders to recognize residents or colleagues experiencing conditions such as depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Since he received certification in 2015, Allora was able to talk an intoxicated man out of suicide and into a treatment center.
“When I got on scene I noticed right away that the police officers were not trained for that incident and it was heading down the wrong path,” he recalled.
Shortly after Allora assisted a fellow firefighter privately grappling with PTSD.
“He had experienced a particularly bad call and reached out because he heard I was an instructor,” Allora said. “He was afraid to admit to people he knew that he was having difficulty. After two days talking to him, he finally understood that asking for help was not a sign of weakness but instead showed true leadership.”
Twice this year Allora spoke before Congressional committees in Washington D.C. in support of the Mental Health First Aid Act.
At the urging of county health staff director Joanne Green, the deputy chief rolled out the training course to all 139 members of the City’s fire personnel, making it the first department to do so in the state. With that, the Clifton Stigma Free Task Force was formed.
Rebekah Leon, MHAPC associate executive director, said the movement originated in Hoboken when its community discerned many locals in need of social support services were withdrawing and suffering in silence.
“It’s very satisfying when we’re out in the community to see that people get it,” Leon said. “It’s OK to talk about mental health because everyone has a friend, family member or colleague going through it, often alone.”
Thrilled with the fire department’s involvement, the MHAPC on Clifton Avenue, was taken aback this week by how the City’s schools embraced the idea.
Peter Salzano, supervisor of the district’s 32 counselors, said students in grades 4, 7 and 9 will complete three lessons with a pre-test and final exam to illustrate what they learned. In addition to debunking mental illness myths, students will learn symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and “develop empathy,” Salzano said.
“Nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room but the reality is that one in every four houses has an elephant living with them,” Salzano. “This week lets kids know it is alright to talk about it, even if it’s you who needs help.”
The Clifton City Council officially became a Stigma Free municipality earlier this year. The Board of Chosen Freeholders followed suit, designating Passaic County a mental health safe zone shortly thereafter.
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Calendar of Events
NJ FMBA vs NJ PBA Charity Hockey Game
NJ FMBA vs NJ PBA Charity Hockey Game
Starts: 1:00 PM
Ends: February 4, 2017 - 5:00 PM
Location: Prudential Center
$20 per adult.
$10 for ages 7 to 17.
Under 7 free. Contact NJ FMBA office at 732-636-8860