Archives for : December2016

Firefighter Thomas Lancaster, Congrats on Your Retirement!


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

Good luck in your retirement and future endeavors!


 Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio


Merry Christmas from FMBA 21

Christmas will be merrier for hundreds of Clifton children thanks to Clifton firefighters, members of FMBA Local 21, and their annual toy drive.

“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.”



-Story by Steve Lenox Consulting


Thank You Residents- Toys for Tots Collection

Thank you Clifton residents for your donations to our annual Toys for Tots program!

Pictured above from Station 5 on Brighton Road are: FF Steve Kochik, FF Ryan Laurice (Toys for Tots Program Coordinator), FF Thomas Lancaster, FF Doug Yates, and Captain Ryan Fitzsimmons.


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Thank You Associa Community Management Corp For Your Donation to the Clifton FMBA 21 Toys for Tots Program!

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.




Jackie Thermidor

Property Manager


Associa – Community Management Corp is located at 1030 Clifton Avenue, Suite 205, Clifton, NJ 07013



Congratulations New Recruits on Graduating from the Fire Academy

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.

Christmas Fire Tips

Clifton firefighters wear green to fight mental health stigma


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.


Stigma Free Week in Clifton, NJ!!!

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Steve Lenox , Lt. Jason Anzelmo, FF Jeffrey Escalante, Lt Chris Divver, FF Javier Diaz, FF John Beard, DC Michael Allora (program coordinator), FF William McMahon, FF Michael Turi

NJ FMBA Fund Raising Hockey Game

NJ FMBA Fund Raising Hockey Game

On Saturday January 7, 2017 the NJ FMBA will be having a Fund Raising game at the Prudential Center. All the money raised will go towards the NJ FMBA PAC. See the flyer below for information on how to get your tickets.

This is a special night in that it is Firefighter Appreciation Night and all firefighters are invited to attend. The NJ FMBA Honor Guard will present the Colors before the game and Deputy Chief Kevin Brady from the Linden FD will sing the National Anthem! We are also working on a ceremonial puck drop before the game! 

If you order your tickets before December 15th you will receive a NJ Devils/NJ FMBA Challenge Coin courtesy of the NJ Devils



You can order your tickets by clicking on the link in the flyer or go to


The Promo Code is: NJFMBA

Tickets start at only $45.61

If you have any questions you can call Matthew Fishbein with the Devils at 973-757-6123 or at


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Firefighter Thomas Slanina, Congrats on Your Retirement!


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

Good luck in your retirement and future endeavors!

 Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio