January 6th 2014 James Zaccaria Sworn As Fire Chief

Posted on January 6, 2014

James Zaccaria was sworn in as Chief Of The Cedar Grove Department. Mayor Robert O'Toole administered the oath at the the January 6th 2014 Cedar Grove Township Council Meeting. Chief Zaccaria has previously served as South End Fire Company #3 Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief.

January 9th 2014 Cedar Grove Fire Fighters Responded To Reported Truck Fire

Posted on January 9, 2014

Cedar Grove Firefighters responded to the report of a PSE&G truck on fire on Cliffside Drive. First arriving police officers controlled the fire until the fire department arrived to extinguish the fire completely. The fire was contained to the area of origin. No injuries were reported.

Cedar Grove Center Fire Company Tri-State Chili Champs

Posted on January 12, 2014

Center Fire Company Wins! Tri State Champs!

Cedar Grove Fire Departments Center Fire Company #1 Wins Tri-State Chili Contest

Cedar Grove’s Center Fire Company #1 submitted its entry, Wilson Magic, against all others around the tri-state area to CBS RADIO New York’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off Contest. In the semifinals Center Fire Company competed against other local New Jersey firehouses to see whose chili recipe reigns supreme.  On December 15th 2014 Center Fire Company won at Millers Ale House in Paramus New Jersey. Firefighter and Chef Tom Wilsons Magic Chili was tasted and judged by local sports figures judges, which include former New York Giant and CBS Sports Radio host, as well as former NFL punter Sean Landeta.  Center Fire Company moved into the final round earning the right to compete in the finals at Suit 36 New York City January 12th 2014.  In the finals, once again Chef Tom Wilsons batch of crowd pleasing magic chili won over the packed house wining the popular vote after the judges score ended in a nail biting tie.  

Congratulations to Chef Tom Wilson and Members of Cedar Grove Fire Departments Center Fire Company #1  who were recognized as the Best Firehouse Chili at the final round on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Suite 36 in New York City. 

January 22nd 2014 Cedar Grove Fire Fighters Respond To Three Car Motor Vehicle Crash

Posted on January 17, 2014

The Cedar Grove Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Police responded to the scene of a three car motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 23 and South Mountain Avenue. One person was extricated from a vehicle, firefighters clean up debris and a minor fluid spill from the roadway.

January 18th 2014 Out Going Chief Tower's Dinner

Posted on January 19, 2014

On January 18th, 2014 the Cedar Grove Fire Department held its dinner event for the outgoing Department Fire Chief Michael Tower. Ex. Chief Tower served 2 years each in the 1st Deputy, 2nd Deputy and Chiefs positions. Ex. Chief Tower was presented with a black firefighter’s helmet, his mounted chief’s helmet shield and chest badge. Ex. Chief Tower will make good use of the black firefighter’s helmet when he returns to the rank and file as a line firefighter in Center Fire Company #1 where he has served for over 25 years. Numerous members received service awards that evening. The presenters were Chief James Zaccaria, 1st Deputy Chief John Bannon, 2nd Deputy Chief Dave Shaulis, and Department President Timothy Donlon.

January 23rd 2014 Cedar Grove Fire Responds Mutual Aid To Caldwell House Fire

Posted on January 24, 2014

Cedar Grove Fire Department assisted Caldwell Firefighters at the scene of a house fire. The fire was in the three-level home on Gould Ave. Firefighters struggled to prevent the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes just a few feet away. Cedar Grove Firefighters were assigned to the "B" side exposure building.The two homes on both sides of the original fire structure were damaged by some fire, smoke and water damage. The original multifamily structure's roof eventually collapsed as it became engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


January 31st 2014 Cedar Grove Fire Fighters Respond Mutual Aid To Caldwell

Posted on January 31, 2014

At approximately 8:05 a.m. Friday, Cedar Grove Firefighters backed up the Caldwell Fire Department at the scene of a house fire on Park Terrace. At one point flames leaped from the 2nd floor. The Caldwell and West Caldwell Firefighters had made a quick knock down and the fire was put out as Cedar Grove Arrived.