Welcome to the Web Home of Mahwah Fire Rescue Co #1 – Mahwah, NJ

Residing at 100 Miller Rd., Mahwah, NJ, Co No. 1 has proudly served the residents of Mahwah NJ with professionalism, dedication and above all, a domineering volunteer spirit since 1914.

Today, Co No. 1, has 6 pieces of emergency apparatus and the members of Company No. 1 specialize in the area of technical rescue which includes calls such as building and trench collapse, elevator rescues,  motor vehicle accidents, and confined space emergencies. Co No. 1 allows provides water rescue capabilities in the form of our Swift Water and Dive Rescue teams. Co No. 1’s Dive Rescue team is a leading dive team in northern NJ and is a member of the NJ Regional SCUBA Task Force.

We currently house two class A pumpers, two heavy rescue trucks, a rescue support pickup, collapse and confined space trailers and three boats, to include the only fanboat in the tri-state area.

Mahwah Fire Department Chiefs – 2023

Christopher Stricker


Chief of Department – 130

Thomas Loreto


First Assistant Chief – 140

Christopher Rupert


Second Assistant Chief – 150

Fire & Rescue Co #1 Officers

Steven Ruit

Battalion 1 Chief

James Warnet

Fire Captain – 171

Michael Walsh

Fire Lieutenant – 161

Matthew Myhr

Fire Lieutenant – 151

Eric Moritz

Rescue Captain – 190

Ray Virgens

Rescue Lieutenant – 191

Timothy Andro

Dive Coordinator – 192

Recent Posts

2022 Call Totals

Now that 2022 has ended and 2023 has begun, Co1 Firefighters look back on the past year and prepare for the year to come. In 2022, our firefighters, who are 100% volunteer, responded to 478 calls for service, which was roughly a 20% increase from the year before. These calls were not only in our community but also in our neighboring towns, counties, and states. Just as it’s been for over 100 years, the volunteer firefighters of Fire Co1 are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Boonton Recovery

As 2022 ended and 2023 began, Co1’s dive team, along with teams from Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Ringwood Underwater Search and Recovery, Morris County Sheriff, and the Boonton Fire Department spent the holiday weekend working to recover two ice fisherman who had unfortunately drowned when the ice gave way. After an exhaustive search one victim was recovered Saturday night (New Years Eve), but the search for the second victim was halted due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions and difficulty in accessing the dive site by flashlight and portable lights. Not to be deterred, the search was resumed the next day and divers were able to recover the second victim (New Years Day). As with all other recoveries we are involved in, the members of the Co 1 Dive Team extend their condolences to the families of the lost.

Drill Night: Auto Extrication

Last night the members of Co1 drilled on auto extrication. Different evolutions were practiced from the newest techniques to going over old school techniques like lifting the dash with the spreaders, chains and creating a highpoint. As the sole Rescue Company in the Township, the members of Company 1 constantly train to stay sharp in these skills.
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