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 – 2024

Cord Meyer


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

Kevin Connell

Fire Lieutenant – 151

George Polster

Rescue Captain – 190

James Finneran

Rescue Lieutenant – 191

Timothy Andro

Dive Coordinator – 192

Recent Posts

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

This afternoon Fire Companies 1 & 2 responded to a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence on Franklin Turnpike. Crews from Engine 117 & Rescue 1 checked the home with meters while awaiting PSE&G. The source was determined to be a gas pressure washer that was being used very close to the home. After ventilating the structure, companies returned to quarters.

East Mahwah Rd. Entrapment

Earlier this afternoon, Rescue Co.1 along with Fire Co.3, EMS, and Mahwah PD responded to East Mahwah Rd. for an overturned vehicle with entrapment. After arriving on scene, Rescue 1 and Rescue Engine 117’s crew immediately began to stabilize the vehicle and work to extricate the driver. A few minutes into the operation, Engine 115 also arrived to supply extra manpower if needed. After removing the windshield, the driver was assisted out of the vehicle by crews and placed in the care of EMS who transported them to an area hospital.

Rescue Tower

Today marked a pivotal moment for Fire Company 1 as we proudly welcomed our newest addition to the fleet, the state-of-the-art Rescue Tower, Tower-1. Our acquisition of a tower was made possible through our generous friends in the Fardale Fire District, who told us about the buy-one-get-one-free promotion they received when they purchased their new Tanker. Tower 1 will be fully staffed for responses in Cragmere District as well as the surrounding Township and communities, quite possibly making it the “busiest tower in town”. CragmereTruckin’

Drill Night: Extrication Basics

For drill this week, the members of Company 1 trained on basic vehicle extrication. The focus was to practice the different tactics used between our older hydraulic tools and our newer battery tools along with hand tools & cribbing that are needed at extrications were discussed. If you have a junk vehicle that you need to dispose of and are willing to donate it, please message us. Having vehicles like the one we used tonight are absolutely necessary to keep our skills sharp. Thank you to the Zampino family for donating the car we used last night.

Route 17 Car Fire

Wednesday evening, Fire Co.1 was dispatched to Route 17 South near the Ramsey border for a reported car fire. 1st due Engine 117 arrived to find a working car fire in the left lane. The crew from E-117 immediately stretched a line and extinguished the fire. E-117 was joined by E-115, E-222, and Ramsey E-431. Rescue 1 stood by in quarters with a full crew. After initial knockdown, the vehicle was overhauled and a final extinguishment was performed. All units were clear of the scene within an hour.

Teaching Extrication at BCFA

Last night, Co.1 was asked to supply a crew and extrication equipment for the students (some of which are our own members) taking the Firefighter 2 class at the Bergen County Fire Academy. Rescue Engine 117 and its Hurst equipment was provided for the class to perform basic extrication techniques. We would like to thank the County Instructors for the invitation to not only supply our equipment & manpower, but to also have the opportunity to learn, and show a few tips and techniques we have picked up over the years.
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