Our History

On Tuesday, December 28, 1920 Mr. Haley posted a notice in his general store for a public meeting to consider forming a fire department. After several frustrating years of experience
with devastating fires, the community was ready for action. That night, sixteen men met at Haley's Store and sealed their resolve by chipping in a dollar apiece to form the New Vernon Volunteer Fire Department.

Notable Dates

May 15, 1921 – Fire Chief Byrnes, his son Charles and Ortman took a train to New York City to take delivery of a 1921 LaFrance Chemical Engine built a Model T Ford for a cost of $2,550.  The engine was retired in 1934 when it was discovered that acid had eaten a hole in one of the tanks.

June 1921 –  The New Vernon Field Club became the firehouse.

January 1922 – By the end of 1921 the department had 73 active members, 8 alarms had been answered and numerous drills have been had.

March 1924 – A chapter of the Harding Township, New Jersey Relief Association was formed.

March 1927 – Construction of a new firehouse at the intersection of Millbrook and Village Roads started.  The building cost a total of $19,410 and later served as the Harding Township Municipal Offices and Court, Police Department and Catholic Church.  The building was completed by November.

August 1930 Second Hand bowling alleys were installed in the basement of the Firehouse.  Members did most of the grading and carpentry work.  Morristown Lumber and Supply Company gave the department a good price on material.  Total cost for the project which included excavating the basement was $1,870.

November 1928 A Seagrave fire engine was purchased at a cost of $3,500.  The engine went to work later that evening at a house fire at the old Beam residence.

 

 

Presidents & Chiefs

We have had many great people leading our Fire Department since 1921.

 

 

PRESIDENTS

FIRE CHIEFS

1921

N.D. Goble

Garrett Byrnes

1922

Harry W. Hardt

Herbert J. Ortman

1923

Harry W. Hardt

Herbert J. Ortman

1924

Harry W. Hardt

Fred L. Mullen

1925

William Brown

Frank McGuirk

1926

William Brown

Herbert Ballentyne

1927

John Quinn

Herbert Ballentyne

1928

John Quinn

Allen Fennimore

1929

John Quinn

Allen Fennimore

1930

John Quinn

Allen Fennimore

1931

John Quinn

Harold Emery

1932

John Quinn

Harold Emery

1933

Arch Wheaton

Howard Murphy

1934

Arch Wheaton

Howard Murphy

1935

Herbert Ballentyne

Frank McGuirk

1936

Herbert Ballentyne

Frank McGuirk

1937

Edward S. Walling

Frank McGuirk

1938

Edward S. Walling

Charles Broadhead

1939

Herbert J. Ortman

Charles Broadhead

1940

George Brogly

Charles Broadhead

1941

George Brogly

Charles Broadhead

1942

George Brogly

Charles Broadhead

1943

George Brogly

Edgar Barrett

1944

George Brogly

Edgar Barrett

1945

Eugene G. Wear

Wilbur Ellicks

1946

Eugene G. Wear

Wilbur Ellicks

1947

Edgar Barrett

Wilbur Ellicks

1948

Edgar Barrett

Horace VanHorn

1949

Charles Byrnes

Horace VanHorn

1950

Charles Byrnes

Horace VanHorn

1951

Charles Byrnes

John Yonker

1952

Ellis J. Walling

John Yonker

1953

Ellis J. Walling

Lincoln Mullen

1954

Ellis J. Walling

Lincoln Mullen

1955

Ellis J. Walling

Harvey Page

1956

Ellis J. Walling

Harvey Page

1957

Ellis J. Walling

Harvey Page

1958

Ellis J. Walling

James Ballentyne

1959

Ellis J. Walling

James Ballentyne

1960

Ellis J. Walling

James Ballentyne

1961

George Baldwin

James Ballentyne

1962

George Baldwin

Wilson Stoll

1963

George Baldwin

Wilson Stoll

1964

Francis Westbrook

Walter J. Barrett

1965

Francis Westbrook

Walter J. Barrett

1966

Francis Westbrook

Walter J. Barrett

1967

Edward Kastner

Allen H. Fennimore

1968

Edward Kastner

Allen H. Fennimore

1969

Walter J. Barrett

James Hayes

1970

Walter J. Barrett

James Hayes

1971

Walter J. Barrett

James Hayes

1972

Walter J. Barrett

Richard F. Walter

1973

William Astor

Richard F. Walter

1974

William Astor

Richard F. Walter

1975

Page Chapman III

Thomas G. Rady

1976

Page Chapman III

Thomas G. Rady

1977

Richard F. Walter

Harold R. Thorpe Jr.

1978

Richard F. Walter

Harold R. Thorpe Jr.

1979

Robert F. Schaul

Jay M. Smith

1980

Robert F. Schaul

Jay M. Smith

1981

J. Heston Allocco

Robert G. Dickson Jr.

1982

J. Heston Allocco

Robert G. Dickson Jr.

1983

Murray Forbes Jr.

Robert F. Holtz

1984

Murray Forbes Jr.

Robert F. Holtz

1985

Jay M. Smith

B. William Dudley IV

1986

Jay M. Smith

B. William Dudley IV

1987

Henry O. Clutsam III

Kenneth A. Wightman

1988

Henry O. Clutsam III

Kenneth A. Wightman

1989

George R. Gibson

James W. Halsey

1990

George R. Gibson

James W. Halsey

1991

Robert F. Holtz

Hugh T. Hurley

1992

Robert F. Holtz

Murray Forbes Jr.

1993

Robert F. Holtz

Murray Forbes Jr.

1994

R. William Dudley, IV

Jon E. Miller

1995

R. William Dudley, IV

Jon E. Miller

1996

Brian J. Riley

James P. Miller

1997

Brian J. Riley

James P. Miller

1998

Brian J. Riley

Michael Cherrillo Jr.

1999

George R. Gibson

James E. Fennimore

2000

Robert Schmidt

James E. Fennimore

2001

Robert Schmidt

James E. Fennimore

2002

James W. Halsey

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2003

James W. Halsey

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2004

John Olson

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2005

T. Heston Allocco

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2006

T. Heston Allocco

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2007

Michael Smyth

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2008

Michael Smyth

Kenneth E. Noetzli

2009

Gerald E. Hanlon

Michael A. Cherello

2010

Gerald E. Hanlon

Michael A. Cherello

2011

Christohper Winow

W. Spencer Natunen

 

 

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