Rifle Camp Fire Company #3 was saluted by Mayor Kazmark and the Borough Council for marking its centennial in 2022. Congratulations to Chief Salomone, Asst. Chief Roehrich and Ret./Asst. Chief Wittig and all members - past and present - for their sacrifice and service to our community.
"You give your lives to this town and we cannot thank you enough," said Councilman Vincent DeCesare.
Rifle Camp Fire Company #3, nicknamed the "Ridge Runners," came into being in 1922 as a result of the foresight and hard work of a group of residents who realized a need for a third fire company.
The first meeting of this group was held in June 1922. The Passaic Valley Hose Co. #2 of West Paterson had received a new fire engine and offered its old engine to the Rifle Camp Road group. In October 1922 Rifle Camp Fire Company incorporation papers were filed and the engine was received. Initially, Casson's Barn, which was about a half mile from the present site of the firehouse, housed the equipment.
In April 1923, a deed was secured for a new firehouse from the Zurcher family. In May 1923, construction began. The engine from Company #2 and the first requisition from the Borough - two pairs of boots, two rubber coats, one ax, two lanterns, and four five-gallon Indian tanks - gave the company its start. The Borough Council purchased a new 1926 REO Hose Wagon. By 1941, a new 1941 GMC fire engine was purchased and it operated until 1967. That engine returned and was restored by the members. It still resides at the firehouse as an antique apparatus today.