History

At 9:00 on a Sunday evening in May of 1910, a chicken brooder became overheated on the porch of a house, which still stands at 418 Gravel Hill Road. This caused a fire in which the residents tried to battle. The fire continued to spread even with their attempt to extinguish. Calls for help were heard around the town. Townspeople came with cans of water to help fight the fire. Eventually, the fire was extinguished. The home suffered damage along with over one hundred chickens.

The next night an informal meeting was held to discuss the organization of a permanent fire company. Residents attending the meeting donated ladders, rope, hooks, and poles. It was now official, the residents gathered to create a fire company to serve the community.

The following year on February 27, 1911, the Hope Fire Company Number One of Runnemede, NJ, was incorporated.

Things started to happen at a very fast pace over the next few years. The fire company secured a wagon to carry the equipment that was donated and purchased by the members themselves. A new building was built on the Black Horse Pike in 1912.

In 1917 the fire company purchased its first motorized fire truck. It was equipped with two 40 gallon chemical tanks. This started to increase interest in the safety of the community.

On March 14, 1922, the Hope Fire Company changed its name to the Runnemede Fire Company #1. The name in which still stands on the building today.

After growing out of the building on the Black Horse Pike. The fire company moved into its present building on Second Avenue in 1960.

Fire Chiefs 1910 to Present

Patrick Moriarty
2002 to Present
Alfred F Loverdi
1998 to 2002
Thomas DiDiego
1995 to 1998
Michael Cox
1988 to 1994
David Errickson
1988
Daniel Cimini, Chief Emeritus
1984 to 1988
Charles Romond, Sr
1980 to 1984
Stephen Addezio
1978 to 1980
William Dermond
1976 to 1977
Daniel Cimini
1973 to 1975
Bernard Stella
1971 to 1972
John Welker
1971
Harry Beeby, Chief Emeritus
1951 to 1970
Harliley Bette
1948 to 1950
Louis J Porter
1947
Clement Clark
1944 to 1946
Elmer Fluharty
1943
Charles Brookfield
1942
Henry Gruber
1939 to 1942
George Smith
1932 to 1938
Joseph Beidler
1927 to 1931
Charles Strater Jr.
1925 to 1926
Charles Niesson
1924
Charles Strater Jr.
1919 to 1923
Edward McGrath
1918
Thomas Baizley
1917
Ephraim Sharp Jr.
1913 to 1914
James Crispin
1912
Charles White, First Fire Chief
1910 to 1911