Maplewood and South Orange celebrate new South Essex Fire Service on October 9

Maplewood and South Orange will celebrate the culmination of years of planning and negotiations, aided by state agencies and challenged by local fire unions, when the towns officially celebrate the establishment of the South Essex Fire Department on 9 october.

The new South Essex Fire Service – in operation since July 1 – is a merger of the former Maplewood Fire Service and the South Orange Fire Service. In September, the new SEFD added nine new firefighters/paramedics, all of whom started work on September 19.

In June, Maplewood Mayor Dean Dafis said of the merger, “This is historic for the State of New Jersey and shared services. It has never been done before like this. It is truly a historic moment. It took a lot of work and we hope and believe that it will inspire further consolidations and certainly the regionalization of our fire departments.

On SouthOrange.org:

South Essex Fire Service Celebration

October 9, 2022. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 56 Sloan St, South Orange, NJ 07079

Join South Orange and Maplewood for a community celebration of the new South Essex Fire Service which coincides with the first day of Fire Prevention Week – celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Come meet our firefighters and enjoy free food, ice, cream, music, inflatables, crafts, corn hole, lots of giveaways, fire safety demonstrations, tours of the station and pictures of the fire trucks and ladders!

The solemn ceremony and the swearing-in of new firefighters will begin at 2:30 p.m. We will have many special guests!

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