not always agree on the dates in our local
history, but quite a few of them write that the township was created in March of
1716. Most of the history of the township is, of course, the history of
Saddle River Township, which is one of the oldest townships in Bergen
County. Among the towns that were part of the
original community were Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Franklin, Garfield, East Paterson,
and Fair Lawn. Agriculture and dairying predominated the area in the
first half of the twentieth century. As time passed, other towns were
carved from Saddle River Township until it became the 2.7 square miles
it is today.
The Saddle River Township Fire Department was officially established in
1911. A single firehouse on Saddle River Road housed
one pumper and eventually a ladder truck. This company would later become two companies, known today
as Hook & Ladder Company 1, located in the center of town, and Engine
Company 1, located on the north side of town. In 1923 a third company would be formed,
Engine Company 2, located on the south side of the township, in the
Roseville section. For many years the town was sufficiently protected. In
the 1950s, the town began to experience rapid growth. With business and
industry settling in the town, came growth in population, and more
homes and commercial buildings being built in the township. The fire
department would also grow; manpower, equipment and larger firehouses.
In November 1955, the residents voted to change the name of the town to
Saddle Brook. Today Saddle Brook is home to three major hotels, high rise
office buildings, shopping malls, manufacturing plants, commercial parks and
still maintains beautiful tree lined residential streets. Three major
arteries, Route #46, the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 80, intersect through our
Through the years the fire department had also expanded along
with Saddle Brook's growth. From the original two fire trucks, the
department has grown as indicated below.
- Engine Co. 1, Cambridge Avenue (Northside), houses
Engine 1, Rescue 1, Squad 5, and Marine 1.
- Engine Co. 2, Third Street (Southside), houses
Engine 2, Engine 4, Marine 2*.
- Hook & Ladder Co. 1, Market Street (Central),
houses, Snorkel 1, Engine 3, Marine 3*.
* Marine 1 has been located at Company 1 for years due
to the lake in the Bergen County Park. Marine 2 & 3 were added to
the other companies following the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Flooding in the township was so severe that with mutual aid assistance,
5 rescue boats were dispatched to Saddle Brook for rescue operations.
V.F.W. Post 3484 gratefully donated the two boats and