A rainy Memorial Day caused parade cancellations across the county. But thanks to the men and women who serve on the Roxbury Fire Department, residents will get a second chance to watch a parade. However, this time it is to celebrate 100 years of fire and emergency medical services in Roxbury.
Roxbury Fire Department’s history began on June 9, 1915 when Mr. and Mrs. Squire awoke to smoke and fire filling their Main Street house. At that time, Roxbury did not have a fire service. Instead, neighbors scrambled to the burning house with buckets of water. The Dover Fire Department came to offer aide, but the fire had already consumed not only the Squire’s residence, but also neighboring houses and stores. Thankfully, no one was hurt. However, this fire sparked the formation of Roxbury’s first fire department. Two years later, on June 19, 1917, the Roxbury Chemical Fire Engine Company was established on Main Street in Succasunna.
100 years later, Roxbury Company 1 is still located on Main Street. Today, the Roxbury Fire Department has three fire companies with a total of over 100 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. These volunteers provide around the clock lifesaving services to the residents of Roxbury and those who visit our town.
The Roxbury Fire Department will celebrate 100 years of fire service on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm starting at Kenvil Avenue and continuing down Main Street to the Company #1 firehouse. Parade spectators will see over 100 emergency vehicles from 40 neighboring towns, including the original 1917 Model-T Ford Chemical Engine that answered Roxbury’s first fire call.
Immediately following the parade, the department will host an open house block party at Company #1 firehouse at 122 Main Street in Succasunna. This event is free to the public and festivities will take place rain or shine. For more information, please contact Tommy Bilancia, Parade Coordinator at 973-296-1308.