Also known as the Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association Local #25, this organization works to protect the interests…More of firefighters. Since the earliest days of firefighting in New Jersey in the 18th century, firefighters have formed associations to help members, or the families of members, who are in need. Today the organization works to improve benefits and working conditions for firefighters as well as to increase public education about firefighting and fire prevention.
The FMBA conducts fundraising campaigns for worthy causes; one current effort collects aluminum cans to raise money for burn victims. Maplewood residents can drop off cans 24/7 in the trailer at the back of the fire station to benefit St. Barnabas Hospital's programs for burn victims.
Through the T-Shirts for Troops program, you can buy one tee and have two sent to a U.S. soldier in Iraq. Contact Michael Dingelstedt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-763-6500, voicemail #2223.
The state firefighters' association website includes a lengthy history of the organization, tracing how it has changed as firefighting itself has grown from a largely private endeavor to an important government activity.