Camden Fire Department
Fire, Rescue, & Safety Operations
December 21, 2011
Christmas at the Union Hall, Party at the Victor Pub


This page and the other pages in this series are the successors to the series of web-page about the Camden Fire Department called Camden Fire Department: The Fires of the Summer of 2011. On this and other pages in the series you will find pictures and information regarding different events and aspects of the fire service in Camden, New Jersey. 

2011 was a rough year for the men and women of the Camden Fire Department. Layoffs at the end of 2010 left the department severely undermanned, and despite the protestations of City Hall that public safety would not be impacted, a look at the years events proved otherwise. It is beyond dispute that homes were lost during the "Reliable Tire" fire in June because insufficient companies were manned within the city. After this event and the three similar conflagrations, funding "magically" appeared and some firefighters were called back to service. Others returned when those who were eligible to retire left the service. At least two individuals retired prior to their original planned dates in order that younger firefighters could return to work. Still, when Christmas rolled around in 2011, several of Camden's firefighters were still waiting to return to service.

The men and women of Camden's two firefighters' union locals put their heads together and gathered toys in order that the children of the laid off personnel could have a good Christmas. These toys were distributed on the evening of December 21, 2011 at the union hall in the 200 block of Market Street. After this was done, Camden Fire Department personnel, friends, and family gathered together at The Victor Pub on Delaware Avenue for a Christmas Party. A good time was had by all! 

As with the web page covering other Camden Fire Department events, if you can identify anyone that I've missed, please e-mail me. (I'm terrible at at names and faces).

Phil Cohen
December 27, 2011

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