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Bergenfield Student Conducting Fire Service Project

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | January 01, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 120219103

Matthew Polandick is a senior at Bergenfield High School. The community active student loves the fire service. He is a junior fireman with the Prospect Fire Company, in town. In addition, he is a life scout with Troop 1345 in Dumont, and he is currently working on a mission.

“For my Eagle Scout project, I am collecting surplus fire equipment...that will be donated to a needy fire department in Greece,” he said.

So far, he has succeeded in collecting a lot of fire items for his project. Equipment is stored in his garage and in a storage room at his firehouse.

Matthew listed articles that he has accumulated so far. They include: coats, pants, boots, ladders, thermal imaging cameras, nozzles, hose, scene lights, radios, pike poles, SCBA frames and masks, gear bags, gear racks, and different adapters and hose appliances.

The junior fireman is working on a contact in Greece with local firefighters. He is still collecting equipment and can be contacted at or 201-560-6618.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.