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Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Funds Purchase of Equipment for the Wyckoff Fire Department

Wyckoff Fire Dept

Support Purchases Self-Contained Breathing Equipment 

FAIR LAWN, NJ – July 9, 2019 The Wyckoff Fire Department has received a $49,248 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to purchase new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment, specialized equipment worn by firefighters that provides breathable air while in a hazardous environment.

“We are proud to assist the Wyckoff Fire Department which provides safety services to Wyckoff and surrounding towns,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “This equipment will protect firefighters who work to keep us safe each day.”

Pictured in a special check presentation are (from left) Assistant Chief Vander Plaat, Carl Kofler, the department’s Respiratory Chair, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Timothy Brock, Wyckoff Fire Department Chief, Ana Vaz, Branch Manager of the bank’s local Wyckoff and Midland Park offices, Minoska Mateo, Acting Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation, and Christopher Joachim, Columbia Bank Maintenance Supervisor and Battalion Fire Chief.

The Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in six major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.