Westville Fire Department history and culture, The Fire Department Patch
Both the Union and Independent Fire Departments has their own patches, however they had a joint patch that was only used during the fireman’s convention in Atlantic City and then Wildwood when the companies marched together in the parade. There are only two that we know of, one used in the 1950’s and 60’s, a plain round patch, simple white with red lettering and the other one 1970’s to 1987, a blue shiel…d style with yellow lettering.
In 1988, the start of the new department, member Richard Thomas created our first patch; it was large and plain but covered our operation as a new department with a star of life with the FD logo, our name and station number. This patch was not a favorite with the membership, so a second patch was designed with our name, a maltese-cross with the motto “Pride Protecting People.” Although this patch was more favorable it resembled another organizations.
In 1991 there was two new apparatus on order, a Horton Ambulance and the E-One Ladder Truck. In addition to the Department patch, the membership was looking to standardized our logo and wanted to place a Maltese-cross on the doors of the apparatus. Member Eric Farley designed the layout, the cross with Gloucester County above the Fire Department name and placing the District number 7 in the center. Flames were added around the 7, copying off of Chief Charles Murtaugh’s new gold front piece of his helmet, the flames around his 5 horns. We kept the motto from the previous patch “Pride Protecting People.”
This design was voted on by the Fire Department and Fire District to be the official logo and patch of the Westville Fire Department and District.
Note: The Fire apparatus is owned by the taxpayers of the Borough of Westville so on the Maltese-crosses on the trucks Gloucester County does not appear it is replaced with the name of the Westville Fire District who represents the taxpayers.
In 2010 the membership requested the motto be changed to The Borough of Westville’s motto “Gateway to South Jersey.” Through discussion and debate the motto was officially changed.
We remember and honor our past by keeping part of it in the present.
Attached photos are in the order as described above.