HISTORY OF CHIEF FIRE EQUIPMENT AND SERVICE CO                                                                                       

 

            In July, 1965, a married couple Eugene and Louise decided to open a business of sales and service of portable fire extinguishers. There were many concerns having a family of three children and mortgage payments. However, their hard work and perseverance pushed through the closing doors and jumped the hurdles that appeared from nowhere.

 

            The business started in a house and moved to a building located at 269 Main Street, Lodi, New Jersey.  Since 1970, the company has operated at this location.

  

            The years passed and the company needed to grow, we purchased several machines.  CoTwo Receiver tank, hydrostatic testing apparatus, nitrogen tanks, regulators, dry chemical refilling, and etc. The company applied and received D.O.T. licensing, which was Bureau of mines and explosives at that time.

 

            Through the years there were several flooding disasters. The building was under water many times, but the worst were the years of 1971, 1977, 1984, 2007, 2011.  The water rose from 4 feet to 5 feet inside the building. The 1984 flood caused the company to work out of trailers for a year till the building was rebuilt. However, the family's theme of hard work and perseverance took over. With the help of family and friends the business continued to survive.

 

            Chief has employed children, grandchildren, brothers, nephews, and friends in the past years. This gave the company a unified family working atmosphere. Eugene Morabito always said "WE" not "I" did the work. There is no "I" in team!  Still today that is the company's policy and all employed is considered Chief’s family.

 

            In 1971 their son and his wife started working for Chief as employees learning the business. Together as the years went on the son, father and employees worked on the growth of the company. Now, we have achieved 6-licenses in the state of New Jersey for servicing the state.  Our sales and services have expanded from fire extinguishers to hydrostatic testing of several type cylinders (scuba, paint ball, beverage, SCBA cylinders), industrial dry chemical systems, kitchen wet chemical systems, fire sprinkler systems (wet or dry), backflow devices, and looking forward to the future.

 

            The company has 8 vehicles, and 14 employees to help in the servicing of our customers. We thank our customers for their support and loyalty over the past 50 years.

 

From the family of Chief Fire Equipment and Service Co.:

 

We bless you with good health, good prosperity, and a good life.