September 13 to 14, 2003

New Jersey State Firemen's Convention

The Wildwoods Convention Center, Burk Avenue & the Boardwalk, Wildwood.

Annual convention of Delegates and Life Members.

Parade Sat. 1PM. Parade route: New Jersey Avenue from Wildwood Crest, north to 8th Avenue.

Contact: 609.729.9000

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Last Year's Convention: The New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention - Wildwood's largest convention- will draw more than 35,00 firefighters and their families along with 50,000 additional visitors this weekend to the Wildwoods.

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority will host the convention at the new Convention Center. Five Mile Beach Firemen’s Convention Association will host the firemen’s parade and outdoor exhibits.

Fire Equipment on Display

Displays featuring the latest and greatest in firefighting equipment will be at Fox Park, Davis and Ocean Avenues, as well as at locations surrounding the old Convention Center at Ocean Avenue from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, September 13 and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 14. Donations at the gate will support the Delaware Valley Burn Foundation.

Saturday Parade

A moving exhibit of fire apparatus, equipment and manpower will take place in the form of Saturday’s parade, featuring new and antique trucks, firemen and approximately 20 bands. An estimated 240 fire companies will compete in the parade.

Over 300 pieces of apparatus will represent New Jersey Fire districts, while the remaining entries will come from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

This year’s parade Grand Marshall will be Arlieen Franco, Chairperson, GWTIDA Board of Directors. The parade will begin at 1p.m. and travel north on New Jersey Avenue from Crocus Road to 8th Avenue. For additional information about the parade call 609.522.4222.


Registration for trucks will be at the Anglesea Firehouse located at 2nd and New Jersey Avenues on Friday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until parade time at 1 p.m.

Blood Drives

This year the Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association, along with the American Red Cross, will be hosting two blood drives. The first will be held on Thursday, September 12th in the new Wildwoods Convention Center from 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in ballrooms A & B. The second blood drive will be held on Friday, September 13th from 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the same location. For further information regarding the blood drive please contact 800-GIVE-LIFE.

(From the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority)

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