This Day In History: 1959-02-26
The Ford Assembly Plant in Mahwah was one of six Ford plants throughout the country to be cited by the National Fire Protection Association for superior fire prevention programs in 1958. This was considered remarkable since the plant had had a potentially dangerous fire in April. The work of the plant’s fire brigade was highly praised as they and fire companies from five surrounding communities cooperated to put out the blaze. Chief Fire Inspection Officer James Kolchin, formerly a New York City Fireman for eleven years and before that a lieutenant commander in a Navy fire fighting unit during World War II was the head of the plant’s fire prevention + training program.