HISTORY OF THE VULCAN PIONEERS OF NEW JERSEY, INC
During the Year of 1953, The Vulcan Pioneers were
established as a social -civic organization
consisting of black and other minority firefighters
from various Northern New Jersey communities.
On October 16, 1957, The Vulcan Pioneers of new
Jersey organization was Incorporated. As the years
pass, more blacks were appointed to various fire
departments throughout the state of New Jersey.
Due to the increase of minority memberships and
local identification wants and needs, many new
organizations were formed from the Vulcan Pioneers
of New Jersey. Out of that growth came Atlantic
City, Camden, East Orange, Jersey City New Brunswick
and Paterson just to name a few.
The Vulcan Pioneers of New Jersey were part of a
group of known as the "Black Professional
Firefighters Organization", consisting of five
organizations: Vulcan Society, Inc. New York
,Phoenix Society, Inc. Philadelphia, PA, and the
Vulcan Pioneers of New Jersey, Inc. Newark, New
In October of 1969, B.P.F.F hosted a conference at
the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. Inviting Black
Professional Firefighters throughout the country. As
a result of common issues and concerns, the idea of
forming a National Organization of Black
Professional Firefighters came into existence the
The International Association of Black Professional
Firefighters was established in Hartford,
Connecticut on October 2, 1970.
Today's mission of the Vulcan Pioneers Organization
remains the same as in the past. We shall continue
to strive to better the working conditions of every
Black Firefighter as well as all minorities through
upward mobility, increasing minority recruitment
into the fire service and providing service to the
people in a manner that our community would be proud
In the 50 years that the Vulcan Pioneers have been
incorporated there has been many obstacles, some
have been resolved and some have yet to be resolved.
We will continue in our struggles to keep the fires
burning for Justice.
Keeping The Fires Burning For Justice
Gary M. Holmes, President