Chief: William Norton
To report a rare, call 837-7783
All other business, call 837-2085
In addition to responding to all fire alarms, the Department is often called out to auto accidents, rescue missions and other emergencies.
FIRE CODE ENFORCEMENT: The Department is the enforcement Agency for the Township's Fire Code, which is aimed at controlling the potential of hazards in all structures in the community except owner-occupied one and two family homes.
FIRE PREVENTION INSPECTIONS: The Fire Code mandates periodic inspections of all commercial business, industrial and office buildings in the community. All new construction, including renovations and additions, is inspected by a fire specialist before a certificate of occupancy is issued. Residents may request an inspection of their premises to determine whether fire hazards exist. A fire-prevention specialist will make a comprehensive examination of the resident's home or apartment and prepare a list of recommendations for changes that will greatly reduce the possibility of fire. All residences upon resale and all rental units upon rental, in accordance with state mandate, are inspected for required smoke detectors.
GOOD MORNING CHECK-UP PROGRAM: Designed for shut-ins and senior citizens who live alone and have no one to look in on them on a regular basis, this program provides a telephone call seven days a week between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. If there is no answer to the first call, a second call is made in about 5 minutes. If there is no answer to the second call, a firefighter is dispatched to the house to make sure all is well. Before starting this service, a department representative interviews the applicant to obtain pertinent medical data which may be invaluable in an emergency.
FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU: The bureau provides a wide range of functions, including inspections, issuance of licenses and permits, enforcement of the Township code, fire protection inspections and investigation of all fires for cause. In cases of arson, the bureau coordinates with the Police Department, the county Prosecutor, the county arson squad and other state and federal agencies.
FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION: The Prevention Bureau presents educational programs at all school levels, from elementary through college. It also has speakers to present fire prevention to local civic organizations.