|William Go Norton, Fire Chief|
|To report a fire: 911 or 201-837-7783|
|All Other Business: 201-837-2085|
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 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 businesses, 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 a fire hazard exists. A fire-prevention specialist will make a comprehensiveexamination of the home or apartment and prepare a list of recommendations for changes which will greatly reduce the possibility of fire. All residences, upon resale, and all rental units, upon rental, are inspected for required smoke detectors, as required by State law.
GOOD MORNING CHECKUP PROGRAM: Designed for shut-ins and senior citizens who live alone and have no one to look after them on a regular basis, this program provides a telephone call seven days a week, between 8 A.M. and 9 A.M. If there is no answer to the first call, a second call is made in about five 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 the service, a Department representative interviews the applicant to obtain pertinent medical data which may be invaluable in an emergency.
FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU: The Bureau performs a wide range of functions, including inspections, issuance of licenses and permits, enforcement of the Township codes, fire protection inspections and investigations of all fires for cause. In case of arson, the Bureau coordinates with the Police Department, the County Prosecutor, the County Arson Squad and other State and Federal agencies.
The Bureau presents educational programs to all school levels from elementary through college. It also has speakers available to present fire prevention to local civic organizations.
FIRE SERVICE SUPPORT UNIT: Box 54 Fire Service Support Unit, founded in 1952 and staffed entirely by volunteers, is a canteen/communications fire ground support service consisting of four vehicles. The four vehicles, two GMC Step-Vans, a 1994 Recreational Vehicle and a 1985 Dodge Ram, are maintained, licensed and insured by the Township, and housed at Fire Headquarters and Fire Station 2.
The two GMC vans are equipped with two-25 gallon (hot and cold) water tanks, propane fired stoves, oven coffee ums, barbecue serving equipment, etc. The Recreation Vehicle is used for rehabilitation at major incidents and the Dodge Ram is used to ferry supplies and personnel.
Two freezers and refrigeration units, at Fire Headquarters, contain enough food provisions to feed 200 people and includes Kosher food items. Funding of supplies is from donation made by Teaneck and other Fire Departments. Please call 837-2084 for further information about joining or contributing funds or supplies or contact them at http://www.box54.org.
2001 Department Reports: FIRE DEPARTMENT