Tenafly Fire Department
For Emergencies Call 9-1-1
Non-Emergencies - Call 201-568-6100
The Tenafly Volunteer Fire Department is staffed by your neighbors who volunteer their time and energy to serve their community.
The first Volunteer Fire Department in Tenafly was established on July 7, 1891. Today, the Department consists of 40 volunteers who elect a Chief, Assistant Chief, 2 Captains and 2 Lieutenants for one-year terms.
Tenafly Fire Department Officials
- Fire Chief Richard Philpott
- Assistant Fire Chief Mark Fredricks
- Captain Engine One Mark Marzocchi
- Captain Ladder One Pinny Hecht
- Lieutenant Engine Two Ken Kraus
- Lieutenant Squad 2 Art Ditzel
- Lieutenant Tower 2 Charles Franke
- President William Connolly
- Vice President Mike DeAngelis
- Secretary Ray Roux
- Financial Secretary Robert Fuller
- Assistant Secretary Scott Semone
- Treasurer Alex Uram
Bureau of Fire Prevention
- Fire Official Alden Blackwell
- Fire Inspector William Connolly
- Fire Inspector Kent Yates
The Mayor appoints two Council members to the Standing Committee on Fire, and one serves as Fire Commissioner. The Mayor also appoints a New Jersey State Certified Fire Official, a Fire Marshall and Fire Inspectors from the Tenafly Fire Department. The Fire Official is responsible for the supervision of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, enforces the fire prevention code and inspects local business properties, public buildings and new structures to see that they conform with the code. The Fire Official also helps the schools set up fire drills and fire prevention programs.
A volunteer making application for membership in the department must be a United States citizen between 18 and 45 years of age, a resident of Tenafly for six months and must pass a medical and physical test.
Tenafly fire fighters attend the Bergen County Police and Fire Academy training courses and other schools and colleges for advanced certification in department administration, fire suppression and prevention, fire investigation and medical first aid. Tenafly Fire Department members also train with those of other towns under the Inter-Boro Mutual Aid Fire System.
What you can do to prevent a fire in your home
One of the foremost methods to prevent a fire from occurring in your home is to install smoke detectors outside each separate sleeping area and on each floor of you home, including the basement.
Some helpful tips to prevent a fire from starting in your home:
- Working smoke detectors can reduce the risk of death in a residential fire by 40 to 50%.
- The best smoke detectors are those with lithium-powered batteries and hush buttons. A lithium powered battery can last up to ten years; hush buttons allow you to quickly stop nuisance alarms that are caused by oven smoke, burnt toast, prolonged cooking, etc.
- If 10 year, long life smoke detectors are not available, install smoke detectors that use regular batteries, preferable alkaline and replace batteries as necessary, at least once a year.
- Use caution when cooking. Never leave food on a stove or in an oven unattended. Avoid wearing clothes with loose fitting sleeves that could easily catch on fire when reaching for a pot on the cooktop.
- Have you heating system checked annually. Follow manufacturer's instructions when using portable heaters. Also, have your chimney checked and cleaned when necessary, especially if you use your fireplace frequently.
- Do not smoke in bed. Smoking in bed is the leading cause of fire deaths and the second most cause of residential fires. Never leave burning cigarettes unattended, do not empty smoldering ashes into the trash, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and window treatments.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
- Store flammable substances in a safe place away from heat sources.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
Smoke detector inspection required before home sales
Residents selling their homes are reminded that a Certificate of Compliance indicating smoke detector placement and operation is required before a home sale can be completed. This State mandated safety requirement also applies to the owner of a house that is rented. The owner must obtain a Certificate of Compliance upon any change of tenancy.
Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 201-568-9269 to arrange an inspection and obtain this certificate.
Know what to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off
More and more New Jersey households are installing carbon monoxide (CO) alarms as protection against this invisible hazard. CO is a gas that is undetectable by human senses yet it can cause health problems, brain damage and even death. When concentrations of the gas build up, flu-like symptoms may develop, especially among younger and older individuals who are less tolerant of this poison. If your carbon monoxide alarm activates:
- Gather all family members together in a predetermined meeting place and check to be sure everyone is present.
- Call 9-1-1. Leave the building immediately. Do not reenter until responders say it is safe to do so.
Carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide is invisible. There will be no smoke or haze to betray its presence. Carbon monoxide is odorless. Carbon monoxide is deadly. CO is the symbol for carbon monoxide.
Fire hazards - what are they & what to do about them
The Tenafly Fire Department would like to urge local residents to make their homes fire safe by cleaning up any fire hazards. All the ingredients for fire are common in your home: fuel, ignition sources, air, etc. Every year, fire kills thousands of persons in their homes and damages or destroys half a million homes. You can prevent home fires if you know and follow basic fire safety rules and eliminate fire hazards as you go about doing your daily house cleaning chores.
Adopt a hydrant - It may save lives
- Don't let rubbish pile up, dispose of it regularly.
- Keep newspapers and magazines in neat piles and dispose of them on regular recycling days or bring them to the Transfer Station.
- Keep anything that will burn away from furnaces or stoves.
- Don't store flammable objects under wooden stairs.
- Have your heating system checked yearly by a professional.
- Check your chimney for loose bricks and cracks.
- The stovepipe on a wood burning stove should be checked regularly.
- Always use a screen in front of your fireplace.
- Don't store items in front of your furnace or in front of the gas meter. The fire department must have access to it.
- In the late fall, before snow arrives, place a marker at the curb where your gas shut-off is located on your gas feed line.
- Have working smoke detectors in your home.
- Make and practice an escape plan with your family.
- Keep fire hydrants clear of snow, ice or weeds. Keep it visible and available for the fire department. The house we save may be yours.
The Tenafly Fire Department requests residents living near a fire hydrant to "Adopt-A-Hydrant" and remove snow and ice from around a fire hydrant during the winter months. Approximately 500 fire hydrants are located in Tenafly. Any assistance in clearing snow from fire hydrants will be appreciated. With mandatory training and drills our Volunteer Fire Department does not have the