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Gerard Smithson
Chief of Fire Department

Thomas Gaspari
Deputy Chief

Edward Rejmaniak

Christopher Bodrato

Edward Witkowski


Greg Amorosso


Karl Braun
Apparatus Engineer

Christopher Bodrato
SCBA Engineer


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Fire Department

204 Washington Street, Northvale, NJ  07647

Five Facts to Know about the Northvale Volunteer Fire Department:

1.  We are a 100% volunteer fire department that provides fire protection & rescue services to the residents of Northvale.

2.  Our volunteer fire department responds to calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

3.  Anyone can be a volunteer firefighter.  Our full-time occupations include accountants, carpenters, custodians, DPW workers, members of the armed services, police officers, retirees, self-employed business owners, students, teachers, truck drivers. 

4.  In a town of almost 5,000 people, there are less than 50 active members.

5.  We are proud to serve our community and are actively looking for members who feel the same way.

If you are interested in volunteering in your community as a firefighter, please stop by the firehouse any Tuesday night at 7pm.

1.  They shall be a citizen of the United States of America;

2.  They shall be a resident of the State of New Jersey and reside in Northvale or one of the surrounding towns (including Closter, Harrington Park, Norwood, Rockleigh, or Old Tappan) OR work in Northvale as part of your full-time occupation;

3.  They shall not be under the age of 18 nor over 57 years of age at the time of their appointment. Exception:  firefighters from other towns that move into/start work in Northvale can transfer at any time.

4.  They shall be able to pass a physical examination, said exam shall be paid for by the Borough.

Qualifications to Become a Volunteer Firefighter:

KEY FIRE SAFETY TIPS, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Many home fires are preventable:

  • Watch your cooking
    Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

  • Give space heaters space
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

  • Smoke outside
    Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach
    Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.

  • Inspect electrical cords
    Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.

  • Be careful when using candles
    Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.

  • Have a home fire escape plan
    Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

  • Install smoke alarms
    Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

  • Test smoke alarms
    Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

  • Install sprinklers
    If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®)

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