Welcome

Welcome to the Bergenfield Fire Department Web Site.  This is your official resource for information about the Bergenfield Fire Department. We are a combination department with 65 members. Please take a few moments to browse through our web site to learn a few things about us.  You may consider becoming part of a long history of dedicated men and women who make up our family of firefighters that have been protecting our community for over 110 years with Valor, Fidelity and Duty. Thank you for your continued support.
Christopher Naylis, Chief of Department 

New Promotional Video

Posted on March 12, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted on January 5, 2015

Borough of Bergenfield
Fire Department

The Bergenfield Fire Department is a combination department whose primary mission is to protect the lives and property of the residents of Bergenfield and to assist our surrounding communities in times of emergencies.

The Department consists of 3 individual companies 8 pieces of apparatus situated strategically around the Borough. There are 4 engines, whose primary task is to extinguish the fire, 2 ladders, whose job is searching for victims and ventilation of smoke, 1 rescue, which handles all extrication and FAST Team duties, and a squad that works with our special operations teams, focusing on high-angle and trench rescues. All members are cross-trained in all types of company functions. We have a career staff comprised of 7 members who are on-duty M-F 8am to 5pm and they respond with 2 engines and 1 ladder truck. All of the members of the Department respond to any type of emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - WE WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO YOUR CALL!!!!

The Department is overseen by the Fire Commissioner Thomas A. Lodato. The day to day operations, along with incident command, is under the direction of the Chief of the Department, Jason Lanzilotti. In his absence the Department has two Deputy Chiefs, Chris Naylis and Chris Saito who will take command at that time.

Each Company has 1 Captain and 1 Lieutenant who are responsible for the training of an immediate command of each of their companies. Click on the members tab to see the rosters. All of the Officers have been trained to command an incident in the absence of all 3 chief officers.

The Department averages more than 625 responses annually. The Bergenfield Fire Department accepts membership from people between the ages of 18 and 45, male or female, and who live within the borders of Bergenfield. We also sponsor a Junior Fire Department for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18. If you are interested in joining, please call the Chiefs' Office at 201-387-4055 x 4073 or call 1-800-FIRELINE for more information on volunteering.

Busy Day For BFD

Posted on August 2, 2017

Bergenfield’s Bravest had a busy day on Wednesday At 01:18 hours members of Alert Fire Company were requested to 137 Williamson Road for a CO detector sounding.  Upon arrival of the FD, no levels of CO were determined to be present and the alarm was reset by the homeowner prior to arrival. Units returned at 02:08 hours when the alarm sounded again. This time a detector malfunction was discovered. The homeowner was advised to replace the detector. 

 

At 03:05 hours a general alarm was sounded for an odor of burning in the basement of 105 Hickory Ave. Units discovered that the homes water heater malfunctioned and leaked causing a flood in the basement. The floodwaters reached a surge protector that was sitting on the floor of the basement and began to short out the unit and create a burning odor. The surge protector was removed from the home. Units operated for 30 minutes before returning. 

 

At 12:30 Hours an Engine was requested was requested by Mid-Bergen Mutual Aid to stand by at Teaneck Fire Headquarters while they operated at a house fire on WendelPlace. Deputy Chief Naylis responded along with Engine 745 under the command of Lt. Kneisler and 3 firefighters. Shortly after arriving at Teaneck’s headquarters the engine was directed to the fire scene. Members were assigned to conduct secondary searches of the fire building. After completing their assigned tasks, the engine returned to Teaneck’s headquarters to continue standing by. 

 

While the engine was standing by in Teaneck, a general alarm was sounded at 13:17 hours for a fire alarm sounding at the Transfiguration Academy on Bradley Ave. It was quickly determined the alarm system was activated due to a malfunction. Units picked up within 20 minutes. 

 

At  13:47 hours Central Dispatched requested the Bergenfield FAST unit to respond to a fire in New Milford on Evergreen Court. Deputy Chief Naylis responded along with Ladder 742 under the command of Captain Kirsch and a crew of 4 firefighters. Members stood by until being released approximately 30 minutes later.  

 

While members were putting the apparatus and equipment back in service from the previous calls, another general alarm was sounded at 14:51 hours for an odor of smoke in the area of 132 North Prospect Ave.  Deputy Chiefs Naylis and Saito were on scene within 2 minutes and observed smoke emanating from the chimney and roof ridgeline.  Crews forced entry into the unoccupied home and determined a fire was within the homes walls. A working fire assignment was requested bringing a New Milford FAST unit, Dumont Engine and Rescue, and Englewood Ladder to the scene. A Teaneck engine, Dumont engine, and Tenafly Ladder stood by at Alert firehouse to provide the borough with coverage. On scene crews were put to work venting the roof space and opening the interior walls to check for fire extension. Due to the extensive amount of opening up and overhaul that needed to be facilitated, Teaneck and Tenafly were relocated to the fire scene. An additional engine from Cresskill and a Ladder from Ridgefield Park were requested to backfill Alert firehouse. While units were backfilling an additional alarm was received at 13 Hallberg Ave.  Captain Kneisler and the mutual aid companies handled that alarm. Units remained on scene until 17:00 Hours. 

 

At 18:14 hours a general alarm was sounded for a return trip to 132 North Prospect Ave. A small ember was smoking on the second floor that was noticed by the board up company who was in the process of securing the home. Members opened up the areas effected previously by fire and completely overhauled the areas. A Dumont engine was requested for coverage while BFD units were handling. Units were cleared by 19:00 hours.  

 

No injuries were suffered at any point during any response throughout the day. All residents are reminded that the Bergenfield Fire Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are just a phone call away.

Former Fire Commisioner Passes Away

Posted on June 11, 2017

It is with deep regret that the Bergenfield Fire Department announces the passing of former Fire Commissioner James F. Lodato, Father of current member, Ex-Chief James P. Lodato and our current Fire Commissioner Thomas A. Lodato.



Once arrangements are made they will be posted.

Engine Repsonds To Teaneck

Posted on April 23, 2017

Just after 1000 hours, Mid-Bergen Mutual Aid requested a Bergenfield engine to respond into the Township of Teaneck on a cover assignment.  Teaneck was a battling a blaze in a residential dwelling near their headquarters.  

Engine 745, under the command of Lt. O'Connor and a crew six responded along with Chief Lanzilotti (740) into Teaneck. They covered for 2 1/2 hours taking in no runs prior to being released.

All Hands Fire On Haring Street

Posted on March 18, 2017

Shortly after 1830 hours, the BVFD was requested to respond to 67 Haring St for the odor of electrical burning in the kitchen.  Upon arrival, Captain Naylis established command an had the crews of Ladder 742 and engine 745 investigate.  They had an odor and slight haze. Their investigation led them to the basement. As they made inspection holes they found fire inside the walls and heading to the kitchen.

The fire was held in check with a water can as the dry line was stretched and charged.  Members made quick work of the fie and overhaul.  Dumont sent 1 engine to Alert Firehouse to cover.The fire is still under investigation, but did not appear to be suspicious as all.



       

Spring Ahead

Posted on March 7, 2017

Remember Clocks Ahead this weekend.