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 

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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, Christopher Naylis In his absence the Department has two Deputy Chiefs, Chris Saito and Mike Shanahan 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 650 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.

2nd Alarm House Fire 86 Elder Ave.

Posted on February 19, 2018

On Friday evening at 10:01 hours the Bergenfield Fire Department was dispatched to 86 Elder Ave. for a reported house fire. Chief of Department C.Naylis arrived on scene in under 2 minutes and transmitted the working fire and called for a second alarm bringing a New Milford FAST unit, Englewood Truck, and Dumont Rescue to the scene. Engine companies from Dumont and Teaneck along with a Tenafly Truck company provided coverage at Alert firehouse. The BVAC and Box 54 canteen responded to provide rehab. Engine 745 under the command of Captain S.Naylis was first due and stretched an 1.75" attack line to the front door for extinguishment. Ladder 742 under the command of Captain Kneisler, III arrived and conducted primary searches and roof ventilation. Engine 744 under the command of Lt. A. Kneisler stretched and backup line while the crew from the Rescue, under the command of Lt. O'Connor provided ventilation. Eventually, the Tenafly Truck company was moved up to the scene to provide relief, and a Ridgefield Park Truck was called to cover the borough. The fire was under control within 30 minutes. Crews operated for just over two hours conducting overhaul and assisting the homeowner retrieve some valuables. There were two minor injuries to members of service while operating at this fire. They were treated and released without further incident.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chief Christopher Naylis would like all the units who provided assistance to the department.  

Engine And Ladder To Teaneck

Posted on January 28, 2018

At 6:45 am Mid-Bergen Mutual Aid requested an to stand by at Teaneck Fire Hq. while they battled a fully involved hose fire. Chief Naylis (740) and Engine 745 under the command of Lt. O'Connor responded with 5 firefighters. Shortly after arriving for the cover assignment Ladder 742 was requested to respond and cover as well. Ladder 742 responded with 5 firefighters. Bergenfield units stood by and covered an odor of burning call on Prince Street. Units stood by until being released just before noon time.   

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.