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 111 years with Valor, Fidelity and Duty. Thank you for your continued support.
Christopher Naylis, Chief of Department 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted on July 15, 2018

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, Joseph Frino and Edward kneisler III 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 700 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 or a contigous town that touches 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.

New Promotional Video

Posted on July 14, 2018

BERGENFIELD FIRE COMPANIES REACH 100 YEAR MILESTONE

Posted on July 18, 2017

           On July 18, 2017, two of Bergenfield's three fire companies, namely Bergenfield Fire Company No. 2 and Prospect Fire Company No. 1 reached their 100th anniversary of volunteer fire service to the Borough of Bergenfield.  Both companies were organized in 1917 and accepted by the Mayor and Council on the 18th of July 1917.  Alert Fire Company reached its 100th anniversary milestone in 2005, but in honor of their bucket brigades of 1904, held a company celebration in 2004.  All three of these fire companies proudly continue to provide fire protection to this day.

The early history of the Bergenfield Fire Department is essentially the history of Alert Fire Company which was the only fire fighting organization in the Borough prior to the year 1917.  The town of Bergenfield was incorporated on June 11, 1894 and up until 1904, there was no organized system of fire protection.  If a fire broke out in any structure, it was doomed unless it could be subdued by bucket brigades hastily improvised by its neighbors.  Alert Fire Company was organized as such a bucket brigade in 1904 after a fire consumed the local railroad station.  Alert was organized with thirty charter members at a meeting of the citizens of Bergenfield held at Christie’s Hall, which at the time was used as the borough hall.  On January 3, 1905 the charter members unanimously voted to name the company Alert Fire Company No. 1.  Alert was reorganized as a fire company and accepted by the mayor and council on September 6, 1905 by passing ordinance #44 to establish, equip, and regulate a fire department in the Borough of Bergenfield.  

The first home of Alert was in a barn on the north side of East Main Street just east of Washington Avenue owned by a citizen who permitted the fire company to use it for the nominal fee of $1.00 per year.  About 1909, Alert purchased two lots at the corner of Bradley Avenue and William Street and moved the barn there, subsequently renovating it and enlarging it.  Alert remained at this site until 1962 when it relocated its headquarters to 61 West Church Street at the corner of Ralph Street (which was a commuter parking lot) where a new modern looking firehouse was erected and still stands today.  

About 1907, several citizens formed the Pioneer Engine Company to protect property on the west side of the railroad, but after a brief existence, this Company disbanded.  Thus, Alert served the needs of the borough for 13 years until 1917 when Bergenfield Fire Company No. 2 and Prospect Fire Company were both organized.  

Bergenfield Fire Company No. 2 was formed in response to a demand for another fire company because the citizens of Bergenfield felt one fire company was not enough to cover the entire borough.  Company No. 2 was organized on February 7, 1917 and accepted by the mayor and council on July 18, 1917.

When the Borough acquired the property where the borough hall stood, which at the time was located at North Washington and West Johnson Avenues, Company No. 2 requested and was granted permission in 1921 to establish its headquarters in what was known as the borough hall annex.  The annex was attached to the north side of borough hall and was essentially a garage. Company No 2’s first piece of firefighting equipment consisted of a Jumper (a four wheel hose reel) which was housed in various private barns in town prior to moving into the annex.  The Jumper was replaced within a year or so with a motor truck which had been converted by the firemen from a Pierce-Arrow touring car.  Sometime after moving into the annex, the mayor and council provided the fire company with a modern Reo fire truck and then in 1926, the Borough equipped the fire company with a LaFrance combination pumper and hose truck.  

Company No. 2 moved to its present location at 8 Home Place after being the highest bidder for a parcel of land put up for sale on December 10, 1934 by the Borough of Bergenfield. The Company bid $100 for the property and won the bid.

Prospect Fire Company was formed on June 6, 1917 and was also accepted by the Mayor and Council on July 18, 1917. Prospect was formed as a result of a demand for better fire protection in the portion of the borough known as Prospect Manor which was then beginning to grow rapidly.  A meeting was called on the evening on May 23, 1917 to form and organize a fire company for the protection of life and property for the residents of Bergenfield. Membership was limited to the residents on the west side of the borough.  On January 9, 1918, a motion was made to change the corporate name of Prospect Fire Company to Prospect Fire Company No. 1 as it is known today. 

        Prospect purchased three lots on Williams Avenue (now West Clinton Avenue) and broke ground of its present firehouse on March 17, 1918.  Thomas J. Prime, one of its charter members and then mayor of the borough, turned the first spade full of earth. Prospect is still serving the borough today in its original firehouse located at 238 West Clinton Avenue which isdirectly across from the Bergenfield High School.

 In 1919, seeing the need for unity among the three fire companies, the firemen came together and formed the Bergenfield Fire Department which today consists of 58 volunteer members complemented with a career staff of five members. In 1985, the fire department’s first female firefighter joined the volunteer ranks.  Over the years, six other females joined the Department but as of this writing, only one remains who along with her male comrades continues to proudly serve the residents of Bergenfield.

 

Engine 745 To Teaneck

Posted on July 24, 2016

Just after 2100 hrs, Engine 745 was requested to respond into the Township of Teaneck to cover while the TFD worked an exterior deck fire with extension. Lt. O'Connor and a crew of 5 and Deputy Chief Naylis took in the run. The engine stood by for a couple of hours with a Bogota Engine and Ridgefield Park Truck.

Gas Leak

Posted on July 5, 2016


The Bergenfield FD was called to the location o the new McDonalds construction site for a reported gas leak.  Upon arrival it was determined that the excavating company had struck and dislodged a PS natural gas line in the street. The area was evacuated and PSEG responded with a road crew.