The Bergenfield Fire Department is a combination department made up of volunteers supplemented with a career staff 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. Volunteer members are always needed!
The Department consists of 3 individual fire companies with 7 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 ventilating smoke, and 1 rescue that handles all extrication and FAST team duties. The fire department has about 70 volunteer members who respond to any emergency 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The career staff is comprised of 8 members who are on duty Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm and, they too, will respond to any emergency during their working hours. YOU CALL 9-1-1 FOR HELP AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL ARRIVE!
The Department is overseen by fire commissioner Thomas A. Lodato. The day to day operations, along with incident command, is under the direction of the chief of the Department, Edward Kneisler, III. In his absence, the Department’s two deputy chiefs, namely Steven Naylis and Norman Hoyt, Jr., take command. Each fire company has 1 captain and 1 lieutenant. Click on the members tab to see the roster of members.
The Department averages about 700 responses annually. The Bergenfield Fire Department accepts members between the ages of 18 and 45, male or female, who live within the borders of Bergenfield or a contiguous town that touches Bergenfield. We also sponsor a Junior Fire Department for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18. Training is provided by the Department in Bergenfield and at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety building in Mahwah. If you are interested in joining, please call the fire chief’s office at 201-387-4055 x 4073 or call 1-800-FIRELINE for more information on volunteering.