Coronavirus Information

Fire Chief Edward Kneisler, III stated regarding the Bergenfield Fire Department’s response to any emergency call during the Coronavirus pandemic, he would like the following information made clear to the public and all the readers of this web site.
If any resident or business owner smells smoke, sees a fire, has an activation of their smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, smells gas, or needs the fire department for any reason, they are to immediately dial 9-1-1.  Don’t be afraid to call – YES, the fire department will respond to your call for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The members are being vaccinated and will continue to take the necessary precautions needed to protect themselves as well as the general public.
The Chief asks if anyone in the home is feeling ill for any reason, or someone in the home has recently been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, to please let the first responders know immediately so proper precautions can be taken to keep our firefighters safe.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.