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Montclair Township


Fire Chief John HerrmannTownship of Montclair Fire Department Headquarters
1 Pine Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

Fire Station #2
588 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07043

Fire Station #3
151 Harrison Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Fire Chief John Herrmann
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Fire Prevention Bureau
1 Pine Street
Montclair, NJ 07042 

Fire Official John Thomas
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Main Number: 973-744-5000

Clothes Dryer Safety PDF Print E-mail

Clothes Dryer SafetyDoing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

FACT: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

  • - Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • - Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • - Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • - Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • - Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • - Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • - Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • - Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • - Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.


Dryers should be properly grounded.

Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.

Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.

Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be
washed and dried as usual.


Firefighters Undergo Last Resort Escape Training PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Fire Department sealMontclair Fire Department firefighters and officers completed Rescue Products International, Inc. (RPI) training courses last month at MFD Headquarters, 1 Pine Street, Montclair. Firefighters learned how to use RPI’s personal escape systems, while company officers took part in the Train-the-Trainer course to teach others how to use them.

MFD and MSU Studentsto Distribute Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety Info on MLK Day PDF Print E-mail

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Montclair Fire Department will join with Montclair State University’s Center for Student Involvement in a day of service on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19. Forty MSU students will go door-to-door in parts of the fourth ward distributing smoke detectors and fire safety information packets. Fire Department personnel will be in the neighborhoods providing assistance.

Home Depot Operations Manager Elizabeth Dougherty, Montclair Firefighter Juston Thompson, Home Depot Store Manager Tino Longobarbi

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips PDF Print E-mail

CO Alarms

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

Heating Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association PDF Print E-mail

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

Never use your oven to heat your home.

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