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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

Township Swears In Six New Members PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A swearing in ceremony for six firefighters was held in Montclair Township Council Chambers this morning. Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat presided over the swearing in of probationary firefighters Anthony Virgil, JaQuan Scott, Jeffrey Testa, Kevin O’Brien and Steven LoVecchio. In addition, probationary firefighter Gregory Murray was sworn in as a regular member of the Fire Department after having served a one-year probationary period.

probationary fighters and new regular fighter swearing in ceremony

MFD Responds to Claremont Avenue Fire PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Montclair Fire Department (MFD) responded to a structure fire at 192 Claremont Avenue on Saturday, July 24, at approximately 6:30 p.m. The fire began on the second floor and extended to the third, and fourth floors and to the roof area through pipe chases.

Fire Engines 1, 2, and 3 and Trucks 1 and 2 responded under the command of Battalion Chief Don Oakes.

Montclair Fire Department: Grilling Safety Tips PDF Print E-mail

BBQ grillThere’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.

Fireworks Safety Tips PDF Print E-mail
thermometer with temperatures for sparklers and other burning objectsFireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:


• In 2011, almost 18,000 fires were caused by fireworks.
• Sparklers cause 16% of fireworks injuries.


- Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.

- Do not use consumer fireworks.

- Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

Consumer fireworks:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.


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.


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