Fire Prevention Bureau

The mission of the South Hackensack Fire Prevention Bureau is to prevent fires by enforcing the NJ Uniform Fire Code and NJ Uniform Fire Safety Act within the township. The primary responsibilities of the Fire Prevention Bureau are:

  • Inspect all structures, except owner-occupied residences, annually for compliance with fire safety codes
  • Inspect all homes for sale to ensure smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers are installed and operating
  • Perform inspections required for certificates of occupancy for commercial buildings and residential rental properties
  • Investigate fires and explosions that occur within the township
  • Issue permits for certain activities for which they are required
  • Conduct safety lectures and presentations

The Fire Official and all Fire Inspectors are required to undergo extensive training to become Certified Fire Inspectors by the New Jersey State Division of Fire Safety. Additional training is also attended throughout the year in order to keep certifications current.

The Fire Prevention Bureau is on call 24x7 for fire related emergencies in the township. The bureau investigates all reported fires and explosions that involve loss of life, serious injury, or destruction or damage to property. All fires that occur within town are reported to the National Fire Reporting System.

The bureau also conducts a fire safety program for the students of Memorial School and coordinates the annual poster contest during Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Bureau Staff

Fire Inspector/Secretary Raymond DeRiso
Fire Inspector James R. Riley
Fire Inspector Joseph D'Amico
Fire Inspector Walter Paul