BFD STATION LOCATIONS

Fire Headquarters
275 Franklin Avenue
Belleville, NJ  07109
973-450-3368

Fire Station #2
454 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ  07109

Fire Station #3
134 Franklin Street
Belleville, NJ  07109

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APPLICATION FOR TYPE 1 FIRE SAFETY PERMIT


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BELLEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

ABOUT THE BELLEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Service Mission

Our Firefighters shall be committed to protecting and enhancing the community’s Public Safety and Health, by maintaining readiness, providing emergency response and mitigation actions and by integrating with other Public Safety Organizations, Regional and Local Health Care Systems and related Government Agencies

Our Firefighters shall be committed to reducing the effects of fire to the citizens of the Belleville in terms of loss of life and property, by initiating fire safety education, enforcing fire codes, developing pre fire plans, providing fire suppression and conducting fire investigations.

Our Firefighters shall be committed to supporting the community health and well-being by providing pre hospital care to the emergency medical needs of the citizens.

The Core Principles of the Belleville Fire Department

  • To promote excellence by mindfully training and developing each member to the highest standards of the industry and concentrating our resources towards those who call upon us
  • To purposely strive to secure the confidence, respect, and trust of the public by mastering effectiveness and inspiring the considerate and sincere delivery of our service
  • To utilize public funding for its intended purpose by focusing on the details of our work, conditioning efficiency in our actions, and thoughtfully managing our resources
  • To respect our moral and ethical obligation to the profession as well as to those we serve, by cultivating good judgment and demonstrating appropriate conduct

Administration and Management

Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Chief Officers of the Belleville Fire Department provide leadership and administrative management so that the delivery of emergency services to the community is being executed at the highest professional levels. Our Chief Officers intently correlate strategies that align our core principles with the specific operating plans and objectives we employ every day. We appropriately reference the statutory and professional guidelines from agencies such as the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PEOSH), New Jersey Department of Health, to provide the regulatory foundation and an operational base for our services. The Belleville Fire Department Chief Officers are a vital component of the Township’s executive management team, charged with delivering high quality fire and emergency services to the community in the safest, most effective and efficient manner possible.

Emergency Operations

The Belleville Fire Department current table of organization consists of 69 career officers and firefighters all certified by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety in accordance with NFPA 1001. The basic response unit of the Belleville Fire Department includes an Engine or Ladder Truck. These units, each led by a Company Officer provide the core response activities keenly focused on the emergency issues of our citizens. Keeping in mind that our most significant controllable, impact condition is our rapid response to any emergency, our firefighters are deployed from three fire stations located in different parts of the community. This enables us to provide our most effective response to those in need. Additionally, each member is personally committed to strengthening our most fundamental controllable impact resource, that being a highly effective response unit, as we advance our skills and proficiency through daily training on all aspects of emergency services.

The Belleville Fire Department is also a member of the Essex County Fire Mutual Aid Response Plan. This response partnership greatly improves the ability of each department to enhance the fire response in their own communities, as well as throughout the County. The Essex County Fire Mutual Aid Response Plan is designed to support the local efforts that provide for the safety and well-being of our citizens and our firefighters.

Emergency Medical Services

For more than 100 years the Belleville Fire Department has proudly provided Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the Township. Our ambulances typically respond to more than 4000 calls for assistance each year. Every member is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) by the New Jersey Department of Health in accordance with the National Standard Curriculum as established by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Our Firefighters are capable of providing Basic Life Support (BLS) either being assigned to an ambulance or on one of our BLS equipped Engines or Ladder Truck. Additionally, each individual maintains his skills and certification by participating in more than 40 hours of EMS training and continuing education annually. Our Firefighters are committed to respond to each call where respect for patient autonomy keeps patient interests at the forefront of every clinical and operational decision.

Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement

The Belleville Fire Department is the sole enforcing agent of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code for the Township. Our firefighters inspect more than 1400 occupancies each year, including all public buildings effectively identifying those things that hold potential to cause a fire and providing a plan for improving the buildings fire safety profile. Our proactive approach rooted in prevention and education is designed to assist business and property owners to protect their occupancies from the dangers and destruction of fire. We believe that prevention is far more effective in protecting our citizens, as even the very best emergency response will only limit the damage. In addition, all of our firefighters are actively working to provide fire prevention and fire safety education to; our children at their schools, to the public at various social and community events and at our annual fire safety open house each October.

Citizen Controllable Fire Safety and Prevention Actions

  • Installing and maintaining working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Utilizing extreme care when using candles or while cooking
  • Practicing home evacuation drills
  • Maintaining clear egress paths both in and out of your home or business
  • Keeping combustible materials away from heating appliances or open flames


If you would like additional information on Home Fire Safety you can contact our Fire Prevention Office or refer to the following link to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

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Smoke Detector Distribution Program

As a result of a Federal Grant we recently received, we are able to work to satisfy one of our principal strategic objectives, where we ensure that every resident is protected by working smoke detectors in their home. We are actively looking to help those individuals who cannot afford detectors by providing them with one through our smoke detector program. If you do not have detectors in your home, we encourage you to contact our fire prevention office to see if you qualify.

A FIREMAN'S PRAYER

REPORT A DAMAGED OR LEAKING FIRE HYDRANT

The Belleville Fire Department encourages residents to immediately report any leaking hydrants or water mains for emergency repair.   

You can use the form to the right to file such a report, which will then be sent to the BFD, our Department of Public Works (DPW), and Town Manager’s Office.

Instructions

Please use this form to report the location of a leaking water pipe or fire hydrant within the Township of Belleville for repair by our Department of Public Works.


Please be as specific as possible with the location of the leak in the box provided below.


If you would like to directly contact the Department of Public Works, their phone number is (973) 450-3412.


The information submitted through this form will be sent to the DPW, Fire Department, and Town Manager's Office.


After submitting this form, you will receive a copy of it via e-mail for your records.


Thank you!

Required Contact Information

Name:

Address:

Location of Leak(s)

The Location of the Leaking Pipe or Fire Hydrant:

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ESSENTIAL FIRE PREVENTION INFORMATION

Click on the American Red Cross icon to find your closest chapter.

Remember to test your smoke/CO detectors and change their batteries twice per year when the clocks are changed.

Click on the image above to learn how to properly handle a grease fire.

Learn the ABC’s of proper fire extinguisher usage by clicking on the above icon.

INSTRUCTIONAL FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE FIGHTING RESOURCES

Fight Fire Before it Starts

CONSULT YOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTER: Fire departments have inspection programs. Check with them for advice placing smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and devising emergency escape plans.

CLEAN HOUSE: Do not let papers and trash gather in closets, attic, basement, garage or under the basement stairs. Throw rubbish out regularly.

USE FLAMMABLES OUTSIDE: Do not use gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquids indoors.

DO NOT LET RAGS COLLECT: Keep oily greasy or paint smeared rags in closed metal containers outside of house.

USE FLASHLIGHTS INSTEAD OF FLAMES: Never use matches or candles to light the way.

HAVE FAMILY FIRE EXIT DRILLS: Plan in advance what escape routes to use and designate a meeting place. Have an alternate route planned in case flames block your way.

INSTALL SMOKE DETECTORS, in each occupied floor including basement and within fifteen feet of each sleeping room. Check detectors once a month.

KEEP FIRE LADDERS HANDY, near windows of upstairs bedrooms.

DO NOT HIDE EXTENSION CORDS: Cords should be in good condition and out in the open and not under rugs, over hooks or through door openings. Examine electrical cords. Do not let cords get wet. Keep kinks out and use a heavy-duty cords.

SAFEGUARD YOUR CHIMNEY AND FIREPLACE AND INSPECT FURNACES AND HEATING APPLIANCE ANNUALLY: Do not overlook the heating system, wood burning stoves or your chimney. Use a rain cap with metal screen to catch sparks from the chimney. They should be checked before the heating season for obstructions, deterioration, and/or creosote build-up.

KEEP IMPORTANT NUMBERS VISIBLE: Post your fire department and local emergency telephone numbers near all phones.

DO NOT OVERLOAD CIRCUITS OR SOCKETS: Never use more than one high wattage appliance on a circuit at a time. Use surge protection outlet bars on sensitive electronic equipment.

DO NOT SMOKE IN BED: Careless smoking is the cause of more than half of home fires. After entertaining, check all upholstered furniture and garbage containers before going to bed.

USE LISTED APPLIANCES: Make sure your electrical appliances bear the seal of the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL).

COOK WITH CARE: Keep an eye on the stove while broiling or frying. Never put water on a grease fire, never carry a burning pan. Use dry chemical fire extinguisher or cover the fire with the pan lid.

LEARN HOW TO USE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Equip your home with 2 1/2 pound all purpose dry chemical fire extinguishers, make sure there is one in the kitchen.

KEEP PROPER FUSES HANDY: Do not replace blown fuses with pennies, wire or anything other than a new fuse. Do not overload circuits.

BELLEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINING RESOURCES

Collapse Search and Rescue Plan

Collapse Search and Rescue Plan

By
Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (FDNY, retired)

 DEPUTY CHIEF VINCENT DUNN (retired)

One of the emergencies firefighters respond to throughout the nation and recently throughout the world with the advent of the Urban Search and Rescue Teams, is to save people buried in a structural collapse. Terrorist bombs, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, gas explosions, snow blizzards, renovations and fires, collapse buildings. During these natural and manmade disasters, people are sometimes buried alive under tons of rubble. Firefighters must be trained and ready to respond to rescue people trapped in a fallen structure when disaster strikes.

Collapse Search And Rescue Plan
The search and rescue plan, used today by firefighters throughout the Nation to rescue victims trapped at a collapse disasters, was developed by the British during the German blitz of World War II. As German bombs exploded they collapsed buildings. Night after night during the war British firefighters responded. After extinguishing a fire they would search the ruins for buried victims, and they developed a five-step collapse rescue plan:

Step 1 – Size-up. Firefighters first made a survey of the collapse structure. This survey included looking for trapped victims,collapse hazards, avenues of access to the rubble pile, hidden fire dangers. During this survey they looked at the type of construction of the building. Brick, concrete and wood construction all create different spaces and crevices where survivors may be found.

The type of construction also determines the type of rescue tools required. Most important during this survey was the locating of controls for gas, electric and water utilities. To prevent an explosion, fire or drowned victim, all utilities would be shut off. Secondary collapse dangers, a serious threat to rescuers, also were identified during this site safety survey, or size-up.

Step 2 – Rescue of surface victims. At the same time as the site safety survey was being made, victims found lying on top of the rubble of the bombed-out building, or people partially buried, were quickly removed from the collapse.

Step 3 – Void search. A bombed-out structure creates small spaces where survivors may be trapped or unconscious. These spaces and crevices are created by the collapse of large sections of floors, roofs or partition walls, and they must be searched. Also, large pieces of furniture can create a void where a survivor of a collapse could be trapped. Void search was carried out by crawling into large spaces or shining a flashlight into small collapse voids, or by calling out and listening for a response.

Step 4 Tunneling and Trenching. After steps 1, 2 and 3 of the collapse rescue plan were completed the fire chief would remove all rescuers from the bombed-out building.

It is estimated that 75 percent of the victims of collapses were saved during the first three steps. There was less chance of rescuing a live victim by this point and a greater chance of having a rescuer killed, so certain safety procedures were carried out before rescuers would resume digging. For example, secondary collapse dangers would be removed or shored up so they would not injure rescuers. Lighting would be increased and the utilities would be confirmed shut off. During this period the location of buried victims would be determined. Survivors, neighbors, ambulance workers and staff from nearby hospitals would be questioned. Missing persons would be identified and the locations in which they were last seen would be pinpointed. (See victim tracking officers duties below) Hand digging by rescuers to specific locations where missing persons were last seen, or determined to be buried would start. Specific debris removal is what the British call it; we call it tunneling and trenching to specific sites. This was not a hit-or-miss effort. A specific location was the objective of this tunneling and trenching by rescuers using shovels and hand picks. This step continued until all sites where victims could be buried were uncovered.

Step 5 – Removal of rubble. After all hand digging was completed and all specific locations where victims could be buried were uncovered and searched heavy machinery such as cranes, bulldozers and ³payloaders² were used to continue the search. Cranes would remove the collapse rubble to nearby areas, drop it, then rescuers would search the rubble for victims. Bulldozers would sweep away the rubble and pay loaders would deposit it into trucks for carting to a designated dump site. The entire collapse structure would be removed this way.

Victim Tracking in a collapse rubble pile.

One of the most complex tasks facing rescuers is identifying and locating buried victims. A victim-tracking officer should be assigned as soon as possible to determine the number and location of buried victims. The victim-tracking officer is one of the most important parts of a collapse rescue plan. Part of the incident management planning team this officer gathers information, analyzes the building collapse and makes a determination where individuals are buried. This information is necessary before tunneling and trenching to a specific location begins. Before rescuers start the fourth stage of a collapse rescue plan, tunneling and trenching, searching for a missing person, a victim-tracking officer must
be able to report to the incident commander the following information:

1.There is a missing person confirmed, by a co-worker, to have been inside the building during the collapse.

2.The reported missing person is not at a nearby hospital or in an ambulance, or not being treated at a first-aid station or he or she has not left the scene and gone home.

3.The approximate area and floor the missing person was last seen before the collapse.

4.The type of floor collapse and how it could shift the victim in the rubble during the collapse.

For example, if a person is determined to have been on a floor during a collapse:

A. A V-shape collapse of the floor may shift the victim to the bottom of the V.

B. A lean-to collapse of the floor may shift the victim to the lowest end of the collapse.

C. A tent or A-frame collapse of a floor may shift the victim to the lower, outer ends of the collapse.

D. A pancake collapse of several floors may not shift the victim. Instead, the victim may falls straight down with the collapsing floors.

Police, fire marshals and firefighters must be assigned to assist a victim-tracking officer at a large collapse rescue operation. These investigators must question survivors and check hospitals, ambulances and first-aid stations. They may have to visit residences of reported missing victims to confirm that those people did not leave the scene and go home.

Lessons learned:
Today the fire service in America may use new and different management terms and jargon to describe a collapse rescue procedure. Also, today the incident command system may apply new sectors and functions to a technical rescue at a collapse site, but they will still proceed according to the logical, five-step rescue plan used by British firefighters during World War II.

 

Odor of Smoke

What begins as a slight odor of smoke in a building can instantly turn into a toxic black cloud of smoke that fills up a room, so firefighters searching any type of fire must be equipped with masks. But most of the time we are called to find the location of a fire, which is hidden and is creating a very slight odor of smoke inside a building. These fires are small and require patience and detective work to find a smoldering spark or heat source. A search for a so-called odor-of smoke requires mask-equipped firefighters to use their sense of smell in order to locate this small fire.

For example, when search begins, we proceed toward the direction where the odor of smoke becomes strongest. Sometimes, this leads nowhere. Odors of smoke disappear and shift with air movement. At most of these fires heading toward the strongest smell of smoke leads directly to the fire origin. Experienced firefighters have also learned to analyze smoke by its particular odor and then guess its location.


Food burning
on a stove and a mattress fire and burning paint and wood are well-known smells. When the odor of smoke is paper, check the wastebaskets beneath the desks. An acrid-type smoke will lead us to fluorescent light bulb fixtures and a possible burned out electrical ballast. A flickering or burned-out bulb might confirm this. This saves time searching. Electric wire insulation burning type smoke will lead us to check above a dropped ceiling, in a space where wiring exists. A sweet smell of burning garbage would lead us to the kitchen refuse bin, or the freight elevator lobby where, nightly, bags of garbage are temporarily stored. A smell of burning rope could indicate a smoldering mop or dust rag inside a maintenance closet is the source of smoke. A coffeepot left on a heated burner of a coffee-making machine can cause a smoke detector in a ceiling above to activate an alarm. Check to see whether the coffee maker is shut off. The odor of burning paint would suggest a look into a graphic design office for spray- and paint-stained rags. In the absence of a large fire, the slight smell of burning wood smoke might require a plant box filled with wood chips to be examined for a discarded cigarette or overheated wood chip from a decorative spotlight used to highlight the foliage.

A discarded-lighted cigarette outside the store on the sidewalk created a rare and unusual cause of an odor of hydrocarbon oil smoke inside a ground floor store. Wind blew the cigarette into a small crack next to the building. This space between the building foundation and the sidewalk was caulked with an asphalt expansion joint. The smoldering asphalt smoke drifted into the store. Another rare origin of smoldering inside a high-rise building was due to grease burning on elevator hoist rails and cables. The elevator parts were recently greased and overheated due to heavy elevator use one morning. An oil odor of smoke drifted throughout the elevator lobby on several floors. The above causes of an odor-of smoke are unusual and require time, patience and detective-like work to discover. One important tool in the fire service, which has had great success in locating a hidden fire behind a wall or in a electric light fixture, is the thermal imaging camera. This tool detects heat sources, behind walls and ceilings, and in smoke. It reduces property damage by pinpointing a source of heat hidden behind or inside an object and eliminating necessity of breaking open walls, ceilings and doors.

Staying Safe in Hot Weather

Fire departments should take extra precautions to ensure the safety of firefighters during extreme hot weather. The IAFC suggests a range of actions:

1. Keep hydrated. Drink lots of water, on duty and off duty. Have drinking water available on all apparatus, in all chiefs’ cars and all other fire department vehicles. Urge firefighters to drink plenty of water before coming on duty.
2. Avoid soft drinks, sugary drinks or caffeinated drinks.
3. Urge personnel to get plenty of rest while off duty.
4. Urge personnel to report any and all symptoms of dehydration, heat cramps, heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
5. Limit outdoor exercise.
6. Establish a rehabilitation center at major incidents. If possible, set up the rehab center under a tent or in a shaded area.
7. Set up an extra hose to provide a place for firefighters to cool off.
8. Pull extra alarms or bring in extra companies at major incidents to relieve the first-arriving crews.

Water Flow Alarms

Water flowing through pipes of a sprinkler system causes the transmission of a water flow alarm. A water flow alarm can be triggered by a fire, causing a sprinkler head to discharge water, or a leaking sprinkler system due to frozen pipe expanding and breaking, or a worker accidentally damaging a pipe in the system. A water flow alarm can also be triggered when there is a water pressure surge in the sprinkler system. A so-called pressure surge is a temporary increase in water pressure inside a water main that supplies a sprinkler system. The momentary increase in water pressure causes an alarm valve to temporarily open and shut. This temporary opening and closing of the alarm (clapper valve) causes a water flow alarm to be transmitted to the alarm company, which relays the information to the fire department. The problem presented to the incident commander responding to a water-flow alarm is determining whether this alarm is being caused by a sprinkler discharging on a fire, by a broken sprinkler system or by a pressure surge. A search of the building is required when there is an alarm of water flow. If the exact cause of the water flow alarm is not determined and the fire department leaves the scene, a disaster may occur. For example if the cause of the water flow is a fire and it is not discovered, the fire may grow. If the cause of the water flow alarm is a broken pipe and it is not discovered, there will be flood damage to the property.

A thorough search of a building must be conducted to locate the cause of a water flow alarm:

First – Check the alarm panel to pinpoint, if possible, the exact floor of the water flow alarm and search this area. In many buildings the exact location or floor is not indicated on the alarm panel; it just shows a water flow alarm somewhere in the building.

Second -By radio or telephone, contact the alarm company and ask it to reset the alarm, and then see whether the system stays reset or another water flow alarm triggered. If the alarm comes on again, this would indicate water is continuing to flow in the system and the cause was not a pressure surge. There may be either a fire or a leak. Or it could also indicate a defective alarm.

Third – Search the building. Start in the cellar; examine the sprinkler water pumps. If there are no water pumps, check the water main feed gauge. See if there is water flowing into the sprinkler system from the water main: Feel the pipe for vibration, listen to the pipes for flowing water by putting your ear to the pipe.

Fourth – Send a firefighter to the roof to check for a gravity tank supply; check this for water flow to the sprinkler system. Water flow can sometimes be heard indicating water from the tank is supplying water to the sprinkler. Water leaking on the roof from an overflowing gravity tank can be the cause of a water flow alarm if there are no leaks and no water sounds, check over the sides of building from the roof and check the shafts for signs of smoke coming out a window of a lower floor. Also, look for water discharging from a water scupper or side wall drain.

Fifth – The firefighters after checking the roof, walks down the stairs, checking each door for sounds of a sprinkler discharge or smell of smoke. During or after freezing weather, sprinkler piping on outside truck-loading platforms, unheated stairs and halls should be examined for frozen and leaking pipes.

Sixth – A person from the sprinkler alarm company should be requested to respond. That person should check the alarm for possible defects and proper working parts. Locating a cause of a water flow alarm is difficult and time consuming. It must be done thoroughly. It takes time patience and experience.

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