BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar/Lake Como Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea has been named Monmouth County’s Fire Prevention Inspector of the Year.
It’s a role that revolves around enforcing the state’s Uniformed Fire Code — regulations that are intended to “prevent fires, and protect citizens, employees and business owners, and most importantly, the firefighters who respond to emergencies,” said Dullea, who also serves as fire marshal in Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights.
For Dullea, it all begins with a fire safety inspection. “The best part of my job is striving to make a safer environment for all the residents, and visitors who live or visit the jurisdictions we provide services for,” he said. “As I explain to business owners and managers, the inspection is a learning process I am educated and tasked with explaining violations or safety hazards. Our goal is to educate through enforcement.”
Assisted by several other part-time inspectors and officials — with 24/7 on-call availability — Dullea’s office is also responsible for fire investigations, random spot checks of liquor establishments, fire prevention and safety programs, and emergency planning and preparedness initiatives in all four towns. (See story below for recent grant award.)
While Dullea was named fire marshal for Lake Como in 2017 and in Belmar several months later, Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights were added a year later under shared services agreements aimed at reducing costs in each town by consolidating enforcement operations into one agency.
“During the transition and reorganization of the Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office it was recognized by the other agencies that a cost effective alternative was for the local enforcing agencies to combine and spit costs,” he explained. “Those costs include software, salaries, office supplies and related costs. The software was proven effective in Belmar, providing a more efficient and productive work environment."
In addition to his fire marshal duties in Monmouth County, Dullea also has a full-time job — as a paid firefighter in Westfield. The Manasquan High School graduate holds numerous certifications from the State of Jersey, including those of firefighter 1 and 2, fire inspector, fire investigator, fire official, fire investigative technician, emergency medical technician, fire instructor 1, incident management level 3 and fire officer. He’s also a certified member of the Pro Board, the Monson, Mass.-based organization that offers accredited certification to fire service professionals around the world, and is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators.
The annual award is given by the Monmouth County Fire Prevention and Protection Association, the Freehold-based group consisting of professionals in the field.
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