MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Two local men who have dedicated their lives as career firemen were sworn in at Wednesday night’s Township of Morris Committee Meeting - Jesse Kaar as Fire Chief, and Michael Nunn as Deputy Fire Chief.
Both men graduated from Morristown High School – Kaar in 1987 and Nunn in 1995. Both Kaar and Nunn are following in the footsteps of family members. Karr’s dad was a volunteer fireman and Nunn is continuing the family tradition of serving the residents of Morris Township. His grandfather, George Sr., and numerous members of his family, including his dad who was a Morris Township police officer, served in public service.
Both men have strong support for their career choice. Karr praised his life partner, Nicole Bisack for her unconditional support of his career, even though it takes him away from their home many evenings. Nunn thanked his wife, Lindsay for encouraging him to become a career firefighter after their marriage.
Chief Karr moved with his family to Morris Township when he was a year old to the house where he grew up. Ironically, the family home was four houses from the Fairchild Fire Company. This allowed the young Karr to spend many hours with his father, wetting his appetite for membership.
He attended NJ City University, Jersey City, NJ. Fifteen years of Special training that has included Basic Emergency Management, NFA-Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer, to name just a few, has prepared him for the position of Chief.
Karr came up through the ranks beginning his career as Second Lieutenant with the Fairchild Fire Company, gradually becoming Captain of Township of Morris Fire Department and ultimately Acting Chief in October 2015.
Adding to his credits, Karr serves on the Township Planning Board and as the Township’s Fire Code Official.
Deputy Chief Nunn has been preparing for this position since he became a firefighter in 1996. He has had many training courses since then – Fire Department Administrative Investigations & F.F. Discipline, Executive Leadership for Fire Service Officers, Incident response to terrorist bombings, to name a few.
Nunn grew up in Morris Plains. He and his wife, Lindsay and their two daughters live in the Convent Station section of Morris Township.
Nunn was appointed Deputy Coordinator OEM (Fire) in 2015. He has been working to improve the Fire Department’s apparatus maintenance.
Karr and Nunn will be working on improvements that will benefit the department. Some of those improvements include, updating the Rules and Regulations; the implementation of Standard Operating Guidelines; employing a more formalized training regiment; and last but not least, a plan for new member recruiting and existing member retention.