NUTLEY, NJ- Over the years, The Nutley Fire Department’s duties have evolved.  Not only do they respond to fire-related incidents, they respond to medical incidents, motor vehicle crashes involving entrapment, natural gas and carbon monoxide episodes.
 
The department consists of full-time and volunteer firefighters, and has members stationed at its Chestnut Street headquarters 24 hours a day, year-round.  The department has two engine companies and a ladder company, as well as one engine company on each side of town.
 
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The Fire Prevention Bureau’s goal is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent fires and learn about surviving them.  They are responsible for all Life Hazard and non-Life Hazard inspections.
 
 
“It’s so important to continually train and to have an elite fire prevention plan in our township,” said Commissioner Alphonse Petracco, Director of Public Safety.  “This is what helps save lives before a fire starts.”
 
Every October during Fire Prevention Week, the department hosts an Open House where residents are invited to headquarters for safety programs and demonstrations.  This year’s event is Friday evening,October 12.  Fire Prevention Week was adopted nationally in 1922.
 
Fire Safety Programs are present in all schools and day care centers.  The bureau has an electronic fire extinguisher training device and offers residents and businesses extinguisher training free of charge.
 
The department created Smoke Detectors for Seniors, where they go to homes owned by seniors and install detectors.  While there, a safety inspection occurs, and seniors are given recommendations to make their home safer.  All this is done free of charge.

 
Nutley is contracted by Essex County to provide Hazardous Materials Emergency Response to all municipalities, except Newark.  Hazmat is funded by the County and invoices responsible parties for response.  This unit works closely with the County Health Department and Department of Environmental Protection.  Hazmat is not funded from municipal taxes.
 
The Office of Emergency Management is operated under the department and consists of representatives of every branch of local government.  During a severe storm or large-scale emergency, OEM is opened and staffed so that all departments can work together to provide services to the citizens.
 
The department is also responsible for the maintenance and repair of all township-owned signals including traffic lights, school safety lights and banners.
 
Last week, members of the Nutley Fire Department paid a visit to the Junior Police Academy at Spring Garden School on Wednesday, July 18 and provided a live demonstration.  The annual week-long academy was attended by Nutley students in grades five through eight. 
 
All the department’s proactive methods and community initiatives aid in reducing emergencies and minimizing damage, helping to keep residents safe.