PATERSON, NJ- Saying that their goal was to bring the application process to join the ranks of the Paterson Fire Department to “every ward and every resident,” Fire Chief Brian McDermott addressed members of the city council on Tuesday to increase awareness of the Department’s aggressive recruitment efforts. 

Eligible residents have until August 31 to complete the online application. Applicants must be residents of Paterson between the ages of 18-35, have earned a high school diploma or a GED, be a US citizen, and have a valid driver’s license.

Speaking to TAPinto Paterson McDermott said that while the Department has undertaken similar efforts in the past this time around they are “working harder than ever.”

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“We want every resident to have a chance to be a firefighter.”

The effort, McDermott articulated, isn’t just about increasing the ranks of the Paterson Fire Department, but also about their commitment to “community activism.”

In just over a month since the effort started, including the hosting of a June job fair that attracted over 600 residents and has already  led to the employment of over 100, McDermott said that they have also “made tremendous inroads” with members of the clergy, education community and several local civic associations

“This is about education and building trust,” McDermott said. “We want people to know they can call us for help. That makes our city safer.”


For more information about applying to become a Paterson firefighter residents can call the recruitment hotline at 973 321 1437.