Welcome to the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association Web Site. As one of the most active Fire Service Organizations in the State of New Jersey for the past 20 years, our work addresses Safety, Education and Training for the Firefighters and the citizens of our state. We have been successful in helping legislation work its way through the Legislature and having it signed by the sitting governors during their terms of office.

Past successes include:

  • The Statewide Incident Command Law. This bill included the certification and training of Fire Instructors throughout the State of New Jersey.
  • Legislation approving New Jersey Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Team.
  • The development and implementation of FAST Teams throughout the state.
  • A statute law passed to include Chief Officers in the Mutual-Aid Response Program. Former Governor McGreevey signed the "Fire Service Emergency Deployment Act," A-1775.
  • The signing of Assembly Bill 1710 which makes a designated fire command structure a required element in county emergency operations plans involving responses to mutual-aid fires. Battalion Fire Chiefs and Deputy Fire Chiefs were included in the County fire mutual aid plan to respond to any emergency to supply command support or be assigned to the command structure.
  • A leadership role in the establishment of regulations for a mandatory statewide Common Personnel Accountability System for New Jersey's Fire Service.

In addition, our goals include a Statewide Marine Firefighting Task Force that would be fully funded by the federal government in 2011 and to develop support programs, on a county or regionalized basis, for the Incident Commander during Mutual Aid Fires or emergencies. We believe this will improve the fire ground safety of the Firefighter, and give the Incident Commander the tools they require to complete their mission.

Please check our web site often to find out what is occurring in New Jersey's Fire Service.

Charlie Lind, Jr.

Vietnam Veterans' Ceremony at PNC Art Center on October 16, 2010

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