419 Central Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050
Michael R. Dowd, Acting Fire Director
Guy DeVincentis, Acting Deputy Chief, Tour 1
Tour 2 Deputy Chief Frank DeAngelis
Tour 3 Deputy Chief Frank Sacco
Tour 4 Deputy Michael Mariano
Edwin Padilla, Fire Department Clerk
Fire Department Organizational Chart (PDF)
Smoke Detector Form
Summary of Major Department Functions
- Conduct Fire Fighting
- Conduct Fire Prevention
- Care For Equipment And Apparatus
- Conduct Dispatch And Communications
- Oversee City’s Requirements Under NJ Right-to-Know Reporting
- Oversee City’s Emergency Management Program Requirements
- Administers the City’s Ambulance Contract
The Fire Department is the enforcement Agency for the City’s Fire Code, which is aimed at controlling the potential hazards in all structures in the community except owner-occupied one and two-family homes. The Orange Fire Department responds to the building fires, smoke conditions, vehicle and brush fires, electrical and water emergencies, vehicle accidents and extrications, hazardous materials problems, medical emergencies and mutual aid calls to neighboring communities. Every fire is investigated for cause and origin. If arson is suspected, the Bureau will work closely with the local police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s office to make a determination.
The Fire Code mandates periodic inspections of all commercial, industrial, and office buildings in the community. Residents may request an inspection of their premises to determine whether a fire hazard exists. All new construction, including renovations and additions, is inspected by a fire specialist before a certificate of occupancy is issued. A fire prevention specialist will make a comprehensive examination of the home or apartment and prepare a list of recommendations for changes, which will greatly reduce the possibility of fire. All residences, upon resale, and all rental units, upon rental, are inspected for required smoke detectors, as required by State law.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is also charged with the enforcement of the Fire Subcode Section of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. Prior to any construction in the Township, either new or alterations, a construction permit is required. In order to obtain this permit, a plan of the work to be done must be submitted to the Building Department for review. The Fire Prevention Bureau then receives all of the life-safety concerns of the work, i.e., sprinklers, exits, and occupant loads and fire alarm systems. Once approved, a recommendation is then forwarded to the Construction Official so that the permit may be issued. Upon completion of the construction, the Fire Prevention Bureau inspects the work to ensure that it conforms to all of the codes.