Join Us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Saddle River Fire Department. Below is some information that we believe may be of use to persons considering membership. For an application, please stop by the firehouse Tuesdays at 7:30pm or email join@saddleriverfd.org

FIRE FIGHTING AND EMS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT VOLUNTEERING CAN BE.

What does it take to be a firefighter?

Most of our members at SRFD have entered the company with no previous fire or rescue experience. While formal training to ride is eventually required, new members are able to ride in a limited capacity after receiving basic in-house training.

Initial formal training consists of the Essentials of Firefighting class taught at our Bergen County Fire Academy in Mahwah, NJ. Students receive instruction in theories of fire behavior and suppression, forcible entry, ventilation, property salvage, basic hazardous materials training, as well as first aid and CPR. Most of the class is hands-on and successful completion results in National Certification as a Basic Firefighter. Upon completing the Essentials of Firefighting class, members are welcome to take additional specialty classes that are applicable to our operations that interest them. Such classes include vehicle rescue and firefighting operations.

Perhaps the most important aspect of our training comes from our weekly crew nights which are held every Tuesday night from 7:30-9pm. Officers conduct drills to sharpen everyone’s skills or to try out a new procedure.

If any of this at all interests you and you are over the age of 16, please email join@saddleriverfd.org to set up a time to meet with our membership committee. Membership meets at 7:30 PM on the first Tuesday of each month to accept applications, conduct interviews and move you on to membership in the company. Stop on by and we will be more than happy to explain what we’re all about.