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The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1932 by a handful of local residents to provide fire protection to the Borough of Old Tappan. Today, the Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department has an active membership of about 55 firefighters who live or work in Old Tappan. The Old Tappan Fire Department is run by the Board of Fire Officers which consists of a Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Captain and four Lieutenants.

The members of the Department perform all of their firefighting duties without compensation.


Telephone Messaging System

The firehouse is now equipped with a telephone messaging system.  Please call 201-664-1963 to leave a non-emergency message:

General Inquiry                       Dial 61
Fire Chief                                Dial 62

The Old Tappan Fire Department is a volunteer organization and is NOT staffed 24/7



Board of Fire Officers


 Left to Right: Lieutenants Yhu, Naylis, Chief Keil, Deputy Chief Reilly, Captain Kutzin, Lieutenant Morgan
Photo Credit: Debby Cooke


The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department installed its Line officers for 2017. The Line Officers who are responsible for training, preparedness of apparatus and equipment, and most importantly for leading the men of the Department in the Fire Attack, were sworn in by Mayor John M. Kramer on Tuesday, 3rd of January 2017, at the Borough's Reorganization meeting.

The Line Officers are:

Chief of Department - Chris Reilly
Deputy Chief - Evan Kutzin
Captain - Brian Morgan
Lieutenants: Alex Naylis, Jin Yhu, Tom Shine, Jr., Stephen Cooke



Fire Apparatus

The Old Tappan Fire Department operates with four pieces of firefighting apparatus and a recue boat and trailer.  The apparatus and their mission are as follows:.  

  • Engine 64: is the First Due Engine to all structure fires, it establishes a water supply through the use of a 5 inch diameter supply line and then stretches a hand-line (either 1 3/4 inch of 2 1/2 inch) into the fire building to extinguish a fire.  Additional lines may be stretched from Engine 64 as it has a pumping capacity of 1,750 gallon per minute.
  • Ladder Tower 63: is the Department's newest piece of apparatus, acquired in December 2016, it responds as the First Due Ladder to all structure fires.  The men of the Ladder apparatus perform the fire-ground tasks of Forcible Entry, Search & Rescue, Laddering, Ventilation and Overhaul.  They work with portable ground ladders, hand tools, power tools and the Ladder Tower 63's 100 foot aerial bucket.
  • Rescue 61: is the Department's special equipment apparatus.  It carries the Hurst Tool system (aka Jaws of Life), a powerful on-board electrical generator, and equipment to deal with Hazardous Materials incidents.  It responds to all motor vehicle fires and accidents.  At structure fires the men of Rescue 61 act as a Second Due Ladder by assisting and reinforcing the efforts of the crew of Ladder Tower 63.
  • Engine 62 is the Department's Second Engine to all structure fires.  It may establish a second water source and stretch additional lines on the fire.  Because it is equipped with firefighting foam it responds to all motor vehicle fires and accidents.  It also serves as a reserve Engine in the event that while there is one fire being fought, a separate alarm of fire is being received for another location in the Borough.  Engine 62 is capable of pumping 1,250 gallons per minute.
  • Marine 69: is the Department's motor boat mounted on a trailer.  It is equipped for water rescue and ice rescue operations.



The members of the Old Tappan Fire Department participate in numerous activities throughout the year including the following:  

  • Memorial Day Parade and memorial service for our fallen firefighters
  • Various local parades
  • Town Day and fireworks display
  • Annual inspection of apparatus and membership
  • Fire Prevention Week (the week including Oct 9th) Visit to T. Baldwin Demarest School for Education Program
  • Open House - Fire Prevention Week (the week including Oct 9th)
  • AUGUST 19, 2017 WETDOWN for LADDER 63

Safety Tips

  • Please make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street.  To prevent car fires, do not park your car on or near leaf piles.
  • In the event of heavy snow, please see that the fire hydrant on or near your property is kept clear of snow.
  • When cleaning out the garage or storage shed, please dispose of chemicals, old gasoline, pesticides, etc., in the proper manner.
  • Please do not store boxes and other combustible material in your boiler or furnace room.
  • It is good practice to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year when changing your clocks in spring and fall.
  • If you have a fire alarm system, please register it with the Police Department and have a key immediately available with a neighbor or the Police so we can have immediate access to your home in case of an activation.


How To Become An Old Tappan Firefighter

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a New Jersey resident between the ages of 15 to 45 in good health.
  • Required to attend Firefighter 1 training at the Bergen County Police and Fire Academy in Mahwah, New Jersey, within one year of joining the Fire Department.
  • Visit the Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department at their Quarters on Russell Avenue near Old Tappan Road and pick up an application for membership, or call 201-666-0970 and leave a message on extension 11; include your name, phone number and that you are requesting an application for membership.


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