If you are a resident of Rockaway Borough and are interested in
volunteering for the Fire Department or the 1st Aid Squad please come to the Rockaway Borough Firehouse located at 1 East Main Street in Rockaway, NJ on Sunday morning from 9:00am to 11:00am. It you cannot make it on Sunday mornings, but are interested in volunteering please call the Chief at 973-627-0157 and leave a message.
Serving the citizens of Rockaway Borough, New Jersey since 1897, the Rockaway Borough Fire Department (RBFD) is an all volunteer department of 31 active men and women who respond to the emergency Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) demands of the Borough of Rockaway.
The EMS provided by this force of professionals include Basic Life Support (BLS) by certified RBFD First Repsonders and/or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). For emergenies which require Advanced Life Support (ALS) this care is provided by New Jersey certified Paramedics (who are managed by the St Clairs Health System).
In addition, the RBFD also responds to requests for manpower and equipment to neighboring fire departments (such as Denville and Dover) who are members of the Mutual Aid and Fast Team agreement. On the average, the Rockaway Borough Fire Dept responds to approx 450 medical emergency calls and approx 155 fire calls within Rockaway Borough each year.
All members of the Rockaway Borough Fire Dept carry a pager (Minitor) to notify them when there is a fire/rescue or medical emergency call. For all emergencies other than medical, the horn atop the firehouse will sound, thus alerting the residents of Rockaway Borough of a potential emergency.
All citizens should be aware of the fact that there are not always personnel at the fire department. If you have an emergency, always go to the nearest phone, dial 911 and give the dispatcher all pertinent information, such as the nature of the call and location of the emergency. Do not take precious time to go to the fire station! The fire and rescue personnel will respond to your location!!
The residents of Rockaway Borough are protected by an Enhanced 911 system which automatically displays the telephone number and address of every caller. This special feature expedites the dispatch process provided by the Morris County Dispatch Center which is located at the Morris County Police and Fire Academy.
The Enhanced 911 system, in conjunction with quick responding volunteers, enables us to enjoy a four minute response from the time of the call to the first vehicle leaving the station. On an EMS call, our patients are transported to area hospitals (St Clairs Dover or Denville) within 7-15 minutes. In certain instances, patients are transported Morristown Memorial Hospital depending on the circumstances.
RBFD is one of the most senior fire departments in Morris County. First formed in 1897, the department has operated many type of fire apparatus. The Rockaway Borough Fire and Rescue Department has evolved into a modern Fire and Rescue Department with a full complement of state-of-the-art equipment.
New members always welcome!
Being that the Rockaway Borough Fire Department is an all volunteer department, we are constantly seeking new members.
If you are at least 18 years old and willing to serve your fellow citizens as a firefighter/emergency medical provider, the Rockaway Borough Volunteer Fire Department is looking for you. Whether you are a student, new to the area (at least 6 months) or a life-long Rockaway Borough resident, if you've got the time to dedicate to your community we'd love to have you.
After acceptance, new members are required to complete training provided by the Rockaway Borough Fire Dept and the Morris County Fire/Police Academy to include: Firefighter I and CPR/First Responder courses.
WHAT YOU GET!
Besides being a member of one of the most well known and respected volunteer fire departments in the Morris County, there are numerous benefits to being a volunteer at the Rockaway Borough FD. Among them are:
Free training in firefighting, emergency medicine and related course
Length Of Service Award Program (LOSAP) - Volunteer Retirement Program through State of New Jersey
Sense of dedication to community and working as part of a team
Many other benefits....just ask any of our members!
HOW TO GET STARTED
So now you've decided you want to be a volunteer firefighter or already are and want to join the
RBFD. What do you do? You are more than welcome to stop by our firehouse at 1 East Main St Sunday mornings between 9am and 11am and ask to speak to an officer or member. If you need directions or more information please call:
The Quick Finders Room Identification System can be purchased at the Rockaway Boro Firehouse on Sundays from 10am to 12pm.