Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department (“OFD”), your interest to serve your community is appreciated and we hope you are ready to make at commitment to our department. We are currently seeking members for the following ranks:
18 years or older. Responds to fire calls and actively participates in training, meetings, and committee work. Members are required to be residents of Oradell or an adjacent town. A physical must also be completed by your physician. All new Regular members are required to attend a state certified fire training academy to obtain their New Jersey Basic Firefighting Certificate. The Bergen County Fire Academy in Mahwah, NJ currently runs this class several times a year. This class currently runs for 6 months, with classes held in the evenings two times a week.
18 years or older. Responds to fire calls and actively participates in training. Members must be employed within the Borough of Oradell and a regular member of another fire department.
16-21 years old. Responds to fire calls and actively participates in training. Members must be residents of Oradell and are preparing to become Regular Members. A physical must also be completed by your physician.
No previous training or experience is required to become a member. The OFD will provide the appropriate guidance and training for new members as necessary for each of our membership types. Once accepted into the OFD, there is a one-year probationary period. This is a time for the department to evaluate you and for you to evaluate the department to be certain that this is the right fit for you. It is also required within this period that you complete the necessary training based on membership type. You are encouraged to participate as much as possible during this time so that you understand what type of commitment is involved with being a volunteer with our department.
The public service nature of our operation requires that we carefully screen applicants making your honesty and careful completion of this application required. Please complete the application and attach copies of any appropriate certifications or letters that may assist the OFD with your membership approval process.
New membership applications are reviewed on the second Monday of every month at our regular monthly department meeting. After the application is reviewed by the membership, you will be contacted to schedule an interview for us to learn more about you and for you to ask any questions that you might have. If accepted after your interview, your application will go to the Mayor & Council for final approval. Please expect at least 3 months for the entire application process to be completed.
Our department has over a century of history and tradition and we are happy and grateful that you want to become a part of this and make a commitment to our organization. Our department is 100% volunteer that means that our newest member all the way up to the Chief of the Department is here to serve and protect the community as a volunteer. The countless hours and efforts that our members contribute to the community, does not go unnoticed or unrewarded. Some of the membership privileges and rewards include:
- Local, State, and Federal Training, expenses covered by the department
- Personal Protective Equipment, Uniform, and training are all provided to you
- Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) – Similar to a 401k that the Borough contributes to annually
- Yearly Clothing Allowance – Help repair and replace damaged personal items
- An outstanding opportunity to volunteer in your town
Stop in and see us at the fire department to get additional information and to pickup an application on Monday’s between 7:30pm and 9:30pm. You can also send us a message to get more info: