Operations

Fire Prevention Division

The mission of the Fire Prevention Division is to provide residents protection against the loss of life and property from fire through code enforcement and public education. Primary objectives include: 

  • The prevention of fires.
  • The elimination of fire and life safety hazards in all existing buildings.
  • The maintenance of fire protection equipment and systems through inspection.
  • The regulation of storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials.
  • The enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (IFC New Jersey Edition 2006).

The Fire Official is the administrator of the Fire Prevention Division and is responsible for fire code enforcement in existing construction to ensure minimum fire safety standards, set forth by law, are maintained. This includes fire prevention inspections of city businesses, investigation and remedy of fire code complaints. The Fire Prevention Division also works in conjunction with the shift personnel to provide public education, school fire prevention programs (public, private, and pre-school) and fire safety information services.

EMS Division

Asbury Park Fire Department currently provides Basic Life Support services.

We provide the community with fire protection and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The community is now served by four basic life support ambulances (2 front line 2 reserve) Additionally all of our fire apparatus is staffed with Firefighter/EMT's to ensure that out Citizens receive rapid responses to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service.

Our Firefighter/EMT's provide the most extensive pre-hospital care and our EMS Division is committed to education and quality assurance in order to best service the Asbury Park community.

Technical Rescue Team

The Asbury Park Fire Department Technical Rescue (also known as the Urban Search and Rescue) Team's mission is to provide rescue or recovery of humans from situations requiring specially-trained personnel with appropriate equipment and special tactics and techniques. Some situations that may require a Technical Rescue response can include confined space incidents, trench or excavation collapses, high- or low-angle rope rescues, structural collapsRescue Teames, or transportation or industrial accidents involving heavy vehicles or equipment beyond the scope of a typical fire department's capabilities. There are 25 members of the team. Each member has received extensive training in the various disciplines of technical rescue. Members are expected to attain both Operations and Technician level certifications through NJTF-1 (New Jersey Taskforce One) in Rope Operations, Vertical Rescue and Rope Technician, Confined Space Rescue Operations and Technician, Trench Operations and Technician, Vehicle & Machinery Operations and Technician, and Structural Collapse Operations and Technician. The majority of these certification courses are 40 hours in duration.

Many of our members go on to further courses in various specialties, including heavy rigging, advanced structural collapse, bus rescue, and swift-water rescue, to name a few. Of course, maintaining such a high level of capability requires regular continuing training. Members attend in-house team training at least monthly, as well as participating in department drills in which their skills are put to use. Members of the team also attend numerous conferences and continuing education classes to keep up with the latest techniques in use in the field.

Rescue TeamOur team functions as a part of the Monmouth County MARP (Mutual Aid Response Plan) Technical Rescue Team, comprised of teams from throughout the County. As these incidents are often of long duration and are extremely manpower-intensive, it is imperative to have a pool of trained personnel ready to respond to incidents anywhere in the region. In addition, large-scale incidents from hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, winter storms, explosions, terrorism and so on can require the use of numerous teams to respond. Through the MARP, assets from throughout the county can respond to support a stricken region with trained and equipped personnel. To ensure that the team can function at appropriate levels, each recognized team member goes through a validation with the team coordinator demonstrating various skills.

If a higher level of response than even the county teams is required, New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) is available. This team of over 200 members, divided into three platoons, is patterned after the FEMA USAR task forces and is capable of self-sustained operations for 10 days. Two members of Asbury Park's Technical Rescue Team are rescue technicians with the state Task Force.

For information on the services provided to the citizens of Asbury Park, please contact our office.

Training Division

The Training Division generates, implements and maintains programs supporting the safe, efficient and effective actions of department personnel.

This Division specializes in in-house training and conveys new concepts and techniques, reinforces existing skills and addresses modern advances in the delivery of emergency services which maintain the high skill level of department personnel.  Specialized training programs cover such diverse topics as, Low and High Angle Rope Rescue, Auto Extrication, Hazardous Materials Operations, Confined Space Rescue, Building and Trench Collapse Rescue, and Water Rescues. The basics to maintain a high level of proficiency in emergency services include continual education in emergency medicine and performance standards for all tools and equipment available to the fire personnel.

The Department is committed to providing training that meets fire service industry standards.  This is accomplished by utilizing the vast variety of Department personnel and the talents and expertise they possess. Additionally, the Training Division uses instructors certified by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

The Training Division's mission is to ensure that Asbury Park Fire Department personnel provide the highest level of emergency and non-emergency services to the community and return home safely at the end of each shift.  This aligns with our Department mission statement.

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