The Westwood Fire Department is actively seeking residents who are interested in serving their community by volunteering with our department.
Firefighter applicants must be at least 18 years of age and are required to complete Firefighter I training at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute located in Mahwah, New Jersey. This six-month long training course was designed around the NFPA Standard 1001 and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Standard. Class is held twice per week, allowing students to acquire sufficient skills and knowledge that will enable him/her to function as an effective fire ground participant under the direct supervision of departmental officers. The course includes lectures, videos and slide/tape presentations in addition to practical exercises. Students must maintain a minimum score of 70% on both the written midterm and final exams as well as successful completion of a practical evaluation. Applicants are also required to pass a criminal background check and medical examination.
How to Join
Anyone interested in volunteering with the WFD should call Fire Headquarters at (201) 664-0526 or can stop by prior to our meeting/drill nights on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Fire HQ is located at 93 Center Avenue.
WFD Cadet Program
In June 2000, the Westwood Fire Department Cadet Program was started in order to allow aspiring young men and women to learn about the fire service by allowing them to participate in a limited capacity on the fire ground. Since the program's inception, dozens of Cadets have moved on to become full-fledged firefighters.
* Must be at least 15 years of age but not older than 18 years of age.
* Must pass medical examination.
* Personnel interview with applicant and the applicant's parents at Fire Headquarters.
* Signed parental permission slip.
* Student in good academic standing.