8/3/2006 - Fire Exam Annoucement & Fire Briefs (updated: 8/3/06)

Joel Thornton
Fire Chief



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  • US Citizen City of Hackensack Resident
  • 18-35 years of age High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to obtain a NJ Driver’s License

Applications available at the following locations within the city:

South: Mellone/Mariniello Recreation Center
116 Holt Street - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Central: Fire Headquarters
205 State Street - 24 hours/7 days a week

North: Engine Company 5
784 Main Street - 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Or Online Here

Completed applications must be filed by August 31, 2006



Dates: May 22, June 15, July 13, & Aug. 17 - from 7pm to 9pm.  June 10, July 22, & Aug. 19 - from 12pm to 2pm

Place: Hackensack Civic Center (Rear of City Hall)

You will receive:

  • Firefighter Exam Application and instructions on preparing the application.
  • Explanation of firefighters duties and Introduction to City Officials and Fire Personnel
  • Information on Salary, Health, Pension and Insurance Benefits
  • An Exam Preparation Study Guide available at www.state.nj.us/personnel

For additional information contact:
Fire Headquarters - 201-646-3942

City of Hackensack is an equal opportunity employer


Extreme Heat and Thunderstorms Keep City Firefighters Busy

On Tuesday, July 18, 2006, as temperatures soared into the 90s a severe thunderstorm struck Hackensack and the surrounding area. The Hackensack Fire Department received over 13 emergency calls within one hour, all storm related. The calls ranging from activated fire alarms, wires down, trees down, trees into houses and on automobiles with people trapped and a scaffolding system on a hi rise occupancy off the building. As the members of the Second Platoon arrived at 130 Overlook Avenue they found a scaffolding system which had been connected to the side of the building had blown off, by the high winds, suspended in the air with one end precariously perched into a tree and the opposite end attached to the building.

Using Hi Angle technical rope equipment and tactics, the members quickly set up numerous rope systems and with mechanical advantage controlled the suspended end of the scaffolding, removed it from the tree and repositioned and secured the entire system back into the building. The operations took a considerable amount of firefighter manpower, rope work and time but was completed with no injuries to firefighters and civilians and no additional damage to the building.

Fire Chief Thornton complimented the Firefighters and stated the importance of specialized training which was showcased in this operation, not only mitigating a serious hazard but limiting potential damage and injuries to our residents.

The members of the Second Platoon responded to twenty nine (29) emergency incidents during this 24 hour shift.

On Friday, July 21, 2006, a severe thunderstorm struck the Hackensack area. City Firefighters were again kept busy responding to numerous emergency calls, fire alarms and lighting strikes. At 0920 Hours the Fire Department received a call reporting a structure struck by lighting and smoke in the basement. Upon arrival and investigation, members of the First Platoon found a moderate smoke condition caused by a fire concealed in the basement wall adjacent to the laundry facility. The wall was quickly “opened up” and the fire extinguished. The cause of the fire was determined to be lighting striking the area and the energy followed a path into the home igniting combustibles in the wall.

The Fire Department responded to twenty one emergency incidents during the 24 Hour shift.