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Fire Company Organization
Haven Fire Police are volunteers who are members of the Fair Haven
Fire Department who, after attending training classes, have been
certified by the State of New Jersey, Department of Consumer Affairs,
Division of Fire Safety. The primary duties of a Fire Policeman
monitoring, and controlling the flow of traffic at fires, automobile
accidents and other emergencies. The goal here is to permit all
vehicles to quickly and safely exit the area with a minimum of
inconvenience. We are occasionally called to neighboring communities
to perform these duties.
Protecting Fire and First Aid
Personnel, and maintaining crowd control at fire and accident
scenes, and performing similar duties at parades and the annual
Christmas Tree Lighting.
Assisting Police and Fire Department
officials in the protection of the integrity of property and evidence
at fire and accident scenes.
In carrying out our duties, we
sometimes frustrate drivers who are attempting to travel through
the area of an emergency. Our major responsibilities for providing
safety for our Firefighters and First Aid members often requires
that we detour or delay traffic. We ask that you understand and
cooperate so that our volunteers can carry out their duties safely
If you have questions at an accident
or fire scene, we will assist you, but we ask you to pull out of
the way of traffic, so that traffic is not blocked and it can be
moved out of the area. In addition, we also ask you to signal if
you want to turn left or right and to permit all emergency personnel
with flashing blue lights to quickly enter the fire or accident
scene; and most importantly, to proceed slowly and cautiously when
there is an emergency in the area.
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Captain- Dan Chernavsky
1st Lt. --–Doug Anderson
2nd Lt. - Lt- Marty Coy
President- Lew Davison
VP- Tricia Brett
Secretary- Alex Good
Treasurer- Vinny Feeny
Trustees- John P. Felsmann and Gene Stefanelli
From Left, John P. Felsmann, Sr., Administrator, Jim Cerruti, Operations Officer, Robert Frank, Operations Officer, Bill Heath, Training Officer
Haven Fire Police Equipment
#1399 - 1999 Chevy Tahoe
Fire Police Truck
#1398 - 1988 Ford Econline
Fire Police Truck
Haven Fire Police History
During the latter part of the 19th Century, New Jersey legislators
realized a vital need to help local police, marshals, and peace
officers. They were especially concerned about areas in the state
where police protection was woefully inadequate and provided by
perhaps only one enforcement officer.
To meet this problem, the Fire
Police Law was enacted.
The earliest recorded mention
of Fire Police appointments in the Borough of Fair Haven was at
a Borough Council meeting held on January 11, 1927. At that time,
two members of the Fair Haven Fire Company were appointed members
of the Fire Police. Since that time, the membership of the Fair
Haven Fire Police has steadily increased. Demand brought about by
an expanding population has put new emphasis on the ranks of the
Fire Police -- just as it had on the ranks of the Police Department
and the Fire Company.
During the years 1950-51, the
Monmouth County Fire Police Association organized. It consisted
of Fire Police members from all Fire Companies in Monmouth County.
After attending a series of lectures presented under the supervision
of the New Jersey State Police and upon completion of the lectures,
certificates were presented to the members.
Fair Haven Fire Police deem it
an honor that the first meeting of the Monmouth County Fire Police
Association was held in the Fair Haven Fire House. An election of
officers was held at that time. Several Fair Haven members were
elected to office and served the organization for a number of years.
They are now Life Members.
Members of the Fair Haven Fire
Police have responded to many calls from the Monmouth County Fire
Police Association for duty in other areas where additional fire
Police were needed.
The praises received from the
officers and members of our Fire Company and members of the municipal
governing bodies from time to time are reflected in the pride that
each member of the Fire Police has in serving his community in this
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