NPFD Fire Prevention Bureau


FORMS

  • Business Registration
  • Cutting and/or Welding Permit Application
  • Permit Application For Use of a Place of Public Assembly
  • Torch, Flame or Open Flame Producing Device Permit Application
  • Permit Application For Use of a Tent

  • FIRE PREVENTION

    Our division of Fire Prevention falls within the auspices of the fire department and is currently headed by Deputy Chief Frank D’Amore, Jr. He is the Fire Official for North Plainfield, which makes him responsible for all fire inspection related issues in town. He is appointed by and reports directly to the Fire Chief.

    All fire prevention related matters are enforced or implemented through the NJ Uniform Fire Code. Annually the department inspects a total of 846 occupancies.  These are divided into three categories.  Life Hazard Use (LHU), Multi Family Inspections, and Company Inspections.  LHU properties are designated and categorized by the state and pay a yearly registration fee as set by the State of NJ.  A portion of these fees are returned to the local enforcing agency, in our case the Fire Department, and are used to help offset the operating of the inspection program.  Examples of LHU’s are schools, places of assembly, and other commercial establishments.  Multi family examples include the many three family buildings, as well as the apartment complexes.  Examples of company inspections include the small stores that are along the central corridor of the Borough.

    The Platoon Commanders and shift fire inspectors perform most of these inspections.  Once inspected, an owner has a given time period to correct the violations found.  If additional time is required, or a problem exists, the inspection is turned over from the Platoon Commander to the Fire Prevention Office.  This allows the Platoon Commander to concentrate more on completing his inspection zone and allows the bureau to fully investigate and resolve the situation.

    Permits:
    In certain instances, a permit may be required by the NJ Uniform Fire Code and can be obtained through our Fire Prevention Division. Some examples are: Use of torch, flame or open flame producing device, Public assembly permits, and Cutting & Welding.
    Some permits will soon be available to be printed from this web site. In the meantime, if you think you need a permit, please contact one of our inspectors or the Fire Official.   
    Knox box ordinance
    There is currently a requirement, through local ordinance, for certain businesses and business owners to have a “Knox box” installed on their building.  A Knox box is a theft resistant, steel constructed box that is permanently recessed into or mounted to a building.  Keys for gaining entry to the common areas of the business are located in this box and ONLY the Fire Department has the primary key used to unlock the box.
    The purpose of this system is for the fire department to gain rapid entry in times of emergencies.
    A detailed explanation of which types of buildings and businesses are affected by this ordinance can be determined through the Fire Prevention bureau. A brief explanation of when this box is required is as follows: if a building is protected by an automatic fire alarm system or when a building is protected, in whole or part, by an automatic fire suppression system or standpipe system, those buildings shall be protected by a rapid access key box.
    If you are not sure whether this pertains to your building, please call or come down to fire headquarters for assistance and/or and application for the box.

    Fire Prevention and Education Programs

    Fire Safety Education Programs:

    In addition to the inspection processes, the Fire Prevention Office works with the public on several other levels.  The department provides fire safety education to all of the schools and any other interested group of residents. A great deal of time and effort goes into designing and delivering these programs. During the year the department provides various different Fire Safety Programs to the public.  Most of these programs are for the public and private schools located in the Borough.  Individual programs are tailored to the audience based on age and grade level.  This style of instruction not only ensures that the messages reach the target audience, but also ensures that programs are not repeated and remain new and fresh each year as the audience age / grade changes.

    Senior Citizen Smoke Detector Battery Replacement Program :

    The department has a program for checking the operation and location of smoke detectors as well as yearly replacement of the batteries for all senior citizens in the Borough.  This program has been very successful for many years.  Each year around Fire Prevention Week the department visits all of the senior citizens on a running list. The names from that list are generated through the senior citizens club and other resources. It is not necessary though that you belong to their club in order to get on the list.  During the visit to an individual’s home, all smoke detector batteries are changed, and older detectors are replaced.  This program is at no cost to the homeowners.  In recent years the batteries have been donated by various local establishments such as Home Depot, K-Mart and Wal-Mart. 

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    Upcoming Events (90 Days)
    Friday 1 October 2021 - Sunday 31 October 2021
    1:00AM - 11:45PM
    FIRE PREVENTION MONTH
    Monday 18 October 2021
    5:00PM
    Shade Tree Advisory Board
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Legends of Liberty Hall
    Tuesday 19 October 2021
    9:00AM - 12:00PM
    FLU & COVID VACCINE CLINIC
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    When There Were Witches
    7:30PM
    Parks & Rec Meeting
    Wednesday 20 October 2021
    7:00PM
    Board of Adjustment
    Thursday 21 October 2021
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Understanding Medicare
    Friday 22 October 2021
    2:00PM - 3:30PM
    Thyroid Health
    Saturday 23 October 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Sin, Guilt, and Mercy: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Poetic Justice
    Monday 25 October 2021
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Wild Bones of New Jersey
    7:30PM
    Council Meeting
    Tuesday 26 October 2021
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Mark Twain and the Supernatural
    7:00PM
    Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
    Wednesday 27 October 2021
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Thirteen Reasons Why It’s Fun to Watch Hitchcock Films
    7:00PM
    Planning Board
    Thursday 28 October 2021
    7:00PM - 8:00PM
    The Poisoned Glass: A Famous, Forgotten Murder
    Saturday 30 October 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    1:00PM - 4:00PM
    Storytime in the Pumpkin Patch
    Sunday 31 October 2021
    All day
    Halloween!
    12:00PM - 1:30PM
    Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
    Tuesday 2 November 2021
    All day
    ELECTION DAY - Borough Hall Open
    Wednesday 3 November 2021
    7:00PM
    Board of Adjustment
    Thursday 4 November 2021
    6:00PM
    Architectural Design Review Board
    Saturday 6 November 2021
    8:00AM - 12:00PM
    E-Waste Drop-off
    8:00AM - 2:00PM
    First Saturday Drop-off
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Sunday 7 November 2021
    All day
    Daylight Saving Time Ends
    Monday 8 November 2021
    5:00PM
    Shade Tree Advisory Board
    Wednesday 10 November 2021
    7:00PM
    Cancelled - Planning Board
    Thursday 11 November 2021
    All day
    Veterans Day
    Saturday 13 November 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Monday 15 November 2021
    7:30PM
    Council Meeting
    Tuesday 16 November 2021
    7:30PM
    Parks & Rec Meeting
    7:30PM
    Library Advisory Committee Meeting
    Wednesday 17 November 2021
    7:00PM
    Board of Adjustment
    Saturday 20 November 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Tuesday 23 November 2021
    7:00PM
    Municipal Alliance/Youth Services Meeting
    Wednesday 24 November 2021
    7:00PM
    Planning Board
    Thursday 25 November 2021
    All day
    THANKSGIVING - Borough Hall Closed
    Friday 26 November 2021
    All day
    Day After Thanksgiving - Borough Hall Closed
    Saturday 27 November 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Sunday 28 November 2021
    12:00PM - 1:30PM
    Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
    Monday 29 November 2021
    All day
    First Day Of Chanukah
    Tuesday 30 November 2021
    7:00PM
    Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
    Wednesday 1 December 2021
    7:00PM
    Board of Adjustment
    7:30PM
    Greenbrook Flood Control Commission
    Thursday 2 December 2021
    6:00PM
    Architectural Design Review Board
    Saturday 4 December 2021
    8:00AM - 12:00PM
    E-Waste Drop-off
    8:00AM - 2:00PM
    First Saturday Drop-off
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Sunday 5 December 2021
    4:00PM - 6:00PM
    Tree Lighting and Santa Comes to Town
    Monday 6 December 2021
    All day
    Last Day Of Chanukah
    Wednesday 8 December 2021
    7:00PM
    Cancelled - Planning Board
    Thursday 9 December 2021
    7:30PM
    Economic Development Committee Meeting
    7:30PM
    Economic Development Committee Meeting
    Saturday 11 December 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Monday 13 December 2021
    5:00PM
    Shade Tree Advisory Board
    7:30PM
    Council Meeting
    Wednesday 15 December 2021
    7:00PM
    Board of Adjustment
    Thursday 16 December 2021
    All day
    Holiday Home Decorating Contest Begins
    Saturday 18 December 2021
    9:30AM - 11:30AM
    Food Bank Open Today
    Tuesday 21 December 2021
    All day
    First Day of Winter
    7:30PM
    Parks & Rec Meeting
    Wednesday 22 December 2021
    7:00PM
    Planning Board
    Friday 24 December 2021
    All day
    CHRISTMAS EVE - Borough Hall Closed
    Saturday 25 December 2021
    All day
    CHRISTMAS DAY
    Sunday 26 December 2021
    All day
    First Day of KWANZAA
    12:00PM - 1:30PM
    Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
    Tuesday 28 December 2021
    7:00PM
    Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
    Friday 31 December 2021
    All day
    NEW YEAR'S EVE - Borough Hall Closed
    Saturday 1 January 2022
    All day
    NEW YEAR'S DAY
    Wednesday 12 January 2022
    7:00PM
    Cancelled - Planning Board

    263 Somerset Street North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
    (908)769-2900
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    Hours: Summer Schedule
    Monday Tuesday Thursday
    8:00am - 4:30pm
    Wednesday
    8:00am - 6:00pm
    Friday
    8:00am - 2:00pm
    (Excluding Holidays)