About the Fanwood Volunteer Fire Department

About Us

 

We're a 100% volunteer group whose "paid jobs" vary from landscaping, public service, paid firemen from other towns, teaching, banking, and many other careers. We have a common goal: serve the 7,500 citizens of Fanwood at any time of day or night.

 

We also provide mutual aid to the other communities of Union County.

 

Each firefighter has been through hundreds of hours of training.

 

Many of us have attended or have children who attend the Fanwood/Scotch Plains school system.

 

We're proud of our department and our community. You'll see us at public events throughout the year such as Fannywood Day, the Memorial Day Parade, National Night Out, the Fanwood 5k, and of course, the Santa run.

Our History

 

The Fanwood Volunteer Fire Company was organized in 1890 to protect homes in the Fanwood Park area around the railroad station. This was five years before the borough of Fanwood was incorporated. There were 12 charter members who believed a fire company was necessary "in case of conflagration or otherwise."

 

Fire equipment was initially stored in private sheds. In 1897 the original fire house was built on Watson Road across the street from the current fire headquarters. The building was was torn down in 1939.

 

The original fire house's bell tower was 50 feet high, but had to be lowered to 25 feet when it began to decay. It now resides at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church.

 

The current fire house is located behind the borough's municipal complex at 75 North Martine Avenue and is attached to the municipal court and police headquarters. It was built in 1983 after a 10-year struggle for new facilities. It has bays for three apparatus, a large meeting room, a kitchen, a chief's office, bathrooms and a gym.