The Fanwood Fire Department serves the approximately 7,500 citizens of Fanwood, NJ. We also provide mutual aid to the other communities of Union County. The Fanwood Volunteer Fire Company was first organized in 1890 to protect the homes in the Fanwood Park area around the railroad station, five years before the borough of Fanwood was even incorporated. There were 12 charter members who believed that a volunteer fire company was necessary "in case of conflagration or otherwise."
The original fire house on Watson Road stood where the pocket park is currently located and is directly across the street from the current fire headquarters. It was built in 1897. Until the building existed, equipment was stored in private sheds. The bell tower was originally 50 feet high and then had to be lowered to 25 feet when it began to decay. It was torn down in 1939, but the bell was saved. 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. It is attached to the municipal court and police headquarters. It was built in 1983-84 following a 10-year struggle for new facilities. It has bays for three apparatus, a large meeting room, kitchen, chief's office, bathrooms and a gym.