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Fire Department

Mission and Purpose

It is the mission of the Linden Fire Department to preserve life and property; promote public safety; and foster community support services in a professional manner. Our services include:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Rescue
  • Public Fire Safety Education
  • Fire Code Enforcement through Fire Prevention

Our Core Values

Prepared for Duty means that our members will do everything possible to ensure that our organization is at an optimum state of readiness when called upon to respond at a moment’s notice. Our team members will be properly trained, equipped, supported, and focused on safety, immediate response times and services.

Serving With Integrity relates to how we do business. We acknowledge that truth and trust are the foundations of relationship building and delivery. Our members will work hard every day to maintain the highest professional standards and to earn the public trust through their actions.

Responding With Compassion our organization is a people-oriented service organization focused on helping those in need.  Our members will provide the highest level of fire and emergency services with utmost compassion and caring to anyone in need.

Committed to Professional Excellence the Linden Fire Department will provide its members with the means, skills, and education to provide outstanding professional services. This organization will achieve this excellence through a commitment to quality, respect for each individual, and a workplace that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

What is the Linden Fire Ambulance Service?

Previously, the Linden Fire Department operated an ambulance service during daytime hours. However, the Linden Fire Department now operates Emergency Medical Services 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. We are the sole provider of Emergency Medical Services in the City.

What is the F.M.B.A.?

The Linden F.M.B.A. – Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association – is the representing bargaining organization for the Firefighters (Local #34) and Fire Officers (Local #234). The F.M.B.A. organizes fundraising activities & solicits donations for personal firefighting equipment such as face pieces for their SCBAs, charitable foundations such as the St. Barnabas Burn Unit, and local organizations and individuals who need assistance. Solicitations are made by MAIL ONLY – never phone calls! If there is any question about the validity of a solicitation, you can call the Fire Department at (908) 298-3800.

When should I change the batteries in my smoke and/or Carbon Monoxide detectors?

For detectors that have batteries which are accessible they should be changed when you move your clocks twice a year. Newer detectors have sealed batteries and are not changed during the life of the detector. Consult manufacturers information for your specific type of detector.

How long to smoke detectors last?

Smoke detectors generally last for 10 years. Check the manufacturer’s information for your specific detector.

I am moving a new business into Linden. What permits, forms, and licenses do I need?

You will need to go to both the Fire Prevention and the Construction Offices. At the Fire Prevention office located at our Headquarters Building, we will register your business and determine which licenses and permits your type of business will require. At the Construction Office, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Occupancy located in City Hall.

How do I become a Linden Firefighter?

Linden is part of the New Jersey Civil Service System. The NJ Civil Service Commission develops and administers the entrance exam for the Linden Fire Department. The test is given in a two to three year cycle. You can get information from the NJ Civil Service Commission’s website, or contact the Linden Fire Department. You must between the ages of 18 and 35, be a high school graduate and live in Linden.

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