Fire Prevention


The Stafford Township Fire Prevention Bureau is dedicated to preventing fires through public education, fire inspections, enforcement and comprehensive fire investigations in order to reduce the loss of life and property as well as to protect the environment thereby improving the quality of life for our community. We endeavor to create a progressive and safe environment that benefits all.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Enforcement of the NJ Uniform Fire Code, National Standards and Local codes.
  • Fire Investigations in coordination with Local, County & State Agencies.
  • Public Education for Schools, Adult Communities and Local Businesses.
  • Senior Home Evaluations and Smoke Detector program.
  • Fire Safety Training & Planning for Local Businesses & At Risk Communities.
  • Review and Exercise Emergency Operations Plans for our Community Partners to include Nursing Homes, Hospital, Hotel, Schools and Critical Infrastructure.
  • Coordinate with Stafford Township Office of Emergency Management.
  • Fire Wise program coordination with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.
  • Fire Safety Permits
  • Knox Box program maintenance for Stafford Township.
  • Plan & Site review.
  • Maintenance of Documents, Records and required Reports.
  • Investigate citizen complaints
  1. Heidi Michel

    Fire Official/Animal Control Supervisor
    Phone: 609-597-1000 x8577

  2. Alyssa Chapman

    Fire Inspector
    Phone: 609-597-1000 x8527

Thank you to Lisa Patchell from State Farm Insurance for the generous donation of The Story of Sparky The Fire Dog story and coloring books. These important items will be used to educate our younger school children on the importance of Fire Safety.

sparky the fire dog fire safety donation photo

We know fireworks are fun and young kids look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can cause serious injuries to children, including devastating burns and other injuries. The best way to keep your children safe is to not use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

 THE FACTS: More than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year in the United States because of fireworks. Sparklers, which are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, account for one-third of the injuries to children under five.

 If you plan to use fireworks, make sure to follow these tips to keep your kids as safe as possible.

  •  Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.                                                                                                                                         
  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.                                                                                      
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.


BBQ Safety

The video below demonstrates just how dangerous a simple candle can be and how quickly a fire can spread. If you look at the left side of the screen you will see a small candle on the table in front of the window. Watch as the breeze blows the curtains over the candle for just a couple of seconds and the destructive consequences. Please be careful where you place your candles and never leave them unattended. 


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TROOP 61 Clears way for Stafford Forest Fire Safety

Troop 61 Atlantic Hills Clean Up

Atlantic Hills Fire Wise Evaluation

7 Firewise Tips (1)

Register Ready

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

Why should you register?

Exclamation To be notified by local officials when an evacuation has been ordered.Exclamation IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE!



Southern Ocean Medical Center

Everyone should have at least 1 fire extinguisher in their home or business but do you know how to safely use it. Click on the video above to learn about the acronym PASS to quickly and safely use your extinguisher. 



Knox-Box® Program

Stafford Township requires all commercial occupancies with a monitored alarm system to have a Knox security key box installed. Property owners in our community store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Box® key boxes mounted near their building entrances. Each Knox-Box® purchased by the property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by your department. With the Knox System, there is no cost to the fire department, no waiting for a property owner to unlock the door in the middle of the night, and no forcing the door open to gain entry.

The Knox Rapid Entry System reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys. To order your Knox Box please complete the online order form. The form will be forward to our office for approval and sent directly to you to be installed. Please be sure you select Stafford Township Fire Department or use 08050.

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Applications & Information

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration