The Randolph Township Fire Department provides fire suppression, fire code enforcement and public education services to township residents. The department is served by over 125 volunteer firefighters who are accessible by pagers and provide 24-hour fire suppression services from four fire stations strategically located throughout the township. Additionally, the department maintains a bureau of fire prevention which enforces New Jersey’s Uniform Fire Safety Code. The bureau’s staff includes a full-time fire subcode official and two part-time fire inspectors.
The department’s four volunteer fire companies are as follows:
- Fire Company #2
- Millbrook located at 340 Route 10
- Fire Company #3
- Mt. Freedom located at 670 Millbrook Avenue
- Fire Company #4
- Ironia located at 331 Dover Chester Rd.
- Fire Company #5
- Shongum Mountain located at W. Hanover Avenue and Arrow Place
Bureau of Fire Prevention
Staffed by the fire subcode official and two part-time fire inspectors, the bureau conducts annual inspections of all buildings within the township—with the exception of one and two family owner occupied dwellings—to ensure that they meet all aspects of New Jersey’s Uniform Fire Safety Code. Other duties assigned to the bureau include smoke detector certification inspections, investigation of fire code related complaints, and the investigation of fires. Additionally, with the assistance of members of the fire department, the bureau also provides a series of public education programs throughout the year.
Chief of Department Kevin R. Dunn has thirty-two years of firefighting experience—twenty-five with the Randolph Township Fire Department and seven years with the Denville Township Fire Department. He has fourteen years of fire officer experience, all with Randolph Fire Company #2. Kevin has held a number of leadership positions within the department, including chairman of the board of engineers and chief of Fire Company #2—Millbrook (2007-08). Kevin has been married to Susan for twenty-six years. They have three sons who are or were firefighters with Randolph Fire Company #2. Matthew is now a career firefighter with the city of Charleston, SC; Ryan and Brandon are still firefighters in town. Ryan is currently serving with the United States Army assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, NY.
Deputy Fire Chief Steven B. Cohrs has twenty-one years of firefighting experience—ten years with the Randolph Township Fire Department and eleven years with the Livingston Fire Department (NJ). Steve has thirteen years of fire officer experience, including seven years with Randolph and he recently served as battalion chief at Station 5—Shongum Mountain from 2010 to 2012. He also served on a variety of department and Company 5 committees over the years. Steve is the 4th generation of his family in fire/EMS service. His sons Matt and Tom are continuing this tradition as active members of Station 5.