The Mission of the Deptford Fire Department is to provide efficient, cost effective fire protection to our customers, the residents and commuters of Deptford Township, in accordance with state and nationally recognized standards and practices.
We shall achieve this through the use of standardized policies and training on the latest techniques and equipment while maintaining the highest level of safety for our members.
We pledge to serve in accordance with our adopted Code of Conduct, while achieving the highest levels of performance.
Code of Conduct
Professionalism: To carry out the highest standards of professionalism while both on and off duty. This includes treating fellow firefighters, citizens, and other professionals with the utmost dignity and respect. Wearing the appropriate uniform and protective gear while on-duty. Refraining from conduct which would cause embarrassment or disgrace to colleagues, the department or stations.
Partnership: To develop and nurture a relationship with the citizens of Deptford Township, colleagues, and the township government to provide superior fire prevention, education and suppression.
Drug-Free Department: To maintain a drug-free work environment by refraining from using drugs or tolerating drug use by colleagues.
Empowerment: Develop an organization that reflects community values and facilitates citizen participation.
Problem Solving: Rendering services through innovative, proactive, and public safety responses to the needs of the residents of the township and those in need of assistance.
Sexual Harassment & Discrimination: To refrain from any conduct which creates an environment of sexual harassment, or amounts to age, race or religious discrimination.
Public Service: To always remember that we are founded upon service to the public and to conduct ourselves accordingly.
The Deptford Township Board of Fire Commissioners was established by ordinance by the Deptford Township Council on October 25, 1965.
The ordinance states, "All lands lying and being within the corporate boundary lines of the Township of Deptford be and the same are hereby established and designated as the Fire District of Deptford Township".
Five Fire Commissioners are elected by the public to serve staggered 3-year terms. During their tenure on the Board, Commissioners are "...responsible for the administration of said Fire District pursuant to the provisions of the statutes of the State of New Jersey in such case made and provided".
The Fire District maintains its offices at the Fire Administration Building at 1370 Delsea Drive. The Administrative Offices and the Bureau of Fire Prevention / Fire Marshal's Office are at this location.
The Board of Fire Commissioners meets publicly on the first Wednesday night of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fire Administration Building. Work sessions are also held at the Fire Administration Building on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.