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Fire Department


When the siren sounds in Independence at 3:30 in the morning... 25 of your neighbors TURN OUT... the rest sleep safe and sound.  The Independence Fire Department is a volunteer organization.  Volunteers are always welcome!

Breakfast fund raiser held the 2nd Sunday from 8:00am - 11:00am of each month except July and August.
Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.

Have you tested the battery in your smoke detector lately?
Teach children that matches and fire are not toys.
Plan an escape route and meeting point from your house in case of a fire.

10 Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install Smoke Detectors
  2. Plan Your Escape from Fire
  3. Keep an Eye on Smokers
  4. Cook Carefully
  5. Give Space Heaters Space
  6. Matches and Lighters- Tools Not Toys
  7. Cool a Burn with Cool Water
  8. Use Electricity Safely
  9. Crawl Low Under Smoke
  10. Stop, Drop, and Roll

Choosing Your Extinguisher

  • Class A: Ordinary Combustibles such as wood, cloth, and paper.

  • Class B: Flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, and oil-based paint.

  • Class C: Energized Electrical equipment including wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, and appliances.


Chief Brian Harchar
24 Cemetery Road
Great Meadows, New Jersey 07838
(908) 637-4300
(Dial 911 for All Emergencies)
(908) 637-4725 Fax

Township of Independence • 286 Route 46 West • Great Meadows, New Jersey 07838 • Tel 908-637-4133 • Fax 908-637-8844