The Princeton Fire Department provides both Fire and EMS services around the clock 24/7. Our Department is supported by full-time, part-time, and volunteers who hold various positions and ranks. Emergency response is typically staffed with four full-time, supported by part-time and volunteers when available, for each 24-hour period.
The job of a firefighter can be physically, emotionally, and psychologically demanding. It takes special people who can perform this task while managing their own personal lives. To help in this regard department members work at maintaining a close-knit family, utilizing a peer support group, and creating strong bonds with each other. We make every effort to provide for our own safety while providing for the safety of others. Members have from one year, to as many as 38 years of experience in the fire service, but they function as an effective team none the less. Our team makes every effort to insure the service and experience you have with our organization is a positive one, and we hope that in the end we will have made a positive difference.
- Fire Chief (Full-Time)
- Deputy Chief of Administration & Support/Fire Marshal (Part-Time)
- Assistant Chief of Operations (Full-Time)
- Administrative Assistant (Full-Time)
- Operations Captains (3 Full-Time)
- Special Services Captain (Part-Time)
- Assistant Fire Marshal (Part-Time)
- Operations Lieutenants (3 Full-Time)
- Training/Support Lieutenant (Part-Time)
- Operations Engineers (4 Full-Time)
- Inspector (Part-Time)
- Operations Firefighters (6 Full-Time, 4 Part-Time, and up to 15 Volunteers)
In addition to the Fire Chief, the Administrative Assistant, the Volunteer Chaplain, and the Medical Director at the executive level, the department is divided into two main branches: Administration/Support and Operations. Viewing our organizational chart below you will see other positions within our department, but many of these are held as collateral duties to the full and part-time positions.
Administration & Support Branch
This Branch, led by the Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, is responsible for management and supervision of the Fire Prevention, Training/Support, and the Emergency Management Divisions. Emergency Vehicle Technician and Facilities Maintenance are handled through the City and not included in the Fire Department's Organizational Chart.
This Branch, led by the Assistant Chief of Operations, is responsible for management and supervision of the Emergency Operations Shifts, and the Special Services Division which includes EMS, Special Operations and Communications.
Our volunteers make up about one third of our staffing. They are paid a very small stipend for their time and commitment. Their unselfish service for the protection and betterment of the community is a testament to their character and exemplifies some of the oldest traditions associated with fire departments as a volunteer service. Many of these volunteers spend their own time and money to obtain certifications and advanced training in order to provide our community with the best possible service in times of need. They are individuals who come from all walks of life and professions. We have ambulance medics, teachers, paid firefighters, business professionals, municipal employees, students, truck drivers, retirees, and self-employed individuals who make up our organization. Each bring their own special skills and talents, but all are dedicated to our purpose. These members also serve knowing that there is a given amount of risk to their own well-being in the performance of their duties, so it is important we give them our community support.