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. The fire department sworn rank structure is listed below from the top down.
Fire Chief – Full-time
Deputy Chief of Administration & Support/Fire Marshal – 1 Part-Time
Assistant Chief of Operations – 1 Part-Time
Captain – 3 Full-Time Shift Captains, and 2 Part-Time for Training and Special Services Divisions
Assistant Fire Marshal – 1 Part-Time
Lieutenants – 1 Part-Time Shift Lt, 1 Part-Time H&S Lt, and 2 Volunteer Shift Lieutenants
Engineers – 3 Volunteers
FF/Drivers – 7 Full-Time
Firefighters – 2 Full-Time Shift FF, 1 Part-Time Shift FF, and between 20 to 24 Volunteer FF’s
In addition to the Fire Chief and the Administrative Assistant 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 full and part-time positions..
Administration & Support – This Branch, led by the Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal is responsible for management and supervision of the Fire Prevention and Training and Support Divisions, the Fire Department Chaplain/VRM, and the Department Resource Specialist.
Operations – 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 with includes EMS, Special Operations and Communications.
Volunteers – Our volunteers make up over half 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.
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, creating strong bonds with each other, and we make every effort to provide for our own safety while providing for the safety of others. Members on the Princeton Fire Department may have less than one year, and as many as 36 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 difference.