Fire Inspectors

fire_preventionIn 1986, the Franklin Township Fire Prevention Bureau separated from the Franklin Township Construction Code Department. The original department staff consisted of:

  • Director
  • (3) Full time officers
  • Administrative Aide

Today, the staff consists of ten people:

    • Director of Fire Prevention
    • Deputy Director
    • (6) Full time Officers
    • Administrative Aide
    • Part time Administrative Aide
    • Part time Officer

      The Fire Prevention Department is responsible for the fire and life safety inspections of the large and diverse business community of Franklin Township and Millstone Borough.  Some of the properties which are inspected include 15 hotels, high rise buildings, a convention center, large warehouses, shopping centers, 4 large age-restricted communities, and office buildings which are home to some of the world’s largest companies. Some of those companies are:

      Some of our additional responsibilities include:

    • Residential smoke detector inspections
    • Fire alarm tracking and enforcement
    • Housing inspections of our numerous multi-family structures
    • CAD and Emergency Fire Department Pre-Planning

The Fire Prevention Department also coordinates fire safety education for our nine public schools, four private schools, four charter schools and numerous daycare centers.  Members of the department also maintain the Franklin Township Fire Safety Education Trailer on behalf of the Franklin Township Fire Chief’s Association.  The Fire Prevention staff conducts corporate fire drills with our businesses that have programs in place and helps businesses with creating new fire warden programs.

The Fire Prevention Department also has the responsibility of investigating the origin and cause of all fires occurring in Franklin Township and Millstone Borough.  Additionally, the Fire Prevention staff works closely with the Franklin Township Police Department and the Somerset County Arson Task Force.  This close relationship allows all fires to be investigated fully and prosecuted promptly.

In late 2009, in an effort to avoid lay-offs in Fire Prevention, a shared services agreement with the four township fire districts was created. The four fire districts contributed funds to the township to preserve staffing levels within the Fire Prevention Department.  In return for this funding the Fire Prevention Officers took on the additional responsibility of firefighting duties and respond with the township fire departments to provide additional emergency resources during the work week. This new system has proved valuable and thus far is a huge success.  The Franklin Township Fire Prevention Department thanks the fire districts for their current and continued support.

Franklin Township, Somerset NJ – FMBA Local 88