The Township of Mount Olive Fire Department: Service Impacting a Lot of People

By Steve Sears

Fred Detoro, third generation Fire Chief and recently named the Township of Mount Olive’s first Director of Fire & EMS, states, “The fire service is who people call when they don’t know who to call, so you have to be ready for anything.”

An appropriate statement, for the Township of Mount Olive Fire Prevention Bureau, which is located at 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, and includes Flanders Fire Company No. 1 & Rescue and Budd Lake Fire Company No. 1, is always ready when called upon.

Fighting fires and rescue are all part of a firefighter’s day. “At the end of the day, I’m very fortunate where we have fire and EMS under one roof, so we work simultaneously with each other,” says Tyler Wargo, Fire Chief in Flanders. “But at the end of the day, it’s a job, it’s the whole job from point A to point B to the finish line.”

Yes, a job, but a volunteer one. Budd Lake Fire Chief Mike Dorlon explains. “The most important thing I would like everyone to know is that the Budd Lake Fire Department is 100% volunteer, 24/7, 365 days a year. I have been to many incidents where the residents thought the fire departments in town were paid and are pretty shocked when we let them know that we are all volunteer. The members of this department are on call all day every day, leave their homes on holidays and in the middle of the night to respond on their own time without expecting anything in return except their own satisfaction that they helped someone on their worst day and hopefully changed the outcome.”

Wargo, who is a District Loss Prevention manager for Home Depot, covering northern New Jersey up to the Hudson

Chief Tyler Wargo

Valley, agrees. “Yeah, the biggest thing is the volunteerism. We go to calls and people think that were a paid department, and we’re not a paid department at all, including the Fire Chief. I am not paid, and just really getting the word out that when we come to their house or come to their need, it’s a 100% volunteer organization, and a lot of the guys and ladies responding have full-time jobs, and we do it for the love of our community.”

As the town grows, Detoro believes the call volume will grow, even though the volume is the most ever seen. “Just the number of residents, the number of industries, the number of people on the roads, it’s just getting to be a busy place.” He then mentions again that key word: volunteers. “We rely on volunteers so much that, without a steady stream of volunteers, something is going to have to happen.”

The Flanders Fire Department was established in 1923, and Budd Lake followed in 1929. Flanders celebrated a 95th anniversary in 2018, and Budd Lake turns 90 in 2019. Both departments also celebrated in 2018 the 85th anniversary of the Mount Olive Township Committee passing an ordinance, officially establishing on May 8, 1933 the Mount Olive Township Fire Department, with both the Budd Lake and Flanders departments under one umbrella.

This is the story of a Fire Prevention Bureau, the fascinating histories in brief of both departments, and their continued dedication to the Mount Olive community and beyond.


“The fire department first started in a chick coop up the street…”

Flanders Fire Company No. 1 & Rescue was founded first.

Detoro grew up in town, right on Main Street, nearby the Flanders firehouse. “It was the original road (Main Street) in Flanders, one of them. That’s where the firehouse was started, in various locations, two different locations. The fire department first started in a chicken coop up the street and then when the school moved up the street, I think the fire dept bought it from them in ’23, and it’s been housed there, it’s gone through many renovations, many additions, as the town did.   As the town grew, the fire department grew.”

From the Flanders Fire Company No. 1 and Rescue website: The Flanders Fire Company No. 1 has the responsibility to respond to fire and EMS emergencies within Mt. Olive Township, Flanders and the surrounding communities. The Company has the duty to maintain all the emergency vehicles and all the equipment used to protect the lives, the property of Flanders residents, those passing through as well as those who live in surrounding towns. The Fire Company is also responsible for attaining the best possible equipment and the continuous training of our volunteer members– both for their safety and the safety of all whom we protect.

The first discussion regarding establishing a fire company was in 1922, when residents chatted while picking up mail at the local post office. On June 8, 1923, seven residents, Howard and Ed McLaughlin, William Marvin, E.C. Ted Ashley, George Erickson, Watson McPeek, and Augustus Stark – established Flanders Fire Co. #1, and McLaughlin was named Chief. Meetings were held in Ed’s chicken coop, and McLaughlin’s barn was used to store the company’s equipment, and his house served as fire company headquarters. In October of that year, the township’s first fire truck, a Brockway Torpedo, was converted from a chemical car into a water carrier. Still stationed in 1928 in McLaughlin’s chicken coop, the completion of a new school at 26 Main Street enabled the former old schoolhouse to become the new fire house, and it was remodeled to house all the fire company’s equipment. With the expanded space, the company operated with two bays and a meeting hall upstairs. In 1936, a Dodge pumper was purchased to

replace the old “Torpedo” fire engine, and in 1938, a Ladies Auxiliary was formed to aid the firemen. Hazel Tinc was elected Chairwomen, Mrs. Erickson as her assistant, Ruth Gray served as Secretary and Ruth Clawson was the first

Captain Sean Foote

Treasurer. In 1940, a new rescue squad joined forces with the fire company in order to serve the residents of Flanders, furthering service to the township. As of 1942, Flanders Fire Company #1 operated two engines and a rescue truck, and in 1950 the Rescue Squad was added to the company’s name. Randolph Township shortly thereafter donated an ambulance, which in 1951 was replaced by a 1949 Studebaker, which was then replaced by a Cadillac in 1958. As time progressed, methods of fighting fires improved aided by technology. In the early 2000s, an addition housed a 2003 E-One 95′ Tower, as well as include offices and lockers for storage and management. Sadly, in 2011, Assistant Chief Thomas Shields suddenly passed after a mid-day call. A memorial plaque is placed between the bay doors of Engine 95 and Tower 96.

“We anticipate our call volume to increase even more…”

“The Budd Lake Fire Department has a usual call volume of 650 to 700 calls a year,” says Dorlon. “This is an ever-increasing number every year due to the town growing substantially each year. We finished 2018 at 725 calls. If I remember correctly, when I joined the department back in 1999, we had about 400 calls a year  We anticipate our call volume to increase even more with the new developments and commercial and industrial buildings that are currently being developed and others that are in planning stages.”

“I think they (residents) are more aware of what they do now because of social media,” claims Detoro, he and Wargo praising the efficiency of the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. “Before they would just see a red truck fly down the road and say, ‘Well, where are they going?’ Now through social media they’re like ‘wow! They’re really busy.” Detoro also adds, “Town Council members are allowed to listen to the incoming calls  and a lot of them were amazed about how busy these guys really are. Totally amazed.”

“…to provide the safest and quickest outcome of any emergency or non-emergency incident that is confronted…

The mission of the Budd Lake Fire Company No. 1 is “to provide the safest Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Assistance and Education to both its members and the general public. The manner in which we will provide these services shall be systematically approached and in accordance with the safest practices and procedures of the Budd Lake Fire Department (Fire Division). Above all, it is the intent of the Budd Lake Fire Department (Fire Division) to provide the safest and quickest outcome of any emergency or non -emergency incident that is confronted by the Budd Lake Fire Department (Fire Division).”

Budd Lake Fire Co. # 1 has a fine history as well. In 1929, a discussion over coffee at Tichners Store on Route 46 centered on creating a Budd Lake Fire Department. Edward Brown acquired a Model T Ford, and he and Ray E. DeGraw fashioned it into Budd Lake Fire Department’s initial fire truck. Department meetings were held in the basement of Mockler’s Tavern on Route 46. A Baby Grand Chevrolet was purchased and delivered from North Carolina, and it was used as a chemical truck. In July 1931 the Fire Department was reorganized, and elected to office were President Robert Fennimore, Vice President John Kelley, Secretary Roscoe Reimel, and Treasure William Moekler. Incorporation papers were secured under the name Budd Lake Vol. Fire Company No. 1 of Mt. Olive Township. Charter members were Andrew A. Brown, Edward Moelker, Roscoe Reimel, John Hunt, Robert Fennimore, T.J. Romer, Edward Trinner Sr., George Todd Sr., Charles Garneau, Frank Stephany, Robert Wittenberg, John B. Freudenberger, Ray E. DeGraw, Fred Klenke, Lois P. Petrie, Dallas Batson, Leonard D. Sylvester and John Kelley. On May 8, 1933, the Township Committee passed its Ordinance, naming both the Flanders and Budd Lake departments as the Mount Olive Township Fire Departments. In 1934, the fire department joined both the Police Department and Post Office, moving into the township municipal building. In 1935 the Township Committee bought the Fire Department their first pumper, a 1935 Ford with a 500 gpm Barton Centrifugal pump v-40 mounted in front of the truck. In 1941, the Township purchased the old Municipal Building, and the Budd Lake Fire Department was housed there until 1968, when the present firehouse on Route 46 became their new home. A second fire truck (a 1946 International) was purchased in 1946, and in 1956 the Fire Department held its 25th Anniversary. In 1968, construction on the Route 46 firehouse was completed, and in 1972 an addition to the firehouse was completed. In 1981, the Budd Lake Fire Company No. 1 had a grand 50th Anniversary party, and a huge parade, which included 119 fire companies, 74 rescue squads, 259 pieces of apparatus, and 23 bands. In 1987, added to the firehouse were two more engine bays, a radio room, Chief’s Office, engineers’ work room, a storage room, and a conference room, and in 1994 a picnic pavilion was built in the rear.


“For me, it was a family thing”

Fred Detoro is a 3rd generation Fire Chief in Mount Olive. His dad and grandfather were first and second Chiefs,

1st Assistant Chief Mike Mcdermott

respectively. Detoro started out as a volunteer firefighter and fire Chief. He eventually became a Fire Marshall, which includes investigations, inspections, and sub-coding for new buildings.

“My father,” says Detoro, “was the first Fire Marshall from 1972 to 2001. They thought it was easier to just keep the same business card and name tag on the door,” says Detoro with a laugh. Detoro grew up in a house listening to the fire department alert radio sounding. As a child, due to safety precautions, he never ventured out on runs with his elders, but the want was there to be a fireman. “For me it was a family thing. My grandfather, my father, my mother. My mom was the first female captain of EMS. It’s in the blood.” Detoro has three daughters, and he’s not sure if they aspire to serve with the fire department and continue the family legacy. “That’ll be up to them.”

The Mount Olive Township Office of the Fire Marshal was established in 1972. The primary responsibility of the Fire Marshal’s Office is the enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and other local fire safety regulations. Major activities within the scope of this office include Inspections of Life Hazard Uses, Inspections of Non-Life Hazard Uses (except owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings), Fire Safety Complaints, Fire Permit Control, Fire Lane Enforcement, Smoke detector / Carbon monoxide / Fire extinguisher compliance for the resale of residential properties, and Fire investigations to determine origin and cause.

Dorlon has been a Budd Lake Fire Department Chief Officer since 2011, and 2019 marks his second year as department Chief. “I joined the department back in 1999 and came up the ranks starting in 2005 when I became a Lieutenant, moving then up to Captain for a couple of years, and then becoming Assistant Chief in 2011.” Dorlon’s day job is selling public safety equipment in northern New Jersey for Firefighter One.

His team in Budd Lake includes First Assistant Chief Kevin Maloney. Currently employed at the Mount Olive Board of Education as a Custodial Supervisor for Mount Olive High School, he joined the fire department in 1991 and has held the ranks of Lieutenant for 8 years, Captain for 1 year and Assistant Chief for 9 years and Chief of Department for 6 years. “I graduated from Firefighter 1, 2 & 3 as well as many other fire service training courses.” Joseph Compano began as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18 in 1987 with Roxbury Fire Co. # 3.  He was a member with Roxbury for 14 years where he held the position of Past Captain. He then joined the Budd Lake Fire Department in September 2001 and has been a dedicated member for the past 18 years. He has held numerous positions with the Budd Lake Fire Department, including Engineer, 2 years as Vice President, 6 years (2 terms) as President, Lieutenant, Captain and is currently serving his second year as Second Assistant Chief. He has completed Firefighter 1 and 2 Training, Vehicle Extrication and Incident Command Training. Captain Robert Sheard is a 40-year Budd Lake Fire Department veteran and has held the rank of Chief 5 times. He has served in every fire line officer position for 31 of the 40 years, and also served as Treasurer, and Recording Secretary for the department. He is a New Jersey State Certified Fire Officer, Level 2 Fire Instructor, Level 2 Firefighter. “I have served on the Mount Olive Township Office of Emergency Management and currently hold the position as secretary for the Morris County Alliance of Active Fire Chiefs, as well as being Past President.” Sheard has been employed with Rockaway Township for 29 years, currently serving as Director of Public Works and Fire Department, and also works part time with Jersey Girl Brewery. Nick Bernabei is First Lieutenant, and he has been a volunteer firefighter for 7 years with Stanhope and Budd Lake Fire Department. “The past 3 years I have been fortunate enough to hold the rank of Lieutenant with BLFD with an awesome team of firefighters. I am employed with the Township of Mount Olive Department of Public Works. A volunteer firefighter is time consuming when you have a job and other responsibilities, but it makes me and the whole department happy when we help out our community when needed.” Second Lieutenant, Arthur Herring, joined Budd Lake Fire Company No. 1 in September 2017, but has also served previously with Boonton Fire Department and Montville Fire Department.  He is a Drew University Department of Public Safety Patrol Officer.

Wargo has been Chief of the Flanders unit since 2016 and has been a volunteer firefighter for 15 years. Wargo’s team in Flanders includes 1st Assistant Chief (and 33-year firefighter veteran) Mike McDermott, who has served 20 years in Flanders, and 26-year veteran and 2nd Assistant Chief Frank Zeller. “I love to help out my community and the residents who live within the township of Mount Olive. Also, I love to teach our youth the importance of fire safety and seeing that big smile on their faces when they get to see our equipment and interact with my men and women who put their lives on the line daily.” He leans back and describes the busy prior year. “Fire calls we had 618, and combined fire and EMS was 1,221 calls (all calls received go through the Mount Olive Police Department.) Ranging from car accidents to fire alarms, structure fire, I mean you name it everything – Hazmats. Prime example is today we had two calls back to back almost simultaneously; one was a 5-car motor vehicle accident, and one was a 2-car motor vehicle accident with entrapment – we had to use the Jaws of Life to cut them (passengers) out. Cars do smoke, sometimes cars do catch on fire.”

“The fire department,” adds Detoro, “they do the rescue and extrication, while EMS will do the treatment and transport.”  

The fire department also does ice rescue calls – rather dramatic ones. “Sometimes the outcomes aren’t what we want them to be,” says Wargo

“We cover fires, fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, ice rescues, vehicle extrications, and we also respond to

2nd Assistant Chief Frank Zeller

hazardous materials incidents, and public service calls such as pump outs as well as anything else we need to respond to that will assist our citizens,” says Dorlon. “We also provide mutual aid to our bordering towns depending on what assistance they request from us. We respond using different trucks depending on the type of calls.”

Mount Olive is a key location in Morris County, which Routes 46, 206, and 80 enveloping the area, 183 running nearby, and a railway running through it. “A very busy area,” says Detoro.

“It’s the one township in the state,” alludes Wargo, “that has all the major hearts of our transportation going through it.”

All of the fire departments have mutual aid agreements throughout the county and any nearby areas. Budd Lake and Flanders both have mutual aid agreements, sending them to Chester, Roxbury, Netcong, and even outside the county, if needed. Budd Lake itself covers approximately 23 square miles of Mount Olive Township and borders other towns such as Hackettstown, Allamuchy and Byram Townships, Stanhope, Netcong and Roxbury, and Washington Township. Dorlon and Budd Lake Fire Company No. 1 sometimes travel into these areas to assist.

“The most recent big fire we were at,” says Wargo, “was the big warehouse fire in Somerset County. We do a lot and the county relies on us a lot, particularly this township. We have a lot of resources, and we have a pretty good rapport with the county and a professional approach with going out, so they like that a lot.”

The life of a firefighter – from the Chiefs and the Director

When a person joins the Mount Olive Fire Department, they are required to attend Firefighter One training, which is basic firefighting at Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. Basic Firefighter 1 Certification is needed, and Fire 2 for any fire department officers. The classes are about 180 hours. “That is just the basic training to become a firefighter, but there are countless amounts of classes to take to move up the ranks and to also improve your knowledge,” attests Dorlon. “We also train at the fire house every Tuesday night, and one Sunday a month we train on rapid intervention which is a specialized group that responds to mutual aid fires and stands by as a team to assist and rescue a firefighter that may become trapped or injured in a structure fire.”

“You never stop learning,” says Wargo. “Every second Thursday of the month we (Flanders) have fire drills, and then quarterly we go to the (Morris County or Somerset County) academy and do live burns or some sort of live scenario.”

In addition to the  turn out gear that is worn at every call (which has a life span of 10 years). Budd Lake Fire currently has 3 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 tender (which is used to supply water in areas of town that do not have fire hydrants) 2 support trucks, 3 Chief’s vehicles and 1 military surplus truck. “We are looking forward to replacing two of our trucks for one larger rescue truck,” says Dorlon, “which will be delivered hopefully in May of this year which will help reduce our fleet and provide better service to the town.”

“Flanders has a rescue, engine, tower, brush truck, three ambulances, and MCI unit with an ICE rescue unit all in one. Budd Lake has three engines, a ladder, a rescue, a tanker…we have a ton of resources, and going back to the county level, they see how integrated we are with what we have and how professional we are and how we are evolving and developing, and it goes a long way. So, we’re heavily relied on in that aspect across the board,” adds Wargo.

When firefighters enter a burning building, they do so carrying a lot of necessary weight. “So, along with firefighting depending on the call, if a member (of the FD) is fully dressed, you’re looking at 110 lbs. of equipment that they have to carry, and that includes their SCBA (breathing apparatus), their turnout gear, any tools they’re carrying…in some instances it can be even greater than 110 lbs. It varies on the call, but on average you’re looking at anywhere from 88 to 100 pounds,” says Wargo. The Mount Olive Fire Department uses state of the art of equipment. “The township is very proactive and takes care of their firefighters and medical responders very well. From our personal breathing apparatus to our actual fleet, and we have thermal energy cameras – which help firefighting and finding victims inside a smoke-filled structure or fire structure – different kinds of gas meters, Jaws of Life,  an ample number of tools to stabilize cars, different types of power tools – we have everything.”

In addition to the physical aspect of firefighting, there is also the mental and emotional side. Detoro explains. “Absolutely, absolutely. From time to time, and Tyler is part of this team, we’ll get an incident , for instance the mass casualty incident, on Route 80, the bus crash,  we had counseling (offered). So, the emotional piece is something they never looked at before. These people take a lot of stuff home with them. We’ve had fires where whole families have perished, and that weighs differently than this bus accident where it involved kids. So, you can’t put them all together as to which one was the worst.”

“Each one,” adds Wargo, “has its own different twist to it. I would say the biggest ones that really touch the general

Lietenant Matt Jasiecki

membership would be anything involving kids. Being a father, kids are the worst. But going back to the township, the amount of support we get from a social media standpoint regarding a job well done or , ‘Hey, you guys did something amazing,’ or just a thank you, I mean it really goes a long way to the membership when they see that, they see that the town folks are really supporting and backing what we do day in and day out. That in itself, just a thank you goes a long way.”

Mount Olive has a population of 33,000 residents, and new developments are going in throughout the town. That means more people having to educate those people about fire safety via the fire department website.

“Like being proactive about this storm we might be getting this upcoming weekend,” says Wargo during the mid-January interview. “Just knowing where your fire hydrants are and if you’re a resident and you have a fire hydrant, clearing it out 3’ on each side in a circular shape so we can get to it. I can say a lot of the town, they follow it, they’re very receptive to it. During the holidays we put out publications on safety related to Christmas trees inside a structure. We show what can happen on certain videos, just different things throughout the year, and it’s constant – both sides. We both do that.”

“We’ve always preached to know two ways out of your bedroom, and anything that can help these guys before they go in because it’s a daunting task during a fire; not knowing the layout. If we can get a leg up, having the people out of the structure, it’s a huge benefit.” Detoro pauses, then continues. “Fighting fires has changed because the components in your house have changed. You’ve got couches, you’ve got beds, all made of toxic material. The escape time from a fire used to be a couple of minutes. You’ve got less than ten minutes to get out. That’s huge. It’s hard to get somebody up and awake from a dead sleep and get out.”

A handshake or hug, between the fire fighter and the community

“I typically put in 60 hours per week there (at his job) and then in my free time I’m answering calls,” says Wargo, “and it can be all hours of the night. We’re not getting any sleep, we’re working our full-time jobs. Being fire chief is like a second job, but we love doing it. We do it for love, not for pay. Seeing the service, seeing how we impact the lives of others, just getting a handshake or hug, it speaks a thousand times.”

“Some of them,” adds Detoro, “have brought people to tears. It’s very emotional.”

Flanders Firefighter 2 Class

“I would say,” says Wargo, “the most recent one that impacted a lot of people would be the Fenmore call. The whole family was essentially overcome by carbon monoxide, and then seeing the whole family come to the firehouse and how grateful they were. They invited the whole township to their home for a pool party and barbeque. Just being able to see the end results of everybody putting their hard work together for a positive outcome and being thanked – you can’t put words to that.”

“Hands down we live in an awesome community and we do this all for the same reason: it’s for our community.”

As a chief, Wargo knows that calls will come in that pull on your heartstrings. “It’s tough wearing that white helmet because you have to be the support function for all your men and women.”

Wargo also adds that each call doesn’t end when the call ends. “Once a call is ended, the call is evaluated and reevaluated, seeing if things could’ve been done better, or what we can change to make the next outcome of a same call better, so we’re always planning, always thinking outside the box, always trying to improve, to be the best we can be. Knowing your area, things are constantly changing as Fred said, we’re a growing township, just knowing your surroundings and pushing everything as a whole is what we do.”

“…the (Town) Council has been more than generous seeing that and helping us out”

Detoro explains the uniqueness of Mount Olive and how it pertains to firefighting. “You can have single family homes, and then hotels, and then industry, you have industries that have chemicals…the makeup of Mount Olive Township dictates what the fire departments have, what type of apparatus, and the (Town) Council has been more than generous seeing that and helping us out.”

Wargo delivers a good example. “If there’s a serious call, the Mayor’s at that call. He’s coming out seeing what the men and women are doing, as a support function to all Mount Olive services, whether it be police, fire, EMS. He’s there, he’s thanking everybody…I mean, that’s how above and beyond  our Town Council goes for us. You don’t find that in other townships; I can tell you hands down that doesn’t happen at all. So, the township, the Mayor, the Council, they’re more than 100% behind our back. We might not get something we request immediately, but they find a way to make it happen. They are constantly praising us, doing things for us all the time,  and its appreciated.”

Detoro buttresses Wargo’s statement about the good fortune that the MOFD has a wonderful relationship with the Town Council. “The town council gets it; the Mayor gets it. They really do. They’re very supportive.”

Volunteers are needed

Both Budd Lake and Flanders are seeking new members. Candidates should stop by any firehouse, and every year the department puts out quarterly or year-end videos on all publications (Facebook, Twitter) which details specifics. Every Thursday evening at 7:00 in Flanders you can come down and fill out an application, and there is also contact information on the website. As Detoro and Wargo stated, and is echoed by Dorlon, new members are always sought. “Being a volunteer group, people come and go which is an unfortunate part, but it’s always understood that people’s lives change, and the extra time may no longer be there to help out at the fire department and their service is always respected. If someone is interested in joining the fire department, the best thing would be stop by the firehouse any Tuesday night between 6:00 and 9:00 and speak with an officer,” says Dorlon.

Giving back

The Mount Olive Fire Department, in addition to the protection afforded the community, gives back in other ways as well. “Throughout the year, we get involved in events, and the most recent event on the Flanders side of the town was a Santa Run,” Wargo says. “We’ll essentially go out and collect Toys for Tots in addition to driving Santa around. It’s always a very huge success. From a training standpoint, we’re also very fortunate where we house a smoke trailer that teaches fire safety, and over the years – I can’t even tell you how many years it’s been in service now, but I’d say it’s been about ten years now – I would say it’s probably touched tens of thousands of children. It’s gone all over the state, the Burn Foundation, it’s been in Newark, it goes everywhere. We utilize that to teach our youth at our annual Mount Olive Carnival, and all our township events, it’s typically there. Both sides of the town are very proactive where if we get the word out beforehand to teach our youth the dynamics of fire, what fire can do and how to protect themselves…I mean, just touching one individual is a win in our eyes. We have a ton of resources in this township that ask us day in and day out to teach and develop within our youth the skill set, the understanding of what they need to do to protect themselves.”

“The greatest thing we give back to our community is that we provide a free service of responding to calls and saving tax payers millions of dollars a year instead of having a paid fire department in town,” says Dorlon. “Other ways we give back to the community, we always enjoy attending township functions such as the carnival for fireworks standbys and the other functions the town holds each year.” The Budd Lake Fire Department, several times a year, sends out a donation request mailer, and donations are greatly appreciated as the fire department owns the firehouse and donations help greatly in paying the bills for its upkeep.

A more detailed explanation of what the Township of Mount Olive Township Fire Prevention Bureau does can be found at and by calling (973) 691-0900. For information on the separate fire houses, visit and

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