What are the requirements to join?
What is the process to join?
What training is required when I join the fire department?
How long is fire academy?
What is fire academy like?
Who will be at fire academy with me?
What is expected out of me when I complete fire academy?
How will I be notified that there is a call taking place?
What if I miss a call, meeting or drill
What if I do not make the 40%?
Will there be times I’ll be answering calls that are not in Verona?
Am I covered if I suffer any injuries while performing work with the department?
Is there anything more to the fire department than just fighting fires?
I am under the age of 18. Is there a youth program available?

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What are the requirements to join?
You must be between the ages of 18 and 45. You also must either be a permanent Verona resident for at least 6 month or a full-time employee of the Township of Verona at the time of application. This residency requirement may be waived if you are an active member in good standing in any recognized fire department.
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What is the process to join?
You will immediately be called for your interview. You will be asked questions so that we may get to know you better, what kind of hours you could volunteer, what station you would like to be at, etc. It is not a job interview, but rather a chance to get to know you.

You will then need to be evaluated by a physician to determine if you are fit and able to perform. Lastly, you will be required to be fingerprinted by the Verona Police Department, who will send them to the State Police for a background check.

Once your background check comes back, you will be called in for your equipment and you may begin to answer calls.
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What training is required when I join the fire department?
You are expected to be trained as a NJ State certified firefighter. All members’ training and equipment is paid for by the Verona Fire Department. Currently, new members must be enrolled in a NJ State certified fire academy within 6 months of joining. Extensions are given for reasonable circumstances.

After completion of the academy, continuing education is strongly encouraged. We train at least twice monthly, and any course a member wishes to take will be paid for by the department.
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How long is fire academy?

Fire academy is approximately 150 hours. Generally, each member goes for 2 nights a week for about 3 months, or 1 day a week for about 6 months, depending on the academy.
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What fire academy will I be attending.
Currently, Essex County does not have a fire academy of its own. Therefore new members must go out of county to get trained. The choice of academy is yours however most of our members go to the Morris County Fire Fighters and Police Training Academy in Morris Plains, Passaic County Public Safety Academy in Wayne, or Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.
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What is fire academy like?
Generally, members have half classroom work taught by experienced firefighters, and apply what they learned in the classroom with hands-on experience in the other half. Manageable calisthenics and PT are usually performed in the beginning of each session. Members generally enjoy fire school. You meet new and interesting people, face new experiences and share some laughs, all while learning the core material.

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Who will be at fire academy with me?
It is preferred that all new members go together, for many reasons. However, depending on when you join, that may not be possible. On the other hand, you will be attending with other new members from other departments, so everyone is in the same situation as you. Your instructors are state certified with years of real life experience on and off the fire ground.
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What is expected out of me when I complete fire academy?
Like all of us, we have family, work and social obligations to meet as well. Knowing that, you are expected to meet at least 40% of fire calls, drills, and meetings in a 12 month period. Our members do not find this requirement to be a problem. More in-depth details will be explained at your interview.
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How will I be notified that there is a call taking place?
We currently have 2 systems in place. We have a radio system and a horn system. Every member upon them receiving their gear is given a two-way radio. The member will be notified of a call first with a tone, then an address and nature of the call. Now realizing that there are situations where carrying a radio isn't possible, so police dispatch activates the horn at town hall to notify members without a radio that their is a call.
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What if I miss a call, meeting or drill.
If you are at a fire related function (i. e. Fire School) during a call, drill or meeting, you are automatically credited for it. If at anytime you are unable to function over a long period of time, a leave of absence will excuse you. In addition, you may earn extra credits for other activities, and there are a ton to be awarded out. There are 12 additional drill and 12 additional meeting credits available for make up credits by attending your other company's meetings or drills if need be. In addition, if you show that you are making a sincere effort, we will work with you to meet your requirements.
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What if I do not make the 40%?
Its not the end of the world if you don't make 40%. We won't kick you off, however, you will loose your stipend and voting privileges during that time frame. In addition you may not qualify for LOSAP or earn state exemption credits.
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Will there be times I’ll be answering calls that are not in Verona?
Yes. We have a mutual aid agreement with all 22 municipalities of Essex County. Generally Verona is requested for mutual aid to all of West Essex and Montclair, however, there are times we will be requested to the rest of Essex County. For larger incidents or incidents needing specialized teams, Verona may be called. For example, Verona responded into New York City on September 11, 2001.
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Am I covered if I suffer any injuries while performing work with the department?
Yes. Any injuries that occur while you are working with the department, you will be covered by the Township of Verona.
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Is there anything more to the fire department than just fighting fires?
Yes, there is. There are a lot of social events, both informal and formal. We do charity work such as golf outings or the Burn Foundation Ski Race every year. We have an annual dinner, and hold events to encourage team building.

We do a lot of public relation activities, such as block party and birthday visitations, take part in town gatherings, and of course, run “Santa Day”. We also attend parades and participate in “Wetdown” celebrations with neighboring departments.
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I am under the age of 18. Is there a youth program available?
Yes, there is. If you are between the ages of 16 to 18, or a full-time college student, you may join the auxiliary department. The auxiliaries provide support services to the fire department on and off the fire ground, and can participate in all training activities alongside the fire department. Please click here for more details.
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