President’s Message


First and foremost Neal Carroll, Chief’s Association Secretary, former Chief of Department, and Firefighter has decided to hang up his quill pen.  Neal has been taking minutes, writing letters, sending notices and generally keeping us on the straight and narrow for 20 years.  He has simple decided to lighten his load a little as his employer is asking more of him.  Neal is always been very quiet about what he’s doing at a certain government location in Wharton, NJ, but rest assure the gravity of his work supports all of our interests around the world.  When you see Neal take a moment to thank him not just to his years of service to our organization, but to every member of the Fire Service.

The Bergen County Fire Chief’s Association has been meeting, for twenty years.  Our mission is the same as day one;

  • To unite for their mutual benefit current and former chief officers of the County Fire Departments
  • To provide an open and recurring forum.
  • To address technical, operational and administrative fire service issues.
  • To encourage improvements within the fire service.
  • To advance the cause of fire safety.
  • To support initiatives that will aid in reducing the frequency and severity of fire losses

During those two decades we have continued to be the frontlines of county, state, and federal issues while keeping you the, the Chief of Department, the man in the arena, cognizant of changes to our profession.

Neal’s departure has created an obvious void in our organization and identified a greater need; we need to develop a succession plan and not just a replacement plan.

Our plan needs to be for both the organizations leadership and for the many committee members that are part of our organization.  Matches need to be made between one’s personal skills and member’s knowledge, skills and abilities to the needs of our group.  The process can be jumpstarted by identifying potential candidates from our membership and look outside and recruit new members.  We need to involve all of our members, at all levels, as you so often know where the hidden talent lies.

If you are interested in joining us or know another member of the fire service and working to make a difference here in Bergen County and beyond, give me a call.


Stay Safe,
Peter Hodge

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BCFCA/ Harvey Training Donation

The Bergen County Fire Chiefs Association is pleased to announce that a $4000.00 donation in the name of Harvey Eisner, Tenafly Fire Chief has been made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

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Accepting the Harvey Training Donation on behalf of the NFFF is (L to R) Wilton (CT) Ron Kanterman, Fire Chief and NFFF Memorial Weekend Command Staff; BCFCA Trustee Jack J. Murphy, and Wilton  Deputy Chief Mark Amatrudo