Since February 10, 1894 the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department has been serving 24/7, 365 days a year. Westwood is 2.9 square miles with a population of 11,000 residents. Our intention is to serve the public in the most professional manner possible. Assisting our law enforcement agency and emergency medical service whenever requested. The department operates out of one centrally located headquarters with two engines, one truck and one rescue. Please stop in and visit or inquire about becoming a volunteer. We also welcome comments on our performance and service to the community we proudly serve. Help us to help you.

- Chief James Voorhis

12/15/15 - The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce our annual Community Service Scholarship Program for the college academic year beginning September 2016.  The program provides up to four (4) scholarship awards, totaling no more than $2,000 each year.  Each scholarship award is paid directly to the college the student attends and is applied toward such items as tuition, room and board, fees and books.
Applicants must be a resident of the Borough of Westwood, a current High School Senior, apply and file the appropriate admission application forms at any college that he/she may be interested in attending, and each scholarship winner must present an acceptance letter to an accredited college or university in order for the award to be paid to the institution.  All applicants must complete the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Application, verify a record of volunteer service to the citizens of the Borough of Westwood (NJ) with a letter from the community organization where you volunteered certifying their service and the approximate number of hours of volunteer service they provided during the past year, and write an essay (~500 words) explaining how their volunteer service to the Citizens of Westwood has affected their life.

The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Committee administers the scholarship program.  A separate Scholarship Review Committee comprised of leaders of area volunteer organizations reviews the scholarship applications, requests additional information and recommends candidates to receive the awards.  The scholarship program recognized outstanding community service and considers scholastic achievement, and extra-curricular activities.  Financial need is not a consideration in the scholarship decision.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to download our Application Packet at  Submissions must be postmarked no later than February 20, 2016.


9/27/15 - Fire Prevention week begins October 4th and runs through October 11th. The Westwood Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Fire Headquarters, located at 93 Center Avenue. All are welcome to attend. For more information on Fire Prevention Week and fire safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website.

6/29/15 - The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department awarded their 2015 Community Service Scholarships to four students at the June 23rd Mayor and Council meeting. This year's recipients are Anthony Orsini, Erin O'Sullivan, Kevin Keenan and Matthew Untalan. The scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, community service and extracurricular activities. Congratulations to all of the recipients and best of luck in your future endeavors!


- The Westwood Fire Department held its Second Annual Awards Dinner at Fire Headquarters on Saturday May 9th. Several awards were handed out to members for years of service. Many members were also recognized for their completion of fire training at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute. Outgoing Chief James C. Mawdsley was recognized for serving as Chief of the Department in 2014. Also being recognized were Deputy Chief William Haffler who was named 2014 Firefighter of the Year and Firefighters William C. Phayre and Frederick Banks who where made Honorary Chiefs. Congratulations to all! Pictured to the right: Chief Voorhis addresses the audience prior to handing out the awards.

3/11/15 - The Westwood Fire Department is now on Facebook! Our Facebook page will be regularly updated with information on incidents, events, historical info and photos. Click on the Facebook icon to visit our page and be sure to follow us!

12/22/14 - This year the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department celebrated it's 50th year of escorting Santa Claus throughout town during their annual "Santa Runs". Pictured below is Santa and his Elves taking a break during one of their runs through town. Chief Mawdsley and the members of the Westwood Fire Department would like to wish the residents of Westwood a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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