Organized September 11, 1929 - Union Fire House, Mount Holly, NJ

County Guidelines / Policies

The purpose of this guideline is to establish procedures for securing resources for response to incidents requiring a technical rescue capability.  Burlington County has technical rescue capabilities available for deployment within the County.  For large scale incidents or protracted incidents, mutual aid may be required.


To establish minimum standards and provide recommended practices for Burlington County Emergency Services Organizations (ESO) with regard to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV).


To establish a standardized response plan, maintaining a safe environment for responders to the fullest extent possible when operating in support of police operations at active shooter incidents in Burlington County.


Cancer is an important and emerging issue in today’s fire service. The number of firefighters being diagnosed with cancer is on the rise and studies show there are steps that can be taken to reduce firefighter exposure to carcinogens that are present in the modern environment which are known to cause cancer. This procedure will outline steps that firefighters shall take to reduce the impacts of carcinogens in the station and on the fire scenes.

Burlington County

Department of Public Safety

Central Communications


Continuity of Operations

Dispatch / Radio Operations


Start Date: December 1, 2020


The purpose of this directive is to establish procedures for the Continuity of Operations: Dispatch/Radio Plan (COOP: DRO). It is further intended to provide operational procedures and guidance during times when normal dispatch / radio operations are substantially delayed or unavailable. Such conditions include but are not limited to: weather or other events that cause operational overloads, radio system outages, site trunking / Failsoft, CAD system outages and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.


Adopted 2004

Revised September 2, 2009


To develop Standard Minimum response criteria that will be comprised of both the minimum levels of manpower and apparatus that would be sent to all confirmed working structural fires throughout Burlington County.  That Standard is ultimately designed to enhance the safety of fire department personnel, while also improving the efficiency of operations, providing the Incident Commander with a guaranteed quantity of critical resources on each alarm.  To accomplish this, when necessary, a regionalized approach comprised of automatic aid from contiguous departments & communities, Grouped Task Forces, and / or Strike Teams will be utilized.  All of which have been selected and identified by the local department, or by the Chief County Fire Coordinator.

Adopted June, 2006 – Revised March 12, 2008 

Purpose and Intent

  1. The purpose is to aid Fire Chiefs in the Pinelands area to develop six (6) WUI alarm assignments for their area by establishing a common framework throughout the County.  Alarm assignments should consist of six or seven pieces of apparatus per alarm. In some cases, the alarm size could change due to the population in their area.

  2. Backfilling of apparatus committed to the WUI shall be accomplished by the use of a Regional Cover assignment, utilizing established taskforces for this purpose.

Revised June 14, 2006

Revised of 8/10/2016

Reviewed 2/1/2017

 Purpose and Intent

  1. A fire officer undertakes the responsibility of protecting lives and property in their community.  It is the intent of the Tender Task Force (TTF) Guidelines to make the job as easy as possible.

  2. When the TTF is requested, their job is to deliver a minimum of 1000 gallons per minute (GPM) of water in the quickest and safest way possible by obeying all motor vehicle laws.  It is very important that all apparatus in the operation be able to adapt with each other


  1. It is the intent of this document to identify the resources available for response to waterway emergencies and develop organized response teams (in the form of strike teams) for specific types of emergencies.  Based on the size and capacity of the boats, several teams have been formulated to respond to rivers, creeks, lakes and streams.  Resources for ice rescue and other special operations have also been identified.

  2. The identified strike teams will be included on every jurisdiction’s response grid.  The strike team will be the preferred method of response when confirmation of a rescue and/or recovery has occurred,  and after exhausting local mutual aid responses.

  3. The development of appropriate strike teams was completed to prevent the ‘stripping’ of resources within a small geographic area.  In addition, two River strike teams have been developed which allows for an organized relief team to be dispatched when necessary.  In this manner, it is anticipated that the individual team members will practice and work together to become efficient in their operations.


The purpose of this guideline is to establish Strike Team/Task Force Leaders to be used for both in and out of county responses.

This guideline will provide a basic experience and educational requirements to serve as a Strike Team/ Task Force Leader.