Fire Department Members — New Membership Application (pdf)

Being a firefighter requires a strong commitment to the Berkeley Heights community and an understanding
about what is expected of a volunteer. The Berkeley Heights Fire Department responds to many different
types of emergencies which require a unique set of skills. If you would like to serve your community, make a
difference and better yourself by becoming a volunteer firefighter you can email Deputy Chief Hopkins
at or click the application below:

  1. Active Fire Dept. Members
  2. Read what BHFD members say about the BHFD experience
  3. Become a Member — application form (pdf)
  4. Firefighter Training


Chief Anthony Padovano
Deputy Chief James Hopkins
Battalion Chief Daniel Cuocci
Captains Michael Schaumberg James Hintze Matt Freudenberger
Lieutenant TJ Soranno Austin Bucossi
  Anthony Amiano Howie Anderson Rich Boss Nick Ciraco Matt DeAngelis
  Tom Delia Kevin Dreitlein Chris Esposito Andrew Galllitelli Tom Giacco
  Brandon Gyory Clay Hubinger Mauro Iarussi Paul Imbimbo, Jr. Andrew Ippolito
  Joe Koczot Andrew Krasny Peter Krasny Rob Lavecchia Nick Papa
  Matt Plocinski Gerry Peyton Dylan Pidane Corey Platt Pete Popescu
  Brian Richards Kyle Robbins Chris Schaumberg Adam Trough Adam Uanis
  Dustin Ulen        
Junior Firefighters Ellen Besjak Nick Gamba Conner Vill Chris Zheng

What BHFD Members Say About Their BHFD Experience

- 20 YEAR MEMBER / Firefighter Chris Esposito
I joined the Berkeley Heights Fire Department in March of 2001 as a high school student seeking an opportunity to give
back to my community. As a young adult I found the nature of the work during emergency situations challenging and
fulfilling. Almost 20 years later, I still continue to find my work with the community incredibly rewarding. Each and every
day I have the opportunity to effectively apply my knowledge, skills, and experience to help people in need.

Over the last two decades BHFD has taught me important values; such as how to respect my peers and the ability to
maintain an enthusiastic motivated attitude when it comes to neighbors helping neighbors in our community.
One of my favorite aspects of the job is the ability to mentor new members and inspire the next generation of first
responders to share my passion for the job. I always look forward to meeting our new members and making a positive
impact during community outreach events.