The Skyline Lake Fire Department is currently accepting applications for PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERS and JUNIOR FIREFIGHTERS. Probationary Firefighters must be at least 18 years of age while Junior Firefighters must be between the ages of 16-18. Both must currently live and/or work in the Borough of Ringwood.


Probationary firefighters are placed on probation for one year before becoming an active firefighter with our department. Probationary firefighters will be required to attend and successfully complete the NJ State Firefighter I training program at the Passaic County Fire Academy located in Wayne, NJ. Upon successful completion of the academy and one year of probation, he/she will be sworn into active membership.

Probationary and active firefighters are required to attend 45% of calls and drills in his/her available hours.  A firefighter will self-designate himself or herself as a “day” or “night” member. Daytime firefighters are responsible for all calls and drills between the hours of 6 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday. Nighttime firefighters are responsible for all calls and drills between the hours of 6 PM – 6 AM Monday through Friday. All members are responsible for weekend calls. Departmental drills are held every Thursday beginning at 7:30 PM with the second Thursday of the month being our regular business meeting.

Additionally, probationary and active firefighters are required to assist two department committees of their choice. Members are also required to assist at some of our yearly executive related functions including, but not limited to: Fund Drive, Comedy Night, Craft & Vendor Show, etc.

Being a part of our department can be a rewarding and exciting experience. We invite you to fill out an application to join our department and brotherhood made up of some of the bravest men and women in Ringwood. Probationary membership positions are LIMITED so do not hesitate to contact us for an application. All application requests should be made to the attention of Chief Nick Vitale.

If you have any questions or want more information, e-mail us at, call us at 973-835-4797 or stop by the firehouse located at 67 Edgewood Road any Thursday night from 7 PM until 9 PM.

“When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work”. – Chief Edward Croker, FDNY


Junior firefighters are not required to meet any call or drill percentage requirements as compared to an active firefighter. Additionally, junior firefighters will only be assisting on a fire scene and not permitted to enter any structures until after completion of the NJ Firefighter I course at the Passaic County Fire Academy in Wayne, NJ. They may ride on the fire apparatus or in a chief’s vehicle. Participation on various department committees is encouraged but not required.

We also understand school is very important which is why we restrict our junior members from responding to calls or being at the firehouse from 11 PM until 6 AM. Between the hours of 6 AM and 11 PM, they may respond to any call with parental permission. They may drive to the firehouse with a parent or by themselves if they are licensed.

More information can be provided by contacting the firehouse or stopping by any Thursday night at 7 PM. If you are interested in an application, please stop by the firehouse and ask to see Chief Nick Vitale.