Public Safety

Fire Department

The Vernon Township Fire Department
Photo: The Vernon Township Fire Department
Credit: Frank Koehler III

Vernon Township is served by four separate fire departments, all of which are manned by highly trained volunteers.

Department personnel respond to various types of emergencies such as structure fires, car fires, brush fires, car accidents, carbon monoxide alarms and water rescues. When called upon, the fire departments also assist other fire companies both within and outside of Sussex County.

The four volunteer fire companies, coverage area and contact information for each follows.

Vernon Township Fire Department

Coverage Area: Covers the Vernon Valley area and assists the other three departments with direct response in their areas.

Address: 535 Route 515, Vernon
Telephone: 973.764.3850
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/vernonfdco1/

Officials:
Chief Joe Byra
Deputy Chief Mike Taylor

Highland Lakes Fire Department

Coverage Area: Covers the Highland Lakes area including Barry Lakes, Lake Wanda, Laurel Lake and Cliffwood Lake plus Wawayanda State Park and the Vernon section of the Warwick Turnpike.

Address: 813 Canistear Road, Highland Lakes
Telephone: 973.764.9385

Officials:
Chief Scott Semchesyn
Deputy Chief Ken Kiefer

McAfee Fire Department

Coverage Area: Covers the McAfee area including Scenic Lakes, Cedar Ridge, Sun Valley and Great Gorge condominiums.

Address: 88 Route 94, McAfee
Telephone: 973.827.3080

Officials:
Chief Dan Gros
Deputy Chief Ken Clark

Pochuck Valley Fire Department

Coverage Area: Covers the Pochuck Valley area including Lake Wallkill, Lake Glenwood, Lake Panorama and Tall Timbers.

Address: 13 Lake Wallkill Road, Sussex
Telephone: 973.875.6233

Officials:
Chief Marc Cosh
Deputy Chief Tom VanLeuven