FORT LEE - Fort Lee sits high on the Palisade cliffs of Bergen County, overlooking the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge. Fort Lee is two-and-a-half square miles with a population of about 35,000 - 40,000 people. Highways that run through Fort Lee are Routes 1 and 9, 46, 4, 95, and Palisades Interstate Parkway. Fort Lee has many high-rise buildings as well as multiple-dwellling units, one and two family homes, strip malls, and shopping centers.
The Fort Lee Fire Department was founded in 1888. The first of four companies opened its doors in 1888 as Fire Protection Company #1. Soon after followed Rescue Company #2, Hook and Ladder Company #3, and in 1907 Palisade Company #4. The fire department consists of four separate fire companies with one firehouse in each of the districts. They are split up into South, North, East and West.
Engine Co. #1 has two Pierce engines, E-1 being a Dash and E-5 being a Lance. Resuce Co. #2 has two Spartan/Saulsbury pieces, designated as R-2 and E-2. They also house the Mobile Air Trailer and the Special Ops Truck. The trailer is a 2004 Scott and the "Spec Ops" Truck is a 2006 Ford F-550 with Odyssey bodywork. Ladder Co. #3 runs three pieces - L-1, T-2, and E-3. They also house the department's personnel van, a 1999 Dodge passenger van. Engine Co/ #4 has two Pierce Lance engines - E-4 and E-6.
The department has three Chiefs: Chief of the Deparment, Deputy Chief and Battalion Chief. The chiefs respond in a 1999 GMC Yukon, 2000 GMC Yukon and a 2004 Ford Expedition.
Each house has a Captain and two Lieutenants. The department consists of 140 members. It also has six fire prevention members that handle activated fire alarms during the daytime hours. Fire Prevention members respond in a 2006 Dodge Durango, a 2004 Chevy Van, a 2004 Ford Expidition, a 2001 Chevy Impala and a 2000 Chevy Impala. The duty officer responds in a 1998 Chevy Blazer. This vehicle also serves as a spare chief or fire prevention car.
The deparment belongs to both the East Bergen Mutual Aid Group (which consists of ten towns) and the Bergen Regional Special Operations Team (consisting of five towns).