In October of 2006 The Bloomfield Fire Department named our Fire Prevention Bureau in honor of former Fire Chief John H "Jack" Flaherty. Chief Flaherty entered the fire service in 1947 was promoted through the ranks to Chief of the Department in 1981 until his retirement in 1984, but remained active in the fire service as Vice President of the New Jersey State Fireman's Association in 1994. Listed are but a few of Chief Flaherty's initiatives and accomplishments that are now standards in most fire departments statewide:
Created Bloomfield Fire Prevention Bureau in 1953 - the first of its kind in the state
Instrumental in forming New Jersey Fire Prevention Association in 1962, serving as its first president
Instrumental in forming New Jersey State Fire Commission
The Fire Prevention Bureau functions in many ways to bring about a fire safe community. The Bureau administers our highly successful in-service inspection program. It is also the local enforcing agency, which administers the New Jersey Fire Code within the Township, and Fire Protection Subcode Officials of the Uniform Construction Code. Finally, the Bureau is the Fire Safety Education Unit of the department.