54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928     
973-635-0674       Hours: 8am to 4pm M-F     

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The Borough of Chatham Bureau of Fire Safety is the Local Enforcing Agency of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. The Bureau of Fire Safety is responsible for inspecting commercial properties including the common areas of multiple family dwellings, the issuance of Fire Safety Permits and for the investigation of fires.

The Borough of Chatham Bureau of Fire Safety is headed by Walter Nugent serving in the capacity of Fire Official. Walter has been an employee of the Borough of Chatham since November of 2002 and has fire code enforcement experience since 1996.

Formal Education obtained by the Fire Official is as follows:

  • Masters of Public Administration - Kean University - May 2003
  • Bachelors of Fire Science - New Jersey City University - December 1998
  • Bachelors of Science Finance - Kean University - January 1991

Certifications and licenses held by the Fire Official are as follows:

  • Fire Official / Fire Inspector Certification, State of New Jersey
  • Certified Fire Investigator (CFI)-International Assoc. of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • Certified Fire &n Explosion Investigator (CFEI)-National Assoc. of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Fire Instructor II Certification, State of New Jersey
  • Constructional Official, State of New Jersey
  • Fire Protection Inspector HHS, State of New Jersey
  • Housing Code Official, State of New Jersey 



Fire Official: Walter Nugent
Fire Inspector: Matthew Pridham
Hours of Operation
Office Hours:
 By appointment 




Borough of Chatham Bureau of Fire Safety
54 Fairmount Ave
Chatham NJ 07928  

Phone: 973-701-6815 
Fax:     973-635-2417 
Email:   firesafety@chathamborough.org