As per Township Ordinance 1A-39, within the Department of Public Safety, there shall be a Division of Emergency Management. The Division shall consist of an Emergency Management Coordinator, who shall be appointed by the Mayor of the Township, and an Emergency Management Council, the members of which shall also be appointed by the Mayor of the Township. The Emergency Management Coordinator and Emergency Management Council shall have such functions, powers, and duties as provided by state laws, orders, and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Public Safety.
Currently, the Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is staffed by the following:
Coordinator: Ed Mangold, Past Fire Chief
Deputy Coordinator: Paul Castimore, Police Captain
Deputy Coordinator: Mickey Deloreto, Past Fire Chief
Deputy Coordinator: Andrew Schmidt, Past Fire Chief
Deputy Coordinator: Fred Claus, Police Telecommunicator
OEM Recording Secretary: Shelley Ebbinghouser, Police Chief's Admin. Ass't.
The OEM is responsible for coordinating the response to all large scale emergencies, maintaining the Township's Emergency Management plan, and providing resources to all Township Departments during emergencies or in times of crisis. In addition, the OEM works closely with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
The OEM also coordinates a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT). Currently, Pam Graham is the Jefferson Township CERT Coordinator. The CERT program is voluntary and is always seeking volunteers. Training is provided. For more information, go to the CERT information website. The OEM and Deputy OEM Coordinators can be contacted through the Police Chief's Office at 973-208-6151.