Office of Emergency Management

Location: Municipal Complex, 525 Palisade Ave. – Room 300
Phone: 201.313.2013
Fax: 201.945.6592
Email Email Office of Emergency Management
Police: 201.945.3600
Coordinator: Stewart DeVito
Deputy Coordinator: Ralph Fedouchik

Mission Statement

To provide a comprehensive emergency management system which coordinates people and resources to protect the lives, property and environment of the Borough of Cliffside Park using an all – hazard approach through Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery from disasters and emergencies.


The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible, by Federal and State Law, for the coordination of all emergency services or departments in the Borough of Cliffside Park and all additional agencies contributing to any large scale emergency incident or disaster. Also all municipalities in the country must have an Emergency Operations Plan, which is the responsibility of the local Emergency Management Coordinator. This plan details all types of emergencies and the responsibilities of all local Emergency Services during declared state of emergencies. This plan must be updated and approved by the State of New Jersey every 4 years. And the Emergency Management Office also write Emergency Operation Plans for single sites within the borough like: Public/Private schools, Day Cares and High-rise buildings etc..


Besides working closely with the Police Chief, Fire Chief, EMS Director and Mayor and Council the Cliffside Park OEM receives support from the Bergen County OEM and the New Jersey State OEM also FEMA Region II. And from private organizations like Red Cross and Salvation Army etc.. And this office also holds membership with the New Jersey Emergency Management Association where experience and knowledge are shared by all Emergency Management personnel.

Emergency Management Council

Council Members are as follows: Mayor Thomas Calabrese/OEM Coordinator Stewart DeVito/Council Persons: Kenneth Corcoran, Donna Spoto, Dana Martinotti, Bernard Fontana, Lawrence Bongard, Peter Colao/Borough Administrator Joseph Rutch/Fire Chief Teddy Tarabokija/Police Chief Richard Gaito/EMS Director Michael Russo/DPW Superintendent Al Martone/ Borough Engineer Dick Fox/Construction Code Official John Candelmo/Chief Financial Officer Frank Berardo/Health Officer Michele Dillon and the Board of Education.