New Jersey may have 566 municipalities, but it has a larger number of fire departments — 735 to be exact.
A total of 37,348 firefighters protect nearly 10 million people over 7,418 square miles throughout the state. Of these, 30,392 are volunteers.
Just 50 of these fire departments employ only career firefighters, while 580 are staffed with volunteers. There are 109 fire departments that use a combination of volunteer and career firefighters.
The vast majority of New Jersey firefighters are white men. There are 2,942 minorities serving in the fire houses, and 1,364 women.