Fire Department

The Fire Department conducts fire safety programs which include; home inspections, Important person sticker program, free smoke detector program, quarterly safety programs for health care workers, station tours, and various adult and children fire prevention programs – including live drills with the “Child Fire Safety House.”

Bethlehem Fire Department endeavors to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Bethlehem from the adverse effects of fire or exposure to dangerous emergency conditions, with expedience and a stalwart commitment to helping others.


A LETTER FROM THE FIRE Chief

On behalf of the City of Bethlehem Fire Department (BFD) it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Web page.

The Bethlehem Fire Department takes great pride in being first responders to fires, disasters, hazardous materials incidents and public safety emergencies in the City of Bethlehem. In doing so the Bethlehem Fire department protects the lives and property of the citizens of Bethlehem and it’s many visitors. We recognize that our community is the reason for our existence. We strive to deliver the highest levels of service in an effort to earn the faith and trust of that community.

The Bethlehem Fire Department is lead by Fire Chief Robert Novatnack who is appointed by the Mayor with the consent of City Council. The Fire Chief oversees 112 firefighters located at 4 stations throughout the City of Bethlehem. Aside from his many duties is his dedication to ensuring an atmosphere of safety for residents and visitors of the Christmas City. Chief Novatnack also serves as the City's Emergency Management Coordinator.

Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshall Craig Baer leads the Fire Prevention Bureau. The Mayor, with the consent of City Council, also appoints the Deputy Chief. The Fire Marshal‘s work starts after the fire, and continues until causes are found and arsonists are identified. Hours of study, research, witness interrogation, and court time are put into an effort to keep the citizens safe. Five full-time firefighters serve as inspectors and make hundreds of inspections in commercial establishments throughout the year to ensure fire code compliancy. The Fire Prevention Bureau enforces the International Fire Code, which is adopted by city ordinance.

Training and public relations are conducted under the supervision of Training Captain Anthony Facchiano. Hazardous Materials training and incident mitigation is under the supervision of Special Operations Captain John Vargo.

The line firefighters perform fire suppression activities as well as hazardous materials mitigation, river rescue, vehicle entrapments, bomb disposal, and support of EMS.

The Fire Department conducts fire safety programs which include; home inspections, free smoke detector program, station tours, and various adult and children fire prevention programs – including live drills with the Child Fire Safety house, which was purchased through the Burn Prevention Foundation.

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Bethlehem Fire Department
10 E. Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Fire Station Phone Numbers

#1 SCHWEDER : 610-865-7191
#5 LINCOLN : 610-865-7195
#6 MEMORIAL : 610-865-7196
#9 NORTHWEST : 610-865-7198

Fax:610-865-7269