Judging Guidlines

The New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Parade Judges Association has adopted  the following official guidelines for judging all apparatus:

  • NFPA standards specify the minimum equipment to be carried on all types of fire apparatus to ensure efficient and safe operation of that equipment.

  • NJAC 8:40, adopted in New Jersey on 15 April 1985, specifies the equipment required for rescue units and/or ambulance squads.

Our judges utilize these standards in all parade judging matters.

Items Subject to Inspection
  • Valid registration, operators driver’s license & insurance card

  • Warning & running lights

  • Front Bumper/Front suction area

  • Cab – windows, seats, floors, compartments

  • Wheel Wells and Under Carriage

  • Battery Boxes

  • Engine including cover and compartment

  • Jump seats

  • SCBA- Must meet ALL OSHA and NIOSH requirements

  • Hand lights

  • Tools

  • Booster Reels

  • Cross lays

  • Pump Panel & Gauges

  • Hard Sleeve

  • Compartments including shelving, floor, door, lights, equipment, generator, cords & reels, tools, first aid kit:NFPA 1901, fuel containers

  • Ground Ladders

  • Bed Ladders

  • Outriggers

  • Hose Load

  • Ropes, NFPA 1901 compliant for Ladder Companies

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • General Appearance

  • NFPA 1901apparatus must meet basic requirements of the NFPA 1901

  • Personnel