Chief Joseph Houck retired from the City of Summit, New Jersey Fire Department in 2015, having served since 1985. He was the Fire Director/ Chief for his last seven years before retirement. The combination fire department was staffed by 32 career firefighters, 15 volunteer firefighters, seven civilian dispatchers and an administrative assistant.
While Fire Director/Chief, the Summit Fire Department achieved International Fire Service Accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and improved its ISO rating to Class Two. In addition, the Department participated in a shared services study with the Millburn Fire Department and implemented a regional emergency services dispatch center with the Township of Millburn and Borough of New Providence.
Chief Houck served as a Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator in Summit between 2005 and 2015. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Management committee and was a member of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security’s Emergency Services Sector Working Group.
He received a Fire Science degree from Union County College and a bachelor of arts in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Chief Houck is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He completed the Certified Public Manager program and is a certified Fire Inspector/Fire Official, Fire Instructor, Level 2 and a New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager. He is currently working as a contractor in the Port Authority of NY & NJ Office of Emergency Management.
To contact Joe Houck, please call our office at (732) 279-6657.