Richard DeGroot

Deputy Chief Rick DeGroot retired from the City of Summit NJ Fire Department after a 36-year career. The Summit Fire Department, a combination department staffed by 32 career members, 15 volunteer members and 7 support staff, serves an urban/suburban area 15 miles west of New York City in the NY/NJ Metro Area. The department handles an average of 2400 fire, rescue and first-responder EMS calls per year while serving a population of approximately 21,000 in the first due area. The agency promotes the use of and actively participates in several automatic aid and mutual aid agreements with surrounding fire agencies.

While serving as Accreditation Manager, DC DeGroot successfully guided the agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) agency accreditation process and the agency was awarded Accredited Agency status in August of 2011. Prior to his retirement, he successfully guided the department through the Insurance Services Office (ISO) review process achieving a Public Protection Classification rating of Class 2, one of only 18 communities in the state to have achieved this prestigious rating.

Deputy Chief DeGroot served as a senior fire instructor for more than a decade with the Sussex County Fire Academy and Sussex County Community College. He holds multiple Pro Board and IFSAC professional certifications including Fire Instructor Level 2, Fire Official, and Fire Officer Level 1 and is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is currently employed by the Chester County PA Department of Emergency Services serving as a fire instructor at the Public Safety Training Academy with a concentration on developing and presenting fire officer development and leadership curriculum.

To contact Rick DeGroot, please call our office at (732) 279-6657.