Battalion Chiefs

The (4) Battalion Chiefs collectively oversee all operational functions of the Deptford Fire Department.

Battalion 1: Michael Barbato-Buckley



Battalion 2: Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas started his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Independent Fire Company of Westville, NJ in 1977, joining as a Junior firefighter. He served as a Lieutenant from 1981 to 1988 when the Independent Fire Company merged with the Union Fire Company and became the Westville Fire Department. In 1988, he served as a Captain and then was promoted to 1st Assistant Fire Chief from 1989 to 1997. He Joined the Tacoma Fire Company, of the Deptford Fire Department, in 1997. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999, then was promoted to Captain in 2002, and lastly was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2004.

Specialized Training:
Emergency Medical Technician.
State of New Jersey Certified Fire Official. Fire Instructor Level I.
Fire fighter II.
Fire Officer I&II.
IMS Level 4.
Incident Safety Officer.
CPR Instructor.
Extrication III.
Pennsylvania Vehicle Rescue
Technician Level 2.
New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Arson Investigation.

Among numerous duties as Battalion Chief, Richard currently is assigned as the Maintenance Coordinator for all district equipment and vehicles. He is also assigned to the Training Division as the co-coordinator, and he is the the lead instructor for New Member Training. Richard also co-coordinates the NFIRS data entry, as well as coordinating all new member interviews. He also assists with the Safety Division as the accident and injury investigator. Richard is a member of the Gloucester County Fire Chief's Association serving on the Bereavement Committee.

Battalion 3: Jeff Pfieffer



Battalion 4: James Spade