District Offices - 1621 Riverton Road Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Cinnaminson Fire District 

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Cinnaminson Fire Department of Cinnaminson, N.J., herein referred to as the Board, has established a goal to provide the best fire protection possible to residents and those who work and travel in the fire district.  This protection is financed by the taxpayers of Cinnaminson. Every effort will be made to provide service in a cost effective manner. Fire Prevention is the first step in providing safety for our residents and businesses. The mission of education, inspection and enforcement is provided by the Bureau of Fire Prevention.  The Board supports and staffs this important program so that hazards leading to fires can be eliminated.

Cinnaminson Fire District Commissioners

Chairman- Joseph Congemi

Vice Chairman- Frank Ellison, Jr.
Treasurer- Richard L. Dietrich
Deputy Treasurer- Harry E. Smith, III
Clerk- Robert Steel
Deputy Clerk- Harry E. Smith, III

Fire District Commission Chair

Joe Congemi

District Office Hours of Operation 

Hours of Operation Monday-Friday 8-4:30


1621 Riverton Road

Cinnaminson NJ 08077

Business Phone: (856) 829-5220

Richard L. Dietrich • Treasurer

Rich was first elected Fire Commissioner in 2006 and is happily married and the father of one adult son who previously was a volunteer of the Cinnaminson Fire Department.  Rich is a self-employed accountant who retired from the Federal government in the year 2000.  After retirement, Rich served over nine years as a nationally recognized independent financial consultant related to a Federal grant program throughout our nation. He is also a veteran of the US Army infantry having served in West Berlin, Germany during the late 1960s.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia College Textiles and Science (now known as Philadelphia University) with a major in accounting. Rich’s goal is to maintain a very high quality of fire service to his community with a dedication to the highest level of financial accountability.

Harry Smith III • Deputy Treasurer & Deputy Clerk

Harry has been a proud Cinnaminson resident since 1961 and is a 30 year volunteer veteran of the Fire Service having started his career as a firefighter in 1976, and has served in seven different Fire Departments around the country while in the military. Harry served 22 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. As a career U.S. Air Force firefighter and a volunteer firefighter, Harry worked his way up through the ranks and has served as a Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Chief, and now holds the position of Captain. Since 1995, Harry has served as an incumbent Fire Commissioner, currently in his fourth term with a only a one year break in service. Other positions he has previously held are Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and Emergency Management Coordinator. Harry serves as an active member of our local Ambulance Squad, the Palmyra-Cinnaminson-Riverton Emergency Medical Services. Harry has been an active certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1983.

Harry is President of Certified Health and Safety Services, LLC. He has a Fire Science degree and holds numerous certifications with OSHA, EPA, Fire Service, and the National Safety Council. Harry is a Certified Safety Manager (CSM).

Frank Ellison • Vice Chairman
Frank and his wife, Martha, have been residents of Cinnaminson Township for over 40 years. They are the proud parents of two grown children who attended Cinnaminson Public Schools.

He is a self-employed independent contractor in the sales and distribution of personal safety equipment for over 30 years, working with safety directors and industrial hygenists toward compliance in the workplace. Previous employment was in management for a large electrical device manufacturer. Frank has volunteered his time in various positions within the CinnaminsonPAL, and previously served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

He was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, PA, and attended Temple University.


Robert Steel • Clerk

Bob is a 33 year volunteer veteran of the Cinnaminson Fire Department having started his career in 1978. Bob started out as Fire police for the first year then became a Fire Fighter after attending fire school. Bob worked his way up through the ranks and has served Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief, and now is currently on the Board of Fire Commissioners. Bob also served as chairman of the Board of Directors in the Fire Department, and held the position of Deputy Fire Marshal. Bob works for the Navy in the Asset Protection and Pollution Prevention Division, as a Mechanical Engineer. Bob has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, is a Certified Tool & Die Maker, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, and a Licensed Fire Instructor and Inspector with the State of New Jersey.

Bob is married with a family, his wife Diane, daughter Jessica, and son Jeffrey.

Joseph J Congemi Sr. • Chairman

Joe has nearly 30 years of experience in the Information Technology field with an associates degree in computer science.

Joe is currently a Cloud Support Manager for Oracle Americas SaaS offering were he helps manage cloud operations teams who support the SaaS solutions for Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, Joe was the President of a local Technology Firm that focused on delivering IBM and CISO services that included technology assessments and technology roadmaps with a focus on industry security and Big Data. 

During down time Joe serves in the Fire Service as a volunteer firefighter with over 24 years’ experience. Joe has held many positions in the Fire Service over the years including President, Deputy Chief and various other appointed positions.

Joe his wife Christine and three children have called Cinnaminson home for over 12 years and look forward to many more years to come. 


  Admin/Business Manager- Jean Dietrick