Fire Department

The mission of the Heath Fire Department is to provide superior service to

the residents and property owners of the Town of Heath in an effort to protect their lives,

property and environment. The members of the department will accomplish the mission

through fire suppression, fire prevention, public education, emergency response and

non-emergency response. The department will maintain the highest level of readiness,

enabling delivery of fire fighting and emergency rescue services in a safe, competent,

and caring manner.

TO TO REPORT A FIRE OR OTHER EMERGENCY DIAL 911
Are you thinking of building a new home in Heath. Or have you ever wondered about fire regulations. If so go to the State Fire Marshal’s web site too see a complete list of the Massachusetts Fire Prevention Regulations. Click on the link below.

Regular monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month and our training night is the third Thursday of each month anyone interested in joining the Fire Dept. can come to a meeting or contact Chief Michael Smith.

******************************************************************************************************************************************************

The HEATH FIRE DEPARTMENT is looking for a few good men and women!

Not too long ago, there were about 300 people in town, and over 30 of them were active in the Fire Department. Today, Heath is home to over 800 souls, and the Fire Department has about a dozen hard-core members. Something is wrong with that math!

Most of us have been on the Department so long that the average age of a Heath firefighter is 42, and that’s including our two junior members.The Fire Department gets very little financial support from the town budget. Through donations, and a lot of barbecued chicken at the Heath fair, the members themselves raise a good deal of the money that’s used to buy gear and equipment. Many of us work out of town these days—there have been times when we have been woefully short of manpower to respond to an incident. Think about it—what if YOU had a fire or medical emergency and nobody came? More members increase the chance that enough of us will be around when that time comes.

Not everyone has to run into burning buildings or climb tall ladders. There are plenty of firefighting jobs for all ages and abilities. New members will have to take some mandatory training, and there are always ongoing drills and classes that are required, but the time you’ll have to spend learning these skills is probably less in a year than the time you spend in front of the TV each week. And the rewards are great. It’s a good feeling knowing that you’re giving something back to your neighbors and to the community; that you might be saving someone’s treasured possessions, their home, or even their lives.

We’ve got a great bunch of people on the Department. Men, women, and any children over the age of 14 are welcome. We meet at the fire station on Branch Hill Road at 7 P.M. on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Think it over, and then give it a try. It’s an experience you won’t regret, and think how good it’ll look on your resumé when you hit the Pearly Gates!

Hope to see a lot more of you on a regular basis.

Your Heath Firefighters

************************************************************************************************

Links

Fire Engineering Magazine
Firehouse Magazine
Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office

If you have comments or suggestions, email us at heathfd@crocker.com

Heath firefighters operate at a mutual aid wildfire of Riddle rd in CHarlemont

Heath firefighters operate at a mutual aid wildfire off Riddle rd in Charlemont

Design by Green River Consulting