Believe it or not, we still get “9-1-1 emergency calls” on the firehouse 7-digit business phone number. This is a dangerous practice. In a true emergency, whether it’s a fire, medical call, or other emergency situation, calling the firehouse will not guarantee that you will get an answer, even in the daytime during “normal business hours.” The fire trucks may be on the road, at a call, returning from a call, at an inspection, at a public education demonstration, at training or at some other activity. The fire administration staff (chief, deputy chief, fire marshals, and administrative assistant) may be in a meeting at Town Hall, at training or at another activity. If you have an emergency or think you do, dial 9-1-1.
Another dangerous practice is calling Fire Headquarters after an alarm is transmitted to your alarm company. Don’t try to cancel us before we get there. We are coming anyway to investigate and to insure your safety. We are truly concerned that well-meaning citizens will get themselves in a bind by calling us off, believing that “the fire is out” or that “it was only food on the stove.” Let the professionals make the determination even if you believe you’ve had a glitch in your alarm system. What appears to be a glitch could actually be an emergency. There are thousands of documented cases where fire departments were called off, only to get a call 10 minutes later to head back to that very same address with the fire having a good head start. Don’t let this happen to you.
For the safety of your family, your home or your business:
Please use the 9-1-1 system. It’s the best and quickest way to get emergency assistance for FIRE, POLICE and EMS. Be safe!