I am Chief of Department Stephen P. “Steve” Fay. On behalf of the members of the Bridgton Fire Department it is my pleasure to welcome you to the BFD website.
Bridgton, located in western Maine, is comprised of nearly 69 square miles. There are 7.5 square miles of water located in all or part of 33 lakes and ponds in town or along its borders. 5500 full time residents enjoy all that Bridgton has to offer and seasonally a considerable increased visiting population does as well. The town is home to the Shawnee Peak Ski Area located at Pleasant Mountain, Bridgton Academy and Bridgton Hospital which ranks in the top 20 of 1300 rural hospitals nationwide. There are countless seasonal camps and a growing business community.
The Bridgton Fire Department is a paid call department consisting of approximately 45-50 members who protect our residents, visitors and approximately one billion dollars’ worth of property. Our members are paid when dispatched for emergency incidents as well as training and department details. Members respond from home or work when needed to perform fire suppression, technical rescue, including auto extrication, surface water and ice rescue, wilderness search and rescue and hazardous material response. The department also provides the following services: fire prevention education and inspections, Knoxbox™ security, station tours, business and industrial fire education and employee training.
The department has in place an active mutual aid agreement with 13 surrounding communities and an automatic aid agreement with the Towns of Denmark, Fryeburg, Harrison, Naples, Sebago and Sweden. We have close working relationships with United Ambulance and other local fire service EMS providers. The Bridgton Fire Department frequently interacts with local, county, and state law enforcement agencies which include the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal, Maine Emergency Management Agency, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Forest Service, Maine Warden Service and other organizations as needed or requested.
The department responds to approximately 400 calls per year from four stations and with the following apparatus as equipped:
Station # 1 (commonly referred to as Central, Downtown, and “The Casino”) Commanded by Captain Brad Vincent and Quartering:
- Engine Co. # 1 2004 Rosenbauer 1500 gpm Pumper 1250 gal. tank
- Ladder Co. # 1 2009 Smeal 100’ midmount platform tower w/ 2000 gpm 300 gal tank
- Reserve Engine # 2 1990 International/Central States 1250 gpm Pumper 1150 gal tank
- Marine- 1 1990 20’ Yankee airboat and trailer
- Utility -1 2006 Kawasaki ATV and trailer
Station # 4: (commonly referred to as South Station) Commanded by Captain Larry Scholz and Quartering:
- Engine Co. # 4 1998 International/Central States 1500 gpm Pumper 1500 gal tank
- ResQTec hydraulic combination extrication tool
- Tanker # 4 2011 International/E-ONE 3500 gallon vacuum tanker
Station # 5: (commonly referred to as North) Commanded by Captain Dana Wiswell and Quartering:
- Engine Co. # 5 1996 Spartan/Saulsbury Rescue Pumper (Fully Refurbished 2017)
- 1500 gpm 1000 gal. tank
- two complete sets of ResQTec hydraulic extrication tools
- Kubota/Onan 10KW Diesel Generator Will-Burt Light Tower
- Cascade air system 12,000 Lb. Ramsey front mount winch
- Additional heavy and technical rescue equipment
Station # 6: (commonly referred to as West or Moose Pond) Commanded by Captain Nathan Frank and Quartering:
- Engine Co. # 6 2002 International/Central States 1500 gpm Pumper 1150 gal tank
- ResQTec hydraulic combination extrication tool
- Forestry # 49 1974 M54 A1 5 Ton Military Forestry truck 200 gpm pump 1000 gal tank
American Red Cross – Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
FEMA – The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
NFPA – The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA membership totals more than 81,000 individuals from around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.
Maine Emergency Management Agency – to lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the people of the State through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management.