The Bridgton Centre Village Fire Corporation was incorporated in 1854 with an initial cost of $450. Throughout the years, interest waned; but after a fire in town rallied the community, the support for the Fire Department began to grow. In the 1870s, 82 members of the community joined the fire department as volunteers. In 1958, the Town of Bridgton took over for the Corporation and starting in the 1970s new stations were built throughout the town to cover the growing municipality. In 1989, the Town’s Public Safety Services went to a 24-hour dispatch. In 2011, dispatch services were transferred to the Cumberland County Dispatch Office as a mean to increase efficiencies. Currently, the Fire Department has approximately 50 members who are paid on a per call basis in addition to an Assistant and two Deputy Chiefs who receive a stipend for their services.
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.