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Calls to Date as of July 1, 2014: 95
Total Calls 2013: 181
The Fire Department regularly responds to structure fires, fire alarm activations, motor vehicle crashes, brush fires, search and rescue, EMS assists, vehicle fires, trees and wires down, public assists, hazardous materials situations, and mutual aid calls to other communities. The Fire Department also provides contract services to the Town of Orange and half of the Town of Dorchester. We also conduct fire prevention activities in our school district and day cares as requested.
Seasonal Campfire Renewal & Burn Permits
Seasonal Campfire Permits must be renewed annually beginning in January. Even if you have a permit from the previous year and have not changed the location or size of the campfire ring, it still needs to be renewed each year. The Fire Department renews these permits by appointment, or during the months of April, May, and June by drop-in on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - Noon at the Fire Station. Bring your expired permit for renewal with you. If you are getting a first time permit, your campfire ring will need to be inspected by a warden before a permit is issued; call to make an appointment to do so. Construction Details are available from the NH Division of Forest & Lands.
If you are interested in getting a brush permit, the brush pile will need to be inspected before a permit is issued. Please click the link above for complete details on what may be burned. Do not call a warden before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. to obtain a permit for a brush permit. Remember that brush permits are issued when the weather is favorable for burning but not during periods of high fire danger. For brush permits in permissible weather, please contact Hanover Dispatch at 643-2222 for the name of a warden.
Fire Station ⁄ Meeting Room Calendar
To request meeting space at the Fire Station Meeting Room, please contact Dillon Mock at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 780-4963.
Canaan and Enfield Fire Departments' Career Day for area students.
- Bill Bellion: Canaan Warden 523-7184
- Matt Bunten 667-0776
- John Hennessy 523-7448
- George Lazarus 632-5462
- Dan Quimby 523-9666
- Jim Rancore 523-7486
- Jim Wilson 443-1656
- Phil Neily 523-9235
- Brent Stevens: Orange Warden 523-9923
- Bill Bellion 523-7184
- Jim McAlister 523-4920
- Jay Leg 786-2139
The Canaan Fire Department and its members are dedicated to protecting and serving our community and residents. The Department operates to the best of its ability given our resources of staff, equipment and training. The Fire Department does not employ any full-time personnel; members are on call status, which means that they are compensated for the calls to which they respond. Once a call is received via pagers firefighters carry, they respond to the station to staff the fire apparatus and respond to the emergency.
Members are constantly training, either locally, at state fire academy programs or out of state, to keep up with the constant changes that we encounter. We currently have a several new members enrolled in a Firefighter One program which they will be attending for 2 nights a week for 4 to 5 months in Concord, NH at the NH State Fire Academy.
Welcome to Our Newest Members!
Welcome Chris Thurston, Dave Heath & Bob Scott
Fire Department Training
Members of the Canaan Fire Department attend training and or education meetings at least once month and often more frequently. Training can consist of learning how to operate the water pumps on Engines 1 and 2 and the Tanker as well as learning how to drive these pieces of apparatus. They learn how to fill the SCBA bottles and how to maintain the bottles, masks and regulators and the cascade system that is used to fill the bottles. Other instruction includes training for day and night search and rescue calls and practicing GPS skills for these calls. Members of the Canaan Fire Dept also regularly attend training sessions outside of their monthly training and education time at the Canaan Fire Station. They take advantage of furthering their education whenever they can. Some of the fire fighters are even crossed-trained to provide Emergency Medical assistance as First Responders and EMT's.
This cross training is one of Canaan's greatest strengths when it comes to emergency response and management for our town. A number of our employees cross-train with the Highway Department, the Transfer Station, the Police Department, Fire Department and FAST Squad. Many of the FAST Squad and Fire Department activities are on an as-called basis, and sometime these departments have a problem getting enough workers during normal business hours. Having people who are available during the day who can serve in dual roles is a tremendous asset to the town. We rely on these neighbors, friends, and family members' willingness to train on their own time to keep current in these fields. We owe them our thanks and appreciation – and often our lives! Thank You, Emergency Service Volunteers!
Annually the Canaan Fire Department and their families attend a Firemen's Muster where they share training, information, and support with other fire departments.
Photos of the Ceremony
Photos of Extrication Training that led to the high level of expertise which resulted in Commendation!