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Fire Department
10 Power Station Road
P.O. Box 114
Charlton City, MA 01508
P: 508-248-2299
F: 508-248-6190
Emergency: 911

Station Hours
24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Business Hours
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Edward J. Knopf
Fire Chief

Terri Gough
Administrative Assistant
508-248-2299 ext. 2276

Brian Ceccarelli
Fire Inspector


Roster - Dive Team

Roster - Technical Rescue Team
Fire Department

"Serving with Honesty, Integrity, and Compassion"

PatchMission Statement

It is the mission of the Charlton Fire Department to provide the best possible service to our customers, whether harmed by fire, accident, sickness or natural disaster. We will mitigate the incident with competence, compassion, and care, with the highest level of professionalism regardless of the status of the customer.

Guiding Principles

We will attend to the needs of the customers before anything else is done.
Is the action legal and ethical?
Is the action within my scope of authority?
Are you willing to be held accountable for your decision?
Will the action bring about a satisfactory conclusion to the event?
Is the risk worth the reward?
We will risk our lives a lot, in a highly calculated and controlled manner,
to protect a savable human life. *
We will risk our lives a little, in a highly calculated and controlled manner,
to protect savable property.*
We will not risk our lives at all to protect lives or property that is already lost. *
We will be nice and respect everyone we have contact with. *

*Brunacini, Alan V.; Fire Command; Second Edition; Heritage Publishers, Inc. Phoenix, AZ; 2002 (p 39)

Fire Chief
Edward J. Knopf

  1. The Fire Chief is appointed by the Selectmen in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 48 § 42.

2. The Fire Chief performs all of the duties required of his position by the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and enforce the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Safety pertaining to his position. This includes extinguishing and prevention of fires as well as issuance of various permits. The Chief may designate any member to assist him in his duties as prescribed by law.

About the Charlton Fire Department:

The Charlton Fire Department was established in 1925. The fire department was an entirely on-call department until April 10, 1989 when they hired the town’s first three full time fire fighter/EMTs. 3. Today the department employs 20 full-time firefighter/EMT’s, in addition to the Chief, the Deputy Chief, the Fire Prevention Officer and the Administrative Assistant. The department also employs 14 on-Call firefighters and EMT’s.

Fire Headquarters is located at 10 Power Station Road and is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Full time personnel are organized into four groups of 5 firefighter/EMT’s each working 24 hour shifts beginning at 8am. The staffing level during Monday through Friday daytime operations is 5 full-time members. In addition to the in house staffing, call firefighters and EMS personnel are on call every evening from 6 pm to 6 am. At all times additional members of both the on call and full time may be summoned to assist the on duty personnel through a radio dispatch and paging system for any type of incident. Station 2 is located at 54 North Main Street and houses 4 pieces of apparatus. It is an unmanned substation.

The department’s primary response area covers over 44 square miles of land with approximately 300 miles of roadway and protects just over 14,000 residents. The Charlton Fire Department annually responds to over 2200 calls for service with some or all of our apparatus protecting over 1.6 billion dollars worth of property.

The department apparatus include; 3 Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 1 Tanker, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Forestry Truck, 3 Paramedic level Ambulances, and 1 Marine Unit. CFD Apparatus

Within the Charlton Fire Department there are several specialized units that require additional advanced training in order to provide quality service to the town of Charlton.

Fire Prevention
Fire Inspector: Inspectional services and permitting for the department, site plan reviews, For a detailed list of inspections performed and permits processed see: Fire Prevention - Inspections/Permits

SAFE (Students Awareness of Fire Education) Program – Community outreach program to educate the citizens on Fire Safety: These are specific programs targeted at school children and senior citizens, but willing to provide educational programs to all groups within the community. Services provided include Family Fun Day, station tours, Fire Safety week in the local schools, and Operation Safe Prom at Bay Path High School. For more information on programs offered, contact the SAFE Coordinator at

Fire Investigation Unit: Certified Investigators with advanced training called upon to assist in determining origin and cause of fires.

The Charlton Fire Department is also a member of the Massachusetts Fire District 7 Tech Rescue Team. The Tech Rescue Team consists of a Technical Rescue Team and a Dive Team.

Tech Rescue Team: Established in 2011 and is comprised of 50 members from various communities within the district. The team has year round capabilities and hosts a variety of advanced skills and equipment. The team covers a number of significant size commercial occupancies that have confined space and technical rescue needs throughout the district. The team trains bi-monthly and is advised by a Technical Rescue Committee which is the policy setting body.

Dive Team: Established in 2010 and is comprised of 30 members from various communities within the district. All of our divers and ground support crew are certified as Public Safety Divers through Life Guard Systems (LGS). The team has year round capabilities and hosts a variety of advanced skills including search and rescue, recovery, evidence recovery, ice diving, vehicle recovery and swift water. The team covers over 140 significant sized lakes and ponds, including 3 large rivers in the district. The team trains bi-monthly and is advised by a Technical Rescue Committee which is the policy setting body.

Important Information Regarding Fire Department Inspections
Cistern and Dry-Hydrants Requirements
Emergency Access System Regulation
General Town Bylaw Regarding the Color of Fire Hydrants

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