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Thu. Mar 3rd 2016
Brush Fire

At 2:37 pm on March 03, 2016, the Wellfleet Fire Department was called to 15 Kelley Way for a brush fire. On arrival a 200 sq...

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Tue. Jul 14th 2015
Wellfleet Fire Department Responds to Report of a Drowning

At approximately 12:08 this afternoon the Wellfleet Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a possible drowning on Long...

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Tue. Jun 2nd 2015
Wellfleet Main Street Fire Determined To Be Accidental

On June 2, 2015, at approximately 4:36 AM, the Wellfleet Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 3 Wes...

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The Town of Wellfleet seeks qualified applicants for the full-time position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Requirements include Massachusetts/National Registry Paramedic certification and training to a minimum of Firefighter I/II.  Applicant must also be able to pass a comprehensive physical examination, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division’s Physical Abilities Test.  After hiring, the candidate must also attend and pass the Massachusetts State Fire Academy Recruit Program.  An application package is available at the Wellfleet Fire Department, 10 Lawrence Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667, from the “Employment” section at the Fire Department’s website ( An eligibility list will be created for current and future position openings from this hiring process.  CLOSING DATE:  Position is open until filled with review of applications to begin December 22, 2017. Submit hard copy resumes and applications to Fire Chief Richard J. Pauley, Jr., as electronic submissions will not be accepted.   AA/EOE



Open burning season begins on January 15th and continues until 4:00 PM on May 1st.

Anyone wishing to burn brush in Wellfleet must obtain a permit in advance from the Wellfleet Fire Department. The fee for the permit is $15 and must be paid for with a check or exact change in cash

Burning may be done between 10 AM and 4 PM, weather permitting. 

You must call the Fire Department at 508-349-0333 between 9:30 and 11:00 AM on each day you want to burn.

This number will connect you to an automated line which will tell you if burning is allowed that day.  Calls for permission to burn must be made to this phone number only. If conditions change during the day, the Fire Department reserves the right to call and order that all fires be extinguished.

Complete regulations for open burning are attached to the open burning permit.  Please read the regulations carefully.  Violation of the regulations will void the permit, and may result in revocation of your permit by any fire department official. 

Applications will be processed between 9 AM and 3 PM daily. Please bring either the exact amount in cash, or a check made out to the Town of Wellfleet. Open burning permit applications are available in person at the Fire Department. 

Call the Fire Department at 508-349-3754 if you need any additional information.








Off-season beach fires


Beach fires are only allowed on three of Wellfleet's ocean side beaches.   Beach fires are never allowed on bay or harbor side beaches.


Off-season, no permit is required, but beachgoers must comply with the Beach Department's regulations for beach fires. 


If you plan to have a beach fire, please call the on-duty personnel  at the Fire Department a couple of hours in advance and let them know which beach you plan to use.




Fire Department Permit Fee Schedule


 New fees for permits issued by the Fire Department were approved by the Board of Selectmen following a public hearing on June 26, 2012.


The new fees are effective as of July 1, 2012.


Click here for a schedule of the new permit fees




Better insurance rating for Wellfleet


Since the installation of the new municipal water system, the Wellfleet Fire Department has been working to improve the fire insurance rating for those areas of Town served by the water system.  Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) rates a community on the effectiveness of its fire protection under their Public Protection Classification Program.  For many years, Wellfleet has been rated as an ISO Class 9, which recognizes a creditable fire department and dispatch center, but no creditable water supply.


Capt. Thomas Ferreira has been in charge of our Department’s work over the past 12 months to improve the Town’s ISO insurance rating.  With assistance from other Town departments and neighboring fire departments, and from Environmental Partners Group and Whitewater (the Town’s water system designer and operator), we’ve provided ISO with hundreds of pages of information relating to Fire Department equipment and operations, emergency call handling, the water supply system, and the characteristics of our community.  From this data, ISO has analyzed the effectiveness of our fire protection, and the good news is that areas served by the water system will now be rated as a Class 4.  This classification becomes effective on June 1, 2012, and will apply to properties within 5 miles of the fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant.  The rest of the Town will remain at a Class 9, except for a few isolated properties which are more than 5 miles from a fire station. 


Below is a link to a  map which shows properties within 1,000 feet of a hydrant.  This map can be enlarged to show individual properties more clearly.  This new ISO rating should result in better fire insurance rates for many homes and businesses in Town and for the Town’s municipal buildings.  However, neither the Fire Department nor the Town sets insurance rates, and insurance companies make their own decisions about how to use ISO ratings in setting insurance rates.


The Fire Department is pleased to have been successful in incorporating the new municipal water system and hydrants into our mission to protect lives and property, and to have achieved the goal of a better insurance rating that the new water system made possible. 


Click here for the map showing properties within 1,000 feet of a hydrant.






On April 5, 2010, changes in the state’s smoke alarm regulations took effect upon the sale or transfer of existing one- and two-family homes.


Enforcement of the new regulations will take place when a home is sold or transferred. Homeowners selling their homes after April 5, 2010 will have to meet these new requirements.


The required smoke and carbon monoxide alarms depend on when a home was built or altered.


Click here for a printed guide to the requirements from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.


Real estate agents, builders, and any others interested in these new regulations can click here for a PowerPoint presentation on the new requirements.


Real estate agents have been informed of these new requirements.  If you are selling your home and you have questions about the regulations, please contact the Fire Department well in advance of your closing date so we can help you.





News Headlines
Thu. Mar 3rd 2016
At 2:37 pm on March 03, 2016, the Wellfleet Fire Department was called to 15 Kelley Way for a brush fire. On arrival a 200 square foot fire was found impinging on several compressed gas cylinders of oxygen and acetylene. Mutual Aid companies from Eastham and Truro assisted Wellfleet Firefighters in ...
Tue. Jul 14th 2015
At approximately 12:08 this afternoon the Wellfleet Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a possible drowning on Long Pond at the Long Pond Beach landing.  The initial call came in via 911 to the Barnstable County Emergency Communications Center.Wellfleet Fire Department personnel arriv...
Tue. Jun 2nd 2015
On June 2, 2015, at approximately 4:36 AM, the Wellfleet Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 3 West Main Street, Wellfleet.  The fire was called in via 911 by at least two individuals who were passing by.First responding fire personnel arrived on scene at approximatel...
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Wellfleet Fire and Rescue
10 Lawrence Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Non-Emergency: 508-349-3754
Emergency: 911
Fax: 508-349-0318
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