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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

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Station Hours
24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Business Hours
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM



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Charles E. Cloutier, Jr.
Fire Chief

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

Brian Ceccarelli
Fire Inspector


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"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
Charles E. Cloutier, Jr.

Fire Chief Charlton E. Cloutier, Jr. 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. Today the department employs 15 full time fire fighter/EMTs including the Chief, an Administrative Assistant and 28 on call fire fighters and EMTs.

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 3 fire fighter/EMT’s each working 24 hour shifts beginning at 8 am. In addition to the four groups one full time member works a set schedule of Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm. The staffing level during Monday through Friday daytime operations is 4 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 operates 3 Engines, 2 Tankers, 1 Forestry, 3 Paramedic level ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Marine units and an Aerial Scope. The department also utilizes numerous specialty tools for various incident including 2 ice rescue sleds for water and ice rescues, 2 Emergency Medical Services Bicycles and 3 thermal imaging cameras. The Charlton Fire Department has several specialized units that handle situations, which require advanced or specialized training.

They are:

Training Division: This division is made up of both fire and EMS personnel that ensure all members of the department are trained in all aspects of their job and maintain proficiency in those skills.

Fire Prevention Unit: Fire Prevention is performed on a variety of levels. There 4 career shift supervisors act as fire inspectors that perform regular fire inspections for both residential and commercial occupancies. For the most part, residential inspections are limited to smoke detector / Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector inspections upon sale or transfer of a residence or because you have had a new oil burner or oil tank installed. Other inspections are performed at businesses, health care institutions and schools on an annual basis as required.

The SAFE (Students Awareness of Fire Education) program comprises of 3 instructors who will work with the schools or any group to educate children in regard to fire safety. They also perform fire prevention functions around town including our annual Family Fun Day in October.

Fire Investigation Unit: The Fire prevention Unit comprises of 2 fire investigators that have received extensive training in the area of fire investigation. They are called to fire scenes to assist in determining cause and origin of fires.

Dive Team: The Dive Team is comprised of both firefighters and police officers from the Town of Charlton. They respond to any water incident that has the potential of a victim being under the water. The team is also available to the Police Department to assist in underwater evidence recovery. This team has 20 members between both departments.

Technical Rescue Team: The Technical Rescue Team has received training in both high angle and confined space rescue. They are available to respond to any incident that requires a confined space entry or rope rescue. This team has 9 members assigned.

Chaplain’s Unit: The Chaplain’s Unit is currently run by our Chaplain, Reverend James Chase. Reverend Chase has received numerous certifications in Critical Incident Stress Management and is involved with the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains. Reverend Chase assists the members of the fire department on a daily basis to deal with the accumulated affects of stress.

Permits, Inspections, Regulations

We provide emergency services first: for any permit or scheduled inspection you need or have may be postponed with out notification until you reschedule or return when personnel are available to issue the permit or permission. The Chief and his designees are responsible for issuing a variety of permits, for blasting to transportation of combustible liquids, annual a firework permit is issued for the Old Home Day celebration.

Permit for Propane Tank

Open Air burning Permit

The most popular permit is Open Air Burning. Apply for a burning permit online. For more information please visit the Frequently Asked Questions link. The fee is $ 20.00 (cash or check) and is good for the season, which is January 15th to April 30th each year. You will be issued a Burning Permit. Click here to see a Sample Burning Permit. You must call daily for permission to burn between 9 am and Noon each time you wish to burn. Additional information can be found at MA DEP - Open Air Burning.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Certificates

A smoke and carbon monoxide detection certificate is required upon sale or transfer of property in Massachusetts. Our Fire Inspector, Brian Ceccarelli, will be able to assist you with your request. The inspection usually is setup 2 weeks or so in advance, but Inspector Ceccarelli can set something up with you now. Just let him know your closing date, and we can accommodate an appointment for you. The certificate is valid for 60 days of issuance; therefore we suggest not getting it too early for fear becoming invalid due to the date expiration. Inspections can be made at any time via email. The Fire Inspector works M-F from 0800-1630 hrs. There is a fee of $50.00 for the certificate and a check can be made out to the “Town of Charlton” for the transaction. We require that the detectors are operational prior to our arrival. Please check them a few weeks before the inspection in the event that something needed to be repaired. We also require that the house number is physically on the house. A 4 inch number, with a contrasting background is preferred. If the number is not visible form the street, it needs to be on a post or on a mailbox. The number must be visible on both sides of the post or mailbox. We hope this information answers your questions. If not please contact the Fire Inspector at or 508-248-2278.


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

Obtain Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Certificates

Burning Permit Application now available online

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