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The Town of Wellfleet, MA
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Fire Chief
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10 Lawrence Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667-7700
Office hours: 8 AM-3 PM, Monday-Friday
Emergencies: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Wellfleet Fire & Rescue Headquarters
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Open burning season begins on, January 15, 2013 and continues until 4:00 PM, May 1, 2013.

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.  (Please note that it's no longer necessary to leave your name, address and permit number.)  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.  

You can download the application for an open burning permit and bring it to the Fire Department along with the $15 fee. 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 also available in person at the Fire Department.  

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



Beach fires are only allowed on three of Wellfleet's ocean side beaches, and only with a permit from the Beach Department.  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 thm know which beach you plan to use.  The Fire Dept. business line is 508-349-3754.


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.


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.


Non-working smoke and CO alarms rob residents of the protection these devices were designed to provide.  The most common cause of non-working alarms is dead or missing batteries.  The Wellfleet Fire Department urges everyone to check that they have new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.  If you need new batteries for your smoke or CO alarms, bring the old batteries to the Senior Center or Fire Department for a free exchange for new ones.  If you need help changing the batteries, or feel you can't reach them safely, please call the Fire Department and we'll send someone out to change them for you.

Each year, the Fire Department reponds to unoccupied homes which have been damaged by frozen pipes, wind, water, or fire.  If you're leaving for the off-season or going away on vacation, you can take some simple precautions to reduce the possibility of significant damage to your home.

Thanks to the Wellfleet Non-Resident Taxpayers Association,  who asked for some recommendations for their members, and who suggested that this should be widely distributed.


A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for the new Wellfleet Fire and Rescue headquarters took place on Sunday, May 3, 2009.  The public joined department members, town officials, architects and builders to celebrate the official opening of our new station.  An open house of the facility followed, with refreshments provided by fire department members and donations from local restaurants.


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Phone: 508-349-0300   Fax: 508-349-0305
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