Friday, April 15th, 2022
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On Friday, April 15 at approximately 1940 hours, the Essex Junction Fire Department, Essex Town Fire Department and Essex Rescue were dispatched to respond to 8 Railroad Street in the Village of Essex...
Thursday, February 17th, 2022
On Thursday, February 17 at approximately 1513 the Essex Junction Fire Department and Essex Town Fire Department were dispatched to a laundromat on Pearl Street in the Village of Essex Junction for a ...
Friday, December 10th, 2021
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On Friday, December 10 at approximately 1624, the Essex Junction Fire Department was dispatched to respond mutual aid to Horseshoe Drive in the Town of Williston on the second alarm for a structure fi...
Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
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On Wednesday, September 29 at approximately 1109, the Essex Junction Fire Department was dispatched to respond to 5 Roscoe Court in the Village of Essex Junction for a residential smoke detector activ...
Saturday, January 1st, 2022
The Essex Junction Fire Department had another busy year in 2021 between training events, emergency incidents and community events. This year looked a bit more "normal" for us as far as bein...
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
While 2020 was certainly a unique year for everyone here at EJFD and everyone across the community, the country and the world, the dedicated professionals of the Essex Junction Fire Department still t...
Friday, January 1st, 2021
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On behalf of Fire Chief Gaboriault, the Essex Junction Fire Department is proud to announce the following promotions and retirements effective 01/01/2020:Retirements:-Second Assistant Chief Timothy We...
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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This year's Essex Rotary "Service Above Self" Award was awarded to our Assistant Chief Tim Wear. Tim has spent over 20 years with the EJFD, always being a top participant in trainings an...
About us

PROTECTING LIVES & PROPERTY

SINCE 1893

 

Type: Paid On-Call

Number of Stations: 1

Services Provided: Firefighting, BLS First Response, Vehicle Rescue (Extrication), Airport Emergency Response, Hazardous Material Response

We operate with 45 members, out of one station and protect  a primary response area that encompasses 4.6 square miles. Our department is a public department with paid on-call members. We provide fire protection and first response EMS service to the residents of Essex Junction and responds to over 500 call per year. The department operates with two engines (one equipped with extrication equipment), a 105-foot ladder/pumper and a Utility Truck. The department responds automatic mutual aid with Essex Fire and receives and provides additional assistance to Williston, Colchester & Winooski Fire Department   

The Essex Junction Fire Department was established on March 4, 1893 when voters approved the Charter of the Village and Essex Junction was born. We started as a bucket brigade, purchasing our first chemical engine in December of 1895 for the sum of $750.00. No fire calls were recorded that year with three calls recorded in 1896. Our first fire alarm box was put into service in 1909. A rope connecting with the striker on the Congregational Church allowed anyone to sound the alarm without looking for a janitor or someone with a key. The instructions were to break the glass and pull hard and fast on the rope. The first motorized apparatus, a Foamite-Childs pumper, was purchased in 1927. We were called to aid Burlington Fire Department twice during 1929, the first record documenting fire assistance to the City of Burlington. Our second pumper was delivered in July of 1948, an American-LaFrance pump that served the Village until 1987. Additional apparatus and equipment were purchased over the years. The first recorded department operating budget was established in the amount of $6,429 back in 1960.

On November 30, 1962, a tank truck carrying 3,000 gallons of vinyl acetate, overturned and burned near the Green Mountain Power Station on Park Street. This highly flammable liquid created one of the worst and most dangerous fires in the history of the Village. NFPA stated this was the first fire of this nature in the country. Seven people were injured, two seriously. On July 7, 1984, the department responded to the Amtrak train derailment in Williston, for which national praise was received for the rescue effort that was coordinated that day. The department supported this operation with 35 personnel working a total of 559 hours for rescue operations.

In June 2006, the station was dedicated to former firefighter Ernie Martin, who had dedicated 65 years of service to the Essex Junction Fire Department.

Our thanks to William W. Putnam and Myron Jordan, for documenting the history of the Essex Junction Fire Department for our 100th Anniversary, which was celebrated in 1993. All of the facts provided were taken from this documented history.


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