Recent Calls
Sat. Feb 8th 2020
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On Saturday, February 8 at approximately 0545, the Essex Junction Fire Department was requested to respond mutual aid to 15 Main Street in the Town of Milton for a working structure fire.Engine 7 resp...
Thu. Feb 6th 2020
On Thursday, February 6 at approximately 1459, the Essex Junction Fire Department was dispatched to respond mutual aid to 91 Nob Hill Road in the Town of Williston for a report of smoke in the basemen...
Sun. Jan 19th 2020
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On Sunday, January 19 at approximately 0404, the Essex Junction Fire Department was dispatched to respond to 48 Park Street in the Village of Essex Junction for a general fire alarm activation.While m...
Sat. Dec 14th 2019
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On Saturday, December 14 at approximately 2034, the Essex and Essex Junction Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a vehicle on fire in the back parking lot of Essex High School.Engine 5 res...
Sat. Dec 14th 2019
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On Saturday, December 14 at approximately 1906, the Essex and Essex Junction Fire Departments were dispatched to respond to Colchester Road and Gardenside Lane in the Town of Essex for a report of a s...
News Headlines
Thu. Jan 2nd 2020
As we welcome the new year, we wanted to take a moment to review 2019 at the Essex Junction Fire Department. What a year it was!In 2019 the Essex Junction Fire Department responded to 491 emergency ca...
Fri. May 24th 2019
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It is with profound sadness that the Essex Junction Fire Department announces the passing of active member, Charles "Chuck" Barry.Chuck has actively served the Essex Junction Fire Department...
Tue. Jan 1st 2019
2018 Year in Review As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the accomplishments and responses from the past year.2018 was an exciting year with the delivery of our new Engine 7, our new p...
Tue. Jun 5th 2018
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This Wednesday, we visit the name of our second due engine, Engine 21 or; "Painesville Hose Company." Engine 21 is our 1997 E-One pumper that responds as the second engine out of EJFD and al...
Tue. Jun 5th 2018
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Have you ever wondered why our apparatus are numbered the way they are? Why our station is located where it is? Why our department identifier is 800? Have you ever wondered some more about the history...
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 4.6 square miles, which is our primary response area. 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 recieves 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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