Recent Calls
Sat. Oct 19th 2019
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At 13:18 EJFD was alerted to Rosewood Lane for a report of a Man stuck in the bucket of a lift. EJFD units arrived on scene to find a male stuck in the bucket of a hydraulic lift, not in destress. 8 L...
Tue. Oct 15th 2019
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At 7:45pm the Essex Junction Fire Department along with Essex Police, an Essex Rescue Paramedic and Colchester Rescue responded to a male pinned under his car in the Autozone parking lot. Thankfully a...
Sun. Sep 22nd 2019
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At approximately 11:30 on Sunday September 22nd Essex Junction and Essex Town Fire Departments were alerted to respond to 315 South Street for a report of an explosion in the basement with fire. An Es...
Fri. Aug 2nd 2019
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Essex and Essex Junction Fire Departments were alerted to respond to David Dr. In Essex for a report of a car “fully involved” Engine 5 arrived on scene to find a small car on fire. Engine...
Tue. Jul 9th 2019
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Essex and Essex Junction Fire Departments responded to The Baymont Suites this morning for a activated fire alarm, upon arrival and entrance to the lobby crews observed the odor of smoke in the buildi...
News Headlines
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...
Mon. Jan 1st 2018
HERE IT IS! YOUR ESSEX JUNCTION FIRE DEPARTMENT YEAR IN REVIEW2017 proved to be one of our busiest years on record for emergency calls for the department. EJFD responded to a total of 538 calls for se...
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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