A message from Chief Peter J. Burke

Welcome to the Swansea Volunteer Fire Department website. The Swansea Fire Department was established in 1920, and proudly serves the town of Swansea, MA, protecting a population of 15,905 residents, spanning a distance of 25 square miles along with 2.5 miles of coast line.

Since our founding we have grown from one station to four, fielding four frontline engines, a 100 foot aerial ladder, two forestry units, two marine units and a heavy rescue unit. The department responds to an average of 500 incidents annually ranging from structure fires, marine rescues, brush fires, motor vehicle extrications and general alarms.

Over 100 volunteers sacrifice their personal time not only to serve and protect their community, but also to participate in the most advanced training available through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fire Academy. Recruits complete Firefighter I/II through the Fire Academy, officers attend specialized training regarding decision making, strategy and tactics and safety. Homeland Security training includes response to terrorist incidents, handling chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear and explosive incidents. All firefighters are HAZ-MAT first responder operational and EMS first responders. Special operations training include vehicle extrication, high angle rescue, and confined space.

I would like to thank the community for their continued support, as well as the companies who support our community by allowing their employees to respond during working hours.

Most of all, I would like to thank the volunteers that serve and dedicate their time to the Swansea Fire Department. It is the volunteers that make up the heart of this department and keep the community of Swansea safe.

Very Truly Yours,

Peter J. Burke
Chief of Fire Department