A message from
Chief Peter J. Burke
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.