Our Mission Statement
Our essential mission and number one priority as memebers of the Brattleboro Fire Department is to provide the best possible services to the citizens of Brattleboro. We will strive to effectively protect lives and property from the effects of fire and all other emergencies, and will continually look for ways to improve our services to the people we serve.
Permitted Burning in Brattleboro
Before you decide to burn your yard waste this spring, you need to obtain a burn permit. State law requires a burn permit, however the Brattleboro Fire Department makes it easy to obtain one.
You can either stop in to either fire station or log onto: www.brattleboro.org. Once there, click the "Burn Permits" link where you will be asked to answer a couple of questions such as name and address. You also have to agree to the terms listed on the web site.
After the permit is awarded, the location is logged on the fire department's GIS mapping system. If a smoke call is made to the department, we can check the map to help determine if it is a real fire or someone who has a permited burn.
Permitted burns are allowed only during daylight hours and not on windy or overly dry days.
Yard waste is defined as anything natural, such as tree branches, leaves, brush, grass clippings and garden waste. YOu cannot burn rubbish, cardboard, paper or other household items or treated or painted lumber of any kind.
Those caught burning without a permit, or burning prohibited items, can be fined. Depending on the nature of the fire, especially if it gets out of control, a person can also be responsible for the cost of the department(s) responding to the fire- including the costs of the apparatus and firefighter on scene time.
There is no cost for a burn permit.
Brattleboro Fire Department's Lieutenant Marty Rancourt has announced he will be retiring from the Brattleboro Fire Department effective March 31 at 6pm. He is retiring after exactly 30 years of very decorated and dedicated service. An open house for Lieutenant Rancourt will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 2pm to 4pm with presentations at 3:30 to be held at the Central Fire Station.
A hiring process was held to fill the vacancy created by Lieutanant Rancourt's retirement. As a result of the hiring process, George Allen, a Firefighter on the Brattleboro Fire Department call force has been offered the position and has accepted. He will start his orientation on Monday, April 6th.
A promotional process was held to fill the position available with Lieutenant Rancourt's retirement. As a result, Firefighter Shawn Hammond was offered the Lieutenant's position and he has accepted. Shawn was one of seven candidates that went through the testing process consisting of a resume, cover letter, essay paper, oral board and written test. He is one of only three that advanced to the Chiefs' Interview. Shawn's start date as Lieutenant will be Monday, April 6, on Platoon 3.
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Courtesy of the American Red Cross
With the Impending closing of VT Yankee, Brattleboro will soon be losing the ability to conduct mass notification to citizens using the "Code Red" system, from which we created the Brattleboro Emergency Notification System (BENS). Because of this, the town of Brattleboro will be transitioning to a new mass notification system named: VT-Alert.
When will this happen?
It is the goal of the town to start using VT-Alert on June 1, 2015.
What is VT-Alert?
VT-Alert is a tool to provide you with critical information when you may need it most. It is an all-hazards alert adn notification web-based portal. It is proviced by the State of Vermont as part of an ongoing commitment to provide Vermonters with information so that you will understand the risks and threats that you may face and know how to respond accordingly.
Why do I want VT-Alert?
Even if you have signed up for Code Red/BENS in the past, you MUST sign up for VT-Alert if you want to continue to receive emergency information. By Signing up for VT-Alert, you can receive notification information via your phone, the web, your cell phone, email, and other technologies.
As Brattleboro Moves away from using Code Red, VT-Alert will be used by local officials as a means of mass notification to alert citizens of warnings and emergency information on things such as severe weather, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions. Additionally it provides information regarding response actions being taken by local and state agencies and protective actions that you should take to protect you, your family and your property.
How do I sign up?
Signing up for VT-Alert is free. Go to the web site: http://www.vtalert.gov. There you can create an account, choose what types of alerts you want to receive and how you want to receive them.
Your information is protected and never shared with anyone else. You can modify what type of information you receive or unsubscribe at any time.
Please fee free to call Brattleboro Fire Chief Michael Bucossi at 802-254-4831 with any questions you may have.
Facebook for Brattleboro Fire Department
It has happened! Through continuing efforts to keep the public informed of what is going on with the Brattleboro Fire Department, and the Town of Brattleboro, we are expanding our social media. The Brattleboro Fire Department now has a Facebook page! We hope that you will stop by, like our page, and visit often to see what we are up to!
Flu Season is Here
Now that flu season has arrived, it is important for everyone to be educated.
Flu shots are a great way to protect yourselves from lost work, absence from school, your health and the health of those around you. You can find information on the flu and how to protect yourself by clicking on the picture below.
Over the past few years, Brattleboro has had an increase in pedestrian/vehicle accidents. In response to these incidents which have resulted in numerous serious injuries and four fatalities, the town has formed a committe dedicated to studying the problem and coming up with solutions to reduce these accidents.
The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to provide some safety tips to help.
Pedestrians: First and most importantly... Be Seen! Brattleboro is very diverse with it's pedestrian population. Runners/Joggers, commuters, parents/children, dog walkers, shoppers, etc. Providing drivers with the ability to see you is essential to preventing accidents. Reflective armbands are available. For information, call the Brattleboro Police Department.
||Secondly: ALWAYS use the crosswalks provided. Not only is it the only safe place to cross the streets, J-walking is illegal and can result in a fine. When crossing when a walk signal is available, wait for the signal. And Never cross from in between parked vehicles. This seriously limits drivers visibility of you. When crossing, wait for vehicles to stop. Just because you have the right of way when crossing doesn't mean the vehicle is automatically going to see you. Make sure first.
|Third: Use the sidewalks provided. Walking in the road is dangerous on the town's busy streets. Give drivers less to worry about and yourself less of a chance of getting hit by staying out of the road. Remember, you don't necessarily have the "right of way".
||Many people take to the streets of Brattleboro on their bicycles. For exercise, business, sport, etc. If you find yourself on the roads on a bicycle, remember that you are required to adhere to the rules of the road... the laws, that is. Follow all traffic signs/signals, don't pass between motorvehicles, and give the right of way when due. Also, as with pedestrians, remember to always wear bright clothes to improve your chances of not getting into an accident.
|Drivers: Pay attention. Anything that takes your attention away from the road should wait until you are stopped. Texting, talking on the phone, it all needs to wait until you're done with your journey. Obey all traffic laws, and always be aware of the pedestrians around you.