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The Chatham Fire Department was  established in 1911.....................Chatham FD provides fire and ems service to 7,098 residents within a 15.88 square mile area......................Chatham is a combination career / call department with 4 shifts of 5 per shift, a minimum of 4 on duty.....................Chatham has 2 fire stations, 1 staffed 24 hours and 1 call station.....................Chatham responded to 2,237 incidents in 2002...............567 fire incidents and 1670 ems calls.................................

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Chatham Fire Department
135 Depot Street
Chatham, MA  02633
Department
Stations
Apparatus
Sta.Appar
Personnel
Radio
Run Cards
History
News
Community
Emergency   911
Emergency   508-945-2323
Business        508-945-2324
FAX               508-945-5120
Dispatch        508-945-2324
Fire Alarm    WQHF 966
800 Talk        37360
Radio 400      453.375    103.5
Radio Low     33.62        114.8
Dispatch        Chatham FD Firefighters

Fire Chief Peter Connick     C-181
(2017)

Chatham, Massachusetts
Barnstable County
Lower Cape Cod Region

Established 1911
2 Fire Stations     11 Apparatus
32 Personnel  27 Career  5 Call
 Apparatus 180-189 & 380-399

Area             15.88 Square Miles
Population    6,849  (2003)
Density         431 per sq mile

2000   2,158 Calls
2010   2,322 Calls
2018   3,160 Calls
2019   3,097 Calls

Sta.1    Sta.2
 

3 Engines
1 Tower
1 Brush
3 Ambs
4 Cars
1 Misc

     ON LINE PRESENCE
CHATHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT Website
Chatham Fire Department on Facebook
 

Leadership - Officers:
Fire Chief Peter Connick                        Car 181        (2017)
Deputy Chief David DePasquale            Car 391        (2017) 
Fire Insp Richard Shevory                      C-392
EMS Coordinator Mark Heller               C-393

Group 1: Captain David Ready (P)         C381
                Lt Justin Tavano (P)                 C381A     (SAFE officer)
Group 2: Captain Nelson Wirtz  (P)        C382  
                Lt Gerard Smith (P)                  C382A
Group 3: Captain Mark Higgins P)          C383  
                Lt Ryan Clark  (P)                    C383A 
Group 4: Captain R J Sylvester (P)         C384        (training officer)
                 Lt Ryan Holmes                       C384A


IAFF: Local 2712. Personnel are civilian

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Email Contact
General Info:                     Chathamfire@chatham-ma.gov
Fire Chief:                         firechief@chatham-ma.gov
Deputy:                              deputyfirechief@chatham-ma.gov
Fire Inspector:                   fireinspector@chatham-ma.gov
EMS Coordinator:             ems@chatham-ma.gov
Fire Training:                    firetraining@chatham-fire.gov
Dispatch:                           firealarm@chatham-ma.gov
 

Phone Directory:
Fire Prevention:                508-945-5178

 

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Total Personnel: 29

Career Personnel: 28
(1)    Fire Chief
(1)    Deputy Chief
(1)    Fire Prev
(4)    Shift Captains
(4)    Lieutenants
(16)  Firefighters
(1)    Admin Sec

Including:
(20)  Paramedics 
(8)    Basic EMTs
(   )   First Responders

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Call Personnel: 1
(1)   Call personnel   
  
Including:
(0)   Paramedics  
(1)   Basic EMTs 
(   )  First Responders

 

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Staffing:
There are 4 groups of (6) personnel
The Shift Minimum is (5) per shift.
Each group works an average 42 hour week on an 8 day rotation.
The work week includes (2) 24 hour shifts 0800-0800. 
The work week is (24) on, (24) off, (24) on, (5) days off......(1-1-1-5)
(1) 24 On 0800-0800, (1) 24 Off, (1 24 On 080-0800, (5) Days Off

Station staffing is:                        (6) Station 1, (0) Station 2  
The minimum staffing is:              (5) Station 1, (0) Station 2 

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Stations:  
Station 1 staffing is:   (1) Captain, (1) Lieutenant, (4) FFs, (1 firefighter dispatching)
Station 2 staffing is:   (0)
 

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Dispatch by:
Dispatch by Chatham Firefighters on rotating basis.

E911 PSAP:          BSO - Barnstable County Sheriff's Department
E911 Backup:        BARNPD - Barnstable Police Department
911 Secondary:     Chatham Fire - Dispatches Chatham Fire



NOTES:

Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe Retired Mar 31, 2017

 

Updated February 28, 2020

Chatham Police Department

Chatham Police Department
249 George Ryder Road
Chatham, MA 02633
Emergency 911   Emergency 508-945-1212
Business  508-945-1213  Fax  508-945-2791

Police Chief Mark R Pawlina  (101)  

 

 


Chatham Information


Chatham Incorporated as a town 1712
Chatham Fire Department Established in 1916

Town of Chatham Website

City/Town Name: Town of Chatham
1990 Population: 6,579
2000 Population: 7,098
Registered Voters: 5,722
2000 School Enrollments: 628
Population Over 65: 2,241
Square Miles: 15.88
Public Road Miles: 62.76
Income Per Capita: $18,471
Median Family Income: $36,961
EQV Per Capita: $261,815
Avg. Tax Bill: $2,520
Residential Tax Rate: 10.08
Commercial Tax Rate: 10.08
Operating Budget: $25,301,618

Massachusetts Municipal Association

City/Town Name: Town of Chatham
Community Profiles: http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/cc/chatham.html
City/Town Hall Address: 549 Main St.
City/Town: Chatham
State: MA
Zip Code: 02633
Business Hours: 8 a.m.­4 p.m. (Mon­Fri)
County: Barnstable
World Wide Web Address: http://www.virtualcapecod.com/beaches/ bchat.html
Area Code: 508
Main Telephone: 945-5100
Main Fax: 945-3550
TTY/TDD:
Police Department: 945-1213
Fire Department: 945-2324
Public Works: 945-5150
Planning: 945-5168
Schools: 945-5130
Library: 945-5170
Town Clerk: 945-5101
City Council:
Board of Selectmen: 945-5107
City Clerk:

 

DHCD Community Profile

Added Jan 6, 2002
Updated Feb 14, 2002

 


Fire Department History

* Fire Department Organization
* Fire Chiefs
* Fire Station History
* Fire Apparatus History
* Major Fires & Incidents History
* Run Stats History
 

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION

The Chatham Fire Department was established in 1911.  The Chatham rescue squad was established in 1949.

FIRE CHIEFS

2017-Present       - Peter Connick
2005-2017           - Michael Ambriscoe
1985-2005           - William Schwerdtfeger
1965-1985           - Robert C Greenough

Deputy Chiefs
2017-present        - David DePasquale
2011-2017            - Peter Connick
2002-2011            - Richard Hunter
        -2002            - Ronald Scroi

 

FIRE STATIONS HISTORY

1952-2014      - 135 Depot St          - Fire Station   (originally also police)
2014-2016      - 211 Crowell Road - Temporary Station at DPW
2016-Present   - 135 Depot St          - New Fire Headquarter

                        - 2470 Route 28        - South Chatham Station



 

FIRE APPARATUS HISTORY

1995 Apparatus Roster
Station 1 - Chatham      
180     Car 180             - 1982 Ford F100 4x4 Pickup Truck
181     Car 181             - 1986 Ford LTD Fire Chief William Schwerdtfeger
182     Rescue 182        - 1991 Ford E350/Wheeled Coach Type III Ambulance (EMS 357)
183     Rescue 183        - 1989 Ford E350/Wheeled Coach Type III Ambulance (EMS 356)
185     Engine 185         - 1986 Pierce Arrow 1250/750/30 Pumper
186     Engine 186        - 1989 Pierce Arrow cf 1250/1500/60 Engine-Tanker  (Jaws)
187     Forestry 187      - 1965 International 4x4/Farrar 300/300 Forestry Truck
189     Service 189       - 1970 Ford Van
           Boat                   - Boston Whaler 13' / Johnson 25hp Boat
           Haz                    - 1988 Wells Cargo Trailer Pollution Control
           Ice                     -          Ray 8' Ice Sled 
           381                    - Capt/Medic Kathy Eldredge
           382                    - Capt Richard Hunter
           383                    - Capt/Medic Peter Connick
           384                    - Capt Roy Eldridge
391     Car 391             - 1991 Ford LTD Deputy Ronald Scroi

Station 2 - South Chatham      
188     Engine 188         - 1975 Maxim F 1000/750 Pumper
          

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1992 Apparatus Roster
Station 1 - Chatham      
180     Car 180             - 1987 Ford F100 Pickup Truck
181     Car 181             - 1986 Ford LTD Fire Chief William Schwerdtfeger
181A  Car 181A          - Deputy Ronald Scroi
182     Rescue 182       - 1986 Ford E350/Horton Type III Ambulance (EMS 357)
183     Rescue 183       - 1989 Ford E350/Wheeled Coach Type III Amb (EMS 356)
185     Engine 185        - 1986 Pierce Arrow cf 1250/750/30 Pumper
186     Engine 186        - 1989 Pierce Arrow cf 1250/1500/60 Engine-Tanker  (Jaws)
187     Forestry 187      - 1965 International 4x4/Farrar 300/300 Forestry Truck
189     Service 189       - 1970 Ford Van
           Boat                   - Boston Whaler 13' / Johnson 25hp Boat
           Haz                    - 1988 Wells Cargo Trailer Pollution Control
           Ice                     -          Ray 8' Ice Sled 

Station 2 - South Chatham      
188     Engine 188         - 1975 Maxim F 1000/750 Pumper
          

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1975 Apparatus Roster
Engine 1
Engine 2
Engine 3
Engine 4
Engine 5
Rescue

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MAJOR FIRES & INCIDENTS HISTORY

Major Fires & Emergencies
1988 - June 2 - Rescue workers responded to a stone wall collapse at the site of a water main installation trench on Pleasant Street.  One worker was trapped until freed by rescuers.
1990 - Sept 29 - Two men were killed when the P-51 they were flying crashed into the woods near the Chatham Airport.
1991 - Feb 9 - A 3 alarm fire destroyed the Acme Laundry complex on Route 28 in Chatham.  The 75 year old 3 story wooden building was completely destroyed in the 0100 hours fire.  60 firefighters from several towns using 7 engines and 2 ladder trucks fought the fire.
1993 - June 14 - One man was killed and another escaped when a plane crashed into the waters off the Chatham Lighthouse.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY - RUN STATS

Incident History
Year            Fire         EMS           Total
1950
1960
1970
1975
1980
1985
1990          421           962             1,383
1992          466        1,055             1,521
1993          402        1,086             1,488
1994          446        1,250             1,696
!995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000                                              2,158
2001                                              2,184
2002          567       1,670              2,237
2003                                             
2004                                              2.420
2005                                              2,456
2006                                              2,469
2007                                              2,429
2008                                              2,531
2009                                              2,490
2010                                              2,322
2011                                              2,669
2012                                              2,610
2013                                              2,791
2014                                              2,792
2015                                              2,727
2016                                              2,715
2017                                              2,603
2018                                              3,160
2019                                              3,097

 

02/28/2020

 

 


Chatham Radio

Chatham Fire Radio Call Sign.................WQHF 966.........."Chatham Fire"
Chatham Dispatch ID.............................Chatham Fire Alarm
Chatham Former Call Sign......................KCD 594
Chatham Fire Frequency........................33.62 Mhz..............PL 114.8
Chatham County Frequency...................33.70 Mhz..............PL 114.8
Chatham Fire 400 frequency..................453.375.................PL 103.5
Chatham Fire 800 Talkgroup..................37360....................Simulcast 33.62
Chatham Radio Tone Test......................1805 Hours
Chatham Apparatus Numbers.................180-189 & 300-399
Dispatch by.............................................Chatham Fire Department personnel

Chatham Police Radio Call Sign..............KCA 368..............County Callsign
Chatham Police Dispatch ID...................KCA 368.............."Chatham Police"
Chatham Police Frequency.....................Trunking................On Trunked radio system
Chatham Police Old Freq.......................155.640 Mhz.........Old Ch.3
Chatham Police County Freq..................155.565 Mhz........ Old Ch.1
Chatham Police 800 Trunk Group...........38192...................Primary Operations
Chatham Police 800 County Group.........36496...................County Talkgroup
Chatham Police Unit IDs........................."F" Fox Cars

Chatham Water District...........................451.575
Chatham Water District.......................... 
 

 


Chatham Station Apparatus Assignments

Station 1........Chatham
Engine 185.........2018 Rosenbauer Commander 4dr 2000/750/30 Rescue Pumper (Jaws)
Engine 186.........2018 Rosenbauer Commander 4dr 2000/750/30 Rescue Pumper (Jaws)
Tower 189.........2015 Rosenbauer 1500/500  104' Aerial Tower 
Forestry 187.......2007 Ford F550  300 / 300 / 10A Forestry Truck
Ambulance 182.....2018 Ford E550 / Lifeline Type I Ambulance (EMS 357)
Ambulance 183.....2016 Ford F550 / Lifeline Type I Ambulance (EMS 356)
Ambulance 184.....2014 International / Lifeline Type I Ambulance  (EMS 358)
Car 180..............2018 Ford F250 4dr 4x4 Pickup Truck
Car 181..............2012 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 Fire Chief Peter Connick
Car 390..............2003 Ford Explorer 4x4 Service Vehicle
Car 391..............2015 Ford Explorer Interceptor 4x4 Fire Deputy David DePasquale
Car 392..............2008 Ford Explorer 4x4 SUV Fire Prevention
Boat 399............ 2003 17' Zodiac Rescue Boat
Haz Mat.............1988 Wells Cargo Pollution Control Trailer
Haz Mat.............1990s trailer with spill control booms
Tech...................2002 Wells Cargo Tech Rescue Trailer
MDU..................2003 Mass Decon MDU Trailer District 1
Lighting..............Generator Lighting Trailer
DEP...................2007 Wells Cargo Mass DEP Spill Trailer


Station 2 .......South Chatham
Engine 188..........2001 Pierce Dash 1500/750/30 Pumper 

02/28/2020

 

 

 

The Sample Run Cards
(As listed at BCC 1-16-2002)

 

DIST 1 STRUCTURE   COVERAGE
1ST E185-ET186-E188-F187-R182-R183-C180-C181-C391-E64    
WF C61-L66-E175-H72   CH-E69  CH-R242  EH-E233  HA-E112
2ND E69-L176-C171-E233-R242-EMS-C229   CH-E234  CH-R172  EH-E155  OR-E95  HA-E112  BR-E107
3RD E234-C231-L237-E155-R172   CH-E112  CH-R162  HA-E45  EH-E107 BR-E44
4TH E112-C161-C101-E107   CH-E95  HA-E44  EH-E45  BR-E205  OR-E94  WE-E485
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS L66-L176-L237  
BREAKERS B316-B235-B295  
FORESTRY HA-BR-OR-WE  
TANKERS BR-EA-WE-WB  
AMBS HA-OR-BR-HA-OR-BR-EA-DE-YA-HA  
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

DIST 2 STRUCTURE   COVERAGE
1ST E185-ET186-E188-F187-R182-R183-C180-C181-C391-E64    
WF C61-L66-E233 RIT     CH-E69  CH-R242  EH-E177  HA-E112
2ND E69-H72-E175-C231-R242-L237-EMS-C229   CH-E177  CH-E234  CH-R172  EH-E155  OR-E95  HA-E112  BR-E107
3RD E234-C171-L176-R172-E155   CH-E112  CH-R162  HA-E45  EH-E107 BR-E44
4TH E112-E107-C161-C101   CH-E95  EH-E45  HA-E44  OR-E94  BR-E205  WE-E485
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS L66-L237-L176  
BREAKERS B235-B316-B295  
FORESTRY HA-BR-DE-WE  
TANKERS BR-EA-WE-WB  
AMBS HA-BR-OR-HA-BR-OR-EA-DE-YA-HA  
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

DIST 3 AIRCRAFT   COVERAGE
1ST E185-ET186-E188-F187-R182-R183-C180-C181-C391-E64-R62-R63-C61   CH-E175  CH-R172  CH-C231  EH-E233
WF                                                                               
2ND      
3RD      
4TH      
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS L66-L237-L176  
BREAKERS BR-CO-WB  
FORESTRY HA-BR-OR-WE  
TANKERS BR-EA-WE-WB  
AMBS HA-OR-BR-HA-OR-BR  
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

DIST 4 MONOMOY ISLAND   COVERAGE
1ST CHAT AS AVAIL-NANTUCKET LARC   BOATS-USCG    
WF                                                                               
2ND HAR BOAT-ORL BOAT-STATE HELO    
3RD      
4TH      
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS    
BREAKERS    
FORESTRY    
TANKERS    
AMBS    
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIST 5 SOUTH BEACH   COVERAGE
1ST C180-C390-C181-C391-F187    
WF                                                                               
2ND F277-F67-F169-F240-F90    
3RD      
4TH      
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS    
BREAKERS    
FORESTRY    
TANKERS    
AMBS    
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
DIST 5 STRUCTURE NORTH BEACH   COVERAGE
1ST C180-C390-F187-C181-C391-OR PERS-C171-F169-CHAPD    
WF                                                                               
2ND F67-C61-F240-B235-F277-T279-MSP HELO-EMS-C229    
3RD      
4TH      
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS    
BREAKERS    
FORESTRY    
TANKERS    
AMBS    
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

 

DIST 6B BRUSH NORTH BEACH   COVERAGE
1ST C180-C390-F187-C181-C391-F169-C171-CHAPD    
WF F240-B235-F277-T279-BOATS-USCG                                                                              
2ND F67-C61-F108-F90-MSP HELO-EMS-C229    
3RD      
4TH      
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS    
BREAKERS    
FORESTRY    
TANKERS    
AMBS    
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIST 7 STRONG ISLAND   COVERAGE
1ST F187-C181-BOATS-USCG    
WF                                                                               
2ND F67-HA BOAT-C61-F169-C171-OR BOAT-MSP HELO    
3RD      
4TH      
5TH      
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS    
BREAKERS    
FORESTRY    
TANKERS    
AMBS    
         

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  The run cards above are a partial listing provided for quick reference only.  Additional coverage assignments for other fire departments were left off for simplicity purposes.  These run cards are in effect as of the date posted with them.  It is interesting to use the run cards to track and compare the flow of apparatus to fires in various parts of town.  It is important to remember that these cards reflect resources available when they were written.  Additional apparatus, changes in station assignments, staffing issues, and individual department policies may have changed since these cards were written.  This may  have an effect on the actual apparatus response to incidents when they occur.