I am trying to maintain the website while making a
transition to a newer computer (Windows 11).
From the beginning in 2000, the website has always been
built using MS Frontpage (2003). Unfortunately, that
software, because of its "age" (and mine), isn't really
supported that well any more, making it difficult to know if
the pages look the way they should or not. Very frustrating!
I hope to find ways to keep the site up to date, while
hopefully learning and building a new parallel site (using
Adobe Dreamweaver & Bootstrap?) The learning curve is
challenging and time consuming. If anyone out there has
experience with those, I could use a mentor! EMAIL me
if you might like to help!
The shear amount of pages, photos, and history of this site
over 23 years is so massive! I don't want to lose the
important history, but would love to get the site updated
and responsive for newer technology.
Hopefully, the site can be maintained for all of you to use.
Someday, that might be a problem. For now, fingers crossed.
A NASA view of the Cape Cod and Islands area from space...
There's no place like home.
online on September 11, 2000. Our mission is to
be the single most comprehensive resource
providing information, images, and news about
the fire / rescue departments serving the
Cape Cod & Islands area of southeastern
We hope that this site will meet or exceed your
expectations. If so, you may find that it can
serve as a daily hub from which to find whatever
you need to know about the fire rescue service
in the Cape Cod area and beyond.
The site continues to grow and evolve to serve you
better. Your questions, observations,
corrections, contributions, and general comments
are always welcome so please send us an E-Mail.
CapeCodFD.com is a
privately owned and operated website. There is
no such thing as the "Cape Cod Fire Department."
The area is served by many different independent
fire departments and agencies. This is NOT an
official site for any of those departments.
While it is our intent to always bring you the most
accurate, informative, and useful information,
we can't guarantee that. The information and
content within this site is therefore the sole
responsibility of CapeCodFD.com and not the fire
departments or agencies themselves.
For official information or services, we recommend you
contact the specific department directly and
they will gladly serve you.
Stay Safe. See you again soon!
Britt Crosby. Webmaster CapeCodFD.com
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About This Site
IN THE BEGINNING
The roots of
CapeCodFD.com could be tracked back to the early
1970s, when as a teenager, I first started listening
to fire departments on the radio.
The first scanner I ever owned was a primitive, 8 channel,
crystal controlled radio that literally opened up a
whole new world to me. It enabled me to listen to my
local fire department and many of the other fire
departments on Cape Cod. I quickly began to learn
the language and what all those radio numbers and
call signs represented. It was back then, that
I began making written lists to use as a reference guide
for my own use when listening to the scanner.
Eventually, I had amassed a considerable amount of
information about the departments and apparatus.
In 1992, I self-published my first Barnstable
County Fire Departments Directory, which
contained a ton of information about the Cape Cod
Fire Departments and their apparatus.
That first Directory was a lot of work, but quickly proved to
be the place to go to look something up. I sold a
number of copies to folks like myself, who saw the
value in having that information at their finger
tips when they needed it.
In 1995, I once again self-published a second,
larger, and even more comprehensive version of the
Directory. Again, it was a huge amount of work to
accomplish, but served its purpose for years to
At the time, my intention was to continue to publish
similar updates every few years as enough changes
By the late 1990s, some of my friends had started using
this new thing called the Internet and they were
using their laptop computers to build websites of
their own. It looked like fun, and I started
thinking about how it might be a different way to
share information, the way the Directories had, with
the additional advantages of sharing color photos
and updating information as it changed.
Born on September
I had done a
lot of work and had my basic website built over the
Summer of 2000. I chose September 11 to be the date
I would first publish CapeCodFD.com online. It was
cleverly based on the relatively new (at the time)
Emergency Phone Number 911.
The purpose of the new website was simply to become an
place for people to go to when looking for
information about the fire departments on Cape Cod.
The early version was relatively basic, but based in
many ways on how the Directories worked. Essential
information about the departments, stations,
apparatus, and other useful facts. The opportunity
to utilize photos in addition to the information
helped make the site work.
There was no way at the time of knowing what 9/11 would
come to represent just 1 year later.
beginning, the idea was to be able to use the site
to share information about the departments,
stations, apparatus, incidents, and whatever else
was going on.
Pages, essentially the "A" Section of this
site include the Welcome, Headlines, Apparatus,
Stations, Department News, and more. These include
the latest news and updates of the site.
Fire & EMS
The core of
CapeCodFD.com are the Reference Pages. The site
covers approximately 50 Fire & EMS Departments
within 4 Counties in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Each of the departments are currently profiled within
DEPARTMENTStab that includes all the
Department Profiles.. Approximately 100 Stations are included within the FIND
FIRE STATIONS tab.
There are over 300 Apparatus within the FIND
Another way to view departments is by the FIND
ROSTERS pages. There are additional pages and information to check
Somewhere along the
way, I began photographing and documenting
FIREBOATS. As a result, CapeCodFD.com has
become home to one of, if not the LARGEST
FIREBOAT PHOTOS from around the USA and
Among these pages are an incredible collection of
HISTORIC FDNY FIREBOAT Photos.
There are many other features... check them out and
One of the
coolest things to do is to listen live to the action
while you are looking at this site. While we do not
provide the service, a number of sites do and you
should check them out.
You can listen to the Cape Cod area, or if you want,
you can listen to Boston, Providence, FDNY, or any
number of other great sites.
CapeCodFD.com added a
Cape Cod Area Fire Departments Live Radio Feed
in Dec 2016.
currently part of the forward deployed aircraft carrier USS
KITTY HAWK stationed in Japan. I have been away from home
for over a year and about a half now. I have just recently
been given orders to go fight the war on terror in
Afghanistan. I was residing in the town of Bourne, MA where
I had done a day long observation with the fire fighting
team and EMS. I have been an aspiring firefighter since I
was born. I love what you have done with this web site it
has been a moral booster on those six month deployments on
the water and knowing that the job that these firefighters
have been doing to keep my family and community safe has
been fantastic. I wanted to give you big thanks. Keep up
this great web site!
ABHAN Guarino, Michael
Just wanted to share with you about my special boy. Our son
Chad is 8 years old and has Asperger's Syndrome, a high
functioning form of Autism. Since he was about 1 year old he
has been "into" fire trucks. He has only grown to love them and
all that goes with it as he gets older.
I don't know how I discovered your web site, but needless to say
it is the motivation I needed to get him to school lately. He
really hates going and the teachers are becoming more insistent
he not talk about firefighting. So each morning before he
leaves for school we come to your web site and are going thru
each state. He gets to pick a couple favorites which I print
for him and he takes them to school. We give them to his
teacher (he's in special ed.) and when he completes reading or
math he gets to spend a few minutes relaxing and looking at
He is also into the old Emergency show and watches an episode or
2 daily. He also likes Adam 12. He and his Dad play each night
at bedtime the they are Roy & Johnny!
Well Britt, this is longer than I planned but I just wanted you
to know the joy you have brought our little boy. Thanks so
THE BEST COMPREHENSIVE FIRE WEB SITE I'VE SEEN AND I'VE SEEN A
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST SITE IN ALL ASPECTS TO A LOCAL FIRE
4 STARS RATING
D J SULLIVAN ISD BOSTON
I am currently doing a 1 year tour at Ali Al Salem Air Base in
Kuwait. You have a great website and I just wanted to wish all
my fellow brother and sister firefighters from the Cape & Islands a
Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. Keep up the great work
you all do! Thanks.
SFC Gilbert 'Pete' Forend in Kuwait
Oak Bluffs Deputy Chief, Army Fire Chief Mass. National Guard Camp
I have seen many, many websites and when I came across yours today I
just had to tell you this is by far the best FD site I have
accessed. You website should be the "standard" for all large FD
sites, it is so easy to navigate and it contains so much info. Keep
up the good work!!
Bob Smith, Horsham, PA
Man, what can I say except
AWESOME website!! I could not believe the amount of information
you have collected. I am a firefighter/EMT here in Virginia. I
am also a dispatcher for the county, dispatching police/fire/ems.
I have always wanted to do a site for our fire/rescue
departments like you have done for your area.
Love the supersite. I've been
listening all day in Germany. Its
really fun. Yarmouth police responded to a residential alarm and
here the actual alarm going off over the broadcast of the police
AWESOME. Keep up the great job on the website...
Sr A John D.
I think the word is WOW! You
have done a fantastic job assembling this site. I came in
looking to trade patches and stayed as long as I could
looking at just a few of the elements that you have put
together. I'll be back.
THANKS FROM ALL OVER
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CapeCodFD.com was first
launched on September 11, 2000.
The site is PRIVATELY OWNED and OPERATED.
It is NOT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE of any of
the agencies that are profiled within it, although it is our
goal to compliment and promote the best of all the agencies
site is essentially a ONE MAN OPERATION meant to provide
information and images about the Fire, EMS, and other
Emergency Services agencies in the Cape Cod, Islands, and
Southeastern Massachusetts area.
The site has grown far
beyond its initial vision and can be a challenge to maintain
objective however is to provide the most UP TO DATE and
ACCURATE INFORMATION possible and this is no small task,
there for it is important for YOU TO CONTRIBUTE to the site
any time you notice information that needs updating, images
that are incorrect, errors or typos, or other help which you
may provide to HELP MAKE CAPECODFD.COM THE BEST IT CAN BE.
Your comments and help are welcome.
If you wish to contribute information or
images contact CAPECODFD.COM
you for your support and contributions making the site what
The Best on the Web!
ENJOY YOUR VISIT
God Bless The USA
Britton W Crosby
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