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Mission Statement

The mission of the Salem Fire Department is “We Are Here To Help"

Organizational Values

The Organizational Values of the Salem Fire Department are:

Integrity, Community, Compassion and Excellence


Today, Salem Fire Department employs eighty three men and women whom are dedicated to protecting and serving the town and it visitors twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year.  Salem Fire Department serves multiple roles in the community; providing Fire Suppression, Emergency Ambulance Transport, Fire Prevention, Inspectional Services & Education, Fire Alarm & Communications, as well as Disaster Control Services. Salem Firefighters also are trained in a number of specialized services including serving on regional teams including hazardous material, specialized technical rescue situations, EMS for regional SOU team.

Salem Fire Department provides 17 personnel on duty 24 hours a day to respond to any request for help.  These members are assigned to one of three (3) fire stations and operate the apparatus designated at that station.  Station 1 operates with 9 personnel, Station 2 with 3 personnel, and Station 3 with 5 personnel.  Station 2 personnel operate the designated apparatus by "cross-staffing" their assigned units.  What this means is that in Station 2, if the request for help is a medical aid - the 3 personnel take the Rescue. If the request for help is a fire call - the 3 personnel take the Engine. Station 3 personnel staff the Tower Ladder and Rescue there is also a reserve Engine in quarters.

In 2017 Salem Fire responded to 5406 requests for help.  This number represents a greater than 80% increase in responses since 1990, which has stretched our fire department to its limits.  For our department to continue to provide the community with rapid response times, additional firefighters have been requested by the Chief of Department.

In 2017 the Salem Fire Deparment was awarded a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) for $1.5 million dollars to hire an additional eight (8) firefighters.  With this award, the Chief of Department has begun to put in place the staffing it will take to ensure that our fire department provides the best services possible now, and in the future of our Town.     

Our motto has always been and will continue to be, "if you call us with a problem, we will do everything we can to help you."  We hope you enjoy browsing our site and learning more about Salem Fire. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Lawrence Best Chief of Department 603) 890-2215
Jeffrey Emanuelson Fire Marshal/Deputy Chief (603)-890-2035
Jonathan Brackett Battalion Chief Battalion #1 603-890-2005
Fran Enos Battalion Chief Battalion #2 603-890-2005
Randall Young Battalion Chief Battalion #3 603-890-2005
Timothy Kenney Battalion Chief Battalion #4 603-890-2005
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