It is our goal to decrease the number and severity of fires throughout our community. We also work to educate the public to take precautions to prevent fires and to survive should fire strike.
The Brattleboro Fire Department uses the proactive method in promoting fire prevention/education in many ways. During the year, we do educational programs to schools, seniors, caregivers, businesses, at fairs, and when people stop at the stations for tours.
The State of Vermont fire safety trailer comes to town to educate hundreds of parents and children on the importance of knowing how to get safely out of a smoke-filled room or home, and to show fire hazards in the home. We also promote: "EDITH" or Exit Drills In The Home. Many families do not practice escaping from the house when the fire alarm goes off. When we tell families to practice this drill, we tell them to practice at all times of the day and night. When we visit schools, it is important for young children to see firefighters as people they can follow and trust. A firefighter in firefighting gear, breathing with an air tank can be scary to younger children. One way a child can get used to or trust a firefighter is seeing a firefighter dress up step by step seeing that it's a person inside. Also being able to walk up and touch the firefighter can reassure the child that he or she is a real person.
Smoke detector education is another way we strive to help the public protect themselves. Smoke detectors properly placed in the home can drastically reduce the chances of death during a fire. Most deaths due to fire occur at night while people are sleeping.
We also do fire extinguisher training for area businesses when asked; this is both classroom and practical.
The department also has building code inspectors who, during the workweek, will go out in town and inspect homes for fire code violations and to give guidance on what type of smoke detectors are best and any other information that they may need to make their home safe. For inspection information/scheduling, station tour information, extinguisher or detector information, call the station at: (802) 254-4831.
Tours of the Brattleboro Fire Stations are open to the public. These can be for your family, school group, or general interest. Kids of all ages can check out the equipment and get demonstrations of some of the tools we use for our job. During tours, emphasis is placed on spreading a fire and life safety message. For group tours, please call the station for perferred times and scheduling.
Health Officer/Head Code Officer
Assistant Leonard Howard III
Code Enforcement Officer: Allyn Olney