The Madawaska Fire Department is served by dedicated volunteers consisting of 43 members and 4 student firefighters. Of the 43 members, 19 are Hazardous Materials Technicians to respond to hazardous spills/contamination, confined spaces emergencies and rescues.
With respect to apparatus, Madawaska has four Class A pumpers with a total pumping capacity of 4,750 gallons per minute and five water supply tankers with water capacity of 16,450 gallons. The department has a Haz-Mat truck and two 4-wheel drive support vehicles.
Businesses and homeowners in the total 72 square miles in Madawaska currently enjoy the benefits of a Class 5 insurance classification.
Frasier built a paper company in 1926 and 2 years later in 1928, Madawaska’s first Fire Department was built. The first Fire Department had sixteen volunteer fire fighters and was led by Fire Chief George Rice. Today, the Madawaska Fire Department has 48 volunteers (3 females) lead by Chief James Soucy. The Madawaska Fire Department is made up of different groups such as, the Hazardous Materials Team, The Fire Rescue Team, and some EMS who are all on call 24/7. This Department also participates and receives mutual aid from neighboring towns.
Along with responding to an average of 50 calls per year, the Madawaska Fire Department holds weekly trainings and routine equipment maintenance checks, they hold fire prevention classes for Pre K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students, they give two scholarships per year, and they provide a Junior Fire Fighter program for students sixteen to eighteen. To join the Madawaska Fire Department’s brave team of volunteer Fire Fighters and Junior Fire Fighters visit the Madawaska Police Department for an application.
The Madawaska Fire Department is funded by the Town and has not received new equipment for a while. They do hope to receive a grant for a new fire truck this year to better protect their community.
A note from Chief Soucy: Please be sure to check smoke detectors monthly, change batteries yearly, and if you don’t have a CO detector installed, you should. It could save your family’s life.