Welcome to the homepage of the Norton Fire-Rescue
Department. The officers and firefighters invite you
to search our on-line information and photos. We hope
you find the website interesting and informative.
The department covers an area of 29 square miles,
and serves a population of approximately 20,000 residents.
Our jurisdiction also includes 7 miles of interstate
highway route 495, and state routes 123 and 140 intersect
the town. Also in our municipality are 5 public schools,
a college, a municipal wastewater treatment plant,
and industrial and commercial buildings. Norton is
mostly a bedroom community with vast wooded areas.
There are 3 major bodies of water, the largest being
Norton reservoir, which is a recreational lake.
The department assists surrounding communities on
regular mutual aid, and we are also members of the
county fire task force, and the state mass casualty
incident ambulance mutual aid taskforce. We provide
advanced life support paramedic emergency medical
services, technical and confined space rescue, underwater
dive rescue, and fire suppression services. In addition
we have a very busy fire prevention office that handles
regulatory issues described in greater detail elsewhere
on the website.
The department has been equipped by the town with
quality equipment and apparatus that have proven to
be of valuable service to the community. We recently
placed a new pumper in service with complete rescue
and extrication equipment with industrial and vehicle
capabilities. Our state and interstate highways have
seen severe and fatal accidents, which create a regular
challenge to the department in terms of training,
equipment, and operations.
We have been fortunate to add to our fleet a special
hazards truck. A local businessman donated the chassis
and body. With help from the town and many extra hours
invested by the firefighters, this unit is capable
of supporting many types of operations from fires
to explosions, special rescues, hazardous materials
incidents, and almost any emergency response we need
The focus of the department has been and will continue
to be valuable service to the residents and visitors
of the community, professional development of a well-trained
and competent workforce, and the safety of our citizens.
In addition, we strive to conserve resources, operate
safely, and be valuable members of the town and contribute
in any way we can.
We invite you to visit our headquarters at 70 East
Main Street (Route 123), meet our staff, and tour
our facility and equipment. If you have any questions
or are interested in programs we offer, please find
the attached links to our e-mail system. We are glad
to hear from you.
Paul J. Schleicher
Chief of Department