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Atkinson Fire Department History

Chronological History

1944 - Atkinson Fire Department established by special town meeting vote

1944 - Ward Wright was elected first Fire Chief

1945 - First fire station built and first fire truck hand built

1946 - Red network established

1947 - Clarence Kinney - 2nd Fire Chief

1948 - Wilbur Moody - 3rd Fire Chief

1953 - First new fire truck purchased

1955 - First of 5 additions built onto the Fire Station

1958 - Kenneth Hurteau - 4th Fire Chief

1959 - Second addition built onto Fire Station for toilets

1964 - Meredith Reynolds - 5th Fire Chief

1965 - Third addition built onto Fire Station

1966 - Daniel Stewart - 6th Fire Chief

1969 - Roland Weeman - 7th Fire Chief

1970 - Donald Murphy - 8th Fire Chief

1972 - First radio paging for calls after "Red Network"

1973 - Training tower built by members

1974 - Fourth addition built onto Fire Station

1977 - First four EMT's are trained for medical response

1977 - Fifth addition built onto Fire Station

1979 - First local Volunteer Department to obtain Jaws of Life

1981 - John Rockwell - 9th Fire Chief

1981 - Marsha Holloway - First woman Firefighter/EMT

1982 - Pocket pagers fully implemented

1983 - David Weymouth - 10th Fire Chief

1983 - We stopped riding the tailboards of fire trucks

1990 - Michael Murphy 11th Fire Chief

1991 - First EMT-Intermediate training implemented

1992 - Charter member of district Hazmat Response Team

1994 - Last "converted" fire truck removed from service

2000 - New fire station replaces 55 year old building

2002 - Department begins Paid-Call for emergency response calls

2005 - New "Quint" Fire Engine adds first Aerial Ladder capability to department

2007 - Full Time Private Ambulance Service housed at Fire Station supplementing volunteers

2011 - Department emergency responses grow to 575 calls including 386 medical responses

2013 - New Kenworth 3000 Gallon Tanker replaces our 1986 Tanker


Fire Department Over-Expenditure Documents

At a recent Board of Selectmen Meeting, the over-expenditure request requirements were challenged by the Fire Department which claimed they followed the rules of the Fire Association and not the Selectmen. The Selectmen sought a legal opinion and an overview along with all related documents can be found by following this link here.

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