Fire Chief/Town Warden – Jethro “Kip” Poulin, 628-4456
Deputy Town Wardens:
Brian Rundlett, Assistant Fire Chief, 628-4544 or 491-4583
Wayne Rundlett, Assistant Fire Chief, 628-2920
The Fire Chief/Town Warden is also responsible for controlling open burning of brush, grass, and other burnable material. A Burning Permit is required for anyone burning these materials and you can obtain one from the fire chief, any deputies, or you can purchase a Maine burn permit online. The town office no longer issues burn permits.
The New Portland Fire Department is a volunteer/paid-on-call, department. The department responds to all types of fires in town and also mutual aid requests for the surrounding communities and unorganized territories. The department also responds to traffic accidents for fire control, traffic control, and extraction of victims and assistance to the ambulance.
The department has made great improvements over the past five years. We have a new centrally located fire station with a training/meeting room. The fire station also has kitchen facilities and backup electrical power so it can be used as an emergency shelter.
The Department has upgraded its equipment, turnout gear, air packs, forest fire equipment and trucks. The department currently has six trucks, five in operation one being refurbished. The primary attack engine is a 1995 Pierce Arrow 1500 GPM pumper which was purchased by the Town in 2004. This engine is backed up by a 2005 International pumper/tanker with 3000 gallons of water and a 1000 GPM pump. There is a 1972 Mack tanker with a 2500 gallon tank and a 350 GPM pump. This first line equipment is supported by a converted ambulance which was donated to the Town and serves as a Squad truck. It carries extra or misc. fire equipment and fire fighters to an incident and moves equipment from one area of an incident to another. The Squad truck also serves as a traffic control vehicle at accidents.
There is also a surplus military 2 ½ ton 6×6 with a 500 gallon water tank used to store and transport all the forest fire equipment and haul water off road.
The final truck is a 1985 Mack tanker which will have 3000 gallons of water and a 500 GPM pump when it is completed and put into service.