Salem Fire Department operates out of three fire stations.
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You may call Administrative Assistant Pam Russell at 603-890-2208 to receive information regarding reports or see our Obtaining Reports (PDF) resource.
The Town of Salem is approximately 26 square miles. Salem's residential population is nearly 30,000 persons but our daytime population is estimated to exceed 80,000 persons and growing. Because Interstate 93 along with other state highways travel through Salem, we estimate a continuous stream of people and commerce traveling through our Town.
Salem Fire also has mutual aid agreements with the surrounding towns and cities (both in MA and NH) which we will provide services if requested.
Burning brush in Salem is allowed following strict rules. A permit is required per NH RSA 227-L:7, and must be obtained at any one of our three fire stations or online through the New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands website, prior to any open burning.
Once you have obtained your permit you must follow the Salem General Outside Burning Rules
Please understand that if the fire department receives a request to check on a fire (permitted or not) we will always come out. That does not mean that someone with a permit has done anything wrong - but we always err on the side of caution and may stop by.
A newly constructed home by today's fire codes requires a hard-wired smoke detector on each floor in addition to a hard-wired detector in each bedroom.
We recommend the same number of detectors for maximum coverage and protection in existing homes as well.
If you are renting a property, the landlord is required to install smoke detectors within your unit.
No. Per code, the use, sale, distribution, or possession of fireworks are prohibited in Salem at all times. More specifically, Salem Municipal Code Chapter 260-8 Amendments to the International Fire Code section 3301.1.3 Fireworks:
The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, use, or explosion of Division 1.3G and 1.4G (Class B and C) fireworks is prohibited.
You may conduct a file review by scheduling an appointment with the Records Clerk Debra Scafidi. Call 603-890-2209 for further information.
Firefighting is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States. We recommend becoming familiar with the various careers within the fire service, including becoming a firefighter, paramedic, hazardous material technician, fire prevention inspector, arson investigator, and fire alarm operator.
The New Hampshire Fire Academy (NHFA) holds entry-level written and physical ability testing annually. Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter in our department must contact the NHFA and make an application to participate in their testing process. The NHFA will forward to the Salem Fire Department a roster of successful applicants. NHFA is located at:222 Sheep Davis RoadConcord, NH 03301
From this roster, we may invite selected candidates to participate in our oral board. If a candidate successfully completes this process (oral board and Chief's interview), he or she may be placed on an eligibility list. This list is generally good for one year.
The Town of Salem is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages members of both genders and all ethnic backgrounds to apply.