Open Burning The State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) allows open burning to be conducted between January 15th and May 1st of each year. Permission may be obtained simply by calling the Joint Dispatch Center on the day you plan to burn at 508-647-9550.
Open burning permits may be issued for:
Training or research in fire protection or prevention with approval by the DEP.
Activities associated with the normal pursuit of agriculture which have been determined as necessary by the DEP. (Agriculture is defined as the raising of crops and livestock for commercial foodstuffs).
Open burning of brush and trees resulting from agricultural land clearing operations.
Disposal of brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris – excluding grass, hay, leaves, and stumps.
Open burning may only be conducted:
During periods of good atmospheric ventilation as determined by the DEP
Without causing a nuisance
On land proximate to the place of generation
At a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling, and
Between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A garden hose attached to a working water supply should also be present during burning operations.
Tours for groups of the Fire Headquarters apparatus floor may be arranged by calling the Deputy Chief’s Office at 508-647-9558 during regular business hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Every effort will be made to accommodate the date and time you want, however, training schedules and some other types of fire department activities may make this impossible. Individuals and small families may stop by the station and request a tour. Any available firefighter will be happy to show you around.
Blood Pressure Screening
Blood pressure screening is available in the lobby at Fire Headquarters between the hours of 8 a.m. - 6 p.m, 7 days a week. There is no fee for this service and no appointment is necessary.