Fire Department

"Committed to providing quality, courteous and professional life safety and public services." 

Mission Statement

Professionalism Everyday

Memorial Day 2015 - photo
(Memorial Day 2015 - photo by D. Janelle)


Committed to providing quality, courteous and professional life safety and public services.


Customer Service - Our internal and external customers constitute our number one priority. We treat our customers with respect and dignity in our efforts to address their needs. We care for our customers as if they are members of our own family.

Teamwork - While individual effort is valued, the Departments' long-term success will be the result of teamwork. We encourage respect and incorporate valid team input.

Progressiveness - We will pursue advancement opportunities in education, standards, technology and trends within the dynamic environment of the fire service.

Safety - Safety is the cornerstone of our organization's foundation. It is an attitude we embrace in belief and practice.

Professionalism - We value an organizational culture exemplified by accoutability, compassion, dedication, honesty, integrity, leadership, pride and respect.

Chief's Message

Message from the Chief:
We at Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS are honored to deliver first rate customer service to the nearly 60,000 citizens of the Town and our visitors at each of the more than 9,000 calls for service received each year. We provide a full array of emergency response services available upon demand. MFRE employs 81 uniformed career and 3 civilian support personnel staffing 5 strategically located Stations throughout Town, as well as the Fire Marshal’s Office located on the Town Hall Campus. Our Department’s responses are rapid, professional and efficient. An all-risk Fire Department, MFRE provides expert services in fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services (first responder and Advanced Life Support), specialized rescue, hazardous materials, public education and disaster mitigation.

MFRE is renowned in our industry as one of the premier fire-based EMS systems in New England, a mantel our members wear humbly but dedicate themselves to maintaining. Our Department personnel invest themselves every shift in a wide variety of in-company and job-wide training to ensure preparedness whatever the call. Our leadership culture produces strong, capable, empathetic officers who lead their teams with a commitment to go the extra mile for our customers.

The members of Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS are committed to their community. You will see them acting in support of a wide range of events throughout the year including the Manchester Road RaceCruisin’ on Main, the annual Dutch Fogarty Fourth of July Celebration and manning the grills for the annual Senior Center Picnic and more. We encourage our community to get to know our firefighters by visiting any of our five fire stations. Please come see for yourself the personnel, technology and equipment that form the backbone of this exceptional organization.

Personally, it is my honor to work with the men and women of Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS who through Integrity, Professionalism, Safety, Courage and Compassion, proudly stand ready to answer the call and deliver whenever help is needed. Please feel free to contact my office if I can be of any service to you.

Daniel French

Department History

Beginnings Of South Manchester Fire Department

The need for a fire department in South Manchester was voiced increasingly during the late 1800's, particularly by F. Ernest Watkins, one of the partners of Watkins Brothers. A fire, which destroyed the Weldon business block in 1897, spurred action and a petition signed by twelve men to the Selectmen asking them to call a meeting to form a fire district. A meeting was called on April 21, 1897 and a fire district was organized by a vote of 56 to 46.

Boundaries of the district were set roughly through the center of Middle Turnpike, south through Parker and Autumn Streets, west along Charter Oak Street and Hartford road and north through Cooper Street and in a line with Bigelow Brook. In response to a petition submitted to the Selectmen less than a week later, the southern boundary was extended to include Spring and Hackmatack Streets.

Management of the district's business and property was assigned to the officers acting as a committee: President Frank Cheney Jr., Clerk F.E. Watkins, Treasurer Justus W. Hale and Assessor and Collector R.M. Rood.

The residents who met and voted to extend the original boundaries also voted a tax of 11/2 mills and authorized the borrowing of $3,000.00 to purchase apparatus. The tax levied by Mr. Rood was 15 cents for each male in the district between the ages of 18 and 60 and a personal property tax which included about 5 cents for a bicycle.

The Officers asked men in five sections of South Manchester to organize companies. The first to be organized was called the West Side Company No.1, with L.N. Heebner as foreman, the company included five members of the Cheney family: Frank Jr., Charles, Horace B., C. Herman and Howell. Company No. 1 was supported financially by the Cheney Brothers for many years, although remained under the direction of the district committee.

Center Hose Company No. 2, located in the vicinity of the Center included Albert, James, Theodore Bidwell; Robert, Samuel, W.J. Smith among others. The Company was under the direction of Foreman Walter M. Saunders.In the Orford Hose Company No. 3 were C.E. House, J.W. Hale, F.T. Blish with John P. Cheney serving as Foreman.

School Street Company No. 4 included William C. Cheney as Foreman, Alexander Rogers, Alexander Trotter, F.E. Watkins and Walter B. Cheney.

With Frank Tryon as Foreman, the Charter Oak Company No. 5 included Leo and James Burke ; George and Olin Day Andrew and John Gordon ; and Arthur Hale. Charter Oak Company No. 5 merged with School Street Company No. 4 in 1905.

The four remaining Companies were organized into a Fire Department in June of 1897 and named the South Manchester Fire Department. Frank Cheney Jr. was selected as the first Chief of the Department. The Department was consolidated with the Town of Manchester in November of 1956 to form the current entity known as:

Manchester Fire - Rescue - EMS or M.F.R.E.

This hand drawn hose cart was the earliest type of equipment to be used in the South Manchester Fire Department. Five such carts were delivered in May of 1898 and distributed among the five hose companies. Each consisted of a two wheeled cart, 350 feet of hose, two axes, a hydrant wrench, two spanner wrenches and a canvas sack, which was laid over the top, containing rubber coats and hats. Appearing in the photo (right to left) are Robert Carney, Ernest Kilquist, Clifford Forbes, Richard McCann, Clarence Aspinwall and Alfred Hultman.

The 1899 ladder truck, 1900 hose wagon and chief's buggy at Company No.1 operated with runners in Winter to speed their response in snowy weather, Rollers were placed in the floor of the fire house so the runners could move in and out easily. In the background is the fire house at the corner of Pine Street and Hartford road. It was built by Cheney Brothers in 1900 as the home of Company No. 1. It was used until 1966 when Company No. 1 moved into new quarters on McKee Street.

Contact Us

Manchester Fire Rescue EMS


Daniel French
Fire Chief

Joshua Beaulieu
Assistant Fire Chief

David Mauldin
Fire Marshal

Chief's Office: (860) 647-3266
Fire Marshal's Office: (860) 647-3267
Fax: (860) 647-3268

Station Locations

Station 1 - 138 McKee Street

Station 1 remains the town's busiest station, responding to more than 2,600 calls per year for service. This station, located on and serving the west and southwest areas of the community, houses one of the Department's two Quint apparatus. Quints are multi-functional fire apparatus capable of providing water, hose, supply lines, ground ladders and an aerial ladder.

Fire Station 1 138 McKee Street

The station is typically staffed with one Lieutenant, one Firefighter/Paramedic and one Firefighter/EMT. Personnel located at Station 1 are aggressive EMS providers, always fulfilling the challenge of providing service to the most demanding area of town. Station 1's geographical coverage area includes some unique and challenging facilities, including several skilled nursing homes, senior housing complexes and a regional community college. In addition, the station is responsible for much of I-384, a heavily traveled divided highway.

Fire Truck Station 1

Station 1 is also used as a training ground for other companies. Frequently, apparatus can be seen behind Station 1 practicing firefighting and rescue skills.

Throughout the year, the personnel at Station 1 participate in a number of public relations and public education events including community health fairs, Heritage Day celebrations, pre-school and home-school fire prevention programs, regional cross-country events at Wickham Park, Vial of Life presentations at senior housing facilities, fundraising walks at Manchester Community College and summer camp events throughout July and August.

Station 1 remains an open and inviting firehouse for families to visit.

Station 2 - Headquarters Company 75 Center Street - Fire Chief John C. Rivosa Fire

Located in the center of Manchester and an integral part of the Municipal Office Campus, Fire Station 2 serves as the Department’s headquarters. Company 2 is an advanced life support engine company comprised of at least one firefighter/paramedic and at least two firefighter/EMTs on duty at all times. Supervision is provided by the Shift Commander, a Battlion Chief, who responds with Company 2 and oversees operations for all companies throughout town. The Shift Commander is the primary Incident Commander for most extended operations involving fire suppression and rescue activities. The Shift Commander is also responsible for day to day administrative functions for the operations division.

Fire Chief John C. Rivosa Fire Station 2 Headquarters Company

Station 2 is primarily accountable for the downtown and Broad Street retail/commercial areas, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester High School, Bennet and Illing Middle Schools, Saint James Elementary School, two of the town’s eldest and most prestigious churches and many single, multi-family and large apartment complexes. Center Springs Park and Center Park, two of Manchester’s jewels, are also within Station 2’s jurisdiction.

Station 2 Fire Truck

Administrative and Division offices are located on the second floor of Station 2 as well as Department/Community meeting and training rooms. The station also houses a self-contained breathing apparatus refill station located in a special room on the ground floor. The station is equipped with a commercial kitchen that can serve as a food preparation area during disaster situations. A large capacity generator guarantees constant energy to all areas of the station during power outages. Fire Station 2 also serves as home to the Town’s Office of Emergency Management.

Station 2 is the home of the “Retired Manchester Fire Fighters Memorial Brick Garden”. Located in the front of the building, a memorial brick engraved with the retired firefighter’s name is laid whenever a retired member passes. A granite memorial, within the brick garden, memorializes town firefighters that have died in the line of duty.

While the primary response area for Station 2 is comparatively small, requests for services are second only to Fire Station 1. Station 2 is truly the nucleus of the organization.

Station 3 - 11 Weaver Road

Station 3, located on the east side of the community, blends into the residential neighborhood it protects. Built in 1966, the building houses the Department’s second Quint apparatus. Quint/Medic 3 is staffed with a Lieutenant, a Firefighter/Paramedic and a Firefighter/EMT.

Fire Station 3 11 Weaver Road

The flexibility of the Quint with its water, hose, water supply lines, ground ladders and aerial ladder, provides response coverage to target hazards such as Crestfield Convalescent Home, Buckley Elementary School, and the numerous businesses comprising the town’s Industrial Park. Additionally, the apparatus is responsible for a large part of the downtown area in a second-due capacity.

Fire Truck Station 3

The personnel at Station 3 participate in a number of public relations events and fire education opportunities. The Manchester Senior Center, located in Station 3’s first-due response area, often requests the assistance of personnel for presentations to seniors on topics such as the Vial of Life program, fall-prevention programs and safe-cooking discussions. Station 3 personnel also offer blood pressure screenings once a month to seniors at the Senior Center in conjunction with the Manchester Health Department.

Station 3’s sister station is Station 4 and staff from both houses routinely meet to review new General Operating Guidelines (GOG’s) and complete company level training.

Station 3 is considered an experienced house as many of the department’s most senior members work from this station.

Station 4 - 105 Highland Street

Station 4 105 Highland Street

Station 4, located on the south side of the community, protects the south and southeast portions of Manchester. The station is responsible for one of the largest geographical areas of the town and is second-due to much of the downtown areas.

Manchester Connecticut Engine Company Logo

Station 4 - Fire Truck

The station protects several neighborhoods and is responsible for several identified target hazards including the Manchester Water Department, Case Mountain and substantial portions of I-384 (a heavily traveled divided highway). The Station is also responsible for the protection of Charter Oak Park, Mount Nebo and Globe Hollow swimming area. All of these identified places of public gathering attract thousands of residents and visitors throughout the year.

Station 4 houses a Class A fire engine staffed with three personnel. Typically, the apparatus is staffed with a Firefighter/Paramedic and two Firefighter/EMTs. This three-person team delivers medical, fire and rescue services to a large portion of the community. Station 4 personnel fall under the immediate supervision of the Lieutenant at Station 3, as it is the only fire station without in-house supervision.

The personnel at Station 4 are also responsible for delivery of public education and fire safety information. During the fall and early winter months, the engine is found attending midget football games at Mount Nebo, providing public relations and stand-by medical assistance. Personnel from this station also participate in the Manchester Bicycle Rodeo, Cruisin’ on Main, and the Town’s Health Fair.

Station 4 responds to more than 1,400 calls for service yearly.

Station 5 - 331 Tolland Turnpike

Fire Station 5 331 Tolland Turnpike

Station 5 is a four-person, split engine company with two staff members assigned to the engine and two staff members assigned to the paramedic response vehicle. The engine is typically staffed with a Lieutenant and a Firefighter/EMT, while the paramedic response vehicle is staffed with a Firefighter/Paramedic and a Firefighter/EMT. The two units operate in tandem with the exception of the paramedic vehicle responding to another area for paramedic coverage. Engine 5 responds to over 650 calls annually and Medic 5 responds to over 1,600 calls for service annually.

Oakland Express Engine 5 Company logo

Station 5 - Fire Truck

Station 5 serves the Bryan Farms area, much of Manchester’s largest industrial park and many of Manchester’s newer hotels. The paramedic vehicle provides primary paramedic services to the Eighth Utilities Fire District.

The station is actively involved in fire prevention and public education programs, including Child Safety Fairs at numerous Hale Road retail establishments, preschool and elementary school fire prevention presentations, and public relations and safety standbys at Northwest Park for all Silkworm baseball games.

Station 5’s Firefighters Memorial Garden

Station 5’s Firefighters Memorial Garden was created a few short years ago by a dedicated group of staff committed to preserving the memory of firefighters lost in the line of duty. The garden is a living memorial with sections dedicated to the Worcester 6, FDNY 9/11, and a local firefighter from nearby West Hartford Fire. The garden has become a regular stop for residents and travelers from afar. Nearly one hundred visitors stop by each year to pay respect to those lost. The garden is continuously open for self-guided tours and an opportunity for reflection.