Fire Department

The Great Barrington Fire Department protects a diverse area with a substantial downtown, densely populated neighborhoods, large mills, rural areas with little water supply, mountains, fields, rivers, and lakes. Each provides its own set of challenges which the department is prepared to meet with a full-time chief, full time inspector, and 25 dedicated call firefighters. Firefighters are trained in all types of fire suppression, emergency medical care, motor vehicle extrication, and hazardous materials response. Firefighters also operate a rescue team trained in mountain, high angle, ice water, and confined space rescue. The department responds out of two stations to approximately 600 incidents annually, utilizing three engines, a tower ladder, rescue pumper, light rescue, and brush truck.

Fire prevention is another important service provided. Substantial time is dedicated to reviewing construction plans, issuing permits, and performing inspections. Additionally, firefighters enjoy teaching fire safety in the schools and at community functions.

Being a firefighter is challenging but very rewarding. We are always looking for firefighters. If you think you have what it takes please contact the Chief or a firefighter you know and apply!

Burning Season: January 15 - May 1

For burning permits call (413) 528-1319 ext 2 or visit

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Charles Burger Fire Chief