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What We Do


Non-Emergency 203-594-3140

John Hennessey-Chief  

Adminstrative Assistant 203-594-3030 

The New Canaan Fire department is a public service agency dedicated to protecting the citizens of New Canaan from fire, rescue and environmental emergencies. We strive to promote life safety and minimize property loss through emergency service delivery, fire prevention education and community service activities.

The Fire Department also responds to various emergency situations including motor vehicle accidents, downed electrical wires, and hazardous odors, leaks, or spills. We are located at 60 Main Street in New Canaan.

The New Canaan Fire Department consists of both career firefighters and volunteers. The Department has a full complement of twenty five made up of 16 career firefighters, 4 career lieutenants, 4 career captains and a career Chief, supplemented by a well-trained group of volunteers. The Department relies heavily on volunteers, and it is vital that there is a sufficient pool of volunteers available to respond to the various calls for help. Applications for being a volunteer firefighter are accepted throughout the year.

The Town stresses the importance of keeping the fire-fighting equipment in excellent shape. Several pieces of aging fire apparatus have been replaced in recent years, with the latest being a pumper added in 2018. Such a replacement program not only helps provide first-class firefighting ability; it also enables the Department to meet fire protection standards established by the Insurance Services Organization, thereby enabling reduction of insurance premiums paid on homeowners insurance. In 2018 our rating is 4/4Y.

Members of the Department are trained to respond to structure and brush fires, hazardous materials incidents, motor vehicle accidents, confined space rescues, and a variety of other situations where residents need specialized assistance. The Fire Department responds to more than 1050 calls per year.

In addition to fire-fighting activities, the Department participates in other events that help to improve the quality of life in our Town. These include Fire Safety Day, assisting the Chamber of Commerce in preparing and installing the Christmas lights in downtown, and promoting safety in standing by at the Fourth of July fireworks site.

For further information about the Fire Department please visit the links below.

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Burning Permit Information

Fire Department History

Frequently Asked Questions

Annual Reports & Fact Sheets

2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Fact Sheet
2016 Fact Sheet
2015 Fact Sheet