The mission of the Bristol Fire Department is to serve and protect the public from the loss of life, destruction of property, and mitigate hazards as efficiently as possible. To accomplish the mission, personnel work hard to ensure a well-trained, well equipped, and educated firefighting and EMS force are available that will provide the Town, and its neighbors when called upon, with the best emergency services possible. The Bristol Fire Department will continue to provide for the fire protection and public safety needs of our diversified and growing community by maintaining high levels of performance and standards of excellence into the twenty-first century.
Learn more about Hydraulion Engine & Hose Company, Dreadnaught Hook, Ladder & Hose Company, Defiance Hose Company, and the Ever-Ready Engine & Hose Company.
Learn more about Bristol’s Emergency Medical Services including its Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Advanced-Cardiac Technicians, and Paramedics.
Learn more about this all-woman organization.
Learn more about the Fire Department, Division of EMS and Ladies Auxiliary’s work in the community.
Learn more about the services offered by the Bristol Fire Department.
Fire Detail Requests
The Bristol Fire Department provides personnel and apparatus for on-site event details when requested or required by fire code. The entity requesting the detail is required to contact the department and submit a detail request form a minimum of 2 weeks prior to any event. There is a minimum 4-hour charge per firefighter/EMT on any detail. Entities requesting a detail shall contact the department for current charges for personnel and apparatus.
Please Note: Detail fire personnel do not replace the need for a required crowd manager at any venue.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Inspections
The Bristol Fire Department offers alarm inspections to a single-family, two-family and three-family residence. Inspections are conducted on Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are required to be changed every 7 years (Carbon monoxide) and 10 years (Smoke Alarm), or 7 years if a combination unit, and batteries replaced annually. The Inspection Fee of $30.00 is payable to the Bristol Fire Department. In the event an inspection fails, a $60.00 fee for a retest will be required. A certificate is presented at the completion of passed test and inspection and is valid for 120 days.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to assure that all devices are compliant with the fire code upon sale of the property. All smoke and carbon monoxide alarms must be listed for the purposes for which they are intended by an organization such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for example. Unlisted equipment is not acceptable. Plug-in type carbon monoxide alarms are not acceptable.
It is encouraged that property owners contact the Fire Marshal if there are any questions in order to provide the most current information to ensure compliance with the fire code.
To schedule an inspection or ask any questions please contact (401)-253-6912.
Looking for a way to give back to the community? Consider becoming a volunteer firefighter or EMS member! To learn more about volunteering, please contact the department or stop by a local station.
Please fill out this required background check form and upload during the application process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Bristol Fire Department a paid fire department?
The department is considered a combination department. There are 4 full-time career positions. The remaining personnel is all volunteers.
How often should home smoke alarms be changed?
Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of 10 years and should be replaced at that time. Batteries, however, should be changed every year.
When should home carbon monoxide alarms be replaced?
Carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced if they are 7 years old or older.
Fire Headquarters Address: 4 Annawamscutt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00AM – 4:00PM