Brentwood Fire Department
419 Middle Road
Brentwood, NH 03833
Scheduled Meeting Times
Fire Training: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month @ 7:00 p.m.
EMS Training: 3rd Monday of the month @ 7:00 p.m.
Firemen’s Association: 1st Monday of the month @ 7:00 p.m.
The Brentwood Firemen’s Association has a long and proud history
beginning in 1942 when the Association was formed by William Bartlett
Sr. and John Dodge. In 1949, under the leadership of President William
Yeany, the Fire Association with a handful of volunteer firemen built,
at no cost to the town, the Memorial Fire Station.
The Fire Association raised the money for the station by running whist parties, carnivals, field days, and lawn parties. The lumber came from the Town Forest located near the Congregational Church now called the Pilgrim United Church of Christ on Middle Road. The Fire Station was dedicated to World War II veterans and the upstairs hall was dedicated to a fallen WWII son, Gordon Block. In 1960 and again in 1980, the Firemen’s Association expanded the Fire Station with proceeds from Friday night bingo, carnivals, musters, Sunday morning breakfasts, and yard sales.
The 1960 addition consisted of 3 additional bays, and in1980, 2 more bays were added. The Brentwood Fire Association also put together the town’s first fire engine. Prior to their work, Brentwood residents had to rely on surrounding towns for a fire engine and those who had a fire had to pay $25.00 and up to the towns that sent equipment. By the 1960s, it became apparent to the Volunteer Firemen that the town was in need of ambulance service and the Volunteer Ambulance Association was formed. It supported the training and conducted fund raising needed to insure it could meet the needs of the town and the state regulations.
The first ambulance was a Chevy carry-all secured from the Civil Defense surplus. The next ambulance was a used Pontiac that was bought by the town for $600. The next ambulance was bought with a donation made by the late Jennie Shannon of Windy Brook Farm. Shortly after that, in the late 1990s, the Ambulance Association was dissolved and became one with the Fire Association and the department became the Brentwood Fire/Rescue Department. Today, ambulance service is charged for on an ability-to-pay basis and the proceeds are used to fund training, supplies, labor and the replacement of ambulances as needed. In the beginning, Brentwood’s population was less than 800 and all the firemen lived in and, for the most part, worked in Brentwood.
The Fire Association and Fire Department had a total membership of about 30 and the only requirement was a willingness to help your neighbor when you were called. Today, with the population in excess of 4100, the Brentwood Fire Department is considered a Paid/Call Department with 2 full time firefighters who provide coverage Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and numerous paid call fire and ambulance personnel who provide additional coverage.