One of our own has lost his home in a fire!
Dresden volunteer firefighter Albert Lilly and his wife Rosemary lost their home on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while they were at the home of their daughter to celebrate the holiday. The fire had fully engulfed the two-story structure before someone saw flames coming through the second-story windows and called 911. The home and everything in it were completely destroyed.
Fellow members of the Dresden Fire Department, friends and neighbors have set up a fund to help the Lillys replace their lost possessions. We hope you will help by sending a check made payable to “Albert and Rosemary Lilly Fund” and send it to the Dresden town office at the address below. You can also drop off a check at the Bridge Farm store at 593 Gardiner Road (Rt. 27) in Dresden.
Albert and Rosemary Lilly Fund
Town of Dresden
P.O. Box 30
Dresden, Maine 04342
Please do not leave donations of materials, e.g. clothing or furniture, at the town office, as the Lillys have no place for them at this time.
Our thanks go out to all firefighters who helped extinguish the blaze, including volunteers from Pittston, Richmond, West Bath, Wiscasset and Woolwich, as well as Lincoln and Sagadahoc County Sheriffs’ Offices for their assistance.
The 2012 CHRISTMAS TREES ARE HERE!
For the last several years the Dresden Fire Association has been selling quality Christmas Tree’s and will be selling Christmas trees in 2012 to support our department. Trees will be available from the weekend after Thanksgiving to the week before Christmas or until sold. Come to the fire station at the corner of Routes 128 and 197 in Dresden to buy your Christmas tree and to support your local firefighters and first responders.
A little bit about our Department
The Dresden Fire Department is an on-call department which currently has around two dozen firefighters on its roster (see Roster page). Firefighters are paid a token amount when they are called out, and the Chief and Assistant Chief are paid a modest annual stipend for their services. If you are interested in joining or have questions please click here.
As the following Call Volume report shows, DFD is called out for all motor vehicle accidents within the boundaries of the Town of Dresden, to service calls such as a downed tree blocking a road or a downed power line, in response to fire and CO2 alarms, to hazardous material incidents (e.g. oil/gas spill), and of course in response to brush, wood, motor vehicle and structure fires.
Like all small, rural towns without public water supplies and pressurized fire hydrants, Dresden F.D. cannot afford enough equipment, nor does it have the manpower, to respond all on its own to a major structure fire, e.g. house or barn. The citizens of Dresden and surrounding towns rely on each other with Mutual Aid agreements. A house fire in Pittston is a good example.
A large, colonial house in a Pittston subdivision recently caught fire, following the explosion of a gas barbecue grill located close to the house. The nearest significant source of water was a small pond with a ‘dry hydrant’ more than a mile away. Putting out a major structure fire requires far more water than a single tanker truck can hold, or even several. As soon as the call went out from Pittston F.D., 10 surrounding towns were asked to send tanker trucks and firefighters to Pittston, including Dresden. A pumper truck from Randolph was stationed at the pond and pumped water into the 10 tankers, sometimes two at a time, which in turn shuttled water to other pumper trucks directing water onto the burning house, returning for more water as long as it was needed.
Dresden was in the same position not many weeks earlier, and Mutual Aid was provided by several surrounding towns in response to a structure fire off Cedar Grove Road. Through Mutual Aid, small-town fire departments are able to cope with fires they could not afford to fight on their own.
For more information about the Dresden Fire Department, please take a look at the various pages on this website, accessible by clicking on the ‘buttons’ below the picture at the top of each page.
Dresden Fire Dept. call volume, 1998-2007
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History of Dresden Fire Department
A history of the Dresden Fire Department was published in 1991 by the late Leslie Souviney, a founder of the department. It was completed by his widow, Doris Souviney, who resides on Common Road.
We hope to have a link to a copy of this history soon. In the meantime, Bridge Academy Library has a copy on file.