Wardensreport website issue

NOTICE TO DRESDEN RESIDENTS:  Due to a controversy with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the wardensreport website for obtaining free open burning permits will not be available until further notice.

Burn permits may be obtained AT NO CHARGE from the following issuing agents:

Chief – Steve Lilly – 737-9434

Assistant Chief – Ron Theriault – 737-8771

Firefighter/EMA – Sonia Lilly – 737-9429

Deputy Fire Warden – Shari Lilly – 737-2566

Permits are issued after 3 p.m. during the week and after 9 a.m. on weekends depending on the State classification day and current weather conditions at time of permit request.

You may also purchase your permit online at the Maine.gov website for a fee of $7.00.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we have no control over this situation.



The members of the department will be having the annual Christmas Tree fund raiser beginning on Saturday, November 26 at Pownalborough Station which is located at the intersection of Routes 128 & 197.  The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every  weekend until Christmas (unless we sell out before then).  The trees will be 5′ to 7′ for $25.00 and any tree over 7′ the price will be $30.00 each.  If you have any questions or need to make other arrangements to get a tree, please call either Gorham or Shari at 737-2566 and we will help you out.  We hope you’ll stop by for a tree and help us to have a successful fund raising event.  All of us here at Dresden Fire/Rescue wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons.


Daily Fire Conditions & Classifications

Maine Forest Service issues a ‘Classification’ for each day to indicate the safety of open burning.  They are listed as follows:

Class 1 – Low fire danger – permits can be issued.

Class 2 – Moderate fire danger –    ”

Class 3 – High fire danger – dry and easily flammable.  Check with your issuing agent(s) for your town.

Class 4 – Very high fire danger – fire danger is too high to allow open burning….no permits will be issued.

Class 5 – RED FLAG….Absolutely no open burning will be allowed until further notice.

Please be very aware of the dangers.  If you are not sure, please take the time to call one of the issuing agents for your town.  Here in Dresden those who are able to issue permits are the following:

Chief – Steve Lilly – 737-9434

Assist. Chief – Ron Theriault – 737-8771

F.F./EMA – Sonia Lilly – 737-9429

Deputy – Shari Lilly – 737-2566

Permits may be obtained online at http://www.wardensreport.com.  You MUST have a printer to make a copy of the permit and have it with you while you are burning.  This is a free service.



6 Wheel RTV Update

UPDATE 2016:  Well, we have had our 6 x 6 UTV in use a couple of times and it has already shown to be a great addition to our department.  Now we are in the process of getting other important equipment to add to it so as to make it more versatile.  Our local snowmobile club (Dresden Sno-Valley Riders) has recently donated money to go towards the purchase of some tracks that will help when needed in the winter for snow covered areas.  The cost of these tracks will be at least $4500.00.  We know it will take time to raise the money, so if anyone would like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated.  Just please make sure you specify that your donation is to be put towards that equipment.  You can mail a donation to the Town of Dresden, Fire Department UTV account, P. O. Box 30, Dresden Maine  04342.    Thank you.

UPDATE:  WE HAVE OUR NEW POLARIS RANGER 6 X 6 ATV…!   Thanks to donations, money from bottle & can returns, fund raising events through the Dresden Fire Association, and money from the DFD equipment account, we were able to purchase the UTV, which we got from Team Woody’s Sports Center in Topsham, Maine.  They were very helpful in giving us a price that would allow us to purchase the UTV sooner than we had thought.  And, they went above and beyond with each step of the process from ordering to the finish work.  It was nice to deal with such professionals who are friendly, willing to work with us and keep it fairly local.  With all the support from our community, friends, members and those who have donated in one way or another, things like this are made possible.  So, we want to thank everyone who has made this a reality.  THANK YOU.  Now, we will be working to raise enough money for a trailer to haul it on and some equipment that will be useful to the firefighters, such as water tanks for woods fires or rescue equipment.

It is with great appreciation that the members of our department wish to recognize our former local ATV Club….The EASTERN RIVER RIDGE RUNNERS.  As a small group, they established this club with the intent of developing an ATV trail system that would make it easier for people to enjoy our surroundings. However, as time passed, many issues brought a low volume of interest and participation.  So, unfortunately, the club ceased to be active.  Due to the number of years that have since gone by that the club has been inactive, some of the members got together and made the decision that there isn’t enough interest to get the club going again, so they voted to disperse the club money by donating it to different organizations in our own town.  It is with great pleasure and gratitude that the Dresden Fire Department is one of the recipients.  The ERRR members voted to donate $4,000.00 to be put in our fund for the 6 wheel RTV.  This is such a wonderful donation and it puts us that much closer to our goal.  Although we still have a ways to go, this has brought us such great enthusiasm that we will be able to make our purchase a lot sooner than we thought. We are hoping that others will be inspired to also help out.  Even the smallest of donations will add up.  I personally want to thank all those members who voted to be so generous and help out our community fire department.  This is what a small group of people can accomplish.  Thank you all so very much.



OUR ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Pownalborough Station.  We will have lots of information on fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire.  The firefighters will show the gear they have to wear while on a call.  They will answer questions about their duties, the types of equipment they deal with, the different fire trucks and any other questions that come up.  We’ll have hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks, games for the kids, door prizes, raffles and many different fire trucks from other towns.  And, don’t forget, “Sparky the Fire Dog” will be there too.  Please take the time to bring your family & friends to this very important annual event.

Also, we want to remind you that this would be a good time of year to check the batteries in your smoke & CO2 detectors and make sure your chimney, furnace, stove or other heating equipment is clean and safe for the upcoming winter season.





As we live in such a rural community, surrounded by large areas of woods, grasslands, swamps and rivers, we have had a number of times when we had difficulty getting to an emergency…a woods fire deep in a wooded lot, a lost child or hunter, a snowmobiler, snowshoer, ice fishing person or someone in or near the water needing help where we couldn’t get into with our standard apparatus.  Due to these issues where time and equipment are so essential, the Dresden Fire Department is still accepting donations to be used for special equipment for the UTV.  At this time, we are raising money to purchase some tracks that will be a great asset for the winter months when we have a lot of snow.  This will give us greater access through woods, etc. if there an emergency such as a snowmobile accident or other calls when we need to go through snow covered areas.  Your donation is greatly appreciated (and it is tax deductible).  Thank you.


Donations for this project are being accepted at the Dresden Town Office – P.O. Box 30 – Dresden, Maine  04342.  Just make sure to specify that it is for the 6-wheel RTV.  Also, remember that your donations are tax deductible.  But, most of all, you would be helping to provide us with essential equipment that provides our firefighters with more possibilities to answer an emergency in a more timely manner.


How to join the Dresden Fire Department

If you are interested in joining the Dresden (Maine) Fire Department and helping out in any capacity, please let us know. You don’t need to go into burning buildings in order to join. There are many jobs to do, and our firefighters include men and women of all ages and talents. We also encourage any boys and girls interested in joining the Junior Firefighter program to inquire. For more information, contact Chief Steve Lilly at  737-9434, Assistant Chief Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come to the station any Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.  New members are always a very welcome addition to our department and community.