Annual Christmas Tree Sale Fundraising Event

We have Christmas trees that we will be selling every weekend from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Saturday, November 27 at our Pownalborough Fire Station located on Patterson/River Road. Trees range from 5′ to 7′ and are only priced at $30.00 each. If you are unable to make it on a weekend, you can go to the station on Wednesdays during the weekly meeting or call (207) 737-2566 and we will help you get one at your convenience.

We hope you’ll stop by to purchase a tree and help our fundraising efforts.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. Use care with your tree by making sure it has plenty of water and all your light strings are safe.



On Tuesday, March 09, 2021 there will be a special town meeting to vote on the following proposal:

The Dresden Fire Department is requesting the purchase of a Tanker/Pumper fire apparatus to replace two of the oldest trucks in their fleet. The new truck would be a combined tanker/pumper holding 2500 gallons and would be an automatic making it easier to find personnel to drive as many are not acclimated to driving a multi-speed standard. The new truck will come with a nicely presented warranty and will also save on maintenance and other costs as this will replace two vehicles. The fire department will sell the two older trucks through sealed bids. The money from the sales will be applied to the purchase of the new apparatus. Information on the two trucks for sale can be gotten by either contacting the Fire Chief at 737-9434 or the Town Office at 737-4335.

The special Town Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Powalborough Hall. We will be following the guidelines for gatherings in regard to social distancing and face coverings as set forth by the Maine CDC and the Governor’s Office.

Residents are encouraged and invited to attend; ask questions, make comments and place your vote.


Wardensreport website issue

NOTICE TO DRESDEN RESIDENTS:  Although there had been a controversy with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in regard to the wardensreport.com  website for obtaining free open burning permits, the issue has been resolved and you are now able to use this website to get your free permit.  Remember that fire conditions will apply.  All open burning requires a permit.  Unattended or any burning without a permit can be subject to fines.

In 2018, it has become possible for all issuing agents and fire personnel to get notice whenever a permit is issued.  This aids us in the event that someone should have a problem and require assistance from the fire department.

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

Chief – Steve Lilly – 737-9434

Assistant Chief – Mike Nylen – 737-4532

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 for the 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.


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

F.F. – 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.



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 Mike Nylen  at 737-4532 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.


Basic Firefighter I training completions

Congratulations to  Jason Bryant, Tyler Cray, Sabrina Doray, Jordan Mayo and Tyler Pierce who have recently completed the 72 hour course for the mandatory Firefighter training.  We are proud of your accomplishment.


Monthly Dresden Fire Association Meeting

Our monthly Fire Association meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month (unless a change is needed) at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. These meetings give us the opportunity to discuss plans for any upcoming events, be informed as to what our financial status is, and any other pertinent Fire Department or Association issues.   All members are urged to attend.  The Association meeting is always open to the public and we welcome anyone who would like to become a member (membership is free).


Welcome to Dresden Fire/Rescue

Welcome to the website of the Dresden, Maine Fire Department.     We hope to provide you with information and articles that will be informative and of interest.  Please take the time to check out the personnel on our website who are very dedicated to looking out for all of us in our community and assisting those around us when needed.  We take great pride in doing what we do and hope you will enjoy checking out our website.  You can even leave a comment or whatever.  Please know that all towns are experiencing a shortage of firefighters, so if you have any interest and the willingness to commit to this type of service to your community, we are always looking for more volunteers.  If you have anything you would like to see us post…questions, suggestions, comments, points of interests….please let us know.