By shari51

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. DFD responds to all motor vehicle accidents within the boundaries of the Town of Dresden; to service calls such as a downed tree(s) blocking a road or a downed power line; most definitely to various types of fire (brush, wood, motor vehicle and structure); CO2 / smoke alarms; to hazardous material incidents (e.g. oil/gas spill); and to assist a resident or the EMS (when requested). 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. Dresden and surrounding towns rely on each other with Mutual Aid agreements. This provides a better response for a more favorable outcome if at all possible. These Mutual Aid assistances have proved many times to be invaluable and due to the shortage of firefighters in many towns, it has become almost a necessity for our volunteer departments. 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.


History of The 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. We hope to have a link to a copy of this history soon. In the meantime, Bridge Academy Library has a copy on file.

Here is a little information about our department and the people who protect our community every day.

Incorporated in 1947, the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department began with one truck purchased out of state, housed in a garage owned by one of the firemen.  Someone would make phone calls to the members when the ‘alarm’ was sounded, with members scurrying to get there as fast as possible.  Our building has grown to a nice 8 bay station. Our volunteer fire/rescue consists of 20 fire personnel who have either gone through or are now engaged in specific types of training (some of which has to be done each year as mandatory per state and federal regulations).  These people are dedicated to doing the best job they can to assist our community when an emergency arises. These are your family, friends, and neighbors who put the safety and protection of their community before their own.  As we are not a full-time fire department, we have some of the best mutual aid towns that are always willing to help us whenever we call on them. This provides all towns in the Mutual Aid system to have the extra help when needed as many times we are short-handed.  Over the years we have built our department into one that has some of the best apparatus a small town could ask for.  This includes a 1000 gallon tanker, a brush truck, a rescue squad, 3 engines, and a rescue boat.  We recently were provided some much appreciated donated money that we added with funds that we had raised for a 6-wheel Polaris Ranger.  This is now equipped and ready for use when needed.  Although we are primarily funded by a town-appropriated budget, our members do fund raising events a few times a year to help offset expenses that arise above the allocated funds.  We are grateful for the wonderful support of those in our community and surrounding areas that make our efforts successful.


5 Responses to “About Our Department”

  1. February 9, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Hi guys,
    I just came across this page and I’m totally and positive surprised about a volunteer fire department in Dresden-USA. Truly hope you guys come always safe and healthy back from all kind of incidents.

    Best regards from the volunteer fire department in Dresden-Germany

    • 2 shari51
      March 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thank you so much for visiting our site. I hope you enjoyed checking it out. We are a small volunteer department. The few members we have work very hard to keep our department up-to-date on everything from the many hours of mandatory training to having some of the best equipment around. Safety is our number one issue…for our community and ourselves. Because of the rural area we live in, we try to make sure we are prepared for any incident that may arise. Perhaps someday you could visit our small town and compare your department with ours. We would love to know more about your training, volunteers and any other information you would like to share. Once again, thank you for taking the time to leave a note about your visit to our site. Be safe…you’re exceptional people who give so much to your community.

    • 3 shari51
      March 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Hello again,
      I was just on your website and I am sorry to say that I do not speak German. If I can find a way to translate it, I will check it out again. Your website is very professional-looking and has a lot of interesting pictures. I’ll be back on there again.
      I would like to be able to share it with the rest of the Dresden, Maine Volunteer Fire/Rescue.

  2. 4 Former Dresden
    December 1, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Although I don’t live in Dresden anymore, I am happy to hear of the prospect of the possible purchase of a newer ladder truck. The possibilities of having a 75 ft. ladder are endless, considering the fact that most chimney fires happen during the winter months. And winter usually means snow, snowbanks, limited access.
    I hope your select(person) gets out to see the town soon. There are two churches and one academy that exceed two and one half stories, but I don’t remember for sure.
    Thank You

    • 5 shari51
      December 3, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you very much for your input. It’s also nice to know that you still check up on our small town. Hopefully this will work out in our favor. Drop us a note anytime. We are also on Facebook. Thanks again and all the best to you.

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