Oakland Fire & Rescue Honor Roll


fireandrescueIn 1880 a group of local industrial and business leaders established the Citizens Independent Fire Association. The Association was formed to guard against the ravages of fire because the City of Waterville refused to provide protection to the village of West Waterville (Became Oakland in 1883).

The people of Oakland, at the annual town meeting of 1888, voted to buy the Atlantic Fire Engine (still owned by the Town), hose and related equipment from the Association. This action established the Town of Oakland Fire Department.

Today the Oakland Fire Department proudly protects approximately 6,300 year-round residents living in an area of 27 square miles. We operate out of 2 stations with the following response vehicles:

2011 Engine 4 Rescue Pumper 1000 gallons of water, 1500 gpm pump

2004 Aerial 1 75’ Quint 500 gallons of water, 1500 gpm pump

2004 unit 9-6 F250 pick-up truck

2003 Engine 2 Mini Pumper with 300 gallons of water and 1000gpm pump

1998 Rescue 4 Light duty rescue with EMS equipment

1993 Engine 5 2000 gallon pumper tanker, 1250 gpm pump

1985 Engine 3 2000 gallon pumper tanker, 1000 gpm pump

Our Department responds to over 1,000 fire, service and EMS calls per year and is staffed with a full time Fire Chief, 1 daytime per-diem and 25 paid on-call volunteer firefighters and EMT’s. We actively participate with the neighboring departments of Belgrade, Fairfield, Sidney, Rome, and Smithfield with automatic mutual aid agreements in the event of a fire.

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Chief David Coughlin

The following are some of the services that the Oakland Fire and Rescue provide:

Chief David Coughlin and Fire Fighter EMT Tony Thibodeau are both appointed Health Officers for the Town of Oakland.

Public Safety Education

Fire Suppression

Emergency Medical Services

Light-Duty Rescue (vehicle extrication, air bags)

Ice & Water Rescues

Hazardous Material Operations w/Rescue

Fire Pre-Planning

Assistance to other Town Departments

Mutual Aid


Carbon Monoxide Monitoring

Confined Space Rescue & Stand-by

CPR Training

Fire Extinguisher & Fire Safety Training

EMS Stand-by for Events

Current chief officers for the Department are Chief David Coughlin, Deputy Chief Hardy Taylor, and Assistant Chief Vaughn Farnham.