Chief John Workman
Southampton Fire Department provides fire / rescue / Advanced level EMS services to the Town of Southampton through commitment and dedication.
The Southampton Fire Department consists of almost 30 part-time members and one full-time chief. We provide Advanced Life Support (ALS-Paramedic) ambulances and a complete fire rescue squad to the town 24/7, 365 days per year.
We currently have staffing at headquarters, located at 204 College Highway, from only 8am until 5pm every day. All other times fire department members respond from their home or workplace. As of July 1, 2015, if budgets allow, the Town Selectman entered into an agreement with the State that would give us the privilege to serve our community with a fully staffed, fully trained ambulance at the station from 6am until 10pm every day. This increase in coverage will cover the majority of the day and more importantly the times in which the majority of our calls come in. Having this kind of staffing at the ready 365 days per year could decrease our response times by an average of up to 7 minutes!
This benefit to our community is unparalleled if we look at our neighboring communities. They must pay fulltime wages with full union benefits. We accomplish cost savings through the dedication of one fulltime chief and almost 30, dedicated firefighters! We do not pay our part-time firefighters vacation pay, sick time, holiday pay or overtime. We do not offer health insurance. We do protect all of our firefighters with accident insurance to insure they and their families are covered in the event they themselves are hurt on the job.
Most of our firefighters are from town or have strong ties to our community. Our Paramedics draw from some of the most experienced in the area. Many have over 20+ years in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and work as fulltime firefighters in surrounding communities. The wealth of knowledge and experience they bring is not only an immediate benefit to your family, when the ambulance is at your door, but they also add to the fabric of our department training with cutting edge knowledge and first-hand experience.
If your Grandparents, Mom or Dad have chest pain, we have a life-saving ambulance with Paramedic level care only minutes away. If the town has the budget to keep its agreement with the State, we will be there for the majority of the calls in the shortest possible time. At night, when our call volume is down, we will have staff available to respond from home. All of this will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The cost / benefit to the community cannot be offered for less.
If your mother experiences chest pain at 9pm tonight then the amount of time it takes us to respond is increased by at least 7 minutes. This is due to not having the staff in quarters, ready to respond before 8AM or after 5PM.
After July 1, if the town has the ability to honor the State agreement, your family will receive life-saving ALS interventions from our highly trained staff 7 minutes sooner. These minutes, even seconds, count to save cardiac tissue and preserve heart function. If your son or daughter injures themselves playing outside at 6pm on July 2nd, and if the town can fund the state agreement, your kids will receive possibly life-saving ALS interventions and transport to an appropriate children’s hospital 7 minutes sooner. The town is in hard times, but the benefits gained compared to costs of services are clear.
The dedication our members bring to this community, our community, distinguishes us as a leader in EMS in our area. We take enormous pride in serving the town of Southampton. We are a family of firefighters whose calling is to help you and your family during and through your hardest times.
The State allows open burning starting January 15th through May 1st each year. Open burning is regulated by the DEP with a web link provided below.
Southampton has expanded our services and we now allow burning seven (7) days a week with a $25.00 season permit. You may purchase the season permit 7 days a week at the station between 8AM and 11AM given staff availability. (We are not available during fire or ambulance calls or inspections or chores that require us to leave the building). You may also purchase a 2-day permit for $10.00 on Saturday between 8am to 11AM. (Staff on hand specifically to issue permits.)
The State only allows burning on certain days when the atmospheric conditions are suitable to reduce pollution. This determination is done by the State daily and Southampton FD will pass along that information each day as needed.
Checks should be made out to the Town of Southampton and permits issued on Saturday are good only for the weekend they are issued.
Open burning is regulated by the State of Massachusetts, click on the link below to learn more.
Chief John C. Workman, EMT-B
Deputy Chief Richard Fasoli, EMT-B
Deputy Chief Kyle Miltimore, EMT-P
Captain James Garstka
Lieutenant Patrick Eline, EMT-P
Lieutenant Wayne Theroux, EMT-I
Lieutenant Alan Torrey, EMT-B
Lieutenant Benjamin Hogan, EMT-P
Lieutenant Mark Theroux, EMT-P
204 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073