Fire/Ambulance Department

The Fire Department Chief is appointed by the Board of Fire Engineers. The Dover Fire Department is a Call Fire Department. Our fire and EMS personnel are local residents or town employees who respond to emergencies as needed. It is responsible for:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Ambulance/Emergency Medical Services
  • Hazardous Material Response
  • Emergency Management Planning
  • Enforce Fire Prevention & Building Codes
  • Fire Prevention Inspections
  • Fire Prevention Programs
  • Residential & Commercial Plan Review
  • Issue Permits Required by Code
  • Forest Warden (Fire Chief)

Contacting the Fire/Ambulance Department

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency Telephone: (508) 785-1130
Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Mailing Address:
1 Walpole Street
P.O. Box 303
Dover, MA 02030

Position Employee Email
Chief John (Jay) M. Hughes, III doverfire@doverma.org
Deputy Chief Craig Hughes doverfire@doverma.org

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my smoke detectors inspected?
Fill out an application at the Town Treasurer’s office. A $40 fee is required.

How many smoke detectors do I need in my home?
It depends on the size of the house. To request locations please contact the fire department at 508-785-1130 Ext. 225. It is recommended to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks twice a year.

Does the Fire Department operate an ambulance service?
Yes. It operates a BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulance, with ALS (Advanced Life Support) paramedics provided by mutual aid fire departments or private ambulance service.

Can I burn my brush?
Yes, with a permit during burning season, (Jan 15th – May 1). Call the Dover Police/Fire Communication Center for a permit at 508-785-1130 on the morning of the day you wish to burn.

Can I burn my leaves & old building material?
No, only brush can be burned.

Why do we need such large fire trucks?
We must carry the water needed to suppress a fire.

How do I become a Dover Fire Fighter?
Please call the Deputy Fire Chief (Craig Hughes) at 508-785-1130 Ext. 225.