Town of Cape Elizabeth Fire & Rescue:
The mission of the Cape Elizabeth Fire-Rescue Department is to protect the lives and property of our townspeople and visitors with the best possible emergency services through fire protection, prevention, and emergency medical services (EMS).
The Cape Elizabeth Fire-Rescue Department employs a full-time Fire Chief, as well as four per-diem responders who are on-duty at Town Center Station 24/7. On-duty staffing is supplemented by paid-on-call personnel who respond from home. The four per-diem responders staff an ambulance and an engine company, with the ability to staff another ambulance as needed. All other responders are paid an hourly rate for each emergency call they answer. These individuals carry radio-based pagers, which are activated by our regional dispatch center when there is an emergency -- they come from whatever activities they might be doing at the time, whether it is working, sleeping, or having dinner with family. The department depends on a large number of trained and certified emergency workers to ensure a prompt and efficient response to a wide range of incidents.
Each member is required to obtain the same level of training as their "career" counterparts in other full-time departments. For example, Firefighters complete Firefighter I & II training, while Emergency Medical Responders are licensed to practice by the State (Maine EMS).
To learn more, please visit Cape Elizabeth Fire and Rescue website.