Fire Chief: Todd Nason
Deputy Chief: Rhodes Haskell
In 1938, the Sanbornville Fire Department was founded and served as the paid water and fire precinct. Wakefield Fire Department was established in 1983, dissolving the Sanbornville Fire Precinct. Wakefield Fire/Rescue Department was fully established in 2000 when it combined with the Wakefield Ambulance Corp. The department continued to operate with paid call personnel until adding full time staffing in 2003 when they officially became a combination department. Today, Wakefield Fire employs 7 career firefighters and staffs 3 shifts of 2 Firefighter / Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians on a rotating schedule out of the Central station. Firefighters work 24 hour shifts with a full-time Captain Monday through Thursday. When needed, shifts will be staffed with a qualified per-diem member from our roster of dedicated Firefighter/EMTs and Paramedics.
Over the last 4 years, Wakefield Fire has responded to an average of nearly 1,200 calls annually. 2020 is Wakefields busiest recorded year totaling 1,270 emergency calls where 742 were for EMS and the remaining 528 calls for fire/rescue. Calls have been steadily increasing over the last 9 years and are expected to follow the same trend as the Town continues to grow.
Previous Call Volume
2020 - 1,270
2019 - 1,164
2018 - 1,063
2017 - 1,125
2016 - 942
2015 - 965
2014 - 909
2013 - 954
2012 - 910
Wakefield Fire Rescue is proud to provide full fire education, prevention, suppression, rescue and EMS services to the the Villages of Wakefield and neighboring Town of Brookfield, NH. Combined, our first due coverage area is approximately 68 square miles in a mountainous, rural setting boasting a population of nearly 5,800 residents year round before a seasonal increase in the warmer months nearly doubles the population. The first due district consists of at least 11 named bodies of water populated year round. Kingswood Lake in Brookfield makes 12 bodies of water in Wakefield Fire Rescue's first due jurisdiction. Only a small percentage (~1%) is commercially developed as Wakefield continues to grow into its increasing population. Wakefield also possesses a large line of the active North Coast Railroad and has one of the largest stretches of NH Route 16 (White Mountain Highway) in Carroll County of nearly 12 miles.
Wakefield Fire is a member of the Ossipee Valley Mutual Aid Association and is dispatched by Carroll County Communications Center. The dispatch center serves as primary communications for 36+ agencies serving Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS for the county.
Wakefield Fire and Police share the public safety building and its common areas, located on Wakefield Rd in Sanbornville, NH. We are proud to have a strong working relationship with our law enforcement and regularly assist each other during emergency calls. It's not uncommon to see Wakefield Police on the scene of a medical call to help fire/rescue with transporting equipment or extricating patients.
The public safety building is regularly used to host events for our community as well as hold department meetings and trainings for all personnel.