About the Bedford Fire Department
History & Protection Reach
The Bedford Fire Department was established in 1922 and protects approximately 24,000 residents living in both a rural and suburban area of 32.83 square miles in southeastern New Hampshire. We are proud of our diverse community and our commitment to maintaining the highest level of service for our residents, visitors and businesses.
Bedford Fire Rescue answers around 3,000 calls in a year, of which 40% were fire incidents. The Department provides fire suppression, Advanced Life Support EMS response, and technical rescue.
Staff & Station
The Bedford Fire Department is led by Chief Scott Hunter and has one station which is located near the intersection of Route 101 and Route 114. The Bedford Fire Department operates as a combination Fire Department. Twenty-four firefighters along with four lieutenants work a rotating shift schedule. The Bedford Fire Department has a call division that provides Fire and EMS protection for the town.
In addition to responding to Fire, Emergency Medical, and Rescue calls, each shift is also responsible for maintaining their preparedness through training and professional development.
The Fire Department Administration includes a full-time Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief, Captain of Fire Prevention, Captain of Training/EMS, Fire Inspector and Administrative Assistant. There are also two, full time Building Inspectors, a part-time Health Inspector and part-time Administrative Technician.
The Communications Division for the Town of Bedford is staffed with 9 civilian personnel, who dispatch for the Bedford Police & Fire Departments. They are located in the Bedford Safety Complex on Constitution Drive. They dispatch on 156.180 MHz with a PL of 94.8.
Major roadways include State Routes 101, 114, and 3, as well as Interstate Highway 293 (with a portion of this being the Fredrick Everett Turnpike). During the rush hour periods these roadways, as well as the town roads within the mall district, are routinely grid locked. This results in many serious motor vehicle accident responses, as well as extremely stressful emergency driving conditions.
The town is bordered by Amherst, Goffstown, Merrimack, New Boston, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The Bedford Fire Department participates in border area mutual aid and Souhegan Fire mutual aid. We provide and receive apparatus and personnel for major incidents and/or times of overwhelming call volume.