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The Cotuit Fire Department was established in 1926......................The Cotuit Chemical Company No.1 established in 1912 came before the fire district was "officially" organized...................Providing fire and ems service, Cotuit is one of 5 independant fire districts within the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA................Cotuit is an area of about 5.0 square miles with a population of approximately 2,500.......................The Cotuit fire department has 1 fire station staffed 24 hours a day.......................Cotuit had 594runs in 2002................200 Fire responses and 394 EMS calls......................

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Cotuit Fire Department
64 High Street
Cotuit, MA  02635
Department
Stations
Apparatus
Sta.Appar
Personnel
Radio
Run Cards
History
News
Community
Emergency 911
Emergency 508-771-4937
Business     508-428-2210
FAX            508-428-0202
Dispatch     508-790-2375
Radio          33.56   114.8
800 Talk     37456
Fire Alarm  KNHD 618
Dispatched by COMM FD

Fire Chief Christopher Olsen (2008)

Cotuit Fire District
Barnstable, Massachusetts
Barnstable County
Mid Cape Cod Region

Established 1912/1926
1 Fire Station     13 Apparatus
18 Personnel  11 Career  6 Call
Apparatus 260-269

Area             5.0 Square Miles
Population    2,500
Density        500 per sq mile

Fire          xxx
EMS        xxx
Total        796
   
(2013 stats)

Sta.1    Sta.2
Sta.3    Sta.4

2 Engines
0 Ladder
1 Brush
1 Amb
1 Cars
1 Misc

  Cotuit Fire Department website

Total Personnel: 14

Career Personnel: 14
(1) Fire Chief
(4) Shift Lieutenants
(8) Firefighters
(1) Admin Asst. 

Including:
(9) Paramedics,
(0) EMT-I,
(4) EMTs,
(   ) First Responders

IAFF: Local 3642. Personnel are civilian

Staffing:
There are 4 groups of (3) personnel
With a minimum of (3) working per shift.
Each group works an 8 day 42 hour week comprised of (2) 24 hour days 0800-0800
The work week is (1) on, (1) off, (1) on, and (5) days off......(1-1-1-5)
Station staffing is as follows: (3) Station 1 
The minimum staffing is (3) Station 1  

Dispatched by:
COMM Dispatchers working (24) hour shifts

Station:
Station 1 staffing is (1) Shift officer, (2) Firefighters
 
Officers:
Fire Chief Christopher Olsen (P) (Car 261)

Group 1: Lieutenant William "Lee" Sargent (P) 
Group 2: Lieutenant William McNamara
Group 3: Lieutenant  Joseph Pouliot
Group 4: Lieutenant  Brent Lyons


Call Personnel: 6
(5) Call personnel     
Including approximately (0) EMT-P, (5) EMTs 

Updated 07-29-14

Barnstable Police Department

Barnstable Police Department
1200 Phinney's Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
Emergency 911    Emergency  508-775-1212
Business  508-775-0387     Fax  508-790-0062

Police Chief Paul MacDonald  (Easy 1) 2006

 


Cotuit Information


Barnstable Incorporated as a town 1639
Cotuit Fire District Established in 1926
(Cotuit Chemical Company dates back to 1912 preceding District Incorporation)

Cotuit Fire District
Area 5.0 Square Miles
Population Approx 2,500
Fire District Tax $1.33 per thousand
2006

Town of Barnstable Website

City/Town Name: Town of Barnstable
1990 Population: 40,949
2000 Population: 45,187
2003 Population: 48,907
Registered Voters: 33,783
2000 School Enrollments: 7,763
2000 School Enrollments: 6,667
Population Over 65: 8,285
Square Miles: 60.17
Public Road Miles: 348.44
Income Per Capita 1999: $25,554
Median Family Income: $54,026
EQV Per Capita: $240,195
Avg. Tax Bill: $2,784
Residential Tax Rate: 7.92 
Commercial Tax Rate: 9.04
Operating Budget: $112,989,323
 

Massachusetts Municipal Association

City/Town Name: Town of Barnstable
Community Profiles: http://www.mass.gov/dhcd/iprofile/020.pdf
City/Town Hall Address: 367 Main St.
City/Town: Hyannis
State: MA
Zip Code: 02601
Business Hours: 8:30 a.m.­4:30 p.m. (Mon­Fri)
County: Barnstable
World Wide Web Address: http://www.town.barnstable.ma.us/
Area Code: 508
Main Telephone: 862-4000
Main Fax: 775-3344
TTY/TDD:
Police Department: 775-0387
Fire Department: Cotuit Fire Department  428-2210
Public Works: 790-6300
Planning: 790-6290
Schools: 790-6440
Library: 428-5757
Town Clerk: 862-4044
City Council: 862-4610
Board of Selectmen:
City Clerk:

 

DHCD Community Profile

Added Jan 6, 2002
Updated April 4, 2006

 


Cotuit Fire Department History

    The Cotuit Fire Department traces its beginnings back to early 1900's.  On November 15, 1912 the "Cotuit Chemical Company No.1" was established to provide fire protection in the small port village of Cotuit.  Alexander Seabury Childs headed the fire company.  A hand drawn chemical type wagon with (2) 35 gallon tanks was acquired.  14 members joined the department that provided fire protection on a prescription basis.  On Dec 3, 1912 the fire company leased an "engine house" on the property of Benjamin F. Sears.  Twelve iron pales were purchased.  In 1916, Cotuit Chemical Company purchased a 1916 Ford Model T / American LaFrance motorized  chemical pumper.  It had (2) 25 gallon chemical tanks, a ladder, some small tools.  The "Model T" became the FIRST MOTORIZED FIRE APPARATUS ON CAPE COD.  This Model T is still owned by Cotuit FD and is operable.  In 1920, a more permanent "Engine House" was constructed at the corner or Main Street & School Streets, behind the store. In November 1923 a fire alarm siren / whistle was on top of the Cotuit Cooperative Grocery Store on Main Street opposite School Street.  The 3 story building gave good elevation for the fire whistle.  In Feb 1924 the first telephone line was installed in the Cotuit Fire House. 

   In late April 1924, a fire destroyed the Cotuit Grocery Store, including the Variety Store, and Ice House.  The recently installed fire siren was recovered as a melted blob of metal following the fire.  An  emergency meeting on May 1, 1924 authorized a new 3 hp siren at once.  Cotuit is a village within the Town of Barnstable.  In 1896, the Hyannis Fire District was established.  Centerville-Osterville Fire District was established in January 1926.  On May 8, 1926 a bill to form a Fire District in Cotuit was filed at the Boston State House.  On June 18, 1926 the Cotuit Fire District was established by a vote at Freedom Hall.  On June 21, 1926 the members of the Cotuit Chemical Company voted to disband, disperse its funds equally between its 12 members, and donate its property and equipment to the new Cotuit Fire District.  The Cotuit Fire District accepted the donated Model T and equipment in Aug 1926.  A Ford chassis truck carrying many shovels, rakes, axes, and brooms was also added.  In May 1927, a Fire District meeting was held.  An article for $25,000 to construct a fire house, purchase a fire engine, and equipment was brought before Cotuit voters.  Weary voters however rejected the article by indefinite postponement.  In May 1929 voters approved purchase of a lot on High Street for $600 to build a fire station on.  Voters also voted to buy a 1927 Dodge fire truck, the first owned by the Fire District.  In 1930, a 160 gallon water tank was added to the 1927 Dodge fire truck.  The old engine house was eventually moved to the High Street lot, but was too small for newer apparatus.

  A May 1935 annual meeting vote once again rejected a request to build a new fire station on High Street. They did however approve the ownership of the 1860 Freedom Hall building and property on Main Street for meetings, discussions, debates, and other civic purposes.  In May 1936 the Cotuit Fire District approved formation of the Cotuit Water District.  In 1937 Cotuit finally began construction of a Fire Station on High Street....10 years after the District formed.  In 1947 a Dodge Power Wagon brush truck owned by the Town of Barnstable Forest Fire Department was stationed in Cotuit.  Cotuit purchased its first used ambulance in June 1955.  A used Cadillac ambulance from Cape Cod Hospital  was purchased in 1961 and operated in Cotuit until about 1973 when it was purchased as West Barnstable's first ambulance..  July 4, 1983, the Model T caught fire in the Independence Day parade in Cotuit badly damaging Cotuit's first fire truck.  Fortunately, 5 years later it reappeared completely restored and in better shape than ever.  In 1990, the Cotuit Fire Station on High Street was completely renovated, adding additional apparatus room space, office, and living quarters to provide for future needs of the department.

Fire Chief Paul Frazier (Car 261) retired July 1, 2008. Christopher Olsen, formerly Barnstable Fire District Deputy, becomes new chief.

Fires and Incidents in History
1917 - Mar 17 - The first run for the Model T was a run up to "Santuit" for a fire at John Harlow's house about 7pm.
1921 - Jan 31 - The Cotuit Model T was summoned to a fire in Osterville on Main Street.  The fire at Foster Lewis's house (located where the Midway Garage is today) lit the night sky as the fire engine with no windshield responded in near 0 degree temperatures.  The Osterville apparatus, another chemical unit, was frozen in a Barn behind the Foster house.
1924 - April - A fire destroyed the Cotuit Grocery Store, Variety Store, and Ice house on Main Street.  The roof of  Captain Irving B. Phinney's pain shop as wall as a large store across the street were also damaged by the radiant heat and embers.  The fire siren was also destroyed.
1987 - April 21 - A 2 alarm fire damaged the historic 2 1/2 story Homestead Gift Shop at the corner or Route 28 & Route 130.  Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and saved the 1700's era building during the 0336 hrs fire.
1991 - Nov 9 - An automatic fire alarm saved the Cotuit Elementary School from greater destruction by alerting firefighters to a 2 alarm fire that destroyed 2 classrooms in a 2214 hrs fire that was determined to be arson.
1992 - Mar 1 - A 23 year old man was killed and another injured in an accident on Newtown Road.  The man was trapped in a car as it burned prior to arrival of the fire department.
1992 - Mar 23 - A fire struck a 2 story home at 72 Oceanview Avenue.  The fire went to 3 alarms causing extensive damage to the large, unoccupied home at 1830 hrs.

Incident History
Year            Fire              EMS              Total
1950
1960
1970
1975
1980             66               181                 247
1985             96               168                 264
1990           149               275                 424
1992           186               278                 464
1993           179               229                 408
1994           177               265                 442
1995           168               297                 465
1996           196               279                 475
1997           223               330                 553
1998           178               293                 471
1999           220               364                 584
2000                                                       642
2001                                                       629
2002           200               394                 594
2003                                                       629          
2004                                                       565
2005                                                       714
2006                                                       690
2007                                                       764
2008                                                       776
2009                                                       701
2010                                                       761
2011                                                       764
2012                                                       732     
2013                                                       796       
 

 

1975 Apparatus Roster
Engine 1 - 263 - 1967 Maxim S 1000/500 pumper
Engine 2 - 265 - 1970 International 4x4/Maxim 1000rm/500 Pumper
Engine 3 - 260 - 1953 Ford/Maxim 500 gallon w/pto pump
Engine 4 - 267 - 1969 Dodge Power Wagon 300 gal brush breaker
Rescue 1 - 262 - 1973 Dodge van Ambulance 



 

 


Cotuit Radio

Cotuit Fire Radio Call Sign.....................KNHD 618.........."Cotuit Fire"
Cotuit Dispatch ID.................................KCD 815
Cotuit Fire Frequency............................33.56 Mhz..............PL 114.8
Cotuit County Frequency.......................33.70 Mhz..............PL 114.8
Cotuit Zetron Station Alert.....................154.355..................PL 123.0
Cotuit Fire 800 Talkgroup......................37456....................Simulcast 33.56
Cotuit Radio Tone Test..........................1745 Hours
Cotuit Apparatus Numbers.................... 260-269
Cotuit FD Old Call Sign.........................KCD 815...............Used on Fire Alarm
Dispatch by...........................................COMM Fire Department Dispatchers

Barnstable Police Radio Call Sign.............KCA 374..............County Call sign
Barnstable Police Dispatch ID..................KCA 374............."Barnstable Police"
Barnstable Police Frequency....................855.2125 Mhz.......Conventional 800
Barnstable Police Old Freq......................155.970 Mhz.........Old BPD radio
Barnstable Police County Freq.................155.565 Mhz........ Old Ch.1
Barnstable Police 800 Trunk Group..........38096...................Not utilized
Barnstable Police 800 County Group........36496...................County Talkgroup
Barnstable Police Unit IDs........................"E" Easy Cars

Cotuit Water District................................46.52

 


Cotuit Station Apparatus Assignments

Station 1........Cotuit
Engine 263.....1994 Pierce Lance 1250/750 Pumper
Engine 265.....1990 Pierce Lance 1250/750 Pumper - HR Jaws
Breaker 267...2001 International 4x4 / EJ Murphy 300/750 Brush Breaker 
Ambulance 262....2007 Ford E450 / Horton Type III Ambulance   (EMS 320)
Squad 260.....1998 Ford F250 4x4 / Reading Utility Body Pickup Truck
Car 261.........2006 Ford Explorer 4x4 Fire Chief Car Chris Olsen
Boat 266........2005 Edgewater 21' / Yamaha 150 hp Rescue Boat
Lighting Plant...2005 Magnum 6000w Generator/Light tower
 

 


Cotuit Sample Run Cards
(As listed at BCC 1-16-2002)


 
DIST 1 STRUCTURE     COVERAGE
1ST E265-E263-R262-S260-B267-E304-LT356   CT-E294  OS-E302  MM-E303
WF      
2ND E294-E303-C301-C229   CT-E453  FO-E451  MM-E826
3RD E453-E355-L307-R457-C371-EMS   CT-E25
4TH E25-E826-C291   CT-E407  MM-E205
5TH E407-E205-LT829-R324-C801    CT-ET296  MM-E305  CE-E43  BA-E42
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS  L307-LT356-LT829-LT450-L206  
BREAKERS B316-B353-B295-B463-B354-B408-B15-B461-B409  
FORESTRY    
TANKERS ET352-ET296-T414  
AMBS R326-R362-R325-R361-R324-R458-R37-R293-R825-R828  
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIST 2 STRUCTURE    COVERAGE
1ST E 265-E263-R262-S260-B267-E355-L307   CT-E294 
WF      
2ND E294-E304-C371-C229   CT-E453  FO-E451  MM-E303  OS-E-302
3RD E453-E303-LT356-R457-C301-EMS   CT-E25    MM-E826
4TH E25-E826-C291    CT-E407  MM-E205
5TH E407-E205-LT829-R324-C801   CT-ET296  MM-E305  CE-E43  BA-E42  WB-E202
       
  SPECIAL CALLS    
LADDERS LT356-L307-LT829-LT450-L206  
BREAKERS B353-B316-B295-B463-B354-B408-B15-B461-B409  
FORESTRY    
TANKERS ET352-ET296-T414  
AMBS R362-R326-R361-R324-R325-R458-R37-R293-R825-R828  
         

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Note:  The run cards above are a partial listing provided for quick reference only.  Additional coverage assignments for other fire departments were left off for simplicity purposes.  These run cards are in effect as of the date posted with them.  It is interesting to use the run cards to track and compare the flow of apparatus to fires in various parts of town.  It is important to remember that these cards reflect resources available when they were written.  Additional apparatus, changes in station assignments, staffing issues, and individual department policies may have changed since these cards were written.  This may  have an effect on the actual apparatus response to incidents when they occur.