Fire and Rescue
The Meriden and Plainfield Volunteer Fire Departments are private, non-profit corporations. Our fund raisers, an occasional grant and your tax-deductible donations help support the many services we provide. In addition, all of our members are volunteers, and you can volunteer to help your fire departments in many ways. Check us out by calling any officer or by dropping by at one of our business meetings or training drills! We are your department. Please support us so we can support you!
Note: When the ground is completely covered with snow, a fire permit is not required to burn brush. However, you must call Hanover dispatch at 643-2222 and notify them of your intent to burn.
- Home fire-safety checks are conducted as requested by members of the community. Contact the chief or deputy chief if you are interested in this service.
- Along with the Cornish Rescue Squad, VFD members respond to medical and traffic emergencies -- day or night!
- Smoke detectors are provided to those home owners who need and cannot afford them.
- Volunteers provide fire prevention and fire safety education to the Plainfield Elementary School students.
- Volunteers and equipment are provided to insure the safety of our children on Halloween. Trucks with lights flashing are placed at each end of town to slow traffic. Volunteers give out candy and help oversee the house to house search for goodies.
- Our volunteers respond to assist fire departments in other communities as requested.
- Level I Firefighters are prepared to fight structural and wildland fires. The State provides 120 hours of training which is supplemented by regular training exercises at the station. Level I firefighters are the backbone of our volunteer department!
- Driver / Pump Operators are needed. These volunteers must get our trucks to a fire and get the water flowing. A commercial drivers license (CDL) is required to drive the trucks. Training to operate the pumps will be provided at the station.
- Apprentice Firefighters provide support at a fire site by getting equipment ready and by providing support to the firefighters outside of the “red zone.” Equipment and safety training will be provided at the station.
- Station Helpers provide support at the station. They can be equipment managers, computer operators, bookkeepers, cleaners, or just be available for “duties as assigned.” If you have a special skill and wonder if we might need your help, ASK!