About the Volunteer Fire Department


The Department is entirely volunteer, with members receiving a small stipend based on the number of emergency calls to which they respond. When not engaged in Department business, most of the firemen hold regular jobs with many also actively serving on Town committees and on the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Service. They further work to improve fire safety by working closely with local residents and within the Tremont School and offering a free smoke detector program.

The Department serves the Town of Tremont which is located on the West side of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and is made up of the villages of Bass Harbor, Bernard, West Tremont, Seal Cove, and the off shore village Gott Island. It has a total area of about 52 square miles with 35 square miles of this being water. The town also includes about 3000 acres (4.7 square miles) of the Acadia National Park. Tremont's year round population is about 1600 which approximately doubles in the summer with seasonal residents and visitors. In 2000, there were 705 domiciles used by year-round residents and 370 used by summer folk plus businesses including, boat repair/manufacturing and storage, restaurants, an active working waterfront, few retail stores and a historic Coast Guard operational lighthouse.

Please remember that ALL outdoor fires of any kind, other than for cooking purposes, require a written burning permit in hand at all times.  Permits may be obtained for free from the Southwest Harbor Dispatch center or (for a minimal fee online)from the Maine Forestry Service.  Call 244-7911 for information.

All homeowners are urged to put their house numbers out in a location and in a form which can easily be seen and read from the road, even at night and in the worst of weather.  Call the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance office (244-3521) to order top quality reflective signs offered at cost.

The Tremont Volunteer Fire Department wishes to express it's deep gratitude and thanks to all in Tremont for their stead fast and continuing support.  We could not do it without you.

Keith Higgins , Fire Chief
Tremont Volunteer Fire Department