The Department consists of 23 firefighters, 4 lieutenants, and 2 station captains. Groveland Fire Rescue is headed by Fire Chief Robert Lay. Chief Lay, with the assistance of Department officers, manages the administration, day-to-day operations, code enforcement, public education activities, and permitting.
Groveland Fire Rescue provides its services out of two Fire Stations in Groveland. Central Station, which is located at 181 Main St, and South Station, located at 107 Washington St. From January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 the Department responded to a total of 640 emergency calls for service, serving a population of 6,500 residents and an area of 9.4 square miles. Groveland Fire Rescue is part of the District 15 Mutual Aid network and provides mutual aid for all services to surrounding communities.
Fire/Rescue Communications are handled by the Groveland Police Department, which staffs the Emergency Communication Center 24/7, 365 days a year.
Groveland Fire Rescue operates a fleet of nine vehicles including 3 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company, 2 Squad Companies, a combination Company, and a 2,000 gallon water tanker. The Fire Chief’s car (Car 1) is used for incident command purposes and for the chief to conduct official business in (see apparatus page). Utilizing this equipment, the Department serves the town in all areas of fire suppression, motor vehicle accident response, alarm investigations, emergency medical services, public education, and any other public assistance requiring our personnel and/or equipment.
Emergency Medical Services are under the management of the EMS Division. All firefighters are certified to at least the “First Responder” level, with thirteen currently holding EMT certification. Medical training and operations are rapidly expanding in order to provide the town with first class emergency medical services.
Groveland Fire Rescue operates a Fire Prevention Division to conduct inspections and enforce fire code, as well as operating a Fire Education Program to educate on how to prevent fires and what to do if there is a fire. The Department’s Training Division is responsible for developing and executing training evolutions, and ensuring that all members are up to current standards in EMS, as well as ensuring compliance with NFPA 1001 standards.
Firefighters train together as a Department once a week in various topics to keep their skills at an expert level. Firefighters also attend individually, and in small groups, various classes offered through the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Training to a high level in all areas of operation continues to be a top priority for the Department.
Groveland Fire Rescue’s overall mission is to continue to make Groveland a safe community to live and work in, and to offer Fire/Rescue services in the most cost effective and practical manner. We are committed to maintaining a positive image for the Town of Groveland. The brief summary above is a simple overview. If you have any further questions, please view the other sections of this website and do not hesitate to contact us.