News Headlines
Sat. Jan 18th 2020
Wellfleet Firefighters responded to a chimney fire and quickly knocked it down, great work to everyone involved!
Mon. Dec 30th 2019
The Chief of the Department regrets to announce the death of retired Firefighter Charles Ansel Valli, who peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, December 28th, 2019. “Charlie” joined ...
Sat. Dec 14th 2019
Wellfleet PD & FD, Eastham PD & FD held the annual kids Movie Christmas Party with the Wellfleet Cinema. The respective agencies sponsor a free movie, gift bag, popcorn, soda and a photo with ...
Sat. Dec 7th 2019
Thank you to all who came out to support and make Stuff A Cruiser/Ambulance a success! On December 8 at 1 pm, we will join other Cape departments in Hyannis for the Toys For Tots Parade.
Thu. Nov 7th 2019
Trunk or Treat was a HUGE success! We had more kiddos in great costumes than ever. Thank you to everyone who was able to be flexible with our make-up date!
Fire Prevention
Carbon Monoxide Risks at Home

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fossil fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely. In your home, heating and cooking equipment are possible sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles running in an attached garage could  also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Consumers can protect themselves against CO poisoning by maintaining, using, and properly venting heating and cooking equipment, by being cautious when using vehicles in attached garages, and by installing carbon monoxide alarms.

What is the effect of exposure to CO?

CO replaces oxygen in the bloodstream, eventually causing suffocation. Mild CO poisoning feels like the flu, but more serious poisoning leads to difficulty breathing and even death. Just how sick people get from CO exposure varies greatly from person to person, depending on age, overall health, the concentration of the exposure (measured in parts per million), and the length of exposure. Higher concentrations are dangerous even for a short time.

How can you protect yourself from CO poisoning?

The best defenses against CO poisoning are safe use of vehicles (particularly in attached garages) and proper installation, use and maintenance of household cooking and heating equipment.

Massachusetts law requires carbon monoxide alarms in all residences.


What to do if your CO alarm goes off


If anyone shows signs of CO poisoning:
    (headache/fatigue/shortness of breath/nausea/dizziness/flu-like symptoms)
  • Have everyone leave the building right away. Leave windows and doors closed as you go to assist us in locating the source of the problem. Also leave on any furnaces, heaters, or other fuel burning appliances if they were on when the alarm sounded.
  • Use a neighbor's telephone to dial 9-1-1 to notify the Fire Department. Be sure to inform the dispatcher if anyone is feeling ill.
  • The Fire Department will respond to provide medical attention and to check your home for a source of the carbon monoxide.


If no one has symptoms of CO poisoning:


  • Call the Fire Department and explain that your CO detector is "beeping" and no one feels ill. Please leave windows and doors closed to assist us in locating the source of the problem. Also leave on any furnaces, heaters, or other fuel burning appliances if they were on when the alarm sounded. We will come and investigate the problem using our CO metering equipment.
  • Be on the lookout for the symptoms of CO poisoning listed above.
  • If any symptoms appear, leave the building right away, following the instructions above.



House Numbering


Street address numbering is required on all residential and commercial buildings by Massachusetts law (MGL Ch.148, S. 59) and by Wellfleet General Bylaws (Article VII, Section 43).  Accurate and visible house numbers are a critical part of the E‑911 system which helps emergency responders find a house.

The Town requires that numbers at least 3 inches high (preferably 4 inches) .  numbers and letters be attached to every house or business so that they are clearly visible from the street and NO glued or stuck on numbers/letters are accepted.  All numbers/letters must be nailed on.

If it’s not possible to see numbers on the building from the street because of distance or obstructions, the Town requires that numbers also be attached to both sides of a post or sign which can be seen by emergency vehicles approaching from either direction.

We recommend that numbers be reflective and in a color which will clearly contrast with the material they are attached to.

If you’re not sure of your correct house number, please contact the Fire and Rescue Department.





Accurate and visible house numbering will help the Town’s emergency personnel find your home more quickly in case of an emergency.






For Information on Naming or Renaming Roads Click Here.














Guidelines for clearing vegetation along private roads and driveways 









The Town of Wellfleet recommends the following standards to ensure unrestricted access for emergency vehicles.  Property owners and neighborhood associations should comply with these guidelines to ensure that ambulances, police cars and fire trucks can get to your home quickly in case of an emergency.



Roads and driveways should be a hard surface at least 8 feet wide.





Brush, shrubs, trees, branches and other woody vegetation should be removed at least 3 feet beyond each side of the road or driveway and at least 14 feet above the road level.  The result should be a clear passage at least 14 feet wide by 14 feet high.





When growth reduces the clear passage to 12 feet in width or height it should be trimmed back as above.





Certain sections of roads and driveways may require custom standards.  These sections include, but are not limited to: intersections, sharp corners, turn‑arounds, cul-de-sacs and areas near water sources.  Standards for these areas on a case-by-case basis will be determined by the Fire Chief or designee.




Failure to keep roads and driveways cleared to these standards may result in a delayed response by emergency personnel.










Residential Sprinkler Systems




Schools, office buildings, factories, and other commercial buildings have benefited from fire protection sprinkler systems for over a century. But what about our homes? What actions do we take to protect our families, our homes, and our possessions from fire? A smoke alarm can only alert the occupants to a fire in the cannot contain or extinguish a fire. Residential sprinkler systems can!




To Learn More About Residential Sprinkler Systems Click Here.







Marine and Road Flares Disposal




The Wellfleet Fire Department participates in the Barnstable County marine and road flares disposal program by serving as a collection point for outdated flares. The Coast Guard does not recommend keeping out-of-date flares for emergency use, improperly disposed of flares may pollute the water table, and it is against the law to set flares off in a non-emergency situation.


Expired flares may be dropped off at the main fire station during normal business hours and we will see that they are properly disposed of.


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