Wilton Fire Department
By CHUCK LOWE, Correspondent | April 27, 2021 | NEW HAMPSHIRE
Story No. 042721103
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 1 - 1987 Pierce Arrow, 1500/1000.
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 2 - 2007 Spartan/Valley, 1500/1000.
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 3 - 1963 FWD Tractioner/Farrar, 750/400/LDH Reel Truck.
Photo by Chuck LoweTanker 1 - 1993 International S-1800/EJ Murphy 500/2000.
Photo by Chuck LoweRescue 1 - 2015 Spartan Metro Star/Valley Heavy Rescue.
Photo by Chuck LoweLadder 1 - 2008 Spartan/Rosenbauer 109' aerial.
Photo by Chuck LoweForestry 1 - 1982 Chevy 4x4/WFD 125/200.
Wilton, New Hampshire is protected by a volunteer fire department under the command of Chief Don Nourse. He became the town's first full time firefighter on June 15, 2020, having worked almost 30 years as a volunteer. This was a huge change for the bedroom community, but all agree it was necessary. The department operations and administrative duties could no longer be handled by a part time employee. Chief Nourse is assisted in his duties by an Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief; both positions are volunteer.
WFD has three companies known as Excelsior Hose Company 1, Souhegan Hose Company 2 and Eagle Hose Company 3, which are staffed by a Captain, Lieutenant and 8 firefighters per company. Together, they operate a fleet of seven apparatus out of one centrally located station. EMS for the town is a separate full-time agency that operates two vehicles and a fly car from their own building.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.