In case of emergency, Dial 911

The Rowley Fire Department provides fire suppression, fire prevention, rescue and emergency medical services for the residents of Rowley, Massachusetts.

The RFD employs a full-time chief, two full-time firefighters, and 25 paid-on-call firefighters and officers. We operate three engines, an aerial ladder, a forestry unit, a command vehicle, and a utility unit from one station located on Hammond Street in the east end of town.

Contact Information:
Chief James C. Broderick
7 Hammond Street
PO Box 281
Rowley, MA 01969

In case of emergency DIAL 911 or 978.948.3311

Non-emergency 978-948-3812
Fax 978-948-2891

Ladder 1 out of service

Ladder 1 is out of service until further notice. It has developed major structural defects. Chief Broderick presented options to the Board of Selectmen, and they discuss it here:


There are currently 4 possible options:

1. Attempt a repair of the 28 year old truck.

2. Attempt to locate and purchase another suitable used truck.

3. Purchase a new truck.

4. Do nothing.

More information will be forthcoming as the situation develops.


Services for Kathleen Graham

The Rowley Fire Department regrets to announce the death of Kathleen Graham, grandmother of Rowley firefighters Justin and Jared Graham.


Calling hours are at F.S. Roberts & Son Funeral Home on Friday October 5th from 2pm-4pm and from 6pm-8pm. Members are requested to meet at the station at 18:45 hours in uniform.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 6th at Saint Mary’s Church on Main St. in Rowley at 10:00 am with burial to follow at the Rowley Cemetery.


Please hold the Graham family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you. — Chief James Broderick



The RFD has been notified that a mosquito caught on Hammond Street tested positive for EEE this week. Residents are advised to curtail outdoor activities after dusk and to use an insect repellant containing DEET whenever feasible.

The hose testing for 9/27 evening has been postponed.

For more information, contact the Rowley Board of Health.

We Remember

9/11 Memorial Dedication

Please join us on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the small park at the intersection of Cross Street and Pleasant Street for the dedication of an expanded September 11, 2001 memorial. The memorial honors the three Rowley residents who were killed on American Airlines Flight 11: Laurie Olsen Neira, James Trentini and Mary Trentini. The memorial is made from a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York City. State and local government officials will be speaking or preparing citations to be read at this dedication ceremony. All members of the community are invited to attend.

Brush Burning Safety

The annual burning season is here again. With the dry conditions and lack of snow this year, it is especially important to think SAFETY.

All fires require a permit and are subject to the rules printed on the back of the permit. Permits may be obtained from the RFD Communications Center located at the Police Station at 477 Haverhill Street. Burning may only be conducted between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on designated days.

All fires must be located at least 75 feet from any structure. Be especially aware of the hazards to sheds and other outbuildings. Keep your fire small. Adding material to a small fire is safer than lighting one large fire. Keep a water source handy. A hose is best as it has an unlimited supply of water.

Regardless of the weather report, if the wind picks up please extinguish your fire. Conditions can change, and a small fire can become a big problem very quickly.

NEVER leave a fire unattended. It WILL spread if you do; you can count on it.

Finally, keep a phone handy. If you have any doubts please call us at 911 or 978.948.3311. Any fire can grow out of control; every year it happens to someone. If you follow these simple guidelines you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.

Seabrook Siren Test

The Seabrook Nuclear Power Station, in conjunction with local emergency management agencies, will conduct the annual demonstration of their emergency notification sirens on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM.

Rowley is not located within the evacuation zone and does not have any sirens, but sirens in neighboring Newbury and Byfield may be audible in some areas of town.

The test should last for 3-5 minutes, and no action by residents is necessary. In the event of an emergency, please tune to local media outlets for further information.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

The town of Rowley will conduct its annual Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday November 12, 2011. Gather up those old fluorescent light bulbs and quarts of used motor oil because now is your chance to dispose of them properly for free.

Full details including lists of what to bring and what will not be accepted are available

This is only a test, but it's an important test

On Wednesday, November 9, at approximately 2 PM EST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct the country’s first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. The test will last approximately three minutes. EAS announcements will be carried on all local and national media outlets.

This is an excellent time to test your family’s own emergency preparedness. Have a fire drill. Does everyone know what to do when the alarm sounds? Pick a meeting place outside, away from the home but near where you can greet the arriving fire engines. Think about how you would get out if your regular exit was blocked. Always use the closest available exit, no matter which door you commonly use.

If there is a fire and someone is trapped, DON’T GO BACK IN! Stay outside at your meeting place and tell the firefighters when they arrive. We have the training and equipment to go in and get them safely.

Does everyone know where to find the fire extinguisher, flashlight and first aid kit? Have you checked them lately to make sure they are in working order and fully stocked?

Does everyone know how to summon help if needed? Do your children know how to dial 911? Do they know WHEN to dial 911? Do they know your address?

A little preparation and practice now could make all the difference in an emergency.

Change your clock - change your battery

Daylight Savings Time ends for 2011 at 0200 hours this Sunday. Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one hour before going to sleep Saturday night.

If you haven’t changed the batteries in your smoke detectors recently, now would be a good time. Did you know that most manufacturers recommend replacing smoke detectors after ten years? How old are yours?

Don’t forget those carbon monoxide (CO) alarms either. The heating season is here, and the danger from a build-up of CO is increasing. It’s colorless, odorless, and deadly. Now is the time to check your CO alarms and change their batteries. You DO have CO alarms, don’t you?

Finally, even if you have hard wired alarms, check them for batteries. Many people are unaware that most hard wired alarms also have a 9v backup which needs to be replaced.