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Calls to Date as of October 26th, 2020: 289

Total Calls 2019: 278
Total Calls 2018: 192
Total Calls 2017: 174
Total Calls 2016: 194
Total Calls 2015: 185

Total Calls 2014: 202
Total Calls 2013: 181

The Fire Department regularly responds to structure fires, fire alarm activations, motor vehicle crashes, brush fires, search and rescue, EMS assists, vehicle fires, trees and wires down, public assists, hazardous materials situations, and mutual aid calls to other communities. The Fire Department also provides contract services to the Town of Orange and half of the Town of Dorchester. We also conduct fire prevention activities in our school district and day cares as requested.

Seasonal Campfire Renewal & Burn Permits

Seasonal Campfire Permits must be renewed annually beginning in January. Even if you have a permit from the previous year and have not changed the location or size of the campfire ring, it still needs to be renewed each year.

Permits may now be renewed online at this link for a fee of $3 each!

The Fire Department renews these permits by appointment, or during the months of April and May, and the first two weeks of June by drop-in on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Fire Station.

Bring your expired permit for renewal with you. If you are getting a first time permit, your campfire ring will need to be inspected by a warden before a permit is issued; call to make an appointment to do so. Construction Details are available from the NH Division of Forest & Lands.

If you are interested in getting a brush permit, the brush pile will need to be inspected before a permit is issued. Please click the link above for complete details on what may be burned. Do not call a warden before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. to obtain a permit for a brush permit. Remember that brush permits are issued when the weather is favorable for burning but not during periods of high fire danger. For brush permits in permissible weather, please contact Hanover Dispatch at 643-2222 for the name of a warden.

Fire Station ⁄ Meeting Room Calendar

The meeting room is closed to the public due to Covid-19. Town Committess may request meeting space at the Fire Station Meeting Room, please contact Chris Thurston at: thurston2301@gmail.com or 523-4850.


utility truck

In 2019, Canaan Fire Department added a new Chevy Tahoe command vehicle and a Chevy 3500 Utility truck. The command vehicle, "Car 1," is utilized by the Fire Chief for day-to-day operations. The Utility truck is used on most calls and has been a great addition to the department.

It has a 250 gallon water tank and 250 GPM pump along with a booster hose. This truck has been of great use with the amount of brush/grass fires in the area in 2020. It can seat up to 5 firefighters and also carries extra forestry hose, back-pack pumps, forestry tools, a chainsaw, traffic control signs, and a front-mounted winch. This truck replaced our State owned and well-loved 1967 Jeep Forestry truck, which is currently serving it's fourth life with the Grafton Fire Department.

rescue boat

Also added in 2019 was the donation of a 12 foot inflatable BRIS rescue boat and motor, to be used for water rescues.

In 2017 worn turnout gear was replaced with CIP monies.

old gear new gear

Canaan and Enfield Fire Departments' Career Day for area students.

suiting up for career day hose handling on career day


  • Fire Department Office: 523-4850 - Please leave a message.
  • Bill Bellion: Canaan Warden 523-7184
  • Alton Hennessy 523-7448
  • John Hennessy 523-7448
  • George Lazarus 632-5462
  • Dillon Mock 780-4963
  • Phil Neily 632-9235
  • Dan Quimby 523-9666
  • Jim Rancore 523-7486
  • Chris Thurston 523-7390


  • Brent Stevens: Orange Warden 523-9923
  • Bill Bellion 523-7184
  • Jim McAlister 523-4920


  • Alfred Balch
  • Graydon Legg
  • Jay Legg 786-2139
  • Josh Trought

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The Canaan Fire Department and its members are dedicated to protecting and serving our community and residents. The Department operates to the best of its ability given our resources of staff, equipment and training. The Fire Department does not employ any full-time personnel; members are on call status, which means that they are compensated for the calls to which they respond. Once a call is received via pagers firefighters carry, they respond to the station to staff the fire apparatus and respond to the emergency.

Members are constantly training, either locally, at state fire academy programs or out of state, to keep up with the constant changes that we encounter.

Parade crew 2010

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Hawk Shawn, Morgan Bingham, and Mars Yuvarajan.

Fire Department Training

extraction practiceMembers of the Canaan Fire Department attend training and or education meetings at least once month and often more frequently. Training can consist of learning how to operate the water pumps on Engines 1 and 2 and the Tanker as well as learning how to drive these pieces of apparatus. They learn how to fill the SCBA bottles and how to maintain the bottles, masks and regulators and the cascade system that is used to fill the bottles. forcing car door openOther instruction includes training for day and night search and rescue calls and practicing GPS skills for these calls. Members of the Canaan Fire Dept also regularly attend training sessions outside of their monthly training and education time at the Canaan Fire Station. They take advantage of furthering their education whenever they can. Some of the fire fighters are even crossed-trained to provide Emergency Medical assistance as First Responders and EMT's.

Cross Training

water rescueThis cross training is one of Canaan's greatest strengths when it comes to emergency response and management for our town. A number of our employees cross-train with the Highway Department, the Transfer Station, the Police Department, Fire Department and FAST Squad. Many of the FAST Squad and Fire Department activities are on an as-called basis, and sometime these departments have a problem getting enough workers during normal business hours. Having people who are available during the day who can serve in dual roles is a tremendous asset to the town. We rely on these neighbors, friends, and family members' willingness to train on their own time to keep current in these fields. We owe them our thanks and appreciation – and often our lives! Thank You, Emergency Service Volunteers!

Firemen's Muster

Annually the Canaan Fire Department and their families attend a Firemen's Muster where they share training, information, and support with other fire departments.

Muster Campsite Muster Drill Group shot of Muster Attendees

Congratulations Brent Stevens!

On September 24, 2018 during the 27th Annual NH Fire & EMS Awards, Firefighter/EMT Brent Stevens was presented an award for 40+ years of service as a Deputy Forest Fire Warden for NH Forests and Lands. Brent became a Deputy Warden in 1974 for the Town of Canaan and still holds this position along with the titles of Warden for the Town of Orange and also Special Deputy Warden.

Congratulations Chief Bill Bellion

Bill holding glass trophy

Fire Chief Bill Bellion received the honor of being named Firefighter of the Year by the North Country Public Safety Foundation on Friday, October 27, 2017.

This organization annually recognizes a Firefighter, a Police Officer and an Emergency Services Technician as the Firefighter, Officer or EMT of the year.

Bill was nominated for this award last year. (Nomination attached here). The people who signed that nomination clearly believe that he deserves this recognition. So did the officers and board of the Foundation.

This year, he received that honor.

photo of event poster

friends waiting for Bill crowd clapping

Four hundred of Bellion's colleagues, including 20 from Canaan, attended the surprise (to Bill) celebration of this designation.

He returned to Canaan in time to manage the storm that started Sunday night.

You can listen to Bill's acceptance speech by clicking here.

Bill and Friends


Recipients of Commendation
Read Full Commendation Here

Photos of the Ceremony

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Photos of Extrication Training that led to the high level of expertise which resulted in Commendation!

Evacuation Training

Evacuation Training

Evacuated Car

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Canaan NH Junior Firefighter Program Post 2092


About us: The Explorer Program Post in Canaan was originally established in 1992 as the Explorer Program. After a few years, the Post was disbanded due to a lack of interest. In 2013 after finding there was interest again in our community, the Post was re-established with the help of the Canaan Firefighter's Association. The Explorer Program changed it's name to the Junior Firefighter Program in 2020.

paradeWhat we do: Post members assist firefighters on calls and at the station while learning about careers in the Fire/Emergency Services. We assist with many jobs on emergency scenes including: filling air packs, water supply, search & rescue, firefighter rehabilitation, moving/carrying equipment, and cleaning up after calls. Many members of the original Post have moved on to become firefighters in other places or have retired from fire service careers.

Fundraising: We try our best to fundraise and have been able to build our funds through writing donation letters, selling ice cream on Old Home Days, and selling first aid kits. Fundraising allows us to buy up-to-date equipment, Ex. helmets, jackets, pants, boots, hoods, flashlights, gloves, etc.

membersHow to join: Exploring is open to young men and women, ages 14 (and finished with 8th grade)-21 that are interested in a career in Fire and Emergency Services. We are always looking for new members! If you are interested in a career in Fire or Emergency Services and live within the Mascoma School District then contact us!

Current members:


  • Rachel Dargie
  • Lucas Getman
  • Alton Hennessy
  • Hawk Shawn

Post Advisors:

  • John Hennessy
  • James Rancore
  • James McAlister
  • Mark Wilson
  • Phil Neily
  • Tim Gauvin

Advisor Assistant:

  • Lorraine Hennessy

Contact information:



Call statistics:

Post 2092 responded and assisted at 11 emergency calls in 2013.

Post 2092 responded and assisted at 47 emergency calls in 2014.

Night training on truck night training on hose

Training: Explorers here have the great opportunity to train with our local fire departments and also to attend the New Hampshire Fire Academy. Every year the Fire Academy in Concord runs a week long training session in the summer for Explorers. In the fall, the University of Exploring runs a weekend session to further educate explorers.

In 2013 two of our Explorers attended the fall session and took Engine & Ladder Truck Operations, Firefighter Safety and Survival, and Automobile Extrication classes.

In 2014 two Explorers attended the fall session and took EMS/Ambulance Operations, Dispatch Operations, and Wild land Firefighting classes.

We are fortunate enough that these state instructors have taken the time to pass on their knowledge to better our education in this line of work. By attending these sessions, Explorers can learn hands-on firefighting operations.

More information on the week long session:http://nhfeta.org/

More information on the weekend session: https://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Exploring/129154503798031

For more information on Explorers in New Hampshire, visit: http://www.nhexploring.org

National Exploring: http://www.exploring.org