The Westbrook Fire Rescue Department has a proud history of serving our community and is endowed with some of the finest professionals in the state. The men and women of the WFD are highly trained, extremely dedicated, and steadfastly focused on their core mission of service to the community – to serve you. From our frontline firefighters, to our Communication Center dispatchers and paramedics, we are committed to providing the highest level of service possible.

“The mission of the Westbrook Fire Rescue Department is to be the leading force in the provision of fire and rescue services through our commitment to professionalism, superior training, advanced skill development and superior service.”

For 125 years, your city firefighters and paramedics have bravely and successfully confronted the hazards of our growing community and continue to mitigate complex life-safety problems through risk mitigation, strategic planning, methodical deployment, aggressive but disciplined fire attack and rescue philosophy. We provide a broad spectrum of both emergency and non-emergency services to the citizens and visitors of our community. We are a unique organization that strives to anticipate the needs of the citizens, and have a long tradition of providing high quality EMS, rescue, and fire services to the community of Westbrook, as well as providing mutual aid to our neighboring community.

The hard-working professionals of the Westbrook Fire Rescue Department are dedicated first and foremost to protecting the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of our community through multi-faceted emergency response and the protection of life, property, and the environment.

I am proud to represent such a fine organization. I am impressed on a daily basis with the professionalism, dedication, integrity, and resourcefulness of the men and women of our department and the commitment to the citizens, visitors and businesses of our city. As the Westbrook Fire Rescue Department moves into our next 125 years of service, we will continue to seek ways to rethink how we provide our service in an effort to be more efficient, more adaptable and more responsive to the needs of our community.

It is our commitment that we stand ready to assist you in your time of need day or night, with respect, professionalism, empathy, and compassion – as we have done for the past 125 years.

– Chief Andrew Turcotte

Photo shows the 1970 Ford Econoline Van that was Westbrook’s first Rescue unit. The vehicle is shown here in a parade passing on Cumberland Street. For many years medical transports were done by the police department, which had two station wagons that were used as patrol vehicles and ambulances. In 1969 Jim Farrell and Police Officer Frank Donahue recognized the need for a better trained and better equipped medical service for the city and they organized the Westbrook Rescue Unit. The Westbrook Volunteer Rescue Unit is now gone and medical services are provided under The Westbrook Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Division.Photo and research courtesy of Mike Sanphy

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