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Welcome to the official web site of the Edgartown Volunteer Fire Department (EFD). Here you will find important information about fire safety, fire codes, emergency preparedness, and more.

The EFD is a volunteer department on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The department consists of the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief/Ambulance Coordinator, Assistant Chief, Department Assistant, Board of Fire Engineers, an Ambulance Advisory Committee, 50 Volunteer Firefighters, five full time EMS personnel (three paramedics and two intermediates) and approximately 18 Volunteer EMTs. 

All of these employees and volunteers work and practice diligently to protect and serve our town and island.  Our firefighters respond to house fires, car accidents, brush fires, fire alarms, CO2 and gas alarms and much more. We have developed an EMS squad that, with the teamwork of the full time personnel and volunteers, provides the town 24/7 with emergency medical response coverage.

We have two stations, one in downtown Edgartown on Pease’s Point Way, and a second, smaller station, on the island of Chappaquiddick. Please take a look around the website for more information about our stations and equipment, which ranges from fire to marine rescue and everything in between.

Edgartown is a beautiful town, rich in history and a tight knit sense of community. We pride ourselves on developing and maintaining a positive relationship with the townspeople from the elementary schools right through to our seniors. We are always working to advance our skills and knowledge of firefighting and EMS so that we may provide Edgartown with the best possible coverage so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy our town safely.

It is our hope that this website will bring you a better understanding of what we do and how we do it. We have come a long way from rescuing cats in trees and it is through the dedication of our personnel that we seek to enhance the quality of life on our island. Thank you for visiting our site and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


Peter G. Shemeth
Edgartown Fire Chief

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

National Interagency Fire Center


Nacional Hurricane Center

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Town of Edgartown

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Permits for fuel and oil burning equipment and storage

EMS Cape Cod

Edgartown Emergency Preparedness Guide

Cape Cod and Islands Chapter American Red Cross

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