Fire Rescue


To create a safe and vibrant community through risk reduction, preparedness, and a proactive all hazards response plan.


To be the premier emergency services provider in our region that is constantly striving for excellence in service delivery through education, innovation, teamwork and collaboration.

We place extreme value on continually evaluating NFR’s policies, procedures, and training guidelines in order to provide our customers and personnel with the safest environment possible.

Our core values are driven by:

Accountability     Personal, to each other and our community
Compassion       We demonstrate kindness and empathy
Dedication          We are committed to our organization and community
Ethics                 We will consistently strive to do the right thing
Honesty              Truth and fairness in endeavors large and small
Integrity              We adhere to sound moral principles

Coverage Area Demographics

An urban city of 87,259 citizens; Nashua Fire Rescue (NFR) was first organized in 1853 when the two towns of Nashville and Nashua combined to protect a growing mill town with 7,000 mostly immigrant workers. Nashua Fire Rescue started as a volunteer department, became full time and in the 1950's became a career Department. Today, having earned an ISO II rating, the second largest department in the state, under the command of Chief Steve Galipeau, NFR consists of 176 career members operating out of eight facilities; six fire stations, a dispatch center and a training site. With a command structure of one Chief, one Assistant Chief, four Deputy Chiefs, seven Captains, twenty nine Lieutenants, and 112 Fire Fighters. The department responds to over 20,000 calls for service annually. The average emergency response time to arrive on scene is 4 minutes or less in over 90 percent of the time.

  • City Area - 31.9 square miles of which 30.8 is land and 1 square mile is water.
  • Population Served - 87,259 (2014 Estimate).
  • Number of Businesses - 7,521 ( 2007 Estimate).
  • Nashua has a four season climate with long, cold, snowy winters, and very warm and somewhat humid summers; Spring and Autumn in between are relatively brief transitions.
  • Nashua Airport (Boire Field) a general aviation facility, is in the city's northwest corner.
  • The F.E. Everett Turnpike a major six lane highway runs north south through the city.

Fire Marshals Division

The Nashua Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for plan reviews and on site inspections of all work ensuring compliance with all applicable fire and Life Safety codes.

The city currently utilizes the State Fire Code as the standard which references NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2009 Edition; NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Code 2009 Edition; NFPA 13 Sprinkler Code 2009 Edition; and NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code 2010 Edition.

The division is also tasked with fire investigations, fire  and life safety inspections, and public education and injury prevention programs.

The Fire Marshal's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. 

Link to download permit forms

Phone: [603] 589-3460 
Fax:     [603] 589-3474

Safety Training Division

The Training/Safety Division has the primary mission of coordinating and delivering training to the operational forces. This mission is met through quarterly objectives for skill maintenance, recertification/licensing. and the research, development, and implementation of new training programs.

The Division is also responsible for the coordination of the recruit hiring process, the Recruit Academy and oversight of operational safety and accident/injury investigation.

The Division operates out of an office and classroom at Station two along with a comprehensive training facility with two burn buildings, confined space and heights rescue props, roof vent props, SCBA maze, and a drafting pit. The Division is staffed by 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant and 1 Administrative Assistant.

The Training/Safety division office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Use the following resources to contact the division or to receive employment background information.

Phone: [603] 589-3432
Fax      [603] 589-3474

Applicant Package (password required)

Career Opportunities (PDF)

Noteworthy Accomplishments

Spring 2015, Nashua Fire Rescue was awarded a grant of just under $500,000 to purchase a state of the art mobile training facility. This building is a mission critical part as Nashua grows into becoming a regional training hub for fire departments throughout southern NH and northern Massachusetts .

Spring 2015 also saw the department awarded a grant in the amount of $400,000 to be used to purchase new breathing apparatus.

Future Projects

The expansion of the Spit Brook Road Fire Station with the addition of a third bay. When the fire station was built in 1977, it was designed to serve a much different property base than what currently exists in southern section of Nashua.


Nashua Fire Rescue makes every effort to maintain current property contact information (current after-hours contact person, phone numbers, etc). With large number of businesses within the City of Nashua, it can make maintaining a current database difficult. If you are a business owner, please take a moment when you pay your property insurance and make sure you update your contact information with Nashua Fire Rescue.