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August  2022
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July 20, 2022
Fire Department Issues Open Burning Restrictions

Due to the current drought situation and high fire danger, all outdoor cooking fires (utilizing wood/charcoal) are PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE on all town beaches and properties, including Tuck’s Point. Propane camping stoves and residential style propane grills are permitted if utilized per manufacturer’s instructions and following all safety guidelines. Our district forest ranger from the Massachusetts Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry was consulted and provided input toward developing these current fire safety regulations.

Residents are advised to use extreme caution with any open flame and to be careful with the disposal of all smoking materials at all times! This carelessness has been the cause of several major fires recently statewide.

This is also a reminder that open burning is only allowed with a permit from the fire department between January 15 and May 1 of each year. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) laws and regulations do not make exceptions for “ambiance fires” such as fire pits, fire bowls, or chimineas which may only be used for cooking purposes.

Please contact Fire Chief, Jason M. Cleary, at 978-526-4040 if you have any questions or concerns.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Manchester Fire/Rescue Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of Manchester by the Sea from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through fire safety education; and to provide a work environment that values cultural diversity and is free of harassment and discrimination.
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  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Dedication
  • Diversity and Respect


Manchester Fire/Rescue exists to provide the citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea a rapid professional emergency response to incidents involving, fire, rescue, hazmat, and emergency medical services in an ever-changing environment.

Vision Statement

To be a progressive, well-respected Fire/Rescue Department that sets an exemplary standard in fire safety education, fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services through dynamic leadership, innovative practices and effective customer service.