The mission of the Alton Fire/Rescue Department is to provide the citizens of Alton with effective and efficient Fire, Medical, Rescue, and Environmental Protection Services. This mission is to also provide other necessary emergency services essential to the health, safety, and well-being of the community. These services include, but are not limited to, pre-hospital care, emergency medical services and transportation, hazardous rescue, and the mitigation of man-made or natural catastrophes.
The Department is made up of 39 call members including a full-time secretary, a part-time Chief, and a part-time Deputy Chief who is also the Town's Fire Inspector.
There are 2 per diem members on duty from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week at the Central Station.
We also provide EMS coverage at night on a year round basis where 2 scheduled members respond from home. This coverage is paid for entirely from ambulance revenue and not raised from tax dollars.
We responded to 741 calls in 2013 -- 211 fire, 383 EMS which included 86 motor vehicle collisions and 61 calls for service -- making us one of the busiest on-call departments in the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association. The Department covers approximately 70 square miles of land (one of the largest towns in the state of NH) and 20 square miles of water including 17 miles of shoreline and 9 inhabited islands. The population of Alton in the 2010 census was 5,250 increasing to an estimated 10,000 in the summer.