The Watch Hill Fire Department has been dedicated to serving and protecting residents and the many visitors to Watch Hill since 1902. Today’s combination career and volunteer department is headed by our full-time Chief, Dennis Reall, Jr., a 32 year career veteran of the North Providence Fire Department. Chief Reall has a unique understanding of the modern fire service as well as an appreciation of the long-honored tradition of volunteerism which has served the Watch Hill community for more than a century. Our full-time Fire Fighter/Fire Marshal, Chris Moore, brings 16 years of experience as Senior Fire Safety Inspector for the State of Rhode Island Fire Marshal. Our community is fortunate to also be protected by a corps of 40 volunteer firefighters who give their time, energy and expertise to ensure the safety of our village, its residents and visitors. In addition to fire related calls, our firefighters respond to medical assist requests, beach and marine rescue emergencies, and requests from neighboring communities for mutual aid.
Over half the department’s call volume occurs between June and September, when the population of both residents and visitors surges. Frequently, calls turn out to be malfunctioning residential and commercial fire alarm systems, so please make sure your alarm systems are properly inspected, and that any contractors working in your home know to take all necessary precautions. Make sure the Fire Department has the necessary emergency contact information for your home, so they can gain access when an alarm occurs.
The fire station is a wonderful community resource for fire prevention, education and safety tips. Visit the website www.watchhillfire.com for details on tent and firework permits, smoke and CO detector inspections, as well as residential and commercial plan reviews. Stop by the station for information on becoming a volunteer, or just to thank those who protect our community!