Office of Fire Prevention

The Fire Prevention Office and Fire Inspector provide inspections for home re-sales, new construction, commercial properties and oil burner systems. As part of this process plans are reviewed to ensure they meet the current code. This is an area that is just as important to the safety of our citizens as it often prevents incidents that may happen and ensures that they homes and properties are protected.

Office Hours:
Monday 8:00-2:30
Tue, Wed , Thur. 8:30-4:00
Friday 8:00-12:00

Closed Holidays
Hours subject to change.

HFD Forms and Information

March 24, 2020

In compliance with the Governor’s Order and Town of Harwich guidance, the Fire Department will not be conducting 26F resale inspections until further notice.

To allow for real estate transactions to continue during this time period, there is an affidavit to be signed by the Seller and Buyer.  Once this form is received, the Department will issue a waiver.

Download Form:  Harwich Fire Resale Affidavit

Once completed, the form should be emailed to:

Please allow a minimum of two business days for the paperwork to be processed.

New Homes, Additions & Alterations

To Applicant:

  1. Please complete the attached form.
  2. Locate Smoke, CO & Heat Detectors on the plans.  (This is the responsibility of the applicant.)
  3. If an Alteration or Addition, plans of the ENTIRE HOME are required.
  4. All Building Plans and Sprinkler System Permits (new & alterations) will be brought to the Building Department.
  5. All building plans and sprinkler are to be submitted to the Building Department. The Fire Inspector will review the plans at Town Hall on most Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  6. The Building Department will collect the plans, fees and issue construction permits including fire alarm and sprinklers.
  7. The Fire Department will issue permits for the maintenance of fire alarm and sprinkler systems as well as continuing all of the other standard permits.All permits for new construction and renovation fall under the building code.

DOWNLOAD Fire Detection System Form here…

The Town of Harwich requires any home or business owner to install a lockbox on any property that has an alarm system that is monitored remotely. This includes medical alert buttons and fire alarm systems. These lockboxes are a safe and secure way to provide the Fire Department a key to the property in case of alarm activation. These lockboxes are opened by a special key that ONLY the fire department carries.

The ordering system has changed:

Beginning March 1, 2018, Rapid Entry System Lock Boxes by Kidde will be available to purchase online at Kidde Lockbox Website. Our Rapid Entry System Lockboxes will no longer be available for purchase using an order form by phone, fax or standard mail.

Kidde has moved to the online ordering method in order to be fully compliant with industry security and privacy protocols for the protection of customer information, and to provide faster secure order processing.

After setting up an account on the website, you will be able to search for and select the Harwich Fire Department, make your product selection, and then checkout using a credit card.

Residential: Choose the S5 for the Harwich Fire Department.

Commercial: Choose the Supra Safe 2HS, Supra Safe 2HSR, or the Supra Safe 1 for the Harwich Fire Department.

Click here to order:

Contact the Fire Prevention Office

  • Bruce Young

    Fire Inspector

  • Susan Pires

    Administrative Assistant

  • Roy Eldredge


  • Office Phone

    (508) 430-7546
    (508) 432-5685 fax

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Have you replaced the battery in your smoke detectors recently ?

Commercial Kitchens:

Fire Inspector Tim Spears explains commercial kitchen prevention, safety and equipment maintenance.

Residential Sprinklers:

Sprinklers are a choice homeowners can add, not a code requirement unless you build over 14400 sq ft.

WTHR-TV in Indianapolis conducted an aquarium test to show the dramatic difference between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Inspired by a similar demonstration by the World Fire Safety Foundation, investigative reporter Bob Segall shows why smoke alarms with photoelectric technology are a much better option for detecting slow-burning smoky fires, which kill hundreds of people in homes and apartments each year.