Maine Fire Department Types

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) definition of department type is as follows:

Department Type Definition
Career All firefighters are career / paid firefighters
Mostly Career More than half of the firefighters are career / paid firefighters
Mostly Volunteer More than half of the firefighters are volunteer / un-paid firefighters
Volunteer All of the firefighters are volunteer / un-paid firefighters

The information below is based solely upon fire departments that have registered with the National Fire Service Registry. If you have not registered your fire department, please do so, it is free and contributes to a complete picture of the fire services. Check out some Quick Facts from the registry.

Department Type

NOTE: In the USFA National Fire Service Registry data for Maine there are 18 departments NOT classified, and so NOT included in these statistics. Departments should register as Career, Mostly Career, Volunteer or Mostly Volunteer but we do not have it for these 18 departments .

Departments Types of Maine

Percentages are intentionally rounded for simplicity not precision, so please use them as insights only.

County Career Mostly Career Mostly Volunteer Volunteer Total
Androscoggin 18% 18% 64% 11
Aroostook 4% 14% 82% 28
Cumberland 7% 4% 52% 37% 27
Franklin 14% 86% 14
Hancock 4% 15% 81% 27
Kennebec 4% 4% 15% 77% 26
Knox 6% 19% 75% 16
Lincoln 15% 85% 13
Oxford 20% 80% 25
Penobscot 12% 2% 29% 57% 42
Piscataquis 12% 88% 8
Sagadahoc 11% 22% 67% 9
Somerset 17% 83% 18
Waldo 5% 95% 21
Washington 4% 17% 79% 24
York 17% 55% 28% 29

Firefighter / Personnel Numbers of Maine

Here the personnel numbers by county for volunteer and career agencies within Maine.

Looking for NFIRS FDIDs?

Here are the fire department identifiers (FDIDs) for agencies within Maine. NFIRS FDIDs are required for submitting NFIRS reports with mutual aid or automatic aid with those departments.

Need more NFIRS help?

Here are some useful ressources to learn more about NFIRS.

NFIRS Codes Cheat SheetNFIRS CodingNFIRS ExamplesFDIDsPOCsNFIRS TransactionsNFIRS ModulesNFIRS ElementsNFIRS RulesNFIRS ReferenceNFIRS Compliant ?

You can also read this NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide, and NFIRS 5.0 Design documentation in order to have a deeper understanding of NFIRS 5.0. Here are also NFIRS 5.0 Forms ready for you to download and use.

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Last Updated on June 28, 2023