Fire Department

nelsonfiresigncenter2The Nelson Fire Department is an all volunteer organization comprised of a dozen or so dedicated members of the community. Fortunately, the department is not very busy, and most of their calls are rescue calls for medical situations. When large emergencies do arise, the department can draw on support from other departments in the Southwestern New Hampshire District Mutual Aid (which is comprised of over 100 towns). Nelson volunteers in turn pitch in to help other towns as needed.

There are two fire stations in Nelson: Center Station, on Old Stoddard Road in the complex that also houses the highway and police departments, and in Munsonville, just a little west of the center.

The members of the fire department meet on the first Thursday of every month. If you are interested in joining the department, please contact Fire Chief Joseph Sarcione at

Instructions to acquire Burn Permits

Any person requesting a permit must be the property owner or have written permission from the property owner indicating the name of the person being granted permission to burn on the property owner’s land.  If you are not the property owner please be prepared with proper Identification along with the written, signed, permission.

Email the following information:

Name           Address of burn          Phone number          Type of burn (brush, pit, grass, etc)

If a pit or container burn please forward a photo of the vessel

Email your request to for forwarding to the Forest Fire Warden

The Warden, Andrew Ward, should contact you to finalize your permit within 48 hours

If you do not receive a response from the Fire Warden within that time

please email indicating No Response and include your phone number