Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of outdoor burning are allowed?
Information on Town ordinances and regulations can be read in Chapter 78 Section 2 of the Town Code.
- How do I schedule a smoke detector inspection when I sell my house?
Smoke detector inspections are conducted by Fire Department personnel on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. To arrange for an inspection call Fire Headquarters.
- Does the fire department pump flood basements?
Yes. The fire department will respond to a residence and make a determination if there is sufficient water to be pumped. In most cases, fire pumps are NOT effective with water levels below 1 inch deep. For a water emergency dial 911.
- Why does the fire engine sometimes respond with the rescue truck?
A fire engine responds with the rescue on all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls that are of an unknown nature or may require advanced life support or additional manpower. The firefighters assigned to the fire engine are trained to the same Cardiac EMT level as the members assigned to the rescue. Therefore, the engine crew can assist the members of rescue by obtaining EKG's, starting IV's, securing patient airways, performing CPR, and administering medications. In extreme medical emergencies an engine company member will serve as a driver for the rescue. This allows both EMT's assigned to the rescue the ability to care for the patient while enroute to the hospital.
- Will the fire department come to my school to talk about fire safety?
National Fire Prevention week is October 10th through 14th. The fire department visits local schools to discuss fire safety with students.
To schedule a visit call the Fire Department.
- What hospitals does the Barrington Rescue transport to?
Barrington Rescue transports patients to Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam, Roger Williams, Hasbro Children’s, and Women and Infants.
- Where do I install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors?
The current fire code, as set by the Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal, requires smoke detectors to be placed as follows:
Structures built prior to June 30, 1976 through February 3, 2004
Smoke detectors should be placed at the highest habitable level and every level below, outside the bedrooms, and at the bottom of the basement stairs. All should be ceiling mounted.
Structures built after February 3, 2004
Smoke detectors should have the same placement as above, except smoke detectors in all bedrooms.
- How do I become a firefighter in the Town of Barrington?
The Town announces employment opportunities in local newspaper and on the Town website. Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for updates.