The Bridgeport Fire Department is committed to serving the citizens and patrons of Bridgeport for preservation of life, health, and property. We strive for excellence and professionalism to provide the highest level of services possible in suppression, emergency medicine, technical rescue, fire prevention and safety, and community service.
A progressive organization that will strive for excellence in delivery and application of all services through continual efforts of training, development, and dedication.
About the Bridgeport Fire Department
The Fire Department is an ISO Class 1 Fire Department consisting of 30 personnel spread across three shifts and administration that provide community protection and service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. All personnel are dual-certified as Firefighters and EMS (Paramedics, Advanced EMT, and EMT). BFD responds to approximately 3,700 calls for service annually, both inside and outside city limits. These responses include all fire (structure, vehicle, wildland, rubbish, etc.), emergency medical calls, auto accidents, technical rescues, special assignments, and hazardout events (natural and man-made).
New burning hours and enhanced penalties for those who start forest fires:
Division of Forestry spokesperson Leslie Fitzwater says outdoor burning can only take place between 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. The old burning period began at 4:00 P.M. She says the Division of Forestry believes the one hour adjustment will help.
"Fire danger is more prevalent in the afternoon and that's because that's when the temperatures heat up, the winds are a little stronger and the humidity is lower," Fitzwater said.
State lawmakers also approved a proposal earlier this year to increase the maximum fine for starting a forest fire from $350 to $1,000. Fitzwater says county magistrates will have the option of fining those responsible for allowing their fires to escape anywhere between $100 and $1,000. There's an additional new civil penalty of $200.
Fitzwater says 99% of forest fires are caused by residents and many of them by fires planned by residents but then just get away with them. She says the Division of Forestry needs the assistance of the public.
"Don't burn on windy days. Take into consideration if it's too windy, you can always wait to burn that pile," she said. "Just help us to help you keep the forest safe and don't burn until after 5:00 P.M."
The burning hours remain in effect until December 31.
A commercial burning permit costs $125 and is available through the local Division of Forestry Office.
City of Bridgeport Burn Permit Process
Residents living inside the city limits of Bridgeport are required to apply for a burn permit year-round through the Bridgeport Fire Department. Applications must be received at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of burning. Open burning with a permit is allowed between the hours of 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m.
The resident doing the burning must ensure that only natural vegetation is being burned and maintain a constant presence at the burning site. The resident also must ensure a water source is nearby in case of accidental spread. Residents shall maintain a copy of the burn permit on site and in no circumstance shall open burning occur within 15 feet of any building. Residents are also required to notify the Bridgeport Fire Dept prior to burning. If a fire, for which your responsible, spreads and starts a wildfire, fines range from $100 to $1,000.
At any time, the Fire Chief or his designee may revoke burn permits or ban open burning. Weather conditions may make open burning too dangerous. If you have any questions, please call 304-842-8252. For a fillable form of the burn permit, click here.
Checklist Prior to Burning
- Ensure only natural vegetation is to be burned
- Safety strip around proposed burn area is a minimum of 10’
- Water source is available in case of accidental spread
- Bridgeport Fire Department notified (304-842-8252)
Please return all completed permit forms to [email protected].
If any contractor wishes to burn during the prohibited periods, they may apply for a commercial burn permit issued by the West Virginia Division of Forestry. They must also notify the Bridgeport Fire Department prior to burning.
Staff / Hours of Operation
131 W. Main Street
Bridgeport, WV 26330
102 Health Care Boulevard
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
Monday - Friday 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.