Bar Harbor Fire Department Call Force

Becoming a Call Force firefighter requires extensive training, hard work, and dedication to the community. We rely on Call Force firefighters to respond quickly to emergencies, to perform firefighting duties, and to provide assistance and support to career firefighters. To be a Call Force firefighter is to have a chance to aid and serve the community, which is an extremely rewarding experience.

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BHFD Central Station
Chief Mathew Bartlett


The Call Force work in conjunction with the Career firefighters to help extinguish and overhaul fires, stabilize and extricate patients from car wrecks, assist with investigations of suspicious odors, and help with the basic treatment of sick and injured patients.  They will respond to incidents and help ensure the safety and well being of the citizens, and visitors, of Bar Harbor.


18 years old, or older

Good physical condition

Year-round resident of Bar Harbor, although there are some exceptions

High-School diploma, or equivalent

Pass a background check



Do I need to have my firefighter I and II before applying? No, there are plenty of jobs to help with all incidents, to which you will be trained.  Having any Fire based classes will only further help the department, and the citizens of Bar Harbor.

Do I get paid?  The Call Force is considered a paid force so anytime you respond to, and help with, an emergency, you will be considered “on the clock”.  You will also be paid to attend training throughout the year.

Do you respond to the entire island?  We primarily respond within the town of Bar Harbor, but we do occasionally provide mutual aid for the other towns on the island, along with Trenton. 

Do I get an emergency light for my personal vehicle?  A “first responder light” will not be issued, but is acceptable to have, with the permission of the Fire Chief.


            Because emergencies are unpredictable, the Call Force member will need to be ready to respond at all hours of the day and night, including various inclement weather conditions.  They will be required to:

Attend all mandatory trainings

 Be willing to learn new skills

Have the ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions

 Be expected to use various firefighting tools both properly and safely. 

Have the ability to react quickly and remain calm under duress and strain

Have an interest and willingness to assist in community efforts