Central Fire Station (Station 1)



Central Station, 136 So. Winooski Ave

Tower 1

  • 2003 E-One 95'Tower Ladder
  • 2000 GPM Pump

Engine 1

  • 2017 E-One
  • City Service Pumper
  • 1500 GPM Pump

Rescue 1

  • 2016 Ford F450 Chassis with Osage Custom ALS Patient Compartment

Car 12

  • 2013 Ford Expedition

In 1926, with the advent of motorized fire apparatus, the Burlington Fire Department had outgrown its headquarters in the old Ethan Allen Hose Co. Firehouse on Church Street. Central Fire Station was built a block away, near the corner of Main St. & South Winooski Avenue. The building originally housed two motorized engines, a ladder truck and the Chief’s car. In those days, the firefighters worked and lived at the station and were only allowed to go home occasionally. For this reason, the station was built with fifteen bedrooms. There is a large kitchen and dayroom in the center of the second floor, and the numerous individual bedrooms ring the outside of the building. There were originally four brass fire poles and one staircase leading to the second floor. Today, one of the poles has been removed, but three of the original poles survive and are still in use today. Some of the walls between rooms were demolished to make space for a weight room. The kitchen was renovated in 2001, but most of the station appears much as it did when it was originally constructed in 1926.

Today, Central Fire Station houses Engine 1, Tower 1, Rescue 1, Car 12, the Mobile Support Unit (MSU), Car 1, Car 2, and Car 3.  

This remains a very active station with both Engine 1 and Rescue 1 responding to just under 3,500 calls per year.