Burlington Fire Department

Station 3

Station 3

20 Mansfield Avenue

The Firehouse: Fire Station Three is the oldest operating firehouse in Vermont and one of the oldest in the country. The original Fire Station near this site burned down, leading to the decision to establish a career Fire Department. In 1895, the Burlington Fire Department was founded and this station was placed in service. It originally housed two horse drawn apparatus, a steam engine and a hose cart. In later years, a motorized engine carried both the pump and the hose, and a horse-drawn 85" spring-loaded aerial ladder was added. A motorized tractor later took the place of the horses pulling the aerial ladder.  

Engine 3

  • 2011 E-One Pumper

  • 1500 GPM Advanced Life Support / Rescue Pumper

Currently there are 9 dedicated members assigned to the station, 3 on each shift. Due to staffing levels, a majority of the time this Engine is staffed with 2 personnel.

Engine 3 is first due to The University of Vermont and The University of Vermont Medical Center. These are two of the largest employers with just under 22,000 people going to school and working here.

This engine of 2 people is known for thier expertise with these large occupancies and work in close cooperation with the University of Vermont Rescue Squad who provides primary ambulance response to these large campuses. Engine 3 is also responsible for protecting the historic hill section of Burlington.