Wakefield Fire Department - Fire Prevention Division

Fire Prevention office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and the office is located at One Union Street. The Fire Prevention Officer can be reached at 781-246-6435, extension 4

Every commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential building in Wakefield is inspected annually by on-duty firefighters on an in-service inspection basis. Nursing homes, hotels / lodging houses, and schools are inspected quarterly, again by the on-duty firefighters on an in-service basis. The Fire Prevention Officer and/or Fire Chief conduct follow up corrective action inspections.

Permits and Certificates

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for reviewing plans of projects and sub-divisions that come before the Wakefield Planning Board and Board of Appeals. The fire department is also responsible for reviewing applications for building permits, and the fire department issues permits / certificates for the following:

Fire Department Permit and Inspection Fees

Permit/Inspecton typeFees
Smoke Detector / Carbon Monoxide Inspections
Single Family$50.00
Two Family$100.00
Three - Five Family$150.00
Six Family and above$500.00
Oil Burner$25.00
Tank Installation$50.00
Tank Removal$25.00
Flammable(s) Storage Permit$25.00
Propane Storage Permit$25.00
Sprinkler / Fire Alarm System (testing, service, repair)$10.00
Fire Dept. Plan Review & Approval
Residential Property 1&2 Family$25.00
Commercial up to 7,500 sq. ft.$50.00
Commercial 7,500 - 12,500 sq. ft.$150.00
Commercial over 12,500 sq. ft.$200.00
Blasting / Fireworks Display Permit$25.00
Flammable Tank Truck Permit$25.00
Cutting / Welding Permit$25.00
Tar Kettle Permit$25.00
Municipal Fire Alarm Master Box (annual service)$225.00
Nursing Home Inspection (quarterly)$35.00
Fire Reports$5.00

Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspections

Appointments for smoke detector/ carbon monoxide inspections for real estate sales must be made in person at the Public safety Building, 1 Union Street Wakefield. The fire department administrative office is located off of the main lobby, at the front of the building. Enter the lobby and turn right, walk through the door marked Fire Department Administration. The office is open from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday except for the hour from Noon to 1 P.M. Payments are due at the time the appointments is made.

No cash will be accepted. Checks must be made payable to "Town of Wakefield". Payments can also be made by credit card at the time of the appointment. The certificate is only valid for 60 days from the date it is signed by the inspector. The owner or realtor representing them are expected to follow the guidelines that are provided to them at the time the appointment is made.

Any failure to pass a scheduled inspection will require a new inspection be scheduled as well as a recharge of the required inspection fee. Please read guidelines carefully and ask any relevant questions to avoid a recharge. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide inspections are done every weekday in the afternoon from 2 to 3:30 P.M. excluding holidays. Inspections for other time slots must be made by appointment.

Project and Sub-Division Review

The fire department will review projects before the Planning Board and/or the Board of Appeals for the following:

Plans for projects / sub-divisions are usually forwarded to the fire department for review by the Planning Board / Board of Appeals. The fire department will gladly meet with prospective developers prior to submission if desired.

Building Permit Review

The fire department reviews applications and plans submitted to the building inspector for issuance of a building permit. The fire department requires the completed building permit application and three (3) full sets of plans be submitted for review. The fire department review of plans includes:


Captain Sullivan Pronco also heads up the department's SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program. This program includes an aggressive outreach program where each elementary level receives a classroom visit, followed up by a visit to the METROFIRE Fire Safety Trailer, where the classroom experiences can be reinforced with practical experience. In addition, Captain Pronco will bring guest speakers to the schools, including special training on ice and water safety and burn prevention.