The Cheshire Fire Department, also known as the Hoosac Hose Company, is a well-equipped community support department ready to respond with a variety of emergency services and equipment never envisioned by the originating fathers.
The company is currently equipped with SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), equipment for fire or chemical emergencies, Amkus Jaws of Life to extricate trapped victims of auto or industrial accidents, an inflatable rescue boat, and numerous specialty pieces of equipment appropriate for a modern community service function. Equipment has been recognized as only one aspect to proficient service. The road for trained personnel has been recognized and satisfied. Today, Hoosac Hose Co. members, in addition to fire fighting, are trained in fire prevention, underwater search and rescue techniques and EMS (Emergency Medical Service). With the development of an EMS Squad, the department has qualified EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) to augment its support of our community's safety.