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There are currently 7 active fire stations in the city of New Bedford housing 7 engine companies and 3 ladder companies, supervised by 2 district chiefs.
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Station 2 - Headquarters

868 Pleasant Street

Station 2 is located in the downtown section of the city and was built in 1917.  It housesEngine 1Ladder 1, and Unit 2.  The administrative offices of the N.B.F.D. are located here, as well as the Fire Alarm dispatch room.  Members of Engine 1 staff Marine Unit 1 when it is needed.

Station 5

3665 Acushnet Ave

Built in 1956 and located in the far north end of New Bedford, Engine 5 is assigned here.  Station 5 has large apparatus bays, and often houses reserve apparatus.

Station 6

151 Purchase Street

Built in 1882.  Station 6 is located in the south end of the city at the corner of Purchase and Potomska Streets. Engine 6 and Ladder 3 are housed here.  In 2000, a new apparatus bay was constructed to house the new Ladder 3.

Station 7

700 Cottage Street

Built in 1889.  Station 7 is located in the west end of New Bedford at the corner of Durfee and Cottage Streets, within a short distance from New Bedford High School.  Station 7 is home to Engine 7, along with Reserve Engine 27

Station 8

1599 Acushnet Ave.

Station 8 was built in 1893 and is located in the north end, at the corner of Acushnet Ave. and Davis St.  Engine 8Ladder 4, and Unit 1 are housed here.  In 2004, a new apparatus bay was built in the rear of Station 8 to house the new Ladder 4.

Station 9

799 Ashley Blvd.

Station 9 was built in 1934 at the corner of Ashley Blvd. and Tarkiln Hill Rd.  It was the first fire station in the city to be built for motorized apparatus.  Engine 9 is stationed here.

Station 11

754 Brock Ave.

Built in 1908.  Station 11 is located at the corner of Brock Ave. and Mott St. in the far south end of the city.  Originally home to Hose 4, this station now houses Engine 11.

Training Division &
Fire Prevention Bureau

1214 Purchase Street

The New Bedford Fire Department training facility occupies a space in the Public Safety training facility located at 1214 Purchase Street.  This training academy consists of a large classroom, conference room, and the Training Captain's office.

The Fire Prevention Bureau moved here from their former location at 181 Hillman Street in the Fall of 2008.  The new facility was constructed in the lower floor of this building directly beneath the training Training Divisions office and has more room to accommodate the daily functions of the Fire Investigators.

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