What We Do

We are your trusted neighbors, colleagues, and friends, all dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency response. With our core of 80 to 90 volunteer firefighters, we respond to between 850 and 1100 calls for service each year. Although we never know exactly what to expect, we must always be prepared.

The Union Fire District includes volunteers from every corner of our community, from each village or neighborhood in our historic town.  Once, fires were fought by bucket brigades that were affiliated with various mills spread throughout the town of South Kingstown.

As our town, industries, and technology grew, so did our fire departments. Today, our District includes eight stations and stands prepared to fight fires and other emergency hazards with a well-trained volunteer force and the best-available resources and personal protection equipment. There is a Kingston Fire District that serves the village of Kingston and the University of Rhode Island.

An average year may include:

  • Extricating approximately 10 people from vehicles
  • Extinguishing at least 30 structure fires
  • Assisting the town Rescue at medical calls on demand
  • Saving people’s lives

To see pictures of our members training, fighting fires, in parades, and much more please check out our photo library below.

Union Fire District established in 1883

Peace Dale (Station 1) – Established in 1867
Wakefield (Station 2) – Established in 1895
Snug Harbor (Station 5) – Established in 1952
Forestry (Station 3) – Established in 1956
Tower Hill (Station 6) – Established in 1962
Tuckertown (Station 8) – Established in 1978
Matunuck (Station 7) – Established in 1978
West Kingston (Station 9) – Established in 1978

Please Note: Burn Permits

Please note burn permits are not issued by Union Fire District or Kingston Fire District. Burn Permits can be obtained directly from the Town by visiting the South Kingstown Public Safety Complex, located at 1790 Kingstown Road, Wakefield RI (click here).