On 6 December 1972, representatives of the Town of Colchester, the Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Department (CCVFD), and the St. Michael’s Fire Department (SMFD) signed an agreement that delegated to the latter battalion the principal responsibility for providing fire protection services within Fire District No. 1. Later that month, the agreement was ratified by the District’s Prudential Committee. Since its founding in 1970, St Michael’s Fire & Rescue had admirably served the people and business of the District, as well as elsewhere.
Previously, fire protection services in the Fire District were provided by the City of Winooski Fire Department, under terms mutually agreed upon by the City, the District, and the Town of Colchester.
In November 2005, the Robert E. Sutton Fire and Rescue Station was opened on the campus of Saint Michael’s College, the first fire house located within the District. This state-of-art facility enables St Michael’s Fire & Rescue to respond quickly to calls both from within the District and from neighboring municipalities. All the members of St Michael’s Fire & Rescue are required to attain and perform to high professional standards.
Public fire hydrants throughout the District are owned and maintained by the District in conjunction with its water system.
To report fire or rescue emergencies: 911