Public Outreach Programs

Adopt A Hydrant


Adopt-a-Hydrant is a program created to help the Ashland Fire Department keep fire hydrants free of snow during the winter season.



Upon arriving at the scene of a fire, firefighters need to immediately locate and gain access to the closest fire hydrant. Crucial time is lost if they must first shovel away the snow. When every minute counts, it would be extremely advantageous if the hydrants could be cleared ahead of time.

Residents can "adopt" one or more of the 1,100 fire hydrants as an individual or with a group or business.

Program Notes:
  • The program is informal and there is no obligation to shovel out adopted fire hydrants; residents can "un-adopt" fire hydrants at any time.
  • Questions can be emailed to mtorosian@ashlandfire.com. 
Monthly Raffle Drawing:To show our appreciation for your dedication to helping our Town, our Fire Chief, Scott Boothby, has agreed to donate four $25 Papa Ginos gift cards per month during the winter season (Board meeting to Board meeting) pending a snowstorm large enough to warrant a shoveling.
Here’s how to enter:
  • Take a picture of yourself (and others if you want!) and of your adopted fire hydrant shoveled out and either email to mtorosian@ashlandfire.com, post it to our Facebook page Facebook.com/AshlandFire or tweet it @AshlandMAFire. Please include your name and fire hydrant’s name, street of hydrant and email or phone number where I can reach you in case you win the raffle.
  • You can enter one chance (picture) per shoveled hydrant and enter after each snowfall (as long as you can shovel it!). So, the more hydrants you shovel, the more chances you have to win.
  • Tune in to the Ashland Board of Selectmen meeting to see if you have won the monthly raffle. If you were the winner, we will contact you the following day to confirm.
Shoveling Directions:
Please make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant after each and every snowfall. Clear a path approximately three feet around the hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant.


Operation Gratitude

Ashland Fire Collects leftover Halloween candy and other treats to send to the troops overseas. AFD has joined up with Operation Gratitude and sets up collection bins at both of our fire stations.

As well as candy, we accept donations of individually-packaged toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste — we need to keep smiles on the troops’ faces all shiny, bright and healthy!

We collect during the first week of November, so we can get it to the troops for Thanksgiving.

Click to learn more about Operation Gratitude.


Ashland Fire & Council on Aging Weather Preparedness


Inclement weather and subsequent power outages can seriously impact Ashland's senior population. The Ashland Council on Aging and the Ashland Fire Department have developed a joint program where citizens can sign up for well being checks during those difficult times.

An individual that must be on supplemental oxygen is a prime candidate for this program.

If you are interested in this program or want more information, please contact the Ashland Council on Aging at 508-881-0140