Chief Walter “Spike” Dottridge

The Cotuit Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Chief Walter “Spike” Dottridge.  Chief Dottridge served the Cotuit Fire District for over 40 years, serving as Chief of the department for 8 years, retiring in 1985.  Spike also worked for the State Forestry Department during WW2.  Details on services to honor the memory of Chief Dottridge will be provided when available.  Out thoughts and condolences go out to his family, and all those mourning his loss.

Attention Canoe, Kayak, & Rowboat Owners!

Do you own a canoe, kayak, or rowboat that is stored on private property?

 If so, please contact us to obtain a vessel identification sticker.  These stickers are free of charge, and give us a method for contacting you should your vessel become lost or missing.  If you would like one of these complimentary stickers, please contact the Cotuit Fire Department directly via: or by calling (508) 428-2210.  

Stickers are available for pickup at the Cotuit Fire Station, located @

64 High St, Cotuit MA

Vessel Identification Decal



If you store your vessel on public property such as a town way to water, public landing, or beach – you are required to obtain a small vessel decal from the Barnstable Harbor Master.  These decals are required Per Chapter 430 § 430-2 of the Barnstable code – Regulation of vessels on Town ways to water, landings and beaches.  For more information please click the link below, or contact the Barnstable Harbor Master @ (508) 790-6273

Barnstable Harbor Master- Small Vessel Decals

Open Burn January 15-May 1, 2020

State fire wardens determine each day whether conditions are safe for open burning. Weather and air quality can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and fire departments can rescind permits when that happens. Open burning may be done between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from January 15 to May 1.  Please click the following links for more information about burning.

Hoping to burn today? Call our station after 9:30 a.m. at 508-428-2210, press 5 to see if burning is allowed.

Open burn factors

Cotuit Fire Regulations

Cotuit FD Fire Boat 266

Cotuit Fire has replaced a 2005 21’ Edge Water with a 2014 USCG 29’ Metal Shark Marine. The boat was acquired as surplus, for free, from the USCG and had an initial cost of $311,442. It was updated with new electronics with donations from David Mugar and the Cotuit Firefighters Association including; FLIR, Radar, 3D sonar, AIS, and a portable fire pump. The new boat greatly improves our marine rescue/fire capabilities and the safety of our team.  Cotuit Fire Department is conducting a naming contest and will hold a christening ceremony at a date TBD.  Please check the “Cotuit Fire & Rescue Department” Facebook page for upcoming details. 

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us for a Remembrance Ceremony at The Cotuit Fire Department, located at 64 High Street Cotuit on this coming Monday, September 11. The schedule is below:
8:55 a.m. Apparatus roll out of bays to appropriate location in front of station
9:00 a.m. All available fire department personnel and any guests assemble at attention in front of apparatus and maintain silence.
Ring Bell 5 -5 -5 -5 (4 sets of 5 chimes each)
Lower station flag to half-mast – 1 minute of complete silence
Prayer by Rev. Robert Naylor, followed by the Firefighter’s prayer.
Ring Bell 5 -5 -5 -5
Raise Flag
Return to service

CFD Responds to House Fire

On Friday, August 11, Cotuit Fire Department was called at 10:36PM for a reported structure fire at 148 Hollow Road. The home had four occupants at the time of the fire. Units responded from Cotuit, Marstons Mills, and Mashpee Fire Stations. Barnstable Police were the first to arrive and evacuated the house. Upon location, we found a 36’ X 40’ home with an exterior fire which had extended to the interior of the first and second floor. The long narrow access road made getting resources to the scene difficult. The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries. The home sustained moderate damage. The fire originated in the area of the exterior electrical meter and is under investigation. Responding Agencies: Cotuit Fire, COMM Fire, Mashpee Fire, Barnstable Police, Barnstable Electrical inspector.

Cotuit Fire Responds to Motor Vehicle Accident

Date/Time: 7/22/2017

At 11:05PM Cotuit Fire received a call for a motor vehicle vs motor cycle with a vehicle fire. Cotuit Fire responded with an ambulance and COMM responded with an engine out of the Marstons Mills Fire Station. Upon location first responders found a collision of a motor cycle and a golf cart, with the golf cart upside down and fully involved in fire. There was a total of three patients, two with life threatening injuries and a third with serious injuries. Med flight was requested but cancelled due to the helicopter arrival time and need for immediate treatment. All three were transported to Cape Cod Hospital. Two were being treated and awaiting helicopter transport to an off Cape Trauma center. Barnstable PD responded, provided assistance and is investigating.