The Cape Elizabeth Fire Department is primarily a paid on-call department. The department employees a full-time Fire Chief, as well as, a Per-Diem Paramedic, who is on-duty at Town Center Station from 8am to 5pm, seven days a week. All other responders are paid an hourly rate only for time worked. All responders carry "pagers" that activate when there is an emergency. These responders come from whatever activities they might be doing at the time, whether it is working, sleeping, having dinner with family, or working around the house. The department depends on a large number of emergency workers to ensure there are enough trained and certified members responding to handle the all emergencies.
Each member is required to obtain the same level of training as their "career" counterparts in other fulltime departments. For example Firefighters complete Firefighter 1 & 2 training, Emergency Medical Responders are licensed to practice by the State (Maine EMS). Officers must have NIMS and Officer 1 & 2 to be promoted.
For the purpose of assigning apparatus, manpower, and company responsibilities, the Town of Cape Elizabeth is split into two response districts; Cape Cottage and Town Center. While responses in either district rarely differ, company captains are responsible for building inspections, fire prevention activities, public events, hydrant maintenance, and other related duties within their assigned district.
Cape Cottage District: Comprised of the northern part of town, the Cape Cottage response district falls under responsibility of Cape Cottage Station and it's fire captain.
Town Center District: Comprised of the southern end of town, the Town Center response district falls under the responsibility of Town Center Station and it's fire captain.
E-601 Auto Aid District: The Town of Cape Elizabeth and The City of South Portland participate in a automatic aid agreement to help increase equipment and manpower resource. As part of this agreement Cape Elizabeth E-601 responds on all box alarms withinSouth Portland E-402's response district (see map to right). In return, South Portland E-402/L-402 responds to the eastern portion of the Cape Cottage response district.