To The Voters of the Onset Fire District:

Please be advised District Meeting Scheduled for June 8, 2020 at 7:30PM to be located at the Onset VFW will not be cancelled.

The Onset Fire District will be renting a tent to be installed next to the pavilion at the VFW.  This will allow the meeting to be conducted outdoors, rain or shine; and at the same time ensure appropriate social distancing.

Governor Bakers’s Executive Order limiting gatherings to 10 persons or less does not apply to Municipalities.  The reason for postponing from May 18, 2020 to June 8, 2020 was to find a way to meet safely and at the same time conduct the necessary business of the District. The Prudential Committee feels the expense of the tent is worth the safety of the voters.

As always, your  officials at the Onset Fire District are working diligently to keep you safe during these difficult times.

District Meeting June 8, 2020,  District Election June 9, 2020. Please refer to District Meeting and Election Page for more information.

Governor Baker's Executive Order regarding the Open Meeting Law

If you have concerns about Covid 19  please follow the links below for updated information:
An overview of the law regarding public meetings and information on how to file a complaint
Public Records Law
An overview of the law regarding Public Records and information on how to file an appeal


Steps to requesting public records from the Onset Fire District:

1.  Submit a written request on the form provided by the Onset Fire District or email your request to onsetadmin@comcast.net

2.  Make sure your request is complete with as much information as possible.

3.  The Onset Fire District tries to fill all public records requests free of charge.  However, if the request is extensive, there will be a fee of $0.05 per copy and an hourly rate of $25.00 for research if required.  All charges will be disclosed, and payment is required, prior to any work being started.

4.  The Onset Fire District will respond to all requests within 10 business days.


A Brief History of the Onset Fire District:

In 1890 the Ladies Industrial Union formed a private Fire Company in Onset called the Industry Hook and Ladder.   The Industry Hook and Ladder Fire Company became the Onset Fire Department in 1894 and was approved by the Legislature in 1895. 

In 1892 the Onset Water Comany was formed as a private enterprise.

In 1924 the Onset Fire Department bought the Onset Water Company and formed the Onset Fire District.  Originally the Onset Fire District only served the citizens of the Village of Onset but eventually expanded to include from the Onset waterfront to Route 25 and from McDonald's on Route 6 & 28 to the bridge in Buzzards Bay.

The officers of the Onset Fire District consist of an elected Prudential Committee of three persons, an elected Board of Water Commissioners of three persons, an elected Moderator, an appointed Board of Engineers, consisting of a Chief Engineer and two Assistant Engineers and an appointed Clerk-Treasurer.

The annual business of the Onset Fire District takes place at the District Meeting held the third Monday in May of each year.

The elected officers are voted on the third Tuesday of May each year.

Please enjoy the slideshow of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire station located at 8 Sand Pond Road