Board of Fire Engineers

The Board of Fire Engineers is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. They oversee the operation of the Fire Department. They approve all expenditures and conduct the annual appointment of department officers.



Contacting the Board of Fire Engineers

Telephone: (508) 785-1130 (Protective Agencies Building)

POISON CONTROL PHONE: 1-800-222-1222

Mailing Address:
1 Walpole Street
P.O. Box 303
Dover, MA 02030


Position Member Term Expires Email
Clerk James P. Dawley, Jr. 2021
Chair James Ford Spalding 2020
Member John Hughes 2019


First Tuesday of the month, 5:45pm at the Fire Station. Review the Board of Fire Engineers’s meeting minutes for a record of their meetings.

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Dover Town Code
[Amended 5-3-2010 ATM by Art. 14]

There shall be a 3-member Board of Engineers appointed by the Board of Selectmen on a rotating basis of 1 member each year for a 3-year term. Upon the expiration of terms of the Board of Engineers in the first year after the effective date of this provision, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint 1 member for a 1-year term, one member for a 2-year term and one member for a 3-year term, and in every year thereafter, upon the expiration of any member’s term, shall appoint each member for a term of 3 years. The Board of Fire Engineers’ duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in M.G.L. ch. 48, §§ 45-49, 51-54, 74-75, specifically including the authority to appoint the Fire Department officers and the responsibility to approve and oversee the financial operations of the Department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?
To inquire about smoke detectors please call the Fire Department at (508) 785-1130.