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About the Fire Department

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire provides Fire, Rescue and EMS service to the City of Williamsport which also serves as the county seat for Lycoming County, PA.

The City is located in the north central part of the state along the west branch of the Susquehanna River.  The City encompasses over nine square miles and has a permanent population of approximately 30,000 residents as well as 10,000 college students.

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire was organized in 1874 as a career department with a staff of 33 sworn personnel and one Administrative Aide.

Hard-Wired Smoke Detector Information

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Bonfire Permits

Bonfire Permit applications are available in the Bureau of Codes Office located at City Hall, Lower Level, 245 West Fourth Street.

Permit cost is $75.00 per event.

Violation of any rules and regulations set forth by the International Fire Code and the Williamsport Codified Ordinances could result in citations being issued and the fire being extinguished.

Citation costs range from $75 dollars to $300 dollars.

Recreational Fire Information

Recreational fires are defined as small fires used for either recreational use or cooking.

Both types of fires are allowed in the City as long as the following guidelines are adhered to:

  1. Charcoal or wood burning fires only.
  2. Safeguards are in place and fire extinguishers are present.
  3. Fire does not give off noxious or offensive fumes or odors.
  4. Fire is at least 15 feet away from any combustible materials and the property line.
  5. Fire pit is not more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
  6. No burning of household items.
    e. paper rubbish or garbage.

Manufactured fire pits or containers made of steel or brick are permitted for recreational uses.

If a complaint is filed and the Fire Department responds and the Firefighters deem the fire to be a public nuisance, then the fire shall be extinguished.

Fires discharging smoke that creates public discomfort for neighboring properties could be extinguished.

Residents are allowed to construct their own fire pits.  However they are required to be inspected PRIOR to the first use.

Any device that is not pre-manufactured must be Pre- approved by the Fire Chief or Fire Marshal. Per Article 1513 of the Codified Ordinances.


Prior to the construction of any public bonfire, you must secure an approved Bonfire Permit.  Permits are required to be submitted at least 30 days in advance and must be approved by the Bureau of Fire.

Ride Along Application

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The Williamsport Bureau of Fire offers FREE smoke detectors to residents of the City of Williamsport.  The Bureau will come out and install these smoke detectors for you at NO CHARGE.

In order to obtain a FREE smoke detector you can stop by Fire Headquarters at 440 Walnut Street, Williamsport, PA and a Fire Fighter will review all of the information with you.  Smoke detectors are available to everyone, (please limit 1 per household).

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire provides Life Safety assistance to everyone within the City of Williamsport and the surrounding areas when needed.

Listed below are some of the services that the Bureau of Fire provides daily:

  • Fire Prevention Education
  • Educational Information
  • Tours
  • Project Life Saver Program


440 Walnut St
Williamsport, PA 17701