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.