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Our Mission is to protect lives and property as well as improve the quality of life in the town of Ipswich through aggressive fire prevention and education, fire suppression, rescue, medical assistance and hazardous materials control.

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Ipswich Fire Department Welcomes it's new Chief.

Chief Gregory Gagnon was a Call Firefighter in Dracut in 1996, then full time in 1998.  He was currently holding the position of a fire captain in Dracut before coming here to Ipswich.

He has also served in the Coast Guard as a Petty Officer Second Class.

Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips

Start the Summer Off Safely

“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.”

Check for Leaks

“Check to make sure all the connections are tight and secure before firing up the gas grill for the first time this season,” said Fire Marshal Coan. “Using a brush, apply a soapy solution made of one part dish liquid and one part water to the tank connection. If the solution bubbles, you have a leak that needs repair,” said Coan. He recommended checking for and replacing any cracked hoses.

Safety First
•Grills should never be used indoors or on fire escapes.
•Gas grills cannot be used on balconies above the first floor unless there is an exterior stairway to the ground.
•Grills should be placed well away from the house (about ten feet), deck railings and out from underneath eaves and overhanging branches.
•Keep children and pets three feet away from the grill area. Create a circle of safety.
•Never leave your grill burning unattended.
•Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat build-up from the grills and trays below the grill.
•If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
•If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting.
•Never use gasoline on any grill!

Grill Fire Facts

In 2013, there were 85 fires reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) involving open fired grills. These incidents caused two civilian injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $300,000. Three-quarters (75%) of all grill fires occurred between May and September.

Place Grills Away from Buildings

Coan said, “Place grills well away from the exterior of the house to keep any grill fire from also igniting a building too. Last year, many of the grill fires started when the grill was placed right up against an exterior wall.”

At 4:30 p.m. on October 16, 2013, a gas grill on the rear porch ignited the exterior wall of a Braintree home, causing $100,000 in damages. No one was injured at this fire even though there were no smoke alarms and the home was not sprinklered.

On August 17, 2013, at 5:53 p.m., the Newton Fire Department was called to a gas grill fire at a single-family home. The grill was left unattended and ignited the exterior of the home. Damages from this fire were estimated to be $75,000.

On July 5, 2013, at 8:49 p.m., the Sandwich Fire Department responded to a fire at a single-family home that started when the charcoal grill on the porch ignited the exterior wall. One civilian was injured at this fire trying to put it out himself before calling the fire department. Damages from this fire were estimated to be $85,000.

On April 10, 2012, at 7:15 p.m., the Uxbridge Fire Department was called to a grill fire at a single-family home. The grill was on the back porch but was too close to the exterior wall of the home. The heat from the grill ignited the exterior wall and the fire spread to the attic. No one was injured at this fire. Detectors were present and alerted the occupants. The building was not sprinklered. Damages from the blaze were estimated to be $475,000.

Charcoal Grill Safety

Marshal Coan also said, “Safety must also be used around charcoal grills. “Once the coals have been lit, never add more lighter fluid to the fire – flames may travel up the stream of lighter fluid resulting in serious burns. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Make sure you always use charcoal grills outside in a well-ventilated area.” He added,” Be sure to let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.”

Be Smart...
Leave Fireworks
to the Professionals

Enjoy supervised professional fireworks displays
Local fire departments supervise fireworks displays all over the Massachusetts. Unfortunately,
children and adults continue to set off illegal fireworks that start fires and cause serious injuries to
themselves and others.
Fireworks can be deadly
A 45-year old Gloucester woman died in a December 22, 2003 house fire when someone threw
fireworks and ignited a Christmas tree in the living room. Three other people were injured. On May
20, 1997, a 26-year old man from Watertown was killed while he was lighting fireworks in a hallway.
A 27-year old Framingham man was killed on July 4, 1993, when backyard fireworks exploded in his
face. On July 4, 1992, fireworks fatally injured a 30-year old man on a Fairhaven beach.
All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts
The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This
includes Class C fireworks which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C
fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more.
Sparklers burn at 1800ºF.
It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere.
Illegal fireworks can be confiscated on the spot.
Do not purchase fireworks through mail-order or online catalogs
The distribution of mail-order catalogs that clearly state that fireworks are illegal in some
jurisdictions cannot be prohibited. State and local police regularly confiscate illegal shipments
of fireworks into Massachusetts. Many unhappy consumers have lost both their money and the
fireworks trying to circumvent the law.
Set a good example for children
Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very
dangerous fireworks are. Sixty percent of fireworks-related burn injuries reported by hospitals
to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in 2013 were to children under age 18. Over one-quarter
(27%) of the victims were children under age 10.


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Ipswich Public Safety is a participating agency of LoJack® SafetyNet™.If you are caring for a person with alzheimer's, autism or other cognitive disorders which a person may wander or get lost, SafetyNet™ by LoJack® helps public safety find and bring your loved ones home quickly. For more information contact firefighter Keith Carlson, or go to the website SafetyNet™ by LoJack®  or1-877-434-6384.
Fire fighters Jeff Stone and Keith Carlson have completed a "Carfit" training course sponsored by AARP and AAA. CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community. Fire fighters Stone and Carlson offer to older adults by appointment, the opportunity to come to fire headquarters for a 12 point CarFit check. Soon at a date to be announced they will be having a CarFit event at the Council on Aging.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment you can contact them at 978-356-6630 or email them  or . Please visit the CarFit website for more information.

Check if your address is properly posted and meet the requirements of Ipswich's street number by-law. Too often fire, police and ambulance service is delayed finding an address because the address number is either not posted or is not visible from the street from both directions. Please take a moment and check. It is the law in Ipswich and could save a life!

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