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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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The National Weather Service has confirmed that a Microburst did in fact hit Ipswich.  We would like to thank all those involved, to pull together and help one another.  There wasn't just the police and fire departments out there doing all the work,  We would like to thank the DPW workers, Electric light, Action Ambulance, and all the as well as all the citizens of this wonderful town simply pulling together and helping one another out.  More from the national weather service report can be found here.

Ipswich Fire Department Welcomes it's Chief.

Chief Gregory Gagnon started his fire career as a call firefighter for Dracut in 1996, becoming a full time firefighter in 1998 and moving through the ranks to the position of Captain, which he held until he came to Ipswich. Before coming to Ipswich, he served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve as a Petty Office Second Class.

September Is Emergency Preparedness Month

This is a great time to think about things you can do ahead of time to be prepared for an emergency.  Below are some really great tips.  More emergency preparedness ideas can be found here.

Gather Emergency Supplies

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If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Take steps now to put together an emergency supply kit so that you will be prepared in case something happens. You should have emergency kits for your home, office, school, and vehicle. You never know where you will be during an emergency.

 Emergency supply kit


  • Consider storing two weeks-worth of food supplies. You may be able to use many of the canned goods and dry mixes already in your cupboard.
  • Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each member of your family – that means 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Don’t forget about pets; they’ll need food and water too.
  • Learn where your gas, electric, and water shut-off locations are and how to turn them off.

An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items that you might need during an emergency. It's good to involve whoever is going to use the kit, including children, in assembling it.

Assemble the following items to create kits to use at your home, office, school and/or in a vehicle:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply), other medical supplies, and medical paperwork (e.g., medication list and pertinent medical information)
  • Multipurpose tool (e.g., Swiss army knife)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (e.g., proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Special Needs

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You may need some additional supplies to meet the needs of all family members, such as children, pets, and those with special medical requirements. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (e.g., hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, or a cane)
  • Baby supplies (e.g., bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (see expanded list below)

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, pack the items in easy-to-carry containers, clearly label the containers, and store them where they are easily accessible. In a disaster situation, you may need access to your emergency supply kit quickly - whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating. Make sure to check expiration dates on food, water, and batteries throughout the year.

Involving Children

Involving children is the first step in helping them know what to do in an emergency. There are many ways children can help.

  • Ask them to think of items that they would like to include in an emergency supply kit, such as books or games or nonperishable food items. Ask them to help you remember to keep the kits updated.
  • Children can help mark the dates on a calendar for checking emergency supplies. Remember to rotate or replace emergency food and water every six months and replace batteries as necessary.
  • Children can also help prepare plans and disaster kits for family pets.

Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets

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  • Food and water for at least 3 days for each pet; bowls, and a manual can opener.
  • Depending on the pet you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and/or household bleach.
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container.
  • First aid kit with a pet first aid book.
  • Sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pet safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
  • Pet toys and the pet's bed, if you can easily take it, to reduce stress.
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated, and to prove that they are yours.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

Remember that October 5 – 11, 2014 is Fire Prevention Week.

This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” and we will be spreading the word about the importance of having working smoke alarms and testing them every month.


Be Smart About Safety

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• There's a weather emergency.
• You are forced to evacuate.
• Power is knocked out.
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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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