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
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
Gather Emergency Supplies
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
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
Water—one gallon per person, per day
Food—nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items
Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA
Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply), other medical
supplies, and medical paperwork (e.g.,
medication list and pertinent medical
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
Map(s) of the area
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
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 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
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
Children can also help prepare plans and
disaster kits for family pets.
Checklist for Pets
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
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
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
can’t predict the next disaster, but now you can
Sign up at www.smart911.com and create your own
Safety Profile to give emergency management
officials valuable information about yourself,
family members, your home and even pets prior to
an emergency. This information will help
officials plan for and respond to you during a
natural disaster, weather related incident or
other emergency. It's private and secure and you
control what information is in your profile.
These details can save valuable seconds or even
minutes during an emergency.
Seconds count when….
• There's a weather emergency.
• You are forced to evacuate.
• Power is knocked out.
Seconds Save Lives. Sign up today at
Public Safety is a participating agency of
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™
helps public safety find and
bring your loved ones home quickly. For more
information contact firefighter Keith Carlson,
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website
SafetyNet™ by LoJack®
Jeff Stone and Keith Carlson have
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.
Check if your address is
properly posted and meet the requirements of
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!