Chief: Paul Tortolano
124 Main Street
Woburn, MA 01801
Map of 124 Main St Woburn, MA 01801-5640, US
Office: 781 932-4580
Fax: 781 933-6498
Business: 781 932-4560
Fire Prevention: 781 932-4583
Personnel/Training: 781 932-4580
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What Makes an Event a Disaster or an Emergency?
There is no single answer to this question. For everyone a disaster or an emergency is very personal, and it should be. How are my family and I affected? This is the most important question for most of us.
An event that constitutes a disaster to an individual could be any of the following:
Lightning striking his/her house.
A water main break on his/her street which causes flooding in their basement.
Storm winds causing a tree to fall on his/her car.
Or, an event that constitutes a disaster, affecting large numbers of people, could be:
A hurricane that causes wide spread damage to southeastern New England.
Another “blizzard of ‘78” revisited here in New England.
Rainstorms causing widespread flooding.
The point being made here is that there are basically two general types of “disasters”. One type affects one or a relatively small number of people in a localized area.
The second affects large numbers of people over a widespread area. Are they equally serious to the victims? They absolutely are!
Can victims in both the localized and the widespread examples reasonably expect or hope for the same level of immediate emergency aid from responders? Absolutely Not!
In the event of a localized emergency, responders are rushing to aid victims immediately. In large scale incidents involving many people over a large or widespread area in need of aid, it quickly becomes impossible to get help to every person immediately, and it becomes absolutely necessary to be prepared to help ourselves and each other until Emergency Services help arrives or the situation subsides.
Recently as the Fire Chief and Emergency Preparedness Officer for the City of Woburn, I attended a meeting where I learned of an initiative to increase the awareness of the public entitled “Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home”. This information is attached here because I think it provides positive, practical measures we can all take to help lessen the impact of a disaster or emergency until help arrives. Please take a few minutes to read, print and share with family and friends the information contained in: Be Prepared. Plan Ahead.
Chief Paul Tortolano
Our mission is to provide the citizens of Woburn a safe and comfortable community through timely and skilled response to fire, public safety, and medical emergencies - efforts continually supported and advanced by our fire prevention, investigation, and education programs.
70 Uniformed Firefighters and Fire Officers
2 Secretarial Staff
2 Ladder Trucks
1 Special Hazards Truck
1 Spare Engine
USFA Heating Fire Safety
Winter Fires: Safety Tips for the Home
NFPA – Heating Equipment Safety
Neighborhood Safety Network – What you should know about space heaters
National Grid Energy Efficient Programs for Home or Business
Water Conservation and Water Heating Savings
OilheatAmerica.com - Energy Conservation
Energy conservation in home heating and cooling
Energy Conservation and Home Heating Tips for Everyday Use
Oil Heat Conservation
Alternative Heating Methods for the 21st century
NSTAR - Fall/Winter Energy Saving Tips
Station 1 – 124 Main Street
Station 2 – 907 Main Street
Ladder 2, Special Hazards
Station 3 – 654 Main Street
Engine 3, Rescue 1, Rescue 2
Station 4 – 38 Central Street
Station 5 – Lexington Street
Engine 5, Rescue Boat
State & Federal Information
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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