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Report of the Emergency Management Director for 2007

The Emergency Management Agency prepares for natural and manmade disasters, serving as the local branch of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Wakefield continues as an active member of the 16 community Mystic Regional Emergency Planning Committee. The Mystic REPC meets 10 times during the year and is planning a functional emergency exercise to be held in 2008.

The federal government has mandated that all personnel that may respond to or participate in mitigation of an emergency incident receive training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). During 2007, Wakefield Fire and Police supervisors participated in and completed the ICS 300, 400 and 800 programs.

In December, some 30 volunteers from the School Dept, D.P.W., Housing Authority, Library and Health Dept. attended a 3-hour shelter management training program provided by the American Red Cross. This program has provided Wakefield with a core group that would allow us the ability to open, staff, and manage an emergency shelter if the Red Cross was unable to respond. We are grateful to both the Red Cross and the individuals who participated in this training program.

Wakefield continues to subscribe to the Community Alert Network, a “reverse 9-1-1” telephone system that allows town officials to immediately notify residents and businesses via telephone of emergency situations and important community/school information.

The Wakefield Auxiliary Fire Department operates under the auspices of Emergency Management. During 2007, Auxiliary Captain Richard Harrington, Auxiliary Lieutenant Robert Sartori, and Auxiliary Firefighters Al Catanzaro, Matthew Harrington, Michael Parr, and Kevin Boyle attended weekly training sessions and responded to emergencies as necessary.

Thanks to donations by Richard Harrington and The Savings Bank, the Auxiliary Fire Department acquired a used 1981 Ford / Marion Squad Truck from the Scarborough, Maine Fire Department in March. This truck is presently being outfitted to replace the well worn present 1971 / 1956 Mack Squad truck in early 2008. The “new” truck will be equipped to provide lighting, emergency power, and the ability to re-fill breathing apparatus tanks at an emergency scene.

My sincere thanks to all department heads and their supervisors for their continued cooperation and assistance in serving on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and to the volunteer members of the Auxiliary Fire Department for their service during 2006.

Respectfully submitted,

Chief David L. Parr
Wakefield Fire Department

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