Fire Department Programs
Fire Department Programs
Burning Land Brush
The fire chief serves as Forest Warden for the Town. With a permit issued by the fire department, open burning of land brush may be done from January 15 to May 1. Grass clippings and leaves are not to be burned and should instead be recycled either at home or at the Transfer Station. (See Board of Health
for further information on recycling.)
The First Night Is On Us Program
The Marblehead Fire Department, in conjunction with the Harbor Light Inn, the Marblehead Inn, and Homewood Suites Hilton (Peabody) offers a program for residents displaced by fire, flooding and other incidents. This program provides complimentary first-night lodging for any Marblehead resident whose home is temporarily uninhabitable. Since pets are not allowed at either of the participating inns, the fire department will also make arrangements to have pets boarded at the Marblehead Animal Shelter.
Fire Prevention Program
The Marblehead Fire Department has a Fire Prevention Officer (FPO) who oversees fire prevention programs. The programs include regular visits to local buildings, businesses and schools for inspections and educational purposes; residential inspections of newly-installed oil burners; and inspections of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when ownership of a home is transferred.
Fire Prevention Requirements
The use of smoke detectors is required by law and one should be located on each level of the home. New construction and dwellings for three or more families require fixed-wire smoke detectors. Sprinkler systems are required in buildings over 7,500 square feet and in residential buildings consisting of four or more units.
In addition to inspection and educational services conducted by the Fire Prevention Officer, the fire department also participates in the S.A.F.E. (Student Awareness Fire Education) Program funded by a grant from the State Office of Public Education. The goal of S.A.F.E. is to conduct fire and safety education programs within the Town of Marblehead using fire fighters as educators.
Disabled Identification Registry
The Marblehead Fire Department, in a cooperative effort with Marblehead Emergency Management and the Marblehead Disabilities Commission, urges residents with disabilities who would require special assistance in the event of an emergency to provide their information to the Disabled Identification Registry.
Emergency Management Plan
At the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the fire department, in conjunction with other Town departments, is creating a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). This plan will serve as a guide for handling specific emergencies that may occur in Marblehead.