Fire Department

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The Sudbury Fire Department provides fire safety and emergency medical services to the Town of Sudbury. The department responds to an average of  2,000 emergency calls and performs numerous fire prevention inspections each year. The department staffs three fire stations on a full time basis. Fire Headquarters is located at 77 Hudson Road, Station #2 is at 550 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20) and Station #3 is located at 268 North Road (Rte. 117).

The department is responsible for enforcing the Fire Prevention Laws (M.G.L. Chapter 148), Fire Prevention Regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (527 C.M.R.'s) and local bylaws that relate to Public Safety. We inspect smoke alarms in all new homes (M.G.L. Chapter 148, Sec. 26B) and in all homes being resold (M.G.L. Chapter 148, Sec. 26F). Since 2006 we also inspect carbon monoxide detectors on home resale.

The Sudbury Fire Department is also responsible for inspections of oil burners and oil tank installations, underground storage tanks that hold flammable liquids, LPG storage and commercial fire alarm and sprinkler installations. We issue permits for the storage of explosive materials such as black or smokeless powders, open burning (January 15 - May 1) and we monitor blasting operations. Additionally, we have a very active Fire Prevention Education Program led by Lieutenant Kevin Cutler.

The department consists of 35 personnel: the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, 4 Captains, 4 Lieutenants , 24 Firefighters, and 1 Call Firefighter. Of these 35 personnel, 10 are State Certified Paramedics, and 25 are State Certified Emergency Medical Techinicians. The department also employs a civilian Office Supervisor. For information regarding our hiring process, please contact the Fire Chief.

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CERT Brochure An informational brochure describing the CERT training courses, mission statement, how to join, how you can help and what CERT is. November 30, 2011
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72-hour Emergency Preparation Kit Be prepared for disasters by creating 72 hour kits for you and your family. November 23, 2011
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Basic Family Preparedness Survey This document provides an inventory of actions you can consider as you make your family prepared for emergencies. January 19, 2009
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Considerations In An Emergency Or Disaster Be prepared for: Sheltering in place; Planning for the elderly or disabled; Planning for household or service animals; Evacuation, if necessary; Staying in Business (for business owners); Emergency communication with friend or relative outside the community or state. November 23, 2011
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Disaster Supply Kit Items that residents should have available in an emergency. November 23, 2011
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Evacuation Floor Plan How will you exit your house in an emergency? Fill in this simple, blank schematic so all family members have a plan. December 1, 2008
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Family Communications Plan Knowing who to call when your family is separated may be essential to being reunited. This form from the website prompts you for important phone numbers that will be needed in a disaster. January 19, 2009
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Hurricanes Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in communities affected by these storms should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate. January 19, 2009
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Hurricanes - Sheltering in Place "Sheltering-in-Place is a standard protective action utilized in Emergency Management," states
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Don Boyce. "It is utilized most often during
an accident or event in which hazardous materials have been released into the atmosphere, but also
during dangerous conditions, when it is best to be indoors and not outside or on the road"
November 23, 2011
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Items to Have on Hand for an Extended Stay at Home Extended home stay supplies list that includes Food and Non-Perishables and Medical, Health and Emergency Supplies. December 23, 2008
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Natural Disaster: Myths and Facts Myths and Facts concerning natural disasters like Earthquakes, Excessive Heat, Tornados, and Tsunamis. January 19, 2009
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Tornados The following information on preparing for and responding to tornadoes is taken from the FEMA web site at Although these tips relate to tornadoes, they are also appropriate for most other emergency preparedness plans. November 23, 2011
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You Can Help in Your Communitty - The Community Emergency Response Team The Community Emergency Response Team provides an opportunity to be involved as a volunteer in your community providing extra eyes, ears, and hands to emergency responders when a disaster strikes. January 19, 2009
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Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements February 9, 2012
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Ice and Cold Water Safety Tips on ice safety January 2, 2008
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Prevent Dryer Fires April 9, 2007
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Safety Tips for Open Burning Season Each year from January 15 to May 1 open burning is allowed in Sudbury subject to obtaining a permit and following regulations. Many residents use this opportunity to dispose of brush that has accumulated in their yards. The attached brochure discusses some safety tips to help prevent injury and keep fires from spreading. February 18, 2008
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Smoke Detector Requirements February 9, 2012
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Tips for Managing Extreme Cold The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) publishes advice on dealing with various weather issues. This document addresses issues of extremely cold temperatures. January 13, 2009
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Preventing harmful health effects of heat waves A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. This document gives the reader some protective measures that can be implemented during a heat wave. November 23, 2011
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Resident Emergency Preparedness Training The training is designed for citizens with little or no training, but those with some skills in emergency preparedness are also welcome to attend the training and participate in a CERT team. November 23, 2011
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Can I bring my children to visit the fire station?
We love to have visitors at the fire station! However we request that if you are bringing a larger group, that you call ahead to schedule an appointment. The firefighters do their best to show children the fire trucks and allow them to sit inside of them. Obviously, an emergency situation takes precedence and it is quite possible that the firefighters will need to leave immediately and without notice.
Hurricane Preparation Tips from MEMA

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has the following tips for dealing with a possible power outage:

          Check flashlights and portable radios to ensure that they are working, and you have extra batteries, as part of your Family Disaster Supply Kit. A radio is an important source of critical weather and emergency information during a storm.

         If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), fill your bathtub and spare containers with water.  Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water.  Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet. 

         Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings (remember to reset them back to normal once power is restored).  During an outage, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door unnecessarily.  Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed).

          If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.

          In order to protect against possible voltage irregularities that can occur when power is restored, you should unplug all sensitive electronic equipment, including TVs, stereo, VCR, microwave oven, computer, cordless telephone, answering machine and garage door opener. Review the process for manually operating an electric garage door.

          Be extra cautious when you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm.  Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by trees or debris, and could be live.  Never attempt to touch or move downed lines, and keep children and pets away from them.  Do not touch anything power lines are touching, such as tree branches or fences.  Always assume a downed line is a live line.  Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem.

 The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to

Why does the fire engine come when I call for the ambulance?

The Sudbury Fire Department operates out of three stations; headquarters is on Route 27, Station 2 is on Route 20, and Station 3 is on Route 117.  When a call for medical assistance is received, the ambulance responds from headquarters with two men, and a fire engine from one of the outstations is dispatched as well for additional manpower.  Which engine is dispatched depends upon where the medical call is located.  This dispatch protocol assures a minimum of 4 men on a call, in addition to the shift supervisor in Car 3.

The fire engine at the non-responding station is also dispatched to cover headquarters so that another crew is centrally located and available to respond to subsequent calls.  Should a subsequent call be received, this covering company will be dispatched along with the original engine company at the first call once they are released.

Permits - Fire

How can I obtain a burning permit?
Burning permits are issued at the Fire Department Headquarters located at 77 Hudson Road and can only be granted when applied for in person. We start issuing the permits on January 1st of every year, with the season starting on January 15th through May 1st. There is now going to be a $10 fee for obtaining a permit. The permit is valid through the enitre burn season which starts and ends as noted above. The rules and regulations, which are mandated by the Commonwealth, are stated on the permit.

Safety - Child

Where can I get a Child Safety Seat installed?

The Sudbury Fire Department assists families by providing installation services for Child Safety Seats. Installation of car seats has become a source of concern as many different car designs, seat designs, and child shapes and sizes makes selection and proper installation of car seats more difficult.

We have two trained and certified technicians who specialize in these installations. Call our main number ( 978-443-2239 ) to make an appointment.

Underground Storage Tank

How do I go about removing an Underground Storage Tank?
Underground Storage Tanks are regulated by the fire prevention regulations known as 527 CMR 9.00

A permit is required from the Fire Department before a tank may be removed. The Fire Department will be on-site when the tank is removed from the ground to check for contamination and to ensure that all safety requirements to prevent a fire or explosion are being followed.

After a tank is removed the contractor must take a soil sample for analysis to confirm that the ground is not contaminated. Also, the tank must be disposed of at a licensed tank yard and a receipt for the tank disposal must be supplied to the Fire Department.

Sudbury has a bylaw that requires all Underground Storage Tanks (UST's) to be removed when they are 25 years old or they must be tested each year for tightness.

For further information on UST's, you may visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency Web page. Environmental Protection Agency

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Name Position Office Location
William Miles Fire Chief Fire Station
John Whalen Assistant Fire Chief Fire Station
Timothy Choate Captain/EMT Fire Station
Stephen Glidden Captain/EMT Fire Station
Brian Lewis Captain/EMT Fire Station
Douglas Stone Captain/EMT Fire Station
Kevin Cutler Lieutenant/EMT Fire Station
Dana Foster Lieutenant/EMT Fire Station
Kevin Moreau Lieutenant/EMT Fire Station
David Ziehler Lieutenant/EMT Fire Station
Michael Kilgallen FF/Paramedic Fire Station
Gary Bardsley Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Robert Beer Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Robert Boyd Jr Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Michael Desjardins Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Timothy Devoll Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Alex Gardner Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Kyle Gordon Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Michael Hamill Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Nicholas Howarth Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Gary Isaacs Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Joshua McLeod Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Shane Medeiros Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Michael Murphy Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Russell Place Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
John Salmi Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Daniel Stanton Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Daniel Wells Firefighter / EMT Fire Station
Luis Forte Firefighter / EMT/Paramedic Fire Station
William Francis Firefighter / EMT/Paramedic Fire Station
Jason Lucier Firefighter / EMT/Paramedic Fire Station
Michael Matros Firefighter / EMT/Paramedic Fire Station
Daniel Mulgrew Firefighter / EMT/Paramedic Fire Station
Kimberly Polcari Office Supervisor Fire Station
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