The Belmont Emergency Management Agency (BEMA) was established by the Board of Selectmen and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to coordinate emergency services with the various State, Local and Federal Agencies during a state of emergency or alert. The title "Emergency Management Agency" is a replacement for "Civil Defense Agency". While the title of the Agency has changed, the basic charter has remained the same: The Belmont Emergency Management Agency works with State, Local and Federal Agencies to ensure that the Town of Belmont is prepared to respond to any situation, be it an act of man (civil unrest, fire, chemical spill, etc.) or an act of God (hurricane, severe snow, flooding, earthquake, extended power loss, etc.)
The Belmont Emergency Management Agency is headed by BEMA Director Leo J. Saidnawey, and BEMA Assistant Director, Fire Lt. Rich Nohl. Additional members include Fire Chief David Frizzell, Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Haley and Susan Murphy from the Town Administrators Office. The Belmont Emergency Management is appointed by and reports to the Board of Selectmen.
While the Belmont Emergency Management Agency is key to the successfully planning and recovery of disaster situations, the Agency is only active during monthly meetings and during time of need. If you are presented with a situation where emergency assistance is required, dial 9-1-1.
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