Fire Chief's Message

Fire Chief's Message

Dear Belmont residents and visitors,

 

Thank you for visiting the fire department webpage.  On behalf of the entire Belmont Fire Department I would like to extend our deep appreciation to the community for its continued support of our critical missions.

   

 The Belmont Fire Department takes great pride in serving the community with fire prevention and inspectional services as well as a robust program of public education initiatives for all age groups.  We partner with other town departments to reach out to members of the community by providing assistance with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  During the COVID-19 pandemic we were instrumental in providing vaccinations at fixed clinics and mobile vaccination response to those who were unable to leave their homes.

 

   One of the aspects of service that impacts our community most frequently is our response to emergency medical incidents.  Belmont’s firefighter/paramedics and EMTs provide highly acclaimed pre-hospital care.  Our response time using fire apparatus equipped with advanced life support equipment as well as our ambulance is less than five minutes.  This efficient use of dual role firefighter/paramedics provides not only the best medical care but the capability to fight fires, perform automobile extrication and other life-saving technical rescue skills.   

   

We are committed to daily training and to educate ourselves in the latest scientific methods available to fight fires.  The fire department has developed strategic partnerships to effectively leverage resources to combat modern fires that burn hotter, faster, and with more toxicity than ever.  We continually improve our procedures and evaluate the most effective methods to protect the citizens and property of Belmont. 

    

Yet, there is much more to the modern Belmont Fire Department.  Our capabilities and community missions have resulted in truly an “all-hazard” response agency.  From our role in community hazard reduction, risk assessment and education to responding to daily calls for all types of service we evolve along with community needs.  One of our most recent partnerships to support resource sharing involves the housing of a hazardous materials response vehicle operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Providing a location for this asset in town means that the state haz-mat technicians that are called in to staff this highly capable vehicle will be able to mitigate local incidents quickly, safely and with less potential impact to our environment. 

  

Please don’t hesitate to stop by your local firehouse!  Allow our members to show you the equipment and demonstrate their level of dedication to our profession and commitment to the people of Belmont. 

 

Respectfully,

 

David DeStefano, MPA

Chief of Department