Our Mission is to protect lives and property as well as improve the quality of life in the town of Ipswich through aggressive fire prevention and education, fire suppression, rescue, medical assistance and hazardous materials control.
Jeremy Dalton | [email protected]
Massachusetts Laws Now Requires
- Infants and children must ride in a federally approved child passenger restraint until they are at least 5 years old and weigh more than 40 pounds.
- Children older than 5 and more than 40 pounds must ride in a booster seat until the child is 8 years old or is taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
- Anyone over the age of 8 must be protected by a safety belt.
- The safest place for any child, in any restraint system, is in the back seat.
- You are your child’s most powerful role model so always wear your safety belt---and make sure everyone else in the car is buckled up---front seat and back!
Developed by the Injury Prevention and Control Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, April 2008
Patrick Dingle | Fire Prevention Lieutenant
Fire prevention is dedicated in helping the public by identifying and eliminating hazards that may cause fire or injury accomplished through fire safety inspections, code enforcement, plan review, and public fire safety education.
For information regarding Building & Occupancy Permits, Fee Schedules, Forms/Permits, Open Burning and more, please visit Fire Prevention on our town website.
Kendall Buhl | [email protected]
The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program is a state initiative to provide resources to local Fire Departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades Pre-K-12. The mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and more specifically the fire hazards tobacco products pose.
Key Fire Safety Behaviors
There are 23 Key Fire Safety Behaviors that should be taught in age and developmentally appropriate ways, such as:
- Crawl Low Under Smoke
- Kitchen Fire and Burn Safety
- Making and Practicing Home Escape Plans
- Match and Lighter Safety
- Reporting Fires and Emergencies
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Maintenance
- Stop, Drop, and Roll
- And more
Fire and life safety is easily combined with math, science, language arts, health, and physical education lessons. Integration into the existing curriculum topics is essential.
- Training children reduces anxiety levels so they are able to react to stressful situations
- Fire, School, Health and Police Departments working together to help children survive
- Family medical and health care cost reductions
- Firefighter as a role model
- Fires, burns, and deaths reduced.
- The careless use and disposal of smoking materials is the single leading cause of fire deaths in the state and in the country.
- Due to the tremendous risk of injury and death in fires started by tobacco products, the legislature appropriated funding from money raised through the cigarette sales tax.
- Voters approved this tax to fund programs aimed at combating tobacco use.