The Holyoke Fire Department is an all hazards fire department that responds to incidents including fires, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials response, technical rescues and much more. We pride ourselves in emergency response, fire prevention and a variety of life safety education programs.
The Holyoke Fire Department exists to provide a professional level of fire safety, life safety, and pre-hospital emergency medical care to the people and property of the City of Holyoke.
We accomplish our mission through prevention, education, engineering, fire suppression, medical services and other related and non-related emergency activities with dedicated personnel committed to excellence.
Fire Chief John A. Pond reminds residents that Holyoke is among 22 cities and towns in the state where all open burning is prohibited because of the density of population and the close proximity of buildings.
Open burning, the burning of any material out-of-doors, releases large amounts of carbon monoxide and other gaseous and solid substances directly into the atmosphere, causes air pollution and aggravates respiratory problems.
Under poor atmospheric conditions, open burning creates a smoke and odor nuisance – as well as a health threat to area residents, especially in densely populated areas according to the Department of Environmental Protection which regulates open burning in MA. For these reasons, open burning is prohibited in Holyoke. The state no-open-burning list also includes Chicopee, Springfield and West Springfield.
All complaints of open burning will be responded to and extinguished along with fines levied on the homeowner. Chief Pond asks that everyone obey the law and help keep the City of Holyoke safe.
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The Holyoke Fire Department is overseen by a three-person civilian board appointed by the Mayor. This diverse and qualified group establishes goals and provides direction to the Department through Fire Chief John Pond. The commission works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Holyoke.
Christopher Hopewell, term expires February 2017
Joshua Garcia, term expires February 2017
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference during an event.
The City of Holyoke’s public notification system delivers bulletins, storm news and other information by home and cell phone, email and text message. Residents and businesses listed in the public telephone directory are automatically enrolled to receive alerts via the notification system.
Online registration is available to sign up for messages by text or email in the new system, or to note to which phone number messages should go, officials said.
Residence can pick and choose what updates they want and via what type of communication. Someone can choose just emergency notifications, weather, parking ban, etc), and others may want to sign up for messages, texts, emails of important community events, etc.
The Holyoke Fire Department is committed to providing the community with life safety resources in order to reduce life and property loss in the community.
- When fire strikes you may have less than one minute to safely get out of the building.
- Having working smoke alarms in your home can double you chances of survival if a fire occurs.
- Home fire deaths have been cut in half since the early 1970’s when smoke alarms were first marketed.
- 50% of the fire deaths that occur each year in the U.S. take place in the 5% of homes without smoke alarms.
Fires produce heat, smoke and toxic gases.
Smoke alarms warn residents in the event of a fire. They give you time to leave the building before your escape route is blocked by deadly smoke, heat and toxic gases.
Special smoke alarms are available for the hearing impaired.
The alarm can be wired to a light, which flashes when the detector is in alarm. A vibrating alert unit can also be used under a pillow while the person is asleep.
PROTECT your family:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, except unfinished basements or attics.
- Since 2006, state law has required carbon monoxide detectors in most homes.
- Locate CO detectors near bedrooms so family members will awaken at night.
- Detectors should be kept away from open windows or doors, excessively hot, cold or damp areas and “dead-air spaces” such as corners of rooms and peaks of ceilings.
- Do not place a CO detector in a garage, furnace room, near the stove or fireplace. What KIND of CO DETECTORS to purchase?
- Make sure that any detector you purchase is approved and certified by a nationally recognized testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and that it meets the requirements of state law.
- There are several types of alarms that are allowed in Massachusetts: » Battery powered with battery monitoring; » Plug-in (AC powered) units with battery backup; » AC primary power (hard-wired – usually involves hiring an electrician) with battery backup; » Low-voltage with secondary power; and » Combination smoke detectors and CO alarms that have a signal as well as a voice alert.
- Follow installation instructions carefully.
If appliances that burn fuel are properly maintained and used, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with fuel- burning devices. However, if appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result.
- Have a qualified service technician inspect your appliances yearly, before the heating season.
- Check vent pipes, flues and chimneys for leaks or blockages.
- Un-vented kerosene heaters are illegal in MA.
- Never use a charcoal grill indoors!
- Do not use a gas oven to heat your home.
- Don’t leave a vehicle running inside a garage, even if the door is open, fumes will build up quickly inside the home.
- Never use gasoline-powered engines (generators, chain saws, blowers, weed trimmers, mowers or snow blowers) indoors or near doors or windows.
In a typical home fire, smoke, heat and toxic gases build up rapidly. When the smoke detector sounds get out of the building immediately before your escape route is blocked. To survive a fire: install and maintain smoke detectors and practice an escape plan.
Here are some Safety Tips:
- Install smoke detectors on every level and outside each sleeping area.
- Test them monthly.
- Replace the battery twice a year.
- Never disable your detector.
- Put a lid on a grease fire to smother it then turn off the heat. Baking soda will also work.
- Wear tightfitting sleeves when cooking. Loose sleeves easily catch fire.
- Never throw water on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire around.
- Never move a burning pan. You can too easily ignite your clothes or spill the fire onto someone or something else.
- Stand by your pan! Never leave cooking unattended.
- Try to quit again. For health and fire safety reasons, permit smoking outside only.
- Never smoke in bed. Use large ashtrays with center rests so cigarettes fall into the ashtray not on the floor.
- Smokers should keep lighters on their person, not on the table or in a purse where children can find them.
- Never smoke in homes where oxygen is in use.
Match and Lighter Safety
- Purchase child resistant lighters.
- Keep all matches and lighters out of reach and sight of children. A high, locked cabinet is recommended.
- Teach children that matches and lighters are not toys, they are tools for grownups.
- Teach young children to tell a grown-up when they see matches or lighters Iying around.
- Never give a lighter to a child as a toy.
Home Escape Plan
- Practice your home escape plan with the whole family twice a year.
- Plan 2 ways out of each room. The easy way out is probably the door and the second way out might be a window.
- If you plan for a child or a senior to exit a window, make sure they can open it easily.
- If you canʼt get out, close your door and go to the window and signal for help.
- Teach children never to hide under beds or in closets.
- If you must go through smoke, crawl low. The coolest, cleanest air will be about 18 inches off the ground.
- Have a meeting place outside where everyone will meet.
- Be able to tell the fire department if everyone is out safely.
- Stay out; donʼt go back into a burning building for anything.
- Telephone the fire department from a neighborʼs house or use the fire alarm emergency box.
The Holyoke Fire Department must approve certain permits to ensure that every Holyoke resident is protected by the same safety standards. To apply for one of these permits, check the relevant link below.
600 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map
(413) 534-2247 (fax)
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Posted on November 25, 2012 by FireDept Admin