Fire Prevention Bureau
The Norwood Fire Prevention Bureau is headed by Lieutenant Paul Butters. Duties and responsibilities include the enforcement of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148 Fire Laws and 527 CMR Massachusetts Fire Regulations. Some of the daily activities in the Fire Prevention Bureau include the inspection of Public Schools, Hotels, Nursing Homes, Boarding Houses, Public Buildings and Elderly Housing Complexes. The Fire Prevention Bureau also is responsible for the permitting of the installation of Oil Burners, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Alarms, Welding Operations, Firework Displays and Aboveground/Underground Fuel Storage. Over the course of the year Lt. Butters also visits different occupancies to conduct Fire Evacuation Drills, Safety Seminars and Fire Extinguisher Training. If you have any questions concerning Fire Safety contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (781) 440-5211.
When you call the Norwood Fire Department for an emergency the first person you speak with will be one of our highly trained dispatchers. These dispatchers have the experience and training to get you the appropriate fire department services fast! Our full time dispatchers are certifed in both Power Phone and EMD-Emergency Medical Dispatch. In fact many of our dispatchers are Certified Emergency Medical Technicians. The Norwood Fire Department uses the Enhanced 911 System and also has a direct emergency line at 1-781-762-1313. On average Norwood Fire Department Dispatchers have 10.5 years of experience and with that experience they are ready to take your emergency call!
The Fire Investigator for the Norwood Fire Department is veteran firefighter Bill Turner. FF Turner is responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires within the jurisdiction. FF Turner conducts interviews after fires, coordinates fire investigations with law enforcement and acts as a liason between the department and State Fire Marshall's office and District Attorney's Office. As fire investigator Bill Turner has attended fire investigation school at the Massachusetts Fire Academy, National Fire Academy and the Massachusetts State Police Arson Unit and Bomb Squad. Bill Turner has been a Norwood firefighter for 31 years and has been the Fire Investigator for 21 years.
Emergency Medical Services
The Norwood Fire Department provides the citizens of Norwood with exceptional Emergency Medical Services by operating two ambulances. One ambulance provides basic life support while the other provides advanced life support. So whatever medical emergency you may have, the Norwood Fire Department is prepared to respond with the appropriate medical services.
Basic Life Support Coordinator Billy Morrison
Advanced Life Support Coordinator Mike Downing
Ice Safety and Sledding Safety Tip s
Some of my favorite Winter memories growing up on Wilson Street in Norwood were of walking to New Pond or Ellis with my friends and playing pond hockey or going ice fishing. It was always a blast visiting “Grammy and Grampy” Eppich on the end of Fairview Ave to do some sledding on the hill by the Elks. And you may remember going to Norfolk Country Club after a snow storm to go sledding with your family and having some of the best times of your young life.
Now that the cold weather and snow are here you and your family can have great memories like these if you follow some basic safety rules:
What should I do if I fall through the ice?
What if I see someone fall through the ice?
Here are some tips for keeping your kids safe during the sledding season:
By following these guidelines the Norwood Fire Department hopes everyone enjoys winter and the kids have a great, safe time during school vacation.
Norwood Fire Department Ice and Water Rescue
The Norwood Fire Department Ice/Water Rescue response crews provide a significant variety of operational needs to the town of Norwood. Our Water Rescue program has grown from limited water surface capabilities to a fully operational Ice and Water rescue response with the ability to provide critical Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
The Norwood Fire Department Ice/Water Rescue response is activated any time a person(s) are reported in danger, missing or believed submerged.
The Norwood Fire Department Ice/Water Rescue response teams are available 24/7, 365 days a year and prepared to operate in all conditions. The crews are trained for optimum performance in effecting these rescues from Norwood Firefighter Dara O'ZMalley. FF O' Malley is the Norwood Fire Department Ice/Water Rescue Technician and has significant knowledge of Maritime Search and Rescue. FF O' Malley is a 10 year Honourable Veteran of the U.S Coast Guard.
The Norwood Fire Department rescue crews are regularly trained in the event of an Ice/Water emergency or disaster. Our commitment to continuous training provides the highest level of safety and service to our public and our Department through quality education and Norwood homegrown experience.
The Norwood Fire Department uses the Rescue Alive Ice/Water Sled for cold weather water emergencies. In warmer weather the NFD utilizes a Zodiac MK2 Classic boat with a 15 HP Johnson Outboard and a Minn Kota Electric backup motor.
Norwood Fire Department and the Executive office of Public Safety warn drivers to “Move Over”.
In an effort to keep Massachusetts roadways safer, the Norwood Fire Department and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security are raising awareness for the state’s new Move Over Law and promoting safe driving across the Commonwealth.
The new law, which took effect on March 22, 2009 is meant to help protect police, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers and all roadside emergency and maintenance workers. The law requires all drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and, barring that, to reduce their speed. Violating the Move Over Law can be expensive as well as dangerous as failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100.
“We ask that all drivers in Norwood and across Massachusetts take a moment to slow down and move over – if it is safe to do so – if they see an officer, emergency responder or maintenance vehicle stopped on the side of the road,” said Norwood Fire Department Spokesman George Morrice. “Together we can make the roadways of Massachusetts safer and less stressful for everyone involved.”
Every year, first responders across the country are injured or killed while providing emergency roadside help. In the past six months alone, several Massachusetts State Troopers have been injured on the job. According to the Merit Rating Board, in 2008 there were nearly 2000 violations of the Chapter 89 Law which deals with obstructing emergency vehicles including failure to yield and following too closely.
For more information, go to www.mass.gov/safety/moveover.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 15:16