Massachusetts adopted and enacted the NFPA 1 comprehensive Fire Code on January 1st, 2015. This means there are some changes to previous regulations.
Commonly Encountered Changes
Some of the more commonly encountered changes are:
- New Smoke Detector requirements are in effect as of December 1st, 2016. See our smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector guidelines for more information.
- Changes related to burning of yard waste, new as of 2016: Permit Required!
- Read more about changes related to outside cooking and recreational fires.
- View information about changes related to placement, use and storage of grills and other cooking / heating equipment.
About the Agawam Fire Department
The Agawam Fire Department is a combination Civil Service Career / Call Fire Department that provides fire suppression, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the Paramedic level, and rescue services. The department also maintains fire prevention programs, code enforcement and fire education programs.
We operate two fire stations 24 hours a day with a minimum of eleven personnel staffing two engines, two ambulances, and a tower ladder. The department also cross mans a medium duty rescue, a third ambulance, and a rescue boat.
When fully staffed, the department employs 44 full time firefighters, 8 Lieutenants and 13 Call Firefighters. The department also employs a full time Fire Inspector, Training Officer, Fleet Mechanic, Deputy Chief and Chief. All of our firefighters are highly trained and attend the Massachusetts State Firefighting Academy once hired.
The department responds to approximately 1,200 fire related incidents annually ranging from structure fires and natural disasters to calls for public assistance. The department also responds to an additional 3,500 EMS incidents a year.
Agawam Fire Department Mission
The mission of the Agawam Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Agawam from fires, natural and man made disasters, and hazardous material incidents; to save lives by providing advanced life support medical services; to prevent fires through prevention, education, and intervention programs; and to provide a work environment that values cultural diversity and is free of harassment and discrimination.