|NORTHBOROUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT APPARATUS
Welcome to the Northborough Fire Department’s listing of apparatus. It is with great pride that we list the apparatus and their capabilities. The department gratefully acknowledges the support of residents, businesses, and elected and appointed committees for their commitment to provide our organization with modern and state-of-the-art fire and rescue apparatus to meet the community’s needs while insuring the safety needs of our firefighters.
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As you view the apparatus and support equipment, you will see a diverse assembly of equipment to meet the needs and challenges in providing fire, rescue, and emergency medical services and disaster response to the Town of Northborough. In providing fire services to the residents and businesses, the department faces a multitude of fire and rescue complexities. Such a fire call might be for a single family home built in the 1700’s to a six story high rise apartment building to a 210,000 square foot research and development complex with flammable and hazardous material storage.
The department also responds to forest and brush fires in the town’s remote forested areas or former grass and pasture lands adjacent to occupied homes and businesses in the Wild Land Urban Interface Zone. While Northborough is extremely fortunate to have thousands of acres of private, public, and state land for recreational uses, the department must be ready to suppress and quickly contain these fires whether at the roadside or miles into the woods before they threaten homes and businesses.
Emergency medical services are provided at the paramedic level through the department’s two Class One-licensed ambulances and for rescue services for motor vehicle crashes ranging from single vehicles to multi vehicles and large motor transport trucks, all of which may require extrication for entrapment on the town’s roads, state highways, and Interstate Route 290. Additionally, the town’s ponds and rivers present water rescue, underwater rescue, and recovery needs that are addressed through the department’s certified divers, and the town’s open space and recreation lands also require that the department is ready for urban and wilderness search and rescues.
Designated as a Heart Safe Community and as part of the department’s commitment to life safety, as well as increasing the chances of survival from a cardiac arrest, every fire department vehicle is equipped with an automated external defibrillator and basic life support equipment to support or assist breathing and control bleeding.
Additionally, the department responds to hazardous materials incidents at the Operational Level with additional services and capabilities at the Technician Level provided by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. Since September 11, the department has responded to a new mission as a result of the threat of terrorism as well as to existing manmade and natural disasters. We have approached these challenges through an all-hazards response approach with training and equipment in an attempt to address disaster capabilities while balancing disaster needs in conjunction with daily response operations and historical weather disaster incidents.