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Fire Department Overview

Thumbnail PreviewChief Jeffrey Winward has been employed with the Lowell Fire Department since 1994 and has held positions of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and now Chief.

The Chief of the Lowell Fire Department is responsible for all department operations and deals directly with financial management, union concerns, employee discipline, and supervision of fire prevention and emergency response activities. He also serves as the Department’s representative for various boards and committees and communicates directly with the City Administration, City Council, and other political agencies.

The mission of the Lowell Fire Department is to improve the quality of life in the City of Lowell by providing fire protection, emergency response services, prevention and public educational activities. Our goal is to protect all citizens, their property and the environment from natural and manmade disasters. Our motto is Promoting Safety, Preventing Fires and Saving Lives. We strive to accomplish this in a courteous, professional manner.

The Lowell Fire Department has thirteen companies strategically located in every neighborhood and serving, but not limited to, that neighborhood. The LFD is not just a Department which responds to structure fires in the neighborhoods, our non-emergency goal is to develop our programs to meet the identified needs of the community. In addition to incidents involving all types of fires, the Lowell Fire Department responds to calls for emergency medical services, hazardous materials incidents, ice and water rescues/recoveries, automobile accidents/extrications, and technical and high-angle rescues.

Several grants have been awarded to support our comprehensive fire public education program targeting elementary school students, which was established in 1995. Our fire prevention unit has become a pro-active office for inspecting and monitoring residential and commercial fire safety installations. The Training Center offers firefighters and citizens an opportunity to be prepared for medical emergencies.

Training and education are paramount to fulfilling the mission of the Fire Department.  All members are trained to First Responder Level and Hazardous Material Awareness Level.  In addition, 114 members (58%) are certified Massachusetts Emergency Medical Technicians and 143 members (72%) are certified Massachusetts Hazardous Materials Technicians.