The mission of the Saugus Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of Saugus and those who visit our town, from fires, natural and man-made disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; to investigate and determine the cause and origin of all fires ; to provide defense against terrorist attacks; and to provide a work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination.
The Saugus Fire Department
Saugus is a diverse community of 27000 residents located ten miles north of Boston. It has a proud heritage of American history. Saugonians served with distinction in the American Revolution as members of the West Parish Militia. The USS Saugus was an iron clad battleship, named for the town, that fought in the civil war. The first fire engine made in America was made at the Saugus Iron Works in 1653 by an Iron Master Named Joesph Jenkes. It was commissioned by the City of Boston in response to their first great conflagration that occurred January 14, 1653.
Fire service is provided out of two stations, Engine One, in the Cliftondale section and Engine Three and Ladder One out of Saugus Center. The town is bordered by Lynn, Revere, Malden, Melrose, Wakefield, and Lynnfield. The fire department is part of both the Metro Boston and Essex County mutual aid systems and is very busy receiving and providing aid to these vital communities. The 52 member civil service department has four groups and a nine man minimum. In addition to the civil service entrance examination/selection procedure, all Saugus firefighters must successfully complete the 9 week Massachusetts Fire Academy Recruit
Training Program as a condition of employment. All successful academy graduates are certified to NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1/2. All members are trained to at least First Responder level, with a large majority being MA certified EMT’s, as well as three certified Paramedics. Cardiac defibrillators and Narcan are carried on all fire department vehicles. The community is serviced by American Ambulance, but the fire department responds to most medical aids. The department responded to 4623 runs in 2014.