Mayor Menino Offers City's Resources to Assist Western Mass in Storm Recovery
Boston Fire Department deploys personnel, Public Works and others on standby to help as needed
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For Immediate Release
June 02, 2011
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Mayor's Office
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino has offered City of Boston resources and directed City departments ready to aid the Western Massachusetts communities affected by the devastating tornadoes and storms that impacted much of the state yesterday.  The Boston Fire Department (BFD) deployed to Springfield and Brimfield early this morning with 1 engine and 1 ladder truck, plus a Technical Rescue Team of 15 firefighters to assist in inspecting collapsed houses for gas leaks and trapped or injured people.  Personnel and equipment from Public Works, Police and other departments stand ready to aid in the relief efforts by providing additional equipment, personnel and services as needed.

“The storm system that swept through Massachusetts yesterday devastated a lot of communities and families in our state.  The City of Boston stands ready to help our neighbors through the cleanup process and provide relief in any way we can,” Mayor Menino said.  “We are working with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to offer our resources to any community that needs assistance.”

The City of Boston has provided the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with a comprehensive list of available resources that can be deployed to impacted areas.  Crews from Public Works and other departments are on standby, ready to provide generators, trucks, cleanup equipment, and supplies at a moment’s notice.  BFD will continue to have personnel deployed in Springfield and help respond to issues as needed.

Other services and resources on standby include:

  • Sheltering supplies
  • Emergency generators
  • Emergency lighting
  • Dump and bucket trucks
  • Front end loaders
  • Public safety personnel



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