Emergency Management Agency

 

Emergency Planning Meeting at Pittsfield City Hall

 

The mission of the Pittsfield Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is to serve the citizens of the City through effective planning to minimize the effects of attack, technological and natural disasters.  Our goal is to save lives and to protect property through coordination of an integrated emergency management system with all emergency response organizations, support services and volunteers.

During a major emergency or disaster, Pittsfield EMA coordinates private and public sector resources to support disaster response and recovery where needed.  We will be an advocate for greater community efforts to mitigate and prepare for potential emergencies.  We will support efforts to train and exercise emergency responders in both the public and private sectors.  This includes promoting unified planning, training and exercising with local governments, emergency agencies, volunteer organizations, critical facilities (schools, child care centers, senior citizen centers, hospitals and disability centers), businesses and industries.

The Pittsfield Emergency Management Agency operates under the authority of the City of Pittsfield Fire Department.  The Fire Chief also serves as the City’s Emergency Management Director.  It works collaboratively with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee (CBREPC) in preparing for potential disasters.

We will manage and coordinate efforts toward a rapid recovery from disasters with an effective disaster assistance program.

This agency is committed to effective actions to prevent some disasters and to reduce the impact of those over which we have no control.

The City of Pittsfield is a member of the CBREPC which is committed to creating and maintaining a Regional Hazardous Materials Plan, pursuant to SARA Title III, SERC and the Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act.  The CBREPC’s priority is to minimize the risk to public safety, health, and property damage.  Its objectives are to build a Regional Hazardous Materials Response Plan and a database of resources, equipment, and personnel that we can draw upon in an emergency.  They seek to provide assistance in the coordination of our response to, and the control and mitigation of Hazardous Materials Incidents, involving member towns and cities, and to see the continuous improvement of our Hazardous Materials Response Plans.  This will be accomplished through the sharing of information on transportation routes, vulnerable populations (such as schools, hospitals, etc.) and key at risk facilities (such as water, sewer, etc.).  These combined efforts are directed at ensuring a structured and timely response to any Hazardous Materials Incident.  CBREPC Partner Communities are Becket, Dalton, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Washington, Williamstown, and Windsor.  The Committee is made up of representatives from the following sectors: 

  • Elected state or local officials
  • Law enforcement, emergency management, firefighting, health, local environmental, hospital and transportation personnel.
  • Broadcast and print media
  • Community groups
  • Owners and operators of facilities subject to the requirements of Title III of SARA
  • Members of business and industry

 

Emergency Operations Center at West Stockbridge Town Hall - TCI Fire in West Ghent, NY
Emergency Operations Center at West Stockbridge Town Hall, result of TCI fire in West Ghent, NY