Fire Prevention Program
The Fire Prevention program is under the direction of Deputy.Stephen Geldart. Inspections are done on oil burner installations throughout the year, in addition to quarterly inspections done on all commercial, industrial, day care, nursery, preschool, gas station, and multi apartment buildings.
The Fire Department also inspects tank removals, tank installations, tank trucks, residential smoke detectors, Carbon monoxide detectors, commercial fire alarm systems, fire suppression sprinkler systems, commercial kitchen fire suppression systems and oil burner installations.
Firefighter Stephen Weaver continues this important role for the Hudson Fire Department. This program allows the fire service to provide counseling to troubled juveniles in relation to setting fires. Firefighter Weaver has conducted screening interviews as well as classroom instruction sessions associated with the Middlesex Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program overseen by the Middlesex County District Attorneys Framingham Office.
Scheduling Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide
(26F & 26-1/2F ) Inspections
Call the Chief’s Office 7-10 days in advance
Lieutenants perform 26F inspections at 10:00 am
Please make arrangements for an adult to be at the residence at the time of inspection
Inspections are $ 35.00
If dealing with cash, please have exact amount.
Certificate to be issued at the time of inspection.
Certificate is good for 60 days
Smoke Detector Placement
There must be a smoke detector located at the foot of the cellar stairs
There must be a smoke detector located at the foot of the stairs on the first floor
There must be a smoke detector located outside the bedroom area, within 10 feet of any bedroom door.
There must be a smoke detector on all levels - if there is an open stairway to the attic, the attic must have a smoke detector
Detectors must have ionization & photoelectric technology
Detectors within 20 feet of bathroom or kitchen must be photoelectric only
CO Detectors Placement
There must be a CO detector on all levels – if the attic or the basement could be considered habitable, they require CO detectors.
There must be a CO detector located within 10 feet of any bedroom door.
If plug-in detector, must have battery back-up
If Combination detector (smoke & Carbon) Must be voice response.
Burning Season Permits
Effective immediately the Hudson Fire Department has implemented the following changes regarding Open Burning Permits. Please read the following information carefully before applying for an Open Burning Permit.
Burning permits are issued in person at the Fire Department Headquarters, 296 Cox Street. Hudson, MA.
Permits fee is $10.00 and permit is valid for the burning season of the year they are issued.
The permit must be activated on a daily basis by calling the Fire Department Dispatch Center at 978-562-3435 on each and every day you wish to burn.
In order to re-activate your permit within the burning season, you must know your permit number.
Depending upon weather conditions the Department may choose to revoke all permits for any specific day.
Violators of Massachusetts Regulation (310 CMR 7.07) may have their permit permanently revoked.
Per Massachusetts Regulation (310 CMR 7.07):
Open burning is permitted from January 15 to May 1 of each year ONLY for the disposal of brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris. Grass, hay, leaves, and stumps are EXCLUDED.
All such open burning shall be conducted:
on land proximate to the place of generation
at a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling, and
between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
No such open burning shall apply to commercial or institutional land clearing for non-agricultural purposes.
Feel free to call the Chief’s Office @ 978-562-5565 with additional questions.