County Control Fire/EMS Mutual-Aid System
Chapter 48, Section 59A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts - a fire department from one community is allowed
to work within the jurisdiction of another for rendering aid.
Under executive order from the Governor in the Acts of 1950 -
Chapter 639 individual fire districts were created. Within each
fire district is a "Control Point" that coordinates
the mutual-aid activity for it's district. Plymouth County Control
is the mutual-aid control point for Fire District 2, coordinating
mutual-aid responses from one community to another; which includes
29 individual fire departments, as well as private ambulance companies.
The primary mission for the mutual-aid center is as follows:
coordination for all fire and EMS incidents within the County.
the interoperable radio communications network with base station,
mobile and portable radio communications, as well as the Sheriff's
Department's Mobile Communications Unit that responds automatically
to all three-alarm fires.
local departments with outside resources such as state and federal
of specialty services, such as the Technical Rescue Team, Plymouth
County Dive Team, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (C.I.S.D.)
and Juvenile Fire setters Program.
daily contact with surrounding mutual-aid centers, such as Barnstable
County Control and Norfolk County Control, as well as the Massachusetts
Emergency Management Agency Headquarters in Framingham (MEMA).
updated on Policies and procedures for the Southeastern Massachusetts
Emergency Medical Services/Region 5, and the Department of Fire
Services for Haz/Mat incidents and Statewide Mobilization Plan.
fire department in the district submits a plan or "run
card" (see link), and each run card is specifically designed
by each town to meet their needs for fire, EMS and specialty
incidents. Some run cards submitted divide the community into
districts for specific response from the closest city or town.
The coordination of outside departments through the Plymouth
County Control is mostly effective as it enables the local
fire dispatcher to remain available to handle additional local
incidents and not become tied up looking for assistance. the
concept of mutual-aid is common among fire services nationwide,
and helps deal with simple single EMS incidents to large scale
incidents requiring the response of multiple departments referred
to as strike teams and task forces. No individual organization,
regardless of size can effectively and sufficiently handle
all the challenges it may face.
events such as Sept. 11 and several local major incidents
requiring the assistance of several departments, the role
and demand on the individual mutual-aid centers has never
been greater. The Sheriff's Department works closely with
the Plymouth County Fire Chiefs Association for all issues
regarding operation of the system. And through this relationship,
the department was able to receive Homeland Security Funding
to upgrade the fire mutual-aid radio network and purchase
a new state of the art mobile communications vehicle that
will assist local law enforcement and fire agencies.
Mutual Aid Ambulance Card
County Control Mutual Aid Structural Card
CLICK HERE TO PRINT BLANK RUN CARD AND
To print out the run card and sample card it is necessary
to have Adobe Acrobat Reader loaded on your computer. The
run card and sample have been captured as an Adobe Portable
Document File (.pdf). As such, if you do not have Reader the
file will not open up on your computer and you will not be
able to print out a useable copy. If you do not or cannot
load Reader, then we have provided a representation below
of the sample and run card. If you need a paper copy of the
run card, you can pick one up at the Communications Center
at the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department.