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- Chief's Message
A Message from the Desk of Chief Daniel Keane
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Eastham Fire Department website. On behalf of the entire Department, I would like to extend our deep appreciation to the community for its continued support of our critical missions.
The Eastham Fire Department started in 1946 as a Volunteer Department to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Eastham. The department was created because the town was losing valuable property by fire within the community. The volunteers originally consisted of men from the community who wanted to help since they owned businesses and homes within Eastham. They had little to no training and responded to emergencies re-actively to help in any way they could.
A lot has changed in the fire service since 1946. Today we operate a department consisting of 20 full time Firefighters, a Chief, a Deputy and one full time Office Manager. The difference now is that we are living in a complex world where we have to be pro-active. Today's firefighters and EMT's have to be highly trained and prepared to handle today's complex emergencies.
Over the past decade, our fire department has witnessed an immense amount of change and a community that continues to grow. Accelerated training programs, firefighting equipment, growth in fire prevention and public education to name a few, puts more demands on the members as each year passes. A Fire Department cannot be successful without the support and dedication of our hard-working staff.
The Eastham Fire Department is committed to change, which has always come very hard to the fire service. In today's world, my job as Fire Chief is to ensure the safety of the department and most importantly, that all of our firefighters go home at the end of the day. The fire services' gravitation towards the concept of risk management has been very positive and our training now focuses on these ideals of risk management. The saying "risk a lot to save a lot, risk little to save little, and risk nothing to save nothing" has become the objective of the Eastham Fire Department so that "Everyone Goes Home."
I am very proud to lead this dedicated organization as we move forward. The Eastham Select Board and I encourage your participation in our effort to provide the highest level of service we can provide. If you have any comments, concerns, or would like to just stop by and say hello, we would appreciate any feedback.