Town of Ashland, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ashland May 1993 Special Town Meeting. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Appointment — See Charter, Section 9-5(c).
[Amended 5-14-1997 ATM, Art. 36[1]]
There is hereby established a Department of Emergency Management (hereinafter called the "Department"). It shall be the function of the Department to have charge of emergency management as defined in Section 1, Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, and to perform emergency management functions as authorized or directed by said Chapter or by any and all executive orders or general regulations promulgated thereunder and to exercise any authority delegated to it by the Governor under said Chapter 639.
Editor's Note: This article also provided for the chapter title change of "Civil Defense" to "Emergency Management."
[Amended 5-14-1997 ATM, Art. 36]
The Department shall be under the direction of a Director of Emergency Management (hereinafter called the "Director"), who shall be appointed by the Town Manager. The Director shall have direct responsibility for the organization and for the administration of the Department, subject to the direction and control of the Town Manager. The Director may, within the limits of the amount appropriated therefor and subject to the approval of the Town Manager, appoint such experts, clerks and other assistants as the work of the Department may require and may remove them and may make such expenditures as may be necessary to execute effectively the purpose of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950.
The Director shall also have authority, subject to the approval of the Town Manager, to appoint district coordinators and may accept and may receive on behalf of the town services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gifts, grant or loan for purposes of emergency management offered by the federal government or any agency or officer thereof or any person, firm or corporation, subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer. The Director shall cause appropriate records to be kept of all matters relating to such gifts, grants or loans.
The Police and Fire Departments, subject to approval of the Town Manager, are hereby authorized to enter into agreement(s) with other municipalities for providing and receiving aid in cases of emergency. All such agreements shall be consistent with applicable state law.
In the absence of any such formal agreement, the Police Chief and the Fire Chief shall, both individually and collectively, have the discretion to supply aid to and request aid from other municipal departments in any special or unusual situation where necessary for the protection of public safety. Such aid sent from Ashland to any other municipality shall be done with due regard for the need to adequately protect the citizens of the Town of Ashland.