EMA / Homeland Security

"Always Ready Always There"

Our Mission Statement

“Is to protect lives and property when major emergencies threaten public safety in North Smithfield”.

The North Smithfield Emergency Agency works toward the coordination of an effective townwide response to two types of disasters: natural and man-made. Natural disasters are major storms, i.e. snow, ice, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and severe weather extremes (high heat or cold), earthquakes. Man-made dsasters can be technological disasters including hazardous material incidents, nuclear, biological or radiological, cyber terrorism. As the local Homeland Security agency we will plan for dealing with and responding to terrorism threats either foreign or homegrown.

Department Capabilities

We partner primarily with other town departments to assist in any way we can. Examples include helping the police with traffic control and the school department with parking and traffic at the high school graduation. Some major events include Pumpkinfest, Artisan Fair, and Clean and Green Day.

The EMA has 20 active volunteer members. Nearly all are Red Cross certified in CPR and basic First Aid as well as traffic control. Some members are now licensed amateur radio operators thanks to ham trainer Bill Ewan. Most have completed Community Emergency Response Team training. Many have completed other training such as the use of gas masks, radio operation, search & rescue, crowd control, shelter management, skywarn severe weather observation and reporting. Homeland Security training includes terrorist incident response, radiological, biological and chemical detection.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Colonel Peter E. Branconnier Director
Major John Wojcik Deputy Director
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