On an average day the Belmont community can expect firefighters, paramedics or police personnel to arrive within minutes of making a 9-1-1 emergency call. However, after a significant emergency event such as an earthquake, these first responder resources may be delayed due to overwhelming requests for assistance and the limited number of personnel.
The mission of the Office of Emergency Services (OES) is to help ensure that the community and City staff are ready and able to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of major emergencies that threaten lives, property, and the environment in Belmont. OES activities include:
- Developing and maintaining emergency preparedness and response plans for the City and Belmont Fire Protection District.
- Conducting disaster preparedness education programs for the public, including the Belmont Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.
- Training City employees regarding their Disaster Service Worker roles and responsibilities.
- Coordinating the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
- Participating in inter-agency coordination and collaborative activities that assist in the City's emergency management efforts.
- Responding in support of Fire Department and Police personnel at emergency incidents.