Thursday, May 9, 2013
Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio presented the senator with a Watertown Fire Department "Watertown Strong" T-shirt during a meeting in Washington, DC.
On his trip to Washington, DC, Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio met with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and presented her with a "Watertown Strong" T-Shirt. "Met up with the Senator and presented her with our WFD Watertown Strong tee shirt which she says she'll wear with pride!" Orangio wrote in an e-mail. Orangio is attending the National Fire and Emergency Services Seminars and Dinner as the president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts. "Our message to the Federal legislators is to support Fire Act Grant funding. This is through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant programs," Orangio said. During his time as chief, Watertown has received three grants fron this program totaling around $200,000, Orangio said. "The …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio expresses his pride in the job done by the Fire Department during the days of chaos.
After spending nearly 24 straight hours coordinating the Watertown Fire Department's response to this massive effort, I am pleased to provide the following report; By now I'm certain you have heard the harrowing accounts of the heroic actions of our first responders. As the details of the fierce gun battle Friday morning on our streets emerge we will all know the extent of that true heroism, particularly from our police officers. (Police) Chief (Edward) Deveau has all the reason in the world to be proud of his people as we all should be of him and them. I too am quite proud of the members of the fire department who continued to provide routine day to day protection on a day that was far, far from routine. Our crews also assisted with …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Chief Mario Orangio asks residents to stay off the roads and to clear snow from around fire hydrants.
Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio asks residents to take caution and stay off the roads during the Blizzard of 2013. A snow emergency starts at noon Friday and remains in effect until further notice. For more information on the emergency click here. "Residents are urged to remain in doors during the storm and should refrain from driving so that roads can remain clear for snow removal and emergency vehicles," Orangio said in an announcement. "The town asks that you be a good neighbor and to periodically check on elderly or incapacitated neighbors." Residents can help the Fire Department by clearing snow from around fire hydrants on their street, Orangio said. Fire Lt. Thomas Thibaut, president of the firefighters union, urged people to …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Orangio took the oath from Attorney General Martha Coakley at a ceremony at the Oakley Country Club.
Mario Orangio got the "chance of a lifetime" when he became Watertown's Fire Chief, and Wednesday he became president of the organization the represents fire chiefs across Massachusetts. Dozens of fire chiefs in their dress blues filled the ballroom at the Oakley Country Club for Orangio's installation as president of the Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts. Orangio said he ran for the presidency because he believes fire chiefs should be leaders in fire service and safety in the state. He takes over for Paul Zbikowski, fire chief of Ashburnham. Also installed Wednesday was First Vice President of FCAM, George Rogers, the chief of the Bridgewater Fire Department. Fire departments across Massachusetts have faced budget cuts in recent …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Residents can choose how they will receive emergency alerts, or opt out of receiving the messages.
Watertown now has a new emergency notification system which will allow people to be alerted about various emergencies by cell phone, home phone, email, text message and more, said Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio. The new system, called Everbridge Aware for Citizen Alerts, will allow town officials to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents in minutes in an emergency. "We have a commitment to our citizens to protect them from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment, which is why we are rolling out WatertownALERT," Orangio said. "The Everbridge emergency notification system ensures the …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Fire, police, public works and Health Department personnel will monitor the storm, expected to do its worst to Watertown on Sunday.
Fire, police and other personnel who will leap into action if Hurricane Irene does her worst to Watertown are on alert, but not sure what to expect. Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio said he is keeping an eye on the storm and listening to what state emergency officials have to say. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency – MEMA – began staffing their regional office around the clock Thursday night, Orangio said. “We have daily conference calls with state officials scheduled for the next few days for situational reports and storm updates,” Orangio said. As of Thursday evening, the National Weather Service called for possible tropical storm conditions for the Boston area on Sunday during the day and into the night. Along with …
Friday, August 19, 2011
Gov. Patrick appointed Mario Orangio to be part of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award selection committee.
Gov. Deval Patrick tapped Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio to be one of the committee members to select the winner of the 2011 Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civil Bravery. Orangio, who his also a vice president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, took part in the selection of the winner of the award named for Sweeney. She was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 which was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. She used an phone on the airplane to alert airline officials of the hijacking. During the recent selection meeting, Orangio said he met Sweeney's family. The committee interviewed the finalists and selected a winner, who will be honored on Sept. 11, 2011.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The fire staffing has been decreasing for years, and now some trucks remain unmanned.
District A Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis was amazed the day in February when she realized the Watertown Fire Department had to fight a two-alarm fire and a three-alarm fire on the same day. She became upset, however, when she learned one of the town’s two ladder trucks could not help douse the flames because there were not enough firefighters on duty that day. Kounelis said at Tuesday’s Town Council budget hearing that she plans to cast a vote against the Fire Department budget because she said it leaves the department shorthanded. She did the same thing last year. “It’s was a protest vote and I will do it again,” Kounelis said. “Especially when I hear that Ladder 2 (in the East End Fire Station) is out of commission 50 percent of the …
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Massachusetts Fire Services Commission awarded the accreditation to Chief Mario Orangio.
The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission officials announced they have granted accreditation to Watertown Fire Chief Mario A. Orangio for demonstrating the required fire service experience, education and certifications for accreditation. This accreditation, which was given April 20, is granted through the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, a gubernatorial appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for fire chiefs. The applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission to determine if the individual has attained a minimum level of credits for education, training, and experience. Orangio said he was pleased that his work has been acknowledged by the …