About Us

Waltham Fire Department

Mission Statement
The Waltham Fire Department is dedicated to protecting life, property and the environment for the citizens and businesses in the City of Waltham.

While this core mission has not changed much since the creation of the department, our day to day tasks have transformed dramatically with particular emphasis on life safety issues.  The role of the fire service has grown beyond putting out fires to include emergency medical service, hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, techinical rescue, fire education, inspections, fire prevention and much more. 

The Waltham Fire Department operates with three main divisions:

  • Fire Suppression
    Suppression consists of the line fire fighters who respond to emergency calls.
  • Fire Prevention
    Prevention officers handle permits, review building plans, conduct inspections and coordinate education efforts to stop fires before they start.
  • Training
    The training officer arranges department sponsored education of personnel and makes sure each member has and maintains the skills necessary to peform their assigned tasks.

Chain of Command
To effectively achieve our mission the Waltham Fire Department is set up as a paramilitary organization.  This forms a chain of command necessary for carrying out operations on the fire ground where every second counts and lives depend on orders clearly delivered and executed.  This system also proves effective for managing our fire prevention and education efforts.

The command structure at the Waltham Fire Department flows as illustrated below:

  • Chief of Department
  • Deputy Chief
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Private

Chief Paul J. Ciccone, Biography

Waltham Fire Department - Chief of Department Paul J. Ciccone currently commands more than 160 members of the city's firefighting force and its support staff.  The Waltham City Council approved Mayor Jeannette McCarthy's appointment of Ciccone to the position of Chief on March 12, 2012.  Ciccone replaces Chief Richard Cardillo who retired in July of 2011.

Chief Ciccone joined the Waltham Fire Department in November of 1985. He rose through the ranks of the Waltham Fire Department holding positions as a Firefighter, then promoted to Lieutenant in March of 1991, promoted to Captain in June of 2002 and promoted to Deputy Chief in August of 2009.  He has served the city of Waltham for more than 27 years in a variety of positions with the Fire Department - most recently serving as the Deputy Chief in charge of the Training Division before being appointed as Chief.

Word from the Chief

In today's world, the modern Fire Department must respond to a wide variety of emergencies beyond smoke and flames. Medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, terrorism, technical rescues, and water & ice emergencies are just some of the other kinds of problems we handle. Our Department also places a strong emphasis on preventing emergencies through fire and life safety education, building inpsections and enforcement of fire laws and codes. The dedicated members of the Waltham Fire Department are here to serve the citizens, business people, visitors, travelers and property owners of this growing city, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We hope this web site will help you understand what we do, how we do it and why our mission is so critical to success of Waltham.

Chief Paul J. Ciccone
Waltham Fire Department