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Public Safety

West Hartford provides superior public safety services to the community.  The Town of West Hartford has emergency services 24-hours a day with its full-time police and fire departments and contracted paramedic and ambulance services.

The Police Department is complete with a bicycle squad, law enforcement teams, a canine unit, a Traffic Enforcement Division, Community Relations Division, and animal control officers. Police cruisers are equipped with laptop computers that dial into the National Crime Information Center by using cellular technology and a modem.

The Fire Department has staff at five stations, an officer-training program, fire prevention classes and a fire inspection program. West Hartford is one of the few communities in the nation to have automatic electronic defibrillators carried on all fire companies and police district patrol cars.  The defibrillators help save heart attack victims when seconds count.

Emergency Management

The Fire Chief serves as the Director of Emergency Management for the Town. The Town has an Emergency Operations Plan which covers the coordination and use of resources during any type of natural or man-made disaster.

In the past decade alone, West Hartford and surrounding towns have been affected by blizzards, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, blackouts and heat waves. There is no better time than right now to prepare for the next disaster. Visit http://www.getreadycapitolregion.org for instructions on how to prepare for these events:

Residents need to be ready by following these three easy steps:

Other Sources:

West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District
West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District works to prepare its staff and the community to be ready for any emergency impacting the public health. The staff continues to plan for infectious disease outbreaks, weapons of mass destruction, natural and man-made emergencies and a host of other scenarios. They are trained to work with other town departments as well as local, regional and state partners within the framework of the National Incident Management System.

Tips on Communicating during a Disaster
When disaster strikes, you want to be able to communicate by both receiving and distributing information to others. You may need to call 9-1-1 for assistance, locate friends or family, or let loved ones know that you are okay. During disasters, communications networks could be damaged, lose power, or become congested. This fact sheet provides two important sets of tips. The first will help you prepare your home and mobile devices for a disaster. The second may help you communicate more effectively during and immediately after a disaster.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips
The Office of Public Information released tips on May 31, 2012 for families and businesses to be prepared in the event of a hurricane.