Fire Department

James P. Fallon

James P. Fallon

June 30, 1930 - January 7, 2018

FALLON, James P. Chief Brookline Fire Dept. (ret.). In South Yarmouth, formerly of Brookline on January 7, 2018. Beloved husband of 64 years to Lorraine P. (Merrithew) Fallon. Loving father of Gail Fallon McDonald and husband Ron of Pacifica, CA., Lori McGlynn and husband Paul of Dennis and James G. Fallon of Quincy. Dear brother of the late Mary C. Corbett, Rita N. Sokoloski, Kathleen P. Cotter, Louise M. Pearson, Thomas F., John J., Joseph P. and Edward M. Fallon. Adored grandfather of Elizabeth, Andrea, Jessica, P.J., Patrick and Lindsey also survived by his three cherished great grandchildren and many treasured nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Bell-O’Dea Funeral Home, 376 Washington St., Saturday morning at 9:10 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Brookline at 10:00. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Friday from 3:00 - 7:00. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. Late Army Veteran Korean War, former Vice President New England Fire Chiefs Association, Ret. Employee Steamship Authority, Hyannis, late member local 950 Brookline Fire Dept. and Teamster’s Union local 59. In lieu of flowers donations made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of Eastern Mass. 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA. 02452 or Alzheimer’s Association website.

Brookline Fire Department Media Relations

ISO Class

The Town of Brookline Fire Department is proud to announce our designation as a Class 1 Town by the Insurance Service Office, the highest possible rating for a municipality.

The Insurance Service Office, ISO, rates cities and their fire departments by risk level between 1 and 10, with 1 being the highest designation available. Many insurance companies use the ISO designation to assess insurance premium rates for homeowners and businesses. A Class 1 city designation can equate to lower insurance premiums for our residents and business owners depending on their respective insurance carriers. Brookline was previously designated a Class 2 city

The ISO ratings primarily are based on:

  • Fire department staffing, training, equipment and apparatus, station location and operations
  • Community risk-reduction efforts, including public education and fire-prevention programs
  • Water supply, including the volume of water available and the distribution of fire hydrants
  • Emergency communications, including 9-1-1 dispatch

Of the 47,000 communities covered in the country there are 241 Class 1 Fire Departments nationally and Brookline is only the 6th Department in Massachusetts to obtain this ranking.

Acting Chief Robert Ward is proud that the department’s continual efforts to improve fire safety for Brookline residents and visitors have been recognized by an increased ISO class rating. Most important, a Class 1 rating tells members of the Brookline fire service that their contributions and dedication to service and training are recognized and valued. It should be a source of pride for the men and women of our department and the community as a whole.

Keep Them Clear

On behalf of the officers and firefighters of the Brookline Fire Department, welcome to our website. We are pleased to present information about our department and the services we provide.

Fire & Rescue Services

The Fire Department provides fire and rescue services, as well as emergency medical services to the citizens of Brookline and its visitors. The department responds to approximately 7,500 calls per year.


It is our mission to protect life and property and lessen adverse effects on the environment by providing effective fire suppression, emergency medical services, specialized rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation.