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Map of Hudson fires
THIS MAP shows locations and response times for building fires from 1990-2002
Building fires: Green diamond  1-5 minute response Fire stations: Fire truck icon
Yellow diamond  6 minute response Click here for an interactive map
Red diamond  7-29 minute response

Hudson Fire Department


Community served: Hudson, Mass.
Department type: Mostly career firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 3
Fire stations (town): 3
Square miles (town): 11.8
Square miles per station (town): 3.9 [ See rankings ]
1 Some communities have more than one fire department.
 
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On-time response rates
SUMMARY:
On-time rate, building fires receiving a response within 6 minutes, 1986-2002: 98.5%
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   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 99.5%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 94.5%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 209 52 261
Fires with slower response 1 3 4
Total building fires studied 210 55 265

ISO insurance ratings
Insurance companies use ratings from ISO, a New Jersey company, to help determine fire insurance premiums. ISO rates communities on a scale from 1 (best) to 10 (no protection). The ratings are based on the community's fire department, water supply, and dispatch communications. The ratings are not based at all on response times. The same scale of 1 to 10 is applied to the effectiveness of building codes. In a split fire rating, such as 4/9, the second number applies to properties more than 1,000 feet from a hydrant.
ISO fire protection rating, Nov. 2004: 3
ISO building code rating, residential, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, commercial, Nov. 2004: 5

Municipal spending on fire protection
Fire spending FY 2003 (town only): $2,067,652
Fire spending as percent of total budget, FY 2003 (town only): 5.1% [ See rankings ]
Fire spending as percent of total budget, FY 1987 (town only): 2.5%
Fire spending per capita, FY 2003 (town only): $112 [ See rankings ]
Fire spending per capita, FY 1987, in 2003 dollars (town only): $83
Change in fire spending per capita, 1987-2003 (town only): 34.6%
Change in other municipal spending per capita, 1987-2003, adjusted for inflation (town only): -35.4%
Fire spending per housing unit, FY 2003 (town only): $296
Fire spending per square mile, FY 2003 (town only): $174,634

Community information
County: Middlesex
Population, 2004 (estimate): 18,465
Occupied housing units, 2000: 6,990
Median family income, 1999: $70,145
Population growth, 1990-2000: 5.1%
Population growth, 1980-1990: -0.8%
Tax base (assessed value per capita), FY 2004: $110,407
Total assessed value, FY 2004: $2,038,663,100
Single-family tax rate, FY 2004: $9.84

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