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Map of Woburn 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

Woburn Fire Department


Community served: Woburn, Mass.
Department type: Career firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 5
Fire stations (town): 5
Square miles (town): 12.9
Square miles per station (town): 2.6 [ 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: 97.0%
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   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 97.9%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 92.3%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 329 60 389
Fires with slower response 7 5 12
Total building fires studied 336 65 401

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: 4
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): $5,938,272
Fire spending as percent of total budget, FY 2003 (town only): 7.4% [ See rankings ]
Fire spending as percent of total budget, FY 1987 (town only): 6.6%
Fire spending per capita, FY 2003 (town only): $157 [ See rankings ]
Fire spending per capita, FY 1987, in 2003 dollars (town only): $116
Change in fire spending per capita, 1987-2003 (town only): 35.6%
Change in other municipal spending per capita, 1987-2003, adjusted for inflation (town only): 20.5%
Fire spending per housing unit, FY 2003 (town only): $396
Fire spending per square mile, FY 2003 (town only): $460,592

Community information
County: Middlesex
Population, 2004 (estimate): 37,784
Occupied housing units, 2000: 14,997
Median family income, 1999: $66,364
Population growth, 1990-2000: 3.7%
Population growth, 1980-1990: -3.5%
Tax base (assessed value per capita), FY 2004: $129,888
Total assessed value, FY 2004: $4,907,688,100
Single-family tax rate, FY 2004: $8.88

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