Emergency Management Agency

The Emergency Management Agency is made up of the Director of Emergency Management Richard S. Aguiar and two Deputy Directors. The First Deputy Director is Captain Patricia Aguiar and oversees all clerical work pertaining to Emergency Management Operations. The Second Deputy Director is Lieutenant Victor Farias and represents the Fire Department Special Service Unit. He oversees the Fire Department Special Service members in the event of a Citywide Emergency. The Third Deputy Director is Captain Christopher Caron. He oversees all FEMA and MEA’s information requests.

The Emergency Management Agency is operated by all volunteers that are on call for any type of emergency within Fall River, or any surrounding communities that request assistance through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

EMA is primarily is self-sufficient though the EMPG Grants.

Our agency is called upon to render our services to our City by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency during a Citywide Declared Emergency by the Governor of the Commonwealth, the Mayor of Fall River, the Fire Chief, Police Chief or the Emergency Management Director.

EMA also mitigates and puts all plans together for evacuation procedures for private, public, and catholic schools, nursing homes, daycare centers, private and public buildings and facilities in Fall River.

Responsibilities Include

It is the Mission of the Emergency Management Agency/Fire Department Special Service Unit to provide service to our City and the surrounding communities that call upon us for assistance during a Citywide Emergency, Man-made or Natural Disaster.
It is also our intent to protect the lives and property of our residents by mitigating a situation before it occurs by having plans in place for the welfare and safety not only for our citizens but visitors as well.

Additional Resources

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Emergency Preparation Guides | Get Involved

MEMA Hurricane Messages & Toolkit 2023 | MEMA Hurricane Messages & Toolkit 2023 Spanish


508.324.2733 ext. 107
Deputy Chief Richard S. Aguiar
Director of Emergency Management
Fire Department Headquarters
140 Commerce Drive
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720