Between June 10 and 23, the Harvard Fire Department responded to three accidents and a reported smell of gas, and provided mutual aid to Boxborough. The Harvard muster team participated in and won the Wachusett Muster June 18.
Sunday, June 11
Seven firefighters responded to an automobile accident on Route 2 eastbound at 2 p.m. The firefighters secured the scene; the Harvard and Littleton ambulances each took two people to the hospital.
Saturday, June 17
At 9:38 a.m. nine Harvard firefighters responded to a two-car accident on Route 2 westbound between Taylor Road in Boxborough and Ayer Road. The firefighters used SpeedyDry to control the fluid spilled from one of the vehicles. The Harvard ambulance received three refusals for medical transport. One car drove away from the accident; a second vehicle was towed. Four firefighters and Engine 4 provided mutual aid to the Boxborough Fire Department, covering its station during the Boxborough Fifer Day celebration.
Sunday, June 18
An officer responded to a reported smell of gas on Tahanto Trail Sunday morning. The firefighter checked the property but found no abnormal readings. Father’s Day afternoon the Harvard firefighters participated in the 91st Wachusett Muster. The Harvard firefighters competed in five events, and the women’s team, consisting of the firefighters’ wives and daughters, competed in a sixth event. The Harvard team’s average over the six events put it in first place.
Tuesday, June 20
Six firefighters responded to a three-car accident on Ayer Road near the Acton Medical office at 7:30 a.m. They found that a tire had been sheared off a pickup truck and that the truck was leaking radiator fluid and oil. The firefighters used SpeedyDry to contain the spill. The pickup and a car were towed; the third car was driven from the scene. All three drivers refused medical transport.
Wednesday, June 21
At the Wednesday night training, 15 firefighters practiced for a large structure fire at a commercial building in Littleton just past the end of Littleton County Road. They rehearsed all the steps for a fully involved structure, including setting up a water supply from the Cisco campus using Engine 4’s 3,000 feet of hose. The training ran from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FACTOID
With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Lt. Bill Barton reminds residents and friends, “Be safe and let the professionals handle the fireworks.”
The Fire Department Log is written every other week by a Harvard Press reporter based on information gleaned from daily logs and interviews with a department firefighter.