Between Sept. 16 and Sept. 29, the Harvard Fire Department responded to one car crash, one automatic house alarm, one report of an unknown odor, and two requests for help with smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Chief Rick Sicard conducted four smoke/carbon monoxide alarm inspections.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Four firefighters assisted at a three-car crash on Ayer Road at 1:18 p.m. The firefighters collected the crash debris from the road; no fluids were spilled. All three drivers refused medical transport; two cars were towed, and one was driven from the scene. At 1:20 p.m. a second call came in for an automatic alarm on Slough Road. Three firefighters responded. The firefighters checked the entire house with a handheld gas meter; all readings were normal. They located the faulty alarm and reset it. Both teams returned to the station at 2:30 p.m.
The building maintenance crew at Hildreth Elementary School smelled an odor near the furnace at 9:19 a.m. and requested that a fire officer check the building. Lt. Andrew Perry metered the utility room and the surrounding area; all readings were normal. Lt. Perry recommended that the furnace be serviced.
At the Wednesday night training, firefighters practiced with ladders and Tower 1. The ladder training included raising and lowering the ladders, placing ladders to access a roof, and raising and lowering tools on ropes. The Tower 1 training focused on positioning the fire engine’s bucket at a precise location on the roof. The firefighters placed three orange road cones on the roof of the station and tied a fourth cone under the bucket; the firefighter in the cab had to move the tower and then lower the hanging cone onto the three cones on the roof.
Saturday, Sept. 23
The Harvard Police Department requested assistance with an alarm sounding in a home on Still River Depot Road at 8 p.m. When Lt. Perry arrived he could clearly hear the alarm. The fire and police officers got into the home through an open window. Lt. Perry metered the building with the handheld gas meter; all readings were normal. He then located and disconnected the faulty detector and left a note for the homeowner explaining what had happened and recommending they replace the device.
Friday, Sept 29
Lt. Bill Barton responded to a 9 p.m. call from a Slough Road homeowner about a sounding smoke detector. When he arrived he discovered that the detectors had been disabled. He explained to the homeowner that the detectors display codes that tell the firefighters why they triggered. Lt. Barton checked the entire house with the gas meter and looked for signs of gas or smoke, but he found no signs of either. He cleaned and reset the detectors
FIRE DEPARTMENT FACTOID
Harvard is part of Massachusetts Fire District 8, also known as the Mid-State Fire Mutual Aid Association, created in 1957 and covering northern Worcester County. The association provides mutual aid of personnel and equipment in the region and provides an organized system for fire departments to work together across municipal boundaries in emergencies. District 8 has several specialist teams that train throughout the year. Harvard firefighters Lt. Greg Harrod and Paul Morris are on the District 8 Rescue, Confined Space, High Angle, Trench, and Structural Collapse teams. District 8 also has Swift Water, Dive, and Animal Rescue teams. On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Dive Team trained in Bare Hill Pond. The team asked to use Harvard’s rescue boat during training, and Lt. Perry spent the day with them in the boat.
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.