Between Nov. 11 and Nov. 24, the Harvard Fire Department responded to one report of possible carbon monoxide, one request for mutual aid, one car accident, one automatic alarm, and one fire officer call. Lt. Andrew Perry conducted 14 oil burner/oil tank inspections, two smoke/carbon monoxide alarm inspections, and three liquid propane inspections.
Saturday, Nov. 11
The Police Department requested that the Fire Department check a structure for carbon monoxide at 10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive person at an Old Schoolhouse Road residence. Seven firefighters responded. While the Harvard ambulance crew assessed patients, the firefighters checked the building with a handheld gas meter. All readings were normal. One person was taken to Emerson Hospital with Advanced Life Support; another person refused medical transport.
Wednesday, Nov 15
At 12:30 p.m. the Ayer Fire Department requested mutual aid at a structure fire. Five firefighters responded, while three waited at the station. En route to the fire the firefighters were redirected to a three-car crash in Ayer. When they arrived they found the occupants already out of their vehicles. The firefighters directed traffic while tow trucks separated the vehicles; the three additional firefighters arrived at 1:45 p.m. to assist with scene cleanup, including using an absorbent to contain fluid leaks. At 1:30 p.m. an automatic alarm came in from the Unitarian Universalist Church. The three firefighters waiting at the station walked to the UU Church, checked the alarm system, checked the building, and reset the alarm, which resumed normal function; they finished just as the crew in Ayer requested their assistance. The Wednesday night training was about elevators. An instructor from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy spoke on how elevators work during emergencies, elevator entry, and elevator rescues. Sixteen firefighters participated. At 7:30 p.m., during the training, a call came in of a car off the road on Shaker Road. Six firefighters responded. They found that the car had gone off the road and landed on a large rock. CBK Towing had to bring its rotator truck to pick the car up off the rock to avoid leaks. The firefighters were back at the station at 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
An Eldridge Road resident requested that a fire officer check the home because the furnace was off. Lt. Perry responded. There were no alarms sounding. He checked the house with the gas meter; all readings were normal. He reassured the homeowner and reset the furnace.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FACTOID
The Fire Department strung holiday lights on the tree on the Common. Because the new tree is only 16 feet tall, the new LED lights were put up with ladders, and Tower 1 was not used. Chief Rick Sicard, Lt. Bill Barton, Lt. Perry, and Town Administrator Tim Bragan did the decorating.
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.