Corrected and updated July 9, 2018
Between June 23 and June 29, the Harvard Fire Department responded to two officer calls, two automatic alarms, one car accident, and one vehicle fire. The department also provided mutual aid to Sterling. Lt. Andrew Perry inspected five smoke/CO detectors and one residential sprinkler. He also conducted nine blasting inspections.
Saturday, June 23
Five firefighters provided mutual aid to the town of Sterling at 6:26 a.m. for a garage fire. The Harvard crew stayed near the fire location awaiting instructions; the Sterling fire crew managed to control the fire before it spread to the house. The Harvard crew was back in Harvard by 8:30 a.m. At 5:10 p.m. a Pond Road resident called and requested assistance with an unknown alarm. Lt. Greg Harrod investigated. Ultimately he found the sound was coming from the septic system. He advised the homeowner to call the septic company. And at 8:09 p.m. five firefighters went to West Bare Hill Road in response to an automatic carbon monoxide alarm. The firefighters checked the house with a handheld gas meter but found no abnormal readings. They silenced the alarm and advised the residents to call the alarm company.
Wednesday, June 27
At 1:20 p.m. a two-car crash on Ayer Road brought five firefighters and Chief Rick Sicard to the scene. The firefighters provided scene safety and waited until both cars were towed. The Harvard and Ayer ambulances each took one occupant to the hospital. The fire officers held their monthly meeting from 6 to 11 p.m. Included on the agenda were interviews of three new recruits.
Thursday, June 28
Lt. Perry responded to a Whitney Road family’s request for assistance with a sounding carbon monoxide detector at 1:20 a.m. Perry found low readings of CO in the house; he called and requested that an engine respond with additional equipment and three more firefighters. The family members and their dog waited in the car while the firefighters shut off the gas to the HVAC system and ventilated the house. The firefighters advised the homeowner to have the system serviced. The firefighters were back at the station at 3:31 a.m. But at 4:53 a.m. a ringing smoke detector called Perry to Slough Road. He found multiple expired detectors in the home and advised the owner to replace them.
Friday, June 29
At 3:54 p.m. seven firefighters and the chief responded to Simon Atherton Row for a box truck fire. While the crew of Engine 2 put out the fire, the crew on Engine 1 brought additional water, checked for hot spots, and wet down the surrounding area.
Monday, July 2
Four Harvard firefighters are also licensed pyrotechnicians and work at fireworks displays across Massachusetts. Harvard firefighter Wally Shaw led the technicians who set off the fireworks at Fruitlands this year.
Fire Department Factoid
Justin Warren has been promoted to lieutenant in the Harvard Fire Department, effective July 1. Serving in the department runs in the family: Justin’s cousin is Lt. Andrew Perry, his father is retired Lt. Rob Warren, and his grandfather is retired Chief Peter Warren.
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.
Editor's note: This article has been corrected and updated. In the original article, Lt. Justin Warren's father was said to be Stephen Perry. Justin Warren's father is actually retired Lt. Rob Warren.