Between Aug. 18 and Aug. 31 the Harvard Fire Department responded to one motorcycle accident, five fire alarm activations, three smoke detector alarms, and one elevator rescue. Lieutenant Andrew Perry inspected three smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, three oil burners, two commercial buildings, two dumpsters, one residential sprinkler, and one fuel transfer tank inspection.
During the week of Aug. 19, Chief Rick Sicard and Lt. Perry conducted fire and safety inspections at Hildreth Elementary School and the Bromfield School. Inspections involved making sure all doors close properly; checking that fire extinguishers have been recently serviced; evaluating accuracy of evacuation maps; and providing awareness of protocols to school staff.
Saturday, Aug. 18
At 6:14 a.m. five firefighters and one recruit responded to a smoke detector alarm at a Depot Road residence. Investigation found no smoke or fire, and the homeowner was advised to call an electrician.
Monday Aug. 20: At 2:24 p.m. the Fire Department received a call that someone was stuck inside an elevator at the Harvard Public Library. Five firefighters and the chief rescued the individual.
Tuesday, Aug. 21
At 8:20 p.m. seven firefighters and three recruits responded to a Stow Road address for a fire alarm activation. There was no sign of smoke or fire, and no apparent cause was found. The owner was advised to reset the system.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
At 7:58 a.m. three firefighters responded to a Bare Hill Road home address for multiple smoke detectors going off. After the firefighters found no smoke or fire, the cause of the alarm was determined to be an apparent malfunction, and the resident was advised to consult an electrician.
Thursday, Aug. 23
At 2:50 p.m. Lt. Perry responded to an Old Meadow Lane address for an apparent fire alarm activation in a house without a fire alarm. The source was a malfunctioning burglar alarm.
Friday, Aug. 24
At 6:15 p.m. three firefighters were dispatched to Route 2 westbound, at a point west of the Ayer Road overpass, for a single motorcycle crash. The Fire Department provided scene safety while an ambulance transported one individual with possible injuries to a nearby hospital.
Saturday, Aug. 25
t 11:59 a.m. five firefighters and one recruit responded to a fire alarm at the Bromfield School. Investigation found no smoke or fire. The cause was determined to be vapor from power-washing equipment for the locker rooms. At 9:10 p.m. six firefighters and two recruits responded to an Ayer Road building for a fire alarm activation. No smoke or fire was found on scene, and the owner was advised to have the alarms inspected by an electrician.
Sunday, Aug. 26
At 3 a.m. Lieutenant Bill Barton responded to an officer call on Stow Road for a problem with a smoke detector. The batteries needed to be replaced; no other service necessary.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
At 10:58 p.m. six firefighters and a recruit responded to a Prospect Hill location for a fire alarm activation. After detecting no smoke or fire, the firefighters determined the alarms to be dirty and in need of a reset. Two firefighters took the department’s tanker vehicle to participate for an evening water-supply mutual-aid drill in Boylston, where the goal was to maintain a heavy flow of water out of a single nozzle for one hour (a volume of 600 gallons per minute was achieved). The department also held its monthly officers meeting.
Thursday Aug. 30
Chief Sicard and Lt. Perry conducted fire drills at Bromfield School and Hildreth Elementary School. All students participated.
Fire Department Factoid
Of the 23 firefighters (including officers) in the Harvard Fire Department, 14 are Harvard residents. Most nonresident members are either former residents or work in town.
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.