Fire Log: February 16 to March 1, 2019

Between Feb. 16 and March 1 the Harvard Fire Department responses included three reports of trees that had fallen on wires during the Feb. 25 wind storm. Lt. Andrew Perry conducted four inspections. Chief Rick Sicard, Lt. Perry, and Lt. Justin Warren attended the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts Professional Development Conference Feb. 26-28.

Sunday, Feb. 17
Lt. Warren trained four probationary firefighters from 9 a.m. to noon at the station. They practiced using saws and watched a Jaws of Life demo. Concurrently, at the DPW, Lt. Perry trained four firefighters on how to extend the boom and position the basket on Tower 1 to enable access to a roof from different angles.

Monday, Feb. 18
At 6:04 a.m. the temperature monitor at the Still River Fire Station sent a “low temperature” signal. Lt. Warren, the officer-on-call, checked the station and reset the furnace. At 10:27 a.m. nine firefighters and two recruits responded to an Ayer Road business where the sprinkler system had malfunctioned and briefly activated. The Fire Department shut off the water to the system and reset the alarm. The unit was unoccupied; there was no damage.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Nine firefighters, Chief Sicard, and three recruits went to Prospect Hill Road at 2:04 p.m. to assist with a car that was accidentally driven through the fence and into the field at the overlook. The CBK Towing rotator pulled the car back to the road. The six officers held their monthly meeting from 7 to 11 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
At the monthly department meeting from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Chief Sicard, 19 firefighters, and five recruits practiced different methods of moving hose lines, including pulling them through a building and moving them up ladders. Lt. Warren led the training in the snow.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Chief Sicard, seven firefighters, and three recruits responded to a Mass. Ave. home at 3:49 p.m. to assist a pet sitter who was locked out. The firefighters were able to contact the homeowner and gain access.

Sunday, Feb. 24
Chief Sicard taught the classroom section of the vehicle extraction session of the EMT class from 9 a.m. to noon.

Monday, Feb. 25
At 1:13 p.m., as the wind storm started, the department received a report of a tree down on wires, possibly on fire, on Warren Avenue. Lt. Perry went directly to the scene, but before he got to his destination he found another tree and wires down, on fire, also on Warren Ave. Lt. Perry radioed the police officer at the first location, who reported there was no fire there. Perry then directed four other firefighters and three recruits to his location while the police secured the other scene. The firefighters secured their location, reported both locations to National Grid, and waited for a police detail to relieve them at 3:40 p.m. At 5:10 p.m. the department got a third report of a tree and wires down, this one on Bolton Road. Nine firefighters and six recruits reported to the station. Four firefighters took Engine 2 to Bolton Road, where they found two broken poles and power lines in the street and across two driveways. They stayed on scene until a police detail officer arrived at 11 p.m. At 6:44 p.m. the fire alarm at Town Hall went off, due to a power outage. The five firefighters and six recruits waiting at the station responded. At 9:41 p.m. the department received simultaneous “trouble” alarms from Bromfield House and Hildreth House. Lt. Perry and one recruit checked the first, while Deputy Chief Nigzus and one recruit checked the second. Both systems were signaling “no power.” Neither system was reset due to the power outage. All firefighters and recruits left the station at 11 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
A West Bare Hill Road resident reported a sounding carbon monoxide detector at 6:15 a.m. Nine firefighters and three recruits responded. The firefighters checked the house with the handheld gas meter; all readings were normal. They found a detector with a low battery and helped the owner replace the battery. At 8:43 a.m. an alarm company reported a CO alarm at a Madigan Lane residence. Four firefighters and two recruits responded. They checked the house with the gas meter; they found a detector with a low battery reading after 12 hours of no electricity.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Three firefighters and two recruits responded for an automatic fire alarm at a Jacob Gates Road residence at 12:37 p.m. The alarm was triggered by cooking. At 6:30 p.m. a car crash brought eight firefighters and two recruits to Candleberry Lane where a car hit a tree. The occupant refused medical help from the ambulance crew.

Thursday, Feb. 28
Lt. Warren and firefighter Rob Williams trained five recruits from 7 to 9 p.m. on how to use the self-contained breathing apparatus.

Friday, March 1
At 10:05 p.m. the low-temperature detector in the Still River station sent a “trouble” alarm. Deputy Chief Nigzus reset the furnace.

Fire Department Factoid

For those with a scanner, the call signs for the department’s equipment are:

  • 13-E1, 13-E2, 13-E3, 13-E4: Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4
  • 13-Tower 1: Tower 1
  • 13-T: tanker
  • 13-F: forestry truck
  • 13-boat 1: boat
  • 13-A: Harvard ambulance

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.

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