The Medfield High School class of 1972 donated a linden tree that was planted and dedicated Saturday, 9/17/22 in front of the Blake Middle School (which in 1972 had been their MHS). They are celebrating their 50th reunion this weekend. Members I knew were Ron Gustafson, Tom LaPlante, and Bob Meaney.
Water restriction explanation issued today by the DPW – “All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited“
Water Conservation Restrictions
Current Water Conservation Status (updated Sept 8, 2022): The Town of Medfield is in a Level 2 – SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT status.
The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force meets periodically to re-evaluate the conditions of the State’s water supply. We remind all residents that the Town of Medfield is in a Tier 4 water restriction until the drought status improves. All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited at this time (this includes irrigation of new and existing lawns, car washing, house power washing etc.) We thank each and every one of our Medfield residents for their diligence in following the current water restrictions.
Received mutual aid 70 times; gave mutual aid 82 times
Had 238 box alarms (used to handle second medicals, fires, larger events) which cannot be handled with on-duty members
Averaged 6.2 members per box alarm including the 3 men on duty shift
Average response rate of full-time firefighters is 2% on recalls
Overall average response rate for the Call firefighters is 28%
Five Call members had a 57% recall rate
Five Call members had a 21% recall rate
Five Call members had a 6% recall rate
Trouble getting Call people engaged and getting them to return. People have other daytime jobs.
Ambulance 2 dispatched 84 times (60 second medicals, 4 third medicals, 30 mutual aid ALS transports) equalingequalling $66,000 in lost revenue because we couldn’t support second ambulance calls.
One full-time firefighter/medic left during his probationary period
We have a firefighter who replaced him that graduated from the State Fire Academy on Friday.
One outstanding AFG grant for portable radios
Equipment grant – waiting for 7 sets of fire gear
Capital purchases – have a capital item for radios (waiting for award of 2021 AFG grant recipients)
AED’s on the capital list have been ordered
Continue to maintain an active Call force
Continue staffing a fourth member to provide a second ALS ambulance
Staffing option is applying for the SAFER grant (Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response)
Provides funding for 4 full-time firefighter/medics at 3 years at no cost to the Town.
It covers salaries and benefits; it does not cover equipment and overtime.
In December/January, Chief Carrico will make request to the BOS to apply for this grant.
Benefit to having another medic on each group:
Adds a third medic to each shift
Staffs a second ALS ambulance
Keeps ALS in town
Provide two trucks out the door without calling a mutual aid Town
We meet compliance with two in and two out when in IDLH atmosphere (two firefighters outside to rescue the two firefighters inside if there is a problem)
Fire Alarm Monitoring Issue
The Fire Dept is operating a central station monitoring point for 66 locations.
Support for the software ends in January 2024
New system cost is $70,000; we cannot find a vendor; not worth continuing
Consider getting rid of the service. Tell citizens they will have to find their own monitoring especially if we ever go to a regional dispatch center.
Selectmen Peterson inquired about the intern program for young people interested in firefighting.
Chief Carrico said one young person attended the first and second class and is now a very active Call firefighter who will be attending EMT training.
The Chief said he needs the second paramedic to run the second ALS service.
He discussed revenue generation with Selectmen. He said “it is never going to be self-sufficient, but the end result is providing a service to the community and taking care of our own which is where we want to be. When we get deep with medicals, we have to call our mutual aid partners.”
Selectmen Peterson asked for confirmation that the SAFER grant would add a fourth firefighter/paramedic.
Chief Carrico said yes, this would get the department four men on every group.
Mr. Peterson asked for the breakdown between EMTs and paramedics in the department.
The Chief said he has 8 paramedics and 4 EMTs.
Chief Carrico discussed the expiration of software for the central station monitoring point and how this effects citizens. He did look at a product by Norel which was not user friendly.
He discussed the regional system in which he would like the Town to engage.
Selectmen Peterson inquired about fiber optic cables the Fire Dept. laid around Town many years ago. Chief Carrico said the technology is outdated. The systems currently in use are radio boxes.
Mr. Murby asked Chief Carrico to clarify how the boxes work and how citizens using the direct home monitoring will need to hire their own monitoring company which then notifies the Fire Department.
Chair Carrico said the fire alarm system is now connected to a radio box. The radio box sends a signal to the Fire Department receiver, and it ends up on a computer screen. Presently, the Fire Department charges each homeowner $180 annually to provide the service.
Chief Carrico said citizens could see a 30-45 second delay in the call.
Mr. Murby asked for confirmation that when they first looked at ALS with the Study Committee, they were projecting revenues to be around $150,000. We are at almost three times that net revenue. We’re thinking about bringing in a fourth one now so we can run a second ALS ambulance.
Maurice Goulet, Director of the DPW addressed the status of the drought and the watering ban issues at the Select Board meeting last night.
My key take always were:
despite recent rains and an easing of the drought tiers, the town still has an outdoor watering ban in effect, so that only hand held outdoor watering is currently permitted.
Moe said that the town will re-examine that status in the near term (week to two weeks), to see if lawn irrigation can be permitted so as to allow residents to plant and establish new grass this fall before it becomes too late to do so.
Celebrate Women is one of many concerts, festivals, and events organized by Bellforge for the summer. For more information about the Bellforge Arts Center, including a schedule of upcoming programs and events, please visit www.bellforge.org. For more information about the Blackstone Valley String Quartet, please visit www.blackstonevalleyquartet.com.
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The Bellforge Arts Center is a new multi-arts complex being built on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital to support artists, expand cultural opportunities, and nurture the creative community. Bellforge currently offers outdoor concerts, festivals, and community events, along with over 200 miles of nature trails and outdoor recreation space. Once fully renovated, the center will also offer visual and performing arts studios, arts education, a 300-seat performance venue, and more.
The Blackstone Valley String Quartet’s mission is to bring quality music to the community in the Blackstone Valley area and beyond. They provide community concerts, perform for local community events, volunteer time for community projects and provide event services. The BVQ is committed to the goal of providing quality musical experiences for all areas of community life.
I hold regular monthly Select Board office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, but last week The Center was getting ready for primary voting, so September’s office hours will be tomorrow.
Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.
Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on). I can be reached at 508-359-9190.
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