On Monday May 18th the department returned to normal staffing levels per the contract. The number of routine calls has dropped over the last two months, as many do not want to go to the hospital in fear of potential exposures. Since March 22, we have had 12 exposure forms completed due to flu like symptoms calls. Two members were tested and both were negative and we have had no lost time due to the virus. Surprisingly, we have had an increase in oven fires which is due to the increase in homeowners being at home due to the virus.
On March 1st, we began a special study at the request of the Fire Marshal. The special study looks at the impact of COVID-19 and all emergency responses. The data is based on entries into the department’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) software. The breakdown is as follows:
Study #Studies Percentage
COVID-19 Suspected 15 4.64%
COVID-19 Confirmed 2 0.62%
COVID-19 Not a factor 239 73.74%
Unknown 67 20.74%
On Thursday May 21, our inspectional program resumed on a limited basis. Inspections will not be conducted in any residence with occupants experiencing flu like symptoms.
We have been providing birthday drive-bys with Engine 2 over the last several weeks. Several members of the department have volunteered and we have not used on-duty staff.
The Fire Cadet Program started the end of January and was cut short due to the pandemic. High School seniors Liam Frazier and Jocelyn O’Toole participated in the program which lasted 6 weeks. Unfortunately, it was cut short before it could be completed.
I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.
The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs. I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts and to thank them.
I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.
I am pleased to announce that the Town of Medfield ISO rating for structural fire suppression has changed from Public Protection Class 4 to Public Protection Class 3. The ISO Public Protection Classification program plays an important role in the underwriting of insurance companies when dealing with personnel or commercial property insurance. The lower the rating the better the delivery of services. The new rating was made possible by the hard work of the Medfield Fire Department firefighters and fire officers.
The Fire Service Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts awarded the following “Massachusetts Firefighter Service Award” to five Medfield Fire Department firefighters for a combined 135 years of service to the Medfield Fire Department –
I was told at New ‘N Towne’s Ttouch a Truck event this morning that the firetruck that had the fire was a vintage 1980’s engine.
Chief Carrico states in an email received yesterday:
Specialty Vehicles is loaning us a 1989 Pierce Lancer with a 1500 gal pump and 1000 gal tank for $1. The only requirement is we have to carry a min. of $10,000 of insurance coverage and register it as a Medfield Vehicle.
MEDFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT
112 NORTH STREET • MEDFIELD, MA 02052
Phone: 508-359-2323 • Fax: 508-359-2212
William C. Carrico II, Fire Chief
May 02, 2019
From: Fire Chief William Carrico
This morning at approximately 0945 hours, while performing truck checks at the fire station, an electrical fire started in the cab of Engine 3. There is moderate damage to the cabs electrical system and the only way we could kill the power to the cab was to disconnect the batteries. We are working with Specialty Vehicles of Plainville to find a temporary replacement for the engine.
30+ years ago, my Newton dog walker friend went in to the pond by the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln after her golden retriever that had fallen through the ice, and my friend drown.
25+ years ago my golden retriever, Charlotte, went into the Charles on our weekend run one March morning, off the really beautiful trail that goes along the river behind the police firing range, just at the point where the river turns, such that the full current hits the bank where Charlotte went in. Because all the flow hitting at that point, the current was so strong that Charlotte had trouble getting back to the opening, despite paddling as fast as she could. For a few moments as I watched her struggle, I contemplated going in to help her out. Why not, after all, I had gone in the water to “teach her” to swim as a puppy – but that had been summer. Fortunately, Charlotte put on one sustained strong effort and got back to the opening and climbed out, and only one of us went home icy wet, while the other was left with strong memories of what almost happened.
Charlotte always went in the water on our winter runs, unless things were frozen solid.
I was just notified that Medfield Fire has received the Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) grant in the amount of $6,754. This is the first time in several years that the department has taken advantage of this award program. Fire Prevention Officer Lt. Mike Harman was instrumental in putting the grant application together, making sure it was sent out on time, and included key public fire and life safety initiatives planned for Medfield
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield select board member. I thought that my fellow Medfield residents would also find that information interesting and useful as well. This blog is my effort to assist in creating a system to push the information out from the Town House to residents. Let me know if you have any thoughts on how it can be done better.
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