Email from Chief Carrico –
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.
William C. Carrico II
112 North Street
Medfield, MA 02052
(O) 508-359-2323 Ext 3186
Good fact based description of the virus risks we all face from today’s MassterList.com email –
1 – UMass Dartmouth biologist becomes a blogging sensation with post on coronavirus risks
|Erin S. Bromage, an associate professor of biology at UMass-Dartmouth, has become a sort of blogging star after he wrote an “impressively clear explanation” on how the coronavirus actually spreads, mostly via large crowds in confined spaces. The title of Bromage’s post: “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them.” It’s an impressively clear explanation indeed.
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
This friendly and happy chicken was found by Deb and Kristen near the Overlook at Medfield State Hospital yesterday afternoon. Call me at 508-359-9190 or email me at Osler.Peterson@OslerPeterson.com if it is yours.
From town web site –
Posted on: May 20, 2020
Dale Street School Project Seeks Community Input
The Dale Street School Project Building Committee is asking all Medfield residents for their input regarding the Dale Street School Building Project. Renovating or replacing the existing 80 year old Dale Street School has been a strategic objective for the School District and Town for several years.
As a follow-up to the May 19 Community Forum, the School Building Committee is asking the community to provide additional feedback on the project by completing the Dale Street School Project Community Survey. The survey is available to complete through May 27. The School Building Committee is hoping for a strong response to the survey and is looking forward to your input. The results of the survey will be shared with the community. Please reach out to DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com with any further questions.
Please take the following quick survey. Thank you for your time!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, a a Medfield Foundation inititive, administered by Medfield Youth Outreach, invites you to join their 2020 Medfield Shows their Heart Campaign…
In the spirit of relaxation and free time enjoyment, we would like to invite you to a Zoom yoga session graciously hosted by Tracy Buckley, owner and instructor at Medfield Yoga, on Saturday, 5/30/2020, at 11am. Please sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know if you would like to participate and we will send you the Zoom link. This is a very inclusive yoga session!
Together we can breathe deeply, stay calm, grounded and present! We are showing solidarity and togetherness, even as we remain physically distant.
Donations are welcome (online on the MFi website- follow the link below-right mouse click on Open Hyperlink or by mail), and please specify art class- Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
Medfield Foundation Donation Address
From our Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –
The Town of Medfield has the opportunity to pursue funding in order to create a local microenterprise grant program. Microenterprises are businesses with 5 or fewer employees, one of which is the owner. In order to determine the amount of the prospective funding request and how the program will operate if funded, we need to know more about microenterprises in Medfield. Please take this short survey: https://forms.gle/21XyGaYof2VAoKym9
Sarah Raposa, AICP
Two of Medield’s best, Park Street Books and the Medfield Food Cupboard team up this Saturday 10-4 –
Come see the Little Blue Truck and Donate Food
Stop by Medfield’s beloved Park Street Books on Saturday, May 23 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and take a photo with the adorable blue truck as described in the popular children’s book The Little Blue Truck — a story by Alice Schertle about friends helping friends. While stopping by for a fun photo, please consider bringing a bag of food to donate to the Medfield Food Cupboard. Requested kid-friendly food items include: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers, packets of oatmeal and cookies. Donors are encouraged to post their cute photos on Medfield Food Cupboard’s Facebook page. The rain date is set for Sunday, May 24.