The Georgetown Fire Department is pleased to announce it will be holding it’s annual open house on Wednesday, October 10th from 4pm – 7pm at the Fire Department Headquarters, 47 Central Street. Come visit and see the station, fire trucks and several demonstrations will be available. We hope to see you there!
During the week of August 19 – August 25, the Georgetown Fire Department responded to the following incidents or provided assistance:
Request for Emergency Medical Assistance: 5
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1
Public Assistance: 7
Smoke Detector Activation: 1
Carbon Monoxide Detector Activation: 1
Total Responses: 15
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Georgetown, Groveland and Newbury Fire Departments Awarded Regional FEMA Grant to Purchase New Safety Equipment
GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Groveland Interim Fire Chief Richard York and Newbury Fire Chief Douglas Janvrin are pleased to announce that a regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant will allow all three departments to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), SCBA masks, air tank cylinders and Pak-Trackers.
The $629,254 regional grant will provide each department with lifesaving devices to replace their aging equipment.
“Obtaining this grant is part of a regional effort between our departments to work closer to increase safety for all three communities,” Chief Mitchell said. “This award enables us to better protect firefighters responding to an incident and the residents we serve every day.”
FEMA awarded a total of 101 SCBAs, 101 SCBA masks and 202 air pack cylinders to the three departments to replace their current equipment. All ladder and engine trucks will now have SCBAs and cylinders for every person on board.
Georgetown Fire Department: 30 SCBAs, 30 SCBA masks and 60 cylinders
Groveland Fire Department: 32 SCBAs, 32 SCBA masks and 62 cylinders
Newbury Fire Department: 39 SCBAs, 39 SCBA masks and 69 cylinders
Georgetown, Groveland and Newbury will also receive one Pak-Tracker each, which syncs to SCBAs’ GPS systems to pinpoint firefighters’ exact locations while inside a building.
“These Pak-Trackers will allow us to quickly locate and respond in the event that a firefighter becomes injured or trapped,” Chief Janvrin said. “We are now better prepared to respond to an emergency situation and save lives.”
In order to receive the grant, Georgetown, Groveland and Newbury committed to paying 10 percent of the total cost of the equipment. The three communities will split the $62,925 cost, with each allocating approximately $20,000.
Recognizing the need for new equipment, the three departments, under the leadership of Chief Mitchell, Chief Janvrin and retired Groveland Chief Robert Lay, worked cooperatively to complete the FEMA grant application. Georgetown Firefighter Taylor Balletto wrote the grant with assistance from Newbury Capt. Rob Serino, which was then submitted in February. The fire departments received notification of the grant award in July.
“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant to improve our access to lifesaving equipment,” Chief York said. “We hope to continue this regional partnership for future endeavors and projects that will directly benefit our residents.”
Administered through FEMA, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant works to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, grant allocations have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Georgetown Fire Department Responds to Transfer Station Fire
GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. reports that the Georgetown Fire Department extinguished a fire at the transfer station Wednesday night.
At 11:03 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 1, firefighters were dispatched to G. Mello Disposal Corporation, 203 East Main St., for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, first responders observed that a building on the property was fully engulfed in flames and began an aggressive attack.
Firefighters from Engines 1 and 4, Ladder 1 and Ambulance 11 responded to the scene and worked through the early morning hours to extinguish the fire. They eventually cleared the scene at approximately 3 a.m.
The Topsfield, Boxford and West Newbury Fire Departments provided station coverage during the response.
The cause of the fire is undetermined but is not believed to be suspicious.
Georgetown Firefighters put their skills to the test in vehicle extrication training on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. During the training evolutions, members worked with the many tools the GTFD has at the ready to safely extract victims from just about any situation.
For the week ending June 30th, the Georgetown Fire Department responded to 13 incidents, and 18 public service calls (including inspections), for a total of 31 calls for service:
Emergency Medical Services: 4
Alarm Activations: 8
Inspections and other public service calls: 18
Other response: 1
Georgetown Firefighters and Police honored Raymond, ME fire captain David Mains today, as he was transported back to his hometown in Maine, after he was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 495 in Chelmsford earlier this week. Fire and police personnel honored Captain Mains as his motorcade passed the Route 133 overpass as they headed north. Many other North Shore fire departments also manned the overpasses in their towns to show support.
A heat wave is coming to New England, and residents are urged to take all precautions necessary to stay safe and healthy.
Temperatures will be in the 80s today, but Saturday-Thursday will see five straight days of temperatures over 90 degrees, with Sunday-Tuesday featuring temperatures that will approach 100 degrees.
The following information was released by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at 7:15 Friday morning:
Beginning today and continuing through the weekend into next week
Heat and humidity will build across Southern New England, however at times there will be relief along the coast in part due to onshore sea-breezes.
Nevertheless, there is the risk with prolonged outdoor heat and exposure of heat-related illnesses, especially for people who are not wearing loose, light-weight clothing and/or are out in the sun for long periods of time.
Plenty of sunshine with a UV index of 9 or above, protection from sun damage is recommended. Highs ranging from the upper 80s to mid 90s. Heat indices as high as 105 degrees. High confidence.
For July 4
In addition to heat and humidity, there is the chance on the 4th for afternoon into evening scattered showers and thunderstorms.
As always, with cloud to ground lightning there is the threat to life. High confidence on heat and humidity, however lower with any inclement weather, associated timing and impacts.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.
Preparedness and Safety Information
- Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/thunderstorm-and-lightning-safety-tips
- Extreme Heat Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-heat-safety-tips
- Tornado Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips
Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.
Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times:http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html
Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Taunton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org
Georgetown Fire Department Week in Review – Week of June 4, 2018
Total Incidents: 20
Requests for Emergency Medical Assistance: 8
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1
Smoke Detector Activation (no fire): 2
Service Calls (includes inspections, and requests for public assistance): 9
On May 24th, Georgetown Firefighters participated in simulated exercises in the home in front of the Central Fire Station which has been acquired by the town. The home will be demolished in the near future, but provided valuable space for some training. Firefighters practiced skills in hose advancement, search and rescue, and truck operations.