State Fire Marshal Announces Candle Safety Day is December 9

STOW, MA – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced that Monday, December 9, 2019 is Candle Safety Day and advised people to use candles safely during this holiday season and throughout the year. The second Monday in December has been established as Candle Safety Day by MGL C.6: S.12XX to promote the safe use of candles in the Commonwealth.

More Candle Fires Happen During Winter Holidays
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Candles are a traditional part of our holiday celebrations, but sadly, this increase in candle use causes an increase in candle fires.” The majority of candle fires happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and many occur on Christmas Day.

    • On Christmas Day, December 25, 2018, at 3:01 p.m., the Canton Fire Department was called to a candle fire in a 14-unit apartment building. The candle ignited the linen in a basement apartment bathroom. No one was injured at this fire. Alarms were present but it was undetermined if they operated. The building was not sprinklered and damages were estimated at $70,000.

Burn Candles Inside a 1-Foot Circle of Safety
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey recommends that in order to reduce the risk of fire, burn candles inside a 1-foot Circle of Safety, and offers these safety tips:

  • Burn candles inside a one-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
  • Never leave candles burning unattended.
  • Always extinguish candles after use.
  • When you go out, blow it out.
  • Use a non-combustible saucer or candleholder.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Consider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.

Switch to Flameless Candles
To be safe, consider using flameless candles in your home. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage instead of traditional candles.

Over 1/3 of Candle Fires in Homes Occurred in the Bedroom
In 2018, candles caused 97 fires, five civilian injuries, five firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $3.4 million in damages. Of the 75 candle fires in homes, one-third occurred in the bedroom. It is all too easy to fall asleep and leave a candle burning unattended. “Remember to blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. Candle fires have dropped 72% since they peaked at 342 in 1999. “Although candle fires are decreasing, we must continue to practice safe candle use,” he added.

No Fatal Candle Fires in 2018
There were no fatal candle fires in 2018. However there were six civilian deaths in six candle fires between 2014 and 2018.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/dfs and type in candle safety in the search bar or go directly to our Candle Safety webpage.

Brewster Fire Conducts Search and Rescue Training

On Wednesday November 20 department members participated in search and rescue training using the fire department facility’s new smoke room. After a short classroom session focusing on primary search techniques, incident size-up, building construction, types of searches, and the use of webbing to rescue downed firefighters personnel joined in a hands-on session practicing a variety of search and rescue techniques in a smoke filled environment using the departments new personal thermal imaging camera equipment. Conducting hands-on training of this type is critical to improving the competency, coordination, and operational effectiveness of our firefighters.

 

Ambulance Expected in December

Delivery of New The departments new ambulance which is being built in Sumner, Idaho by Life-Line Emergency Vehicles is in the middle stages of production (see photos). The vehicle is being built on a Ford F550 4 x 4 chassis. The chassis and interior patient area is modeled after our current ambulances to ensure consistency and operational efficiency. The department has had proven success with the quality construction of Life-Line Vehicles and the customer support provided by their local sales representative Specialty Vehicles of Plainville, MA. The vehicle, which is expected to be delivered in December is being purchased through a lease program using funds from the ambulance revenue account.    

Wake and Funeral Arrangements Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard

 

Local 1009 regrets to announce the Line of Duty Death of Lt Jason Menard, Ladder Company 5 – Group 2.

Wake/Calling hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St.  Worcester, MA


Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 44 Temple St.  Worcester MA

Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard

 

 



Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard, 39, of Worcester, died while operating at a multi-residential structure fire at 7 Stockholm St. earlier this morning. When his company Ladder 5 arrived at the burning building just before 0100 hours there was heavy fire coming from the building with reports of a baby possibly trapped on the third floor.


Reports are that. “Lt. Menard heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to help another trapped firefighter, helping him out the window. Fire conditions overtook the third floor at this time, and Lt. Menard was unable to escape.” Three other firefighters were injured the fire, one of whom suffered critical injuries. Lt. Menard leaves behind his wife, Tina, three children and his parents. Our sincere condolences and sympathy to the members of Worcester Fire, the injured members, and the Menard family.  

 

Brewster Fire/Rescue Offers Community CPR Training

The Brewster Fire Department will be hosting a Community CPR Training program on Tuesday November 12 at 6:00 p.m. 

Attendees will be trained in basic CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). There is a ($22.50) processing charge for those attendees wishing to obtain a CPR certification card. A check made payable to Sylvester Consultants and submitted on the night of the program is required. 

The program will be held at Brewster Fire Headquarters 1671 Main Street.

Individuals interested in completing this life saving training should call Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 to confirm attendance. 

 

 

Be Prepared to Save a Life, Learn CPR! 

Regional Community Emergency Response Team Graduates Thirty-Eight Members

On Tuesday October 29 fifteen Brewster residents and twenty-three other members of the newly formed Brewster/Orleans/Chatham/Harwich (BOCH) Community Emergency Response Team received their graduation certificates after completing a 20 hour Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) basic CERT training program. These volunteers are now prepared to act as a community “force multiplier,” taking care of non-critical tasks like checking homes after an evacuation, reporting dangerous events, and offering basic medical care during and after natural or man-made disasters ultimately freeing trained professionals to focus on the more critical and dangerous rescue duties that they are equipped and trained to manage.

In addition to this disaster assistance local Emergency management and public safety officials from the communities plan to use the regional team in a variety of ways including providing logistical and management support during non-emergency events such as parades, volunteer recruitment activities, town meetings, and road races, and during emergencies when storm shelter administration, cooling/warming shelter operations, and emergency operations center functions are initiated.

The course was delivered over several weeks by a team of public safety officials from the participating communities and certified instructors from the Dennis-Yarmouth CERT team. Their training included:  

  • Disaster Preparedness: Addresses a variety of hazards specific to the communities and actions that participants and their families can take before, during, and after a disaster to prepare for and survive an event.
  • Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, and fire suppression strategies. The thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
  • Medical Operations: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques. Evaluation of patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid.
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, and rescuer safety.
  • Psychology and Team Organization: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers including PTSD.
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation: Participants review and practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a hands-on disaster scenario.

Congratulations to the newly certified members of BOCH Cert!

 

 

Fire Officials Ask People to Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms This Weekend

 


STOW, MA – “This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Working smoke alarms are key to surviving a fire. This is a good time of year to replace regular batteries in your alarms, to test them, and to check for their birthdates. If they are more than 10- years old, replace the entire alarm,” he added.

Replace Aging Smoke Alarms
“Smoke alarms, like other household appliances, don’t last forever,” said Chief Dennis Condon, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, “Every ten years the entire alarm needs to be replaced, not just the batteries,” he added. Carbon monoxide alarms usually need to be replaced after 5-7.

Replacement Alarms Should be Photoelectric With 10-year Sealed Batteries
The state fire code requires replacement battery-operated smoke alarms in older one- and two-family homes to be photoelectric and have 10-year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable batteries and a hush feature,” Ostroskey said, “Fire officials hope that if we make smoke alarms easier for people to maintain, they will take care of them. We see too many disabled smoke alarms in fires when people really needed them to work.”

Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire
“Time is your enemy in a fire. Working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible.” said Ostroskey.

Condon said, “No one expects to be a victim of a fire, but the best way to survive one that does occur is to have working smoke alarms.” In the average house fire, there are only 1-3 minutes to escape AFTER the smoke alarm sounds. He added, “Take a few minutes to protect those you love by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms this weekend. Then take a step stool and some 9-volts to your parents’ or older neighbor’s and ask if you can refresh their smoke alarms.”

Senior SAFE
Two hundred forty (240) fire departments across the state have grant-funded Senior SAFE Programs. Seniors who need help testing, maintaining or replacing smoke alarms should contact their local fire department or senior center for assistance. Ostroskey said, “Four out of every ten people who died in fires last year were over 65. We want our seniors to be safe from fire in their own homes.”

For more information on smoke alarms or the Senior SAFE Program, please go to www.mass.gov/dfs or contact your local fire department.

Fire Marshal offers Halloween safety tips

STOW, MAFrom Mass Department of Fire Services: State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in offering fire and life safety tips for celebrating Halloween said, “Consider using battery-operated tea lights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent fires, and keep all decorations away from heat and flames.”

More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety. State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them. Remind children to cross at corners and use crosswalks.”

Drivers should use extra caution: drive more slowly and turn headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Trick-or-Treating
• Switch to battery operated candles.
• Keep all decorations like cornstalks and hay away from heat sources and lit candles.
• Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.
• Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.
• If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
• Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.
• Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It is best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group, with a cell phone and flashlight.
• Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars.
• Teach children to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, do not run across the street.
• Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.
• After use, remember to put matches and lighters away in a high, locked cabinet, because children may be tempted to relight jack-o-lanterns themselves without having the ability to understand the danger.

For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at www.mass.gov/dfs, type Halloween Safety in the search bar, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.

Brewster Fire/Rescue Visits Local Schools for Fire Prevention Week

On Monday October 7 Captain Jeff Sturtevant and FF Richard Bunker visited the Town’s local elementary schools to present several classroom and hands-on based fire and life safety education programs to the students and staff. The sessions were designed to educate the attendees on several fire and life safety tips such as smoke detector use, calling 911, kitchen fire safety, crawling low in smoke, stop, drop, and roll, and developing and practicing home escape plans. During the day staff utilized the department’s new Fire Safety Education trailer to create real-life scenarios using theatrical smoke and other built-in props to educate the students in these life-saving techniques. 

Brewster Fire/Rescue would like to thank the staff at the Eddy and Stony Brook Schools for supporting Fire Prevention Week and for allowing us to educate the children in these essential fire and daily life safety practices.