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August 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 339 emergency incidents during the month of August including 37 box alarms and 302 still alarms.

The department responded to four requests for mutual aid during August, once each to Lynnfield, Peabody, Reading and Stoneham. It received mutual aid fourteen times during August, three times each from Lynnfield, Melrose and Reading, twice from North Reading and Stoneham and once from Woburn. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant Michael Long covered a vacant Stoneham fire station during an incident in that community during the early evening of August 4. Lt. Phil Preston and a crew from Engine 1 covered Reading Fire Headquarters during the afternoon of August 9 when a natural gas leak tied up Reading Fire crews. Lt. Michael Long and Firefighter Steven Bivens responded to the scene of a wall collapse at 327 Lowell Street in Peabody during the early evening of August 28 as part of a response from the Northeast Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team. The team worked to recover the body of an adult male who was killed when a retaining wall collapsed on him.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Christopher Smith responded to a reported structure fire in an electrical contracting warehouse at 7 Hart Street during the morning of August 9. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the building. Entry was quickly gained to the structure but extremely heavy smoke conditions initially hampered firefighters in their attempt to locate the fire. A second alarm was struck for manpower bringing crews from Melrose, North Reading, Reading and Stoneham to the scene. The fire was located and contained to an area at the rear of the second floor. The wooden flooring and adjacent floor supports in this area sustained significant fire damage with the remainder of the building sustaining smoke damage. The building is still structurally sound and can be repaired. An investigation determined the cause to be the collapse of temporary construction lighting which subsequently ignited the wooden flooring under it. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. A Woburn Engine and a Lynnfield ladder truck covered Wakefield Fire Headquarters during the fire.

Firefighter under Captain Brian Purcell responded to a reported structure fire at Colonial Point Apartments at 95 Audubon Road during the evening of August 15. Crews encountered a fire in the building’s main electrical room creating a smoke condition in the area and several upper floors as smoke made its way up the elevator shaft. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department quickly responded and killed power to the building, allowing firefighters to extinguish the fire. Many occupants of the 176-unit apartment building evacuated to the parking lot while electricians called to the scene by the property owner made emergency repairs to the electrical system. Additional firefighters from Lynnfield, Reading and Stoneham and units from Action Ambulance were called to the scene to help triage any occupants with medical needs and assist them in evacuating the building. The Wakefield Police Department responded to the scene and assisted with crowd control as the parking area was congested with several hundred residents from the complex. The Red Cross responded to the scene to provide food and water to the occupants and volunteers from Rahab 5 provided drinks and snacks for first responders. Power was eventually restored to the building after several hours. There were no injuries as a result of this fire and the occupants were able to remain in the complex, preventing the need to open an emergency shelter. Excellent cooperation between firefighters, police officers, paramedics, light department employees and the owner’s electrical contractors resulted in the rapid control of a dangerous situation that could have easily displaced hundreds of residents for an extended period.

The department’s new 1250 gallon-per-minute pumper was placed into service on August 8 as Engine 1 at fire headquarters in the Public Safety Building and immediately played an instrumental role in extinguishing the multiple alarm fire on Hart Street the next day. It has been named the Lucius Beebe Number 1 in honor of the town’s first engine 1 that was in service with the town from 1882 to 1907. The present engine 1 will be renumbered to engine 5 and used as a ready reserve engine at fire headquarters.

All four groups conducted training including roof cutting operations at 28 Sweetser Street from August 3-6 shortly before the building was demolished. All four groups participated in a class on Engine Company Operations conducted by an outside vendor from August 15-18. A group of youths participating in a summer camp sponsored by the Wakefield and Stoneham Police Departments visited Wakefield Fire Headquarters on August 17 and 24.

July 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 348 emergency incidents during the month of July including 38 box alarms and 310 still alarms.

The department responded to four requests for mutual aid during July, twice to Lynnfield and once each to Malden and Waltham. It did not receive any mutual aid during July. A group of firefighters from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant Robert Ford covered a vacant Malden fire station during a 3-alarm fire in that community during the afternoon of July 6.

A crew from Engine 1 consisting of Lieutenant John Mercurio, Firefighter Daniel Hancock and Firefighter Sean Giampa assisted the Waltham Fire Department at the scene of an 8-alarm fire at a commercial complex at 160 Elm Street during the early morning of July 23. This fire involved a group of former mill buildings being converted into condominiums. The recently installed sprinkler system had not yet been turned on, causing the fire to gain considerable headway before the arrival of firefighters and eventually destroying five separate buildings. More than a hundred firefighters from over a dozen communities battled the fire through the night and well into the next day. Wakefield’s crew did not return until approximately 4 P.M. that afternoon.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Paul Pronco extinguished a small fire inside an apartment at 8 Church Street during the afternoon of July 2. A fire was discovered inside an electrical outlet and adjoining wall of a second floor apartment and was quickly extinguished by firefighters. The fire was contained to the immediate area of origin and there were no injuries or displaced occupants as a result of this incident. Firefighter under Captain Randy Hudson responded to a reported kitchen fire during the afternoon of July 25. The fire was located on the stove top of the single family residence and was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries as a result of this fire and the occupants were able to remain in the residence.

Wakefield celebrated the Fourth of July with a large parade, concerts on the common and a professional fireworks display over Lake Quannapowitt during the evening. These events went very smoothly despite the large crowds. Wakefield Police and Fire personnel along with paramedics from Action Ambulance did unfortunately have to respond to the lower common shortly after the professional fireworks display ended when an adult woman severely injured her hands when a large hand held pyrotechnic device detonated while she was holding it. The woman was quickly treated and then transported to a Boston hospital for follow-up care. This incident reinforces the fact that fireworks should only be handled by professionals trained in their proper use.

Firefighters under the direction of Captain Christopher Smith responded to Lake Quannapowitt on the morning of July 16 after receiving reports that a body had been discovered in the lake near the Floral Path off of Church Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found that an adult male had been dragged ashore by Wakefield police officers. Unfortunately the male had been deceased for an unknown period of time and could not be revived.

A large group of children participating in the Middlesex Sheriff’s youth summer camp visited the Public safety Building on July 12. The group toured both the Wakefield police and fire headquarters, learning a lot about what local first responders do on a day to day basis. Wakefield firefighters from Groups 2 and 3 conducted a familiarization tour of the Broadway pumping station sand filters for Crystal Lake hosted by Wakefield Water Superintendent Steve Fitzpatrick. The tour was very informative and will greatly assist firefighters responding to any emergency involving the sand filters.

All groups continue to train with the department’s new 1250 gallon-per-minute pumper. New equipment for the engine arrives daily and is being installed. The new engine will be in service by the middle of August. The new engine will become engine 1 and will be quartered at fire headquarters on Union Street. It has been named the Lucius Beebe Number 1 in honor of the town’s first engine 1 that was in service with the town from 1882 to 1907. The present engine 1 will be renumbered to engine 5 and used as a ready reserve engine at fire headquarters.

June 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 312 emergency incidents during the month of June including 36 box alarms and 276 still alarms.

The department responded to eight requests for mutual aid during June, three times to Melrose, and once each to Lynnfield, Reading, Revere, Saugus and Stoneham. It received mutual aid once from Lynnfield during June. A crew from Engine 1 consisting of Lieutenant Phil Preston, Firefighter Jonathan O’Brien and firefighter James DeMartino assisted the Reading Fire Department at the scene of a 6-alarm fire at 52 Sanborn Street during the afternoon and evening of May 1. This fire involved a former school building converted into a 40-unit condominium building, resulting in a response from more than a dozen different departments and over a hundred firefighters before finally being extinguished some twelve hours after its discovery. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant Michael Long covered a vacant Revere fire station during a 4-alarm fire in that community during the morning of June 13. Firefighters from Engine 2 under Lieutenant Robert Taggart assisted the Melrose Fire Department at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 62 Goss Avenue during the afternoon of June 18. A crew from Engine 1 led by Lieutenant John Walsh covered a vacant Lynnfield fire station during a working fire in that community on the evening of June 23. Firefighter from Engine 2 under the command of Lieutenant Robert Taggart assisted the Melrose Fire department at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at 80 Grove Street during the afternoon of June 26. A crew from ladder 1 led by Lieutenant John Mercurio assisted the Stoneham fire at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at 178 Park Street during the evening of June 28.

Wakefield firefighters from Groups 1 and 4 participated in a class on Rapid Intervention Teams sponsored by the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on June 5 through the 8 at the Hurd School. This class teaches firefighters various techniques needed to rescue downed firefighters trapped inside a structure fire. Firefighters conducted a variety of practical exercises aimed at locating a firefighter using their Passive alert safety system, which activates when a firefighter is motionless for longer than 30 seconds, and removing the firefighter from the building. Multiple skills including carries, drags, corridor searches, large area searches, and firefighter removals from stairways and windows were demonstrated and practiced. This class will be repeated in the fall for the remaining two duty shifts.

All four groups participated in a second training on June 12 through 15 on Truck Company Operations conducted by On Scene Training Associates out of New Jersey. Firefighters completed many practical evolutions including portables ladder raises and carries as well as victim rescue techniques. Various ventilation and search technique are also practiced. Evolutions involving rotary saw operations and forcible entry were also conducted.

Veteran Wakefield Firefighter Daniel Marsinelli retired from the department on June 21 after more than 28 years of service. Firefighter Marsinelli was appointed a permanent Firefighter on January 26, 1989. He was a member of the Massachusetts District 2 Hazardous Materials Response Team and was the senior firefighter on Group 4 at the time of his retirement. Firefighter Marsinelli received a Medal of Valor from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services as well as a local department commendation for his actions along with Captain David Myette (at that time a Lieutenant) for finding and removing an unconscious woman from a smoke-filled hallway during a serious apartment fire at Rockledge Apartments on Bartley Street during the early morning hours of December 20, 1997. Marsinelli also safely escorted an additional three occupants outside during that same fire. The department wishes Firefighter Marsinelli a long and healthy retirement.

The department’s new 1250 gallon-per-minute pumper continues to be outfitted with a radio and other assorted equipment at the Fleetmaster’s facility on Water Street. It has been lettered and detailed and will make an appearance in the town’s annual Fourth of July parade. The new engine is awaiting the installation of additional equipment and will be placed into service in late July once department members receive the necessary training in the proper use of its pump. The new engine will become engine 1 and will be quartered at fire headquarters on Union Street. It has been named the Lucius Beebe Number 1 in honor of the town’s first engine 1 that was in service with the town from 1882 to 1907. The present engine 1 will be renumbered to engine 5 and used as a ready reserve engine at fire headquarters.

All four duty shifts continued their emergency medical training as part of the ongoing continuing education as Emergency Medical Technicians. All groups continue to train with the department’s two fire boats. Kindergarten Children from the Dolbeare and Woodville schools assisted firefighters in washing the truck when it visited those schools on June 2 and 16 respectively.

May 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 311 emergency incidents during the month of May including 25 box alarms and 286 still alarms.

The department responded to four requests for mutual aid during May, once each to Melrose, North Reading, Saugus and Stoneham. It did not receive any mutual aid during the month of May. A crew from Engine 4 led by Acting Lieutenant Daniel Hancock assisted the Saugus Fire Department at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at 435 Walnut Street during the afternoon of May 3. Firefighter Erik Cole was transported to and later released from the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital suffering from heat exhaustion as a result of this fire. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant David Shinney covered Stoneham fire Headquarters during a working fire in that community on the afternoon of May 19. Firefighters from Engine 1 under Lieutenant Christopher Crogan covered North Reading Fire Headquarters during a 2-alarm fire in that community during the morning of May 20.

The department’s new 1250 gallon per minute pumper has arrived in Wakefield after being driven out from the Seagrave plant in Clintonville Wisconsin. The truck is being outfitted with a radio and other assorted equipment and still needs to be lettered and detailed. Preparations on the new engine will continue and it will be placed into service in late June or early July once department members receive the necessary training in the proper use of its pump. The pump will become engine 1 and will be quartered at fire headquarters on Union Street. It will be named the Lucius Beebe Number 1 in honor of the town’s first engine 1 that was in service with the town from 1882 to 1907. The present engine 1 will be renumbered to engine 5 and used as a ready reserve engine at fire headquarters.

All four duty shifts continued their emergency medical training as part of the ongoing continuing education as Emergency Medical Technicians. Department members started their annual training with the department’s two fire boats in May prior to the beginning of this year’s boating season. A crew from Ladder 1 visited the Tall Spire Nursery School during the morning of May 30. The department participated in a table top exercise sponsored by the Wakefield Public School District Crisis Team on May 9. The exercise simulated a tornado touchdown in the vicinity of Hemlock Road including damage to the High School and Vocational School and allowed town officials to practice procedures related to severe weather emergencies.

April 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 269 emergency incidents during the month of April including 26 box alarms and 243 still alarms.

The department responded to three requests for mutual aid during April, once each to Melrose, Saugus and Stoneham. It received mutual aid five times during the month of April, three times from Reading and twice from Stoneham. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant Joseph Albert assisted the Stoneham Fire Department at the DPW yard on Pine Street in that community during the afternoon of April 16. A nearby brush fire that had extended within close proximity to several buildings in this facility was quickly extinguished. Firefighters under Lieutenant Sean Curran assisted the Saugus Fire department at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at 24 Hurd Avenue in Saugus during the morning of April 21.

Firefighters under the command of Acting Captain Robert Taggart responded to a reported house fire at 90 Myrtle Avenue during the evening of April 7. Firefighters were initially dispatched to the Renwick Road area before police redirected them to Myrtle Avenue. First arriving firefighters encountered a fire on the rear wall of the residence rapidly extending into a three season porch. The fire was quickly contained to this area but caused considerable smoke damage throughout the residence. The three occupants of the home were displaced until repairs could be made. The cause of the fire appeared to be an arcing electrical cord that was damaged when it was caught between a bulkhead door and its framing. There were no injuries to any of the responding firefighters or residents. The Stoneham Fire Department assisted at the fire scene while a Reading fire engine covered fire headquarters.

All department duty shifts reviewed standard operating procedures on pressure testing of fire hose. The department’s entire inventory of fire hose was tested during the month of April. All Lieutenants in the department were trained to the Incident Command System ICS 300 level during April. All department Captains will be certified to the ICS 400 level by the end of June. The department participated along with Action Ambulance in an active shooter drill at the Northeast Regional Vocational School on Hemlock Road during the afternoon of April 19 and 20. This drill, organized by the Wakefield Police Department, was designed to allow police, fire and Action Ambulance personnel to coordinate their duties and responsibilities should an incident of this type occur in Wakefield. The drill was informative and will provide the basis for a future standard operating guideline to be used by the department for this type of incident. All department members are in the process of completing on-line Crowd Manager training sponsored by the Department of Fire Services (DFS) designed to increase fire safety at events involving large audiences. Department members are also taking another on-line class in April offered by DFS regarding working on fire details involve the use of blasting agents.

March 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 299 emergency incidents during the month of March including 32 box alarms and 267 still alarms.

The department responded to three requests for mutual aid during March, twice to Melrose and once to Saugus. It received mutual aid twelve times during the month of March, three times from Stoneham, three times from Lynnfield, twice from Reading, and once each from Massport, Melrose, North Reading and Woburn. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant Sean Curran assisted the Melrose Fire Department during a 2-alarm fire at 156 Main Street in that community during the evening of March 4.

Wakefield firefighters under the command of Captain Paul Pronco responded to a reported multiple car accident involving a tanker truck on Route 95 Southbound just before the North Avenue Exit 39 shortly after midnight on March 11. Wakefield and Reading firefighters arrived within minutes to find an 11,500-gallon gasoline tanker that had collided with two other vehicles before striking the Jersey barrier. The tanker then partially separated from the tractor before it rolled over the Jersey barrier, landing in the high-speed lane on the northbound side of the highway. Incredibly, there were only minor injuries to all of the vehicle occupants and the tanker did not explode.

Captain Pronco and Reading Fire Captain Mark Dywer quickly set up a unified command post, combining their resources. A water supply line was secured going all the way to a hydrant on Walker’s Brook Drive in Reading, a distance of more than 950 feet. An absorbent material was applied underneath each manhole on the tanker as all five were actively leaking gasoline. Any nearby storm drains were also diked to keep gasoline from entering the drainage system and nearby Lake Quannapowitt.

Additional aid was requested from the Massachusetts District 2 Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Massport Fire Department for additional firefighting foam resources, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Chief Sullivan responded and assumed overall command for the incident. The Massachusetts State Police, assisted by Wakefield and Reading Police personnel, shut down Route 95 completely in both directions. Northbound traffic was rerouted to Quannapowitt Parkway and the Route 129 rotary and southbound traffic was diverted onto the exit and on ramps for North Avenue. Employees from Coady’s Tow Service secured the wrecked truck and tanker with straps to keep it from moving during the long process to mitigate the incident. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation sent a dump truck full of sand to construct a dike around the tanker to contain the gasoline in case one of the upside down manholes on the tanker failed and leaked several thousand gallons of gasoline onto the highway. The Department of Fire Services sent a large Incident Command Vehicle and Firefighter Rehabilitation Unit to support the operation. These large heated vehicles provided shelter from the 12 degree ambient temperature and the winds that often gusted to more than 40 mph. Firefighters were able to rotate through the rehabilitation vehicle and get hot drinks and snacks for the duration of the incident.

Emergency personnel immediately made a plan to right the overturned tanker. A second empty tanker was brought to the scene by the owner of the trucking company involved in the accident. More than 11,000 gallons of fuel in the tanker was off-loaded to this tanker after vent holes were very carefully drilled into each of the tanker’s five compartments. Once the holes were drilled each compartment was emptied of as much fuel as possible using special suction devices designed for this purpose. Once the vehicle was off-loaded of as much fuel as possible, each compartment had dry ice placed inside it to help inert the flammable atmosphere. The vehicle was then righted by employees from Coady’s Tow Service. The highway was then reopened after the area was cleaned up of sand and debris. All together Route 95 was closed for about 9 hours. Hard work by well-trained firefighters and emergency workers resulted in the loss of less than 50 gallons of gasoline out of a total of 11,500. The successful outcome of the entire operation is a testament to the courage and dedication of all those who responded to this incident.

Wakefield firefighters responded to the first multiple alarm fire of 2017 on March 23 when a kitchen fire started in a two-family residence at 17 Stark Avenue at approximately 9:16 P.M. Firefighters arrived two minutes after being dispatched to find fire venting out of one doorway of the residence and starting to vent out of a second doorway on the opposite side of the building. The Incident Commander, Captain Thomas Purcell, struck a second alarm, bringing firefighters from Melrose, Reading, Stoneham and North Reading to the scene and Woburn and Lynnfield to cover fire headquarters. The fire was quickly knocked down, but caused heavy fire damage to the entire first floor unit and severe smoke damage to the second floor. All four occupants of the residence will be displaced for an extended period until repairs can be made to the home. The cause of the fire was eventually determined to be the accidental ignition of clothes placed on top of a stove after one of the burners was inadvertently turned on.

All department duty shifts reviewed standard operating procedures on incidents involving electrical hazards and natural gas emergencies during the month of March. A Girl Scout Daisy troop visited fire headquarters during the afternoon of March 8. Three Wakefield Memorial High School Juniors spent their school day on March 22 with Chief Sullivan as part of their participation in the school’s annual Career Shadow Day. The three boys toured both stations and the 911 center and gained first-hand experience on the proper use of protective gear as well as some equipment utilized by firefighters.

February 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 260 emergency incidents during the month of February including 35 box alarms and 225 still alarms.

The department responded to six requests for mutual aid during February, four times to Lynnfield and twice to Melrose. It received mutual aid eight times during the month of February, three times from Lynnfield and once each from Melrose, North Reading, Reading and Saugus. A crew from Engine 1 led by Acting Lieutenant Daniel Sullivan assisted the Lynnfield Fire Department during a structure fire in that community during the evening of February 23. Firefighters under the command of Lieutenant Michael Long assisted the Melrose fire department at the scene of a house fire at 75 Howard Street during the early morning of February 24.

Wakefield firefighters under the command of Captain Randy Hudson responded to a reported multiple car accident with trapped occupants during the morning of February 8. Icy conditions on route 95 resulted in the collision of approximately 55 vehicles including tanker trucks, flat tops and other commercial vehicles mixed in with passenger cars. Crews worked quickly to triage the injured while additional firefighters and ambulances were called to the scene. Firefighters from Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, and Melrose assisted at the scene while Saugus firefighters covered headquarters. Ambulances and tow trucks from all over the area responded to assist at the scene. Incredibly, only eight people were injured and none of them seriously. Equally amazing was the fact that none of the trapped occupants required the use of any hydraulic rescue tools (Jaws of Life) to free them. The wrecked vehicles were towed to the Comverse Parking lot on Quannapowitt Parkway in order for the highway to be cleared as quickly as possible. Quick and efficient cooperation between firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and tow truck operators prevented a very serious accident from turning into a potential tragedy. A Melrose fire engine was involved in an accident operating at a separate accident scene further north on Route 95 that occurred during this incident. Fortunately the Melrose firefighters on board the engine were not seriously injured.

Crews led by Captain Thomas Purcell responded to reports of smoke in the sixth floor hallway at the Colonial Point apartment building at 95 Audubon Road during the evening of February 27. Firefighters eventually traced the heavy smoke condition to burnt food in a unit in the east wing. The fire did not extend beyond the cooking materials but created a significant smoke condition throughout the sixth floor east wing corridor that firefighters quickly vented.

All department duty shifts reviewed standard operating procedures on incidents involving the rescue of downed firefighters. They also reviewed procedures for conducting firefighting operations in high-rise building and the use of fire department standpipes. All department members were recertified in Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) during the month of February. The department accepted delivery in February of four new smoke ejectors partially funded by a 2016 grant for $6,460 from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The fans were purchased with these funds combined with a local match from the town.

January 2017

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 282 emergency incidents during the month of January including 24 box alarms and 258 still alarms.

The department responded to four requests for mutual aid during January, twice to Lynnfield and once each to Saugus and Stoneham. It received mutual aid four times during the month of January, once each from Lynnfield, Melrose, Reading and Stoneham. A crew from Engine 2 led by Acting Lieutenant Erik Cole assisted the Stoneham Fire Department during a 2-alarm fire at 10 Colonial Court in that community during the afternoon of January 27.

Wakefield firefighters under the command of Captain Paul Pronco responded to a reported structure fire at 9 Carriage Lane during the evening of January 31. Firefighters arrived to find a heavy smoke condition venting from a second floor window. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of a dryer fire which was quickly extinguished. The fire damage was confined to the dryer with significant smoke damage throughout the second floor area. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, however, the family occupying the home was displaced for several days.

Crews led by Captain Christopher Smith responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven into Lake Quannapowitt during the early morning of January 28. The fire boat was launched and the shore at the north end of the lake was searched. The operator of the motor vehicle was located by Reading Police on Haverhill Street and it was quickly determined that the vehicle had in fact been driven into the Saugus River between the Route 129 rotary and Bay State Road. The vehicle was then located and searched for any trapped occupants. The driver was not injured and the vehicle was pulled from the river without incident.

All department duty shifts reviewed standard operating procedures on ice and water rescues, cold weather precautions for fire apparatus, weekly SCBA inspections and the proper use of the SCBA air filling station compressor. The department’s inventory twenty-three sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) successfully passed their flow-tests and inspections during the month of January. All department members also had their SCBA face pieces fit tested. The air compressor for the department’s SCBA equipment was also tested for air quality and serviced.

Word was received during January that a 2016 EMPG grant for $6,460 had been awarded to the department. This grant, combined with a 100% local match from the town, will be used to replace its inventory of worn out smoke exhaust fans.

A group of seventh and eighth graders from the Odyssey Day School visited the Wakefield Fire Department Headquarters during the morning of January 13. Chief Sullivan made a safety presentation to the Wakefield Boys and Girls Club at the Americal Civic Center during the afternoon of January 23.

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