Wakefield Fire Department News

Home

April 2018

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 287 emergency incidents during the month of April including 36 box alarms and 251 still alarms.

The department responded to five requests for mutual aid during April, once each to Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, Reading and Stoneham. It received mutual aid four times during April, twice each from Reading and Stoneham. A crew from Engine 1 led by Lieutenant John Walsh covered a vacant Lynnfield fire station during an incident in that community on April 7. A crew from Engine 2 under Lieutenant Lou Sardella covered Stoneham Fire Headquarters during the morning of April 10. Firefighters from Engine 1 under the command of Lieutenant John Mercurio assisted the Reading Fire Department at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 13 Berkley Street during the evening of April 12. Lieutenant Joseph Albert along with a crew from Engine 2 covered a vacant Malden fire station during a multiple alarm fire in that city on the morning of April 18.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Brian Purcell responded to a report of a structure fire at 2-2A Newell Road in Wakefield during the afternoon of April 12. Firefighters arrived to find the rear of the two-family residence burning. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, containing it primarily to the rear wall and rear porch areas. There was minimal extension of fire into the structure, however, the fire caused considerable smoke damage inside both apartments. Power had to be disconnected to the building, resulting in the displacement of approximately ten building occupants. The Red Cross was summoned to the scene to assist these displaced occupants. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, most likely caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials next to the rear porch. One firefighter received a minor injury as a result of the fire. A Stoneham fire engine responded to the scene to assist firefighter while a Reading engine covered Wakefield Fire headquarters.

Wakefield firefighters led by Captain Paul Pronco responded to 37 Cordis Street during the late evening of April 24 in response to a report of a large shed on fire in the rear yard. Firefighters arrived to find the outside wall of the shed on fire and extending into the structure. The fire was quickly extinguished confining it to the area of origin. There was considerable smoke damage to the shed although the structure itself was saved. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. An investigation determined the cause to be the careless disposal of smoking materials.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Brian Purcell responded to a report of a house fire at 125 Pleasant Street on the morning of April 27. On arrival, crews were met with heavy smoke and high heat conditions within the home. The resulting zero visibility conditions made the fire difficult to locate at first. The fire was eventually located in a dining room on the first floor and extinguished. The home was not occupied during the fire as it was undergoing extensive renovations. The house was outfitted with energy efficient windows and was fully insulated, allowing it to hold in the heat of the fire and filling it to the floor level with smoke. Rapid and extensive ventilation of windows throughout the home prevented a potential backdraft from taking place. The fire itself was contained to the first floor dining room and adjoining walls and floor, but caused heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the structure. The home is structurally intact and can be rebuilt. The family was not displaced as a result of the fire as they were already relocated due to the renovations, however, their return to the home will be significantly delayed until all of the repairs can be made. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The cause is still under investigation but has been determined to be accidental.

April brought significant changes to personnel within the department. Captain Christopher Smith officially resigned from the department after 23 years of service, creating an opening for a Fire Captain and a Fire Lieutenant. As a result Fire Lieutenant John Walsh was promoted to Fire Captain and Firefighter Daniel Hancock was promoted to Fire Lieutenant during a short ceremony at Wakefield Fire Headquarters on April 9. Walsh is a thirteen year member of the department and has been assigned as the department’s new Fire Prevention Officer. Hancock is a seven year member of the department and has been assigned to Group 1 under Captain Randy Hudson. The department congratulates these members on their promotions and looks forward to working with them on their new assignments.

Newly appointed Captain Walsh started his duties as Fire Prevention Officer on April 12. He is busy conducting licensing inspections for group homes and day care centers and will be taking several training classes related to his new assignment in May. A new restaurant at 979 Main Street, known as Tequila’s, received its final fire inspection during April. The Fire Prevention Bureau is currently reviewing plans for another restaurant, Tonno’s, to be located at the Wakefield Station development at 175 North Avenue. Construction operations have commenced at the Walton School and are being closely monitored by fire prevention as well. All groups have commenced their annual Emergency Medical Technician continuing education classes. The department has also commenced its annual hose testing which will continue through the month of May.

March 2018

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 345 emergency incidents during the month of March including 35 box alarms and 310 still alarms.

The department responded to four requests for mutual aid during March, twice each to Melrose and Reading. It received mutual aid five times during March, twice from Lynnfield and once each from Melrose, Stoneham and Reading. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant Robert Taggart assisted the Melrose fire department at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 504 Lebanon Street in that City during the evening of March 3. A crew from Engine 1under lieutenant Cliff Silva covered Reading Fire Headquarters during the early evening of March 7. Firefighters from Engine 1 under Lieutenant Cliff Silva assisted the Reading Fire Department at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at 232 Salem Street in that community during the morning of March 8. Lieutenant John Walsh along with a crew from Engine 1 covered a vacant Lynnfield station during an incident in that community on the morning of March 14.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Randy Hudson responded to a report of a structure fire at 2 Auburn Street in Wakefield during the early morning of March 9. Firefighters arrived to find a fire in progress on the front porch of the residence. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, containing it to a relatively small area of the front porch. There was no structural damage to the residence as the fire never extended beyond the area of origin. The single family residence was vacant at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire remains suspicious and is under investigation by both local and state fire investigators. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

The Fire Prevention Bureau carefully reviewed plans for a major construction project involving 27 and 37 Water Street. This project will result in the conversion of the second floor of 37 water Street into four residential units and the additional conversion of the second, third and fourth floors of 27 water Street into 42 apartments. The first floor and basement areas of both commercial buildings will remain office spaces. Plans are also being reviewed for a new 4 story 1,000 unit self-storage facility at 205-209 Water Street. The department conducted fit tests for all department members personal face pieces for their self-contained breathing apparatus during the month of March.

February 2018

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 268 emergency incidents during the month of February including 28 box alarms and 239 still alarms.

The department responded to two requests for mutual aid during February, once each to Revere and Stoneham. It received mutual aid one time during February from Melrose. A crew from Engine 2 led by Lieutenant John Mercurio covered Stoneham Fire Headquarters during the morning of February 15 while that department handled a refrigerant leak at the Stop & Shop building on Main Street. Lieutenant Michael Long responded to this incident as well as a member of the Massachusetts District 2 Hazardous Materials Response Team when the team was called out to mitigate the leak. Firefighters from Engine 2 under the direction of Lieutenant Sean Curran responded to a 4-alarm fire at 61 Squire Road in Revere during the early evening of February 17. This fast-moving fire destroyed the large Sozio appliance building as well as a number of outbuildings, storage trailers and vehicles.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Thomas Purcell responded to a report of smoke pouring from the roof eaves of the residence at 2 Norway Street in Wakefield during the afternoon of February 8. Firefighters arrived to find a chimney fire in progress in the residence caused when a heavy creosote build-up ignited inside the flu used to vent a wood-burning stove ignited. Crews quickly extinguished the fire inside the stove allowing the creosote to burn itself out. All areas of the resident adjacent to the chimney were closely monitored and there was no extension of fire beyond the chimney. Fire damage was contained to the chimney and its associated lining. There were no injuries as a result of the fire and the residents were able to remain in the home after the fire was extinguished.

The Fire Prevention Bureau conducted final fire alarm inspections of the sixty condominium units located at the Wakefield Station project at 175 North Avenue on February 26. The project, including 60 condominium units, a parking garage for residents and three new commercial spaces, received its final fire inspections on March 2.

January 2018

The Wakefield Fire Department responded to 355 emergency incidents during the month of January including 50 box alarms and 305 still alarms.

The department responded to three requests for mutual aid during January, once each to Melrose, Saugus and Waltham. It received mutual aid eight times during January, twice from Stoneham and once each from Lynnfield, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Saugus and Woburn. A crew from Engine 2 under the command of Lieutenant Sean Curran assisted the Saugus Fire Department at the scene of a structure fire at 2300 Founders way at noon on January 10. Lt. Michael Long responded to 101 Clematis Avenue in Waltham as a member of the Massachusetts District 2 Hazardous Materials Response Team during the afternoon of January 15. The team was called out to assist the Waltham Fire Department with the extinguishment of a fire in a container filled with aluminum shavings located at the site of a welding business.

Firefighters under the command of Captain Paul Pronco responded to a structure fire at 7 Furness Circle in Wakefield during the afternoon of January 26. The fire was discovered by an occupant returning home from food shopping at 12:24 P.M. Firefighters arrived in three minutes to find a fire on the first floor in the kitchen area inside the single family home that had created a dense smoke condition throughout the home. A second alarm was struck bringing additional firefighters from Melrose, North Reading, Reading and Stoneham to the scene. The first arriving firefighters did an excellent job of quickly knocking down the fire, confining it primarily to the kitchen area and adjoining concealed wall and ceiling spaces. Heavy smoke resulted in zero visibility conditions during the fire, requiring firefighters to break open many windows and cut a hole in the roof to vent the residence of smoke. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The four occupants of the home will be displaced for an extended period until repairs can be made to the building. A total of four pets were rescued from the home, including two cats rescued by firefighters shortly after their arrival. The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental possibly involving the failure of a kitchen appliance or wiring.

All groups continued to conduct ice rescue training during January. All groups conducted walk through familiarization tours of the new apartment building at 600 North Avenue as well as the ongoing Wakefield Station construction project at 175 North Avenue. All of the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) was flow-tested by an outside vendor during January. The department’s air compressor, used to refill air bottles for SCBA was also inspected and tested. Both the SCBA units and the compressor successfully passed their inspections.

Firefighter Joseph Treacy successfully graduated from the ten-week recruit training program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on January 22, 2018. Firefighter Treacy has been assigned to Group 1 under Captain Randy Hudson. The department welcomes Firefighter Treacy to the department and wished him a long and productive career in the fire service.

The Fire Prevention Bureau continues to monitor construction work at the Wakefield Station project located at 175 North Avenue. This project, when completed, will contain 60 condominium units, a parking garage for residents and three new commercial spaces.

Previous news:

Home