Fire Chief Search Completed
The Town of Georgetown is pleased to announce that Deputy Fred Mitchell, Jr of the Cumberland (RI) Fire District has been selected to become the next chief of the Georgetown Fire Department. Pending an acceptance by Deputy Mitchell, he will succeed retiring Chief Al Beardsley who will be retiring at the end of August.
Automatic External Defibrillators Installed in all Town Buildings
Chief Beardsley is proud to announce that all Town buildings are now equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators, otherwise known as AED’s. The application of an AED on someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, combined with CPR and early recognition vastly increases someone’s chances of survival. Through a warrant article at Spring Town Meeting the fire department has been able to purchase five AED’s, and with the help of the Highway Department, has mounted the units in the main lobby area at Town Hall near the elevator and mounted another unit in the Library near the entrance to the public meeting room. Highway, Light and Water have received units as well and will be mounting them in their respective offices.
As a “part 2” to the project, the fire department has begun teaching all town employees CPR and use of the AED. This has been a wonderful project that brings increased awareness and the ability to react appropriately in the event someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.
"I’d also like to extend recognition to FF/EMT Nicholas Valentini for his work on this project" said Chief Beardsley. "Nick has been a strong mover in obtaining our recognition as a “HeartSafe Community” last Fall, and it was through his urging, he asked me to move forward with a town wide CPR/AED initiative. I don’t think I’d be out of order in saying that Georgetown is probably one of the best equipped communities on the North Shore, if not the Commonwealth, for CPR/AED equipment and training of town employees." Thank you Nick for all the leg-work you’ve done on this project.
Georgetown Designated As A HeartSafe Community
The Georgetown Fire Department was recently designated as a Heartsafe Community by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Heartsafe designation recognizes communities that have made an outstanding effort to provide awareness, education, and response to cardiac arrest emergencies. Georgetown joins the approximately 125 Heartsafe communities in Massachusetts and the hundreds of additional communities nationwide. The Heartsafe program was started in Massachusetts in 2002. Criteria for the award include:
-Placement of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, public buildings, businesses, etc.
-Community training programs in CPR, First Aid, and Chokesaver response Click her for list of classes as well as informal training and awareness campaigns at special events throughout the year
-Extensive training for Fire Department EMTs and Paramedics in cardiac arrest response
-Acquisition of new technology to aid in cardiac arrest care
The Georgetown Fire Department is committed to providing the highest possible standard of emergency medical care to the residents and visitors of Georgetown. We are excited to receive recognition for our efforts and we hope to continue to add more services and training opportunities to the program in the near future.
Georgetown Fire Department now offering CPR, First Aid, and Chokesaver Classes
The Georgetown Fire Department is now offering CPR, First Aid, and Chokesaver classes to members of the public. Please see the “CPR and First Aid” page of our website for class prices and promotional materials. Feel free to call or e-mail the Fire Department at 978-352-5757 or FireDept@GeorgetownMA.gov for further information.
An Important Message from Chief Beardsley
Do you have a fireplace, pellet stove, etc, anything that produces a disposable ash? BUY an approved Ash Can. They're not that much money and can be found in any Big Box store, hardware store or fireplace specialty shop. This morning we experienced our fourth house fire in recent times that was attributable to improper disposal of the ash. In all... four cases the homeowner reported the ash was removed from the fireplace days ago. People, the ash acts like an insulating blanket around the hot ember. Often you don't see it and think the ashes are cold. Disposal in cardboard boxes, plastic bags or plastic trash cans, and left in the garage doesn't work. The fire will continue to smolder for hours or even days before it gets just enough oxygen to start a raging house fire. Today the
homeowner was lucky, she was on a day off. The fire alarm activated and she went to investigate and found her garage, with her car inside, on fire. Prompt work by fire crews from Georgetown and Rowley prevented a worse disaster. At least in this case the homeowner kept the door closed going into the main house, but losses occurred to the car, garage and an office upstairs. Please pass this along to anyone that has a fireplace, stove, etc. Buy an approved ash container and be safe!
Public Service Announcement on Recycling and Storing Batteries
BEAT THE BEEP
Carbon Monoxide detectors have a lifespan of approximately 7 years. In 2006, Massachusetts implemented "Nicole's Law" requiring CO detectors in all homes. As we usher in 2013, many of these detectors have reached their useful lifespan. Click on the picture above to find out how to determine if your CO detector needs replacing. (Adobe PDF required).
Gel Fuel Recall
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with nine manufactors and distributors of Gel Fuel has issued a voluntary recall. Please click here (adobe pdf viewer required) to read more about the recall.
SAFETYNET by LoJack Comes to Georgetown
The Town of Georgetown Fire Department is proud to bring the SafetyNet by LoJack service to the Town of Georgetown, offering peace of mind for caregivers of people at risk of wandering. When someone you love is affected by autism, Alzheimer's, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions, the chance of him or her wandering and becoming lost is potentially high, and may lead to tragic consequences. Working hand in hand with public safety agencies, the SafetyNet service helps quickly find and bring your loved one home, providing you with additional protection and peace of mind. Click here to learn more.
*GEORGETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT DRIVE*
Click on the above image for more information on the Georgetown Fire Department and information on becoming a Georgetown Firefighter
|The Georgetown Fire Department is a municipal call fire department located in the town of Georgetown, Massachusetts and is comprised of two privately owned Fire Companies, the Central Fire Company and the Erie Four Fire Association.
The Central Fire Company was formed in 1923 and resides in the Public Safety building with Georgetown's Police Department. It currently has about 25 active Fire Fighting members, and growing.
|The Georgetown Fire Department operates out of 2 fire stations with 3 engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Medium Duty Rescue Truck and many other various support apparatus.
The Georgetown Fire Department receives funding from a town budget, federal and state grants, as well as private donations. We operate utilizing a combination of current NFPA and traditional methodologies and tactics.
|The Georgetown Fire Department. responds to more than 800 calls per year, of varying types. Calls consist of emergency medical calls, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, as well as general rescue calls. Pairing up emergency response of fires, medical, and rescue calls with fire prevention helps to provide a safe environment for all the citizens of Georgetown. Georgetown's Fire Department
also has an aggressive fire prevention division and a strong public education program to help prevent fires and injury in Georgetown.
Interested in helping out? To join the Georgetown Fire Department click here.