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!
Open Burning 2014
Open Burning begins on Wednesday January 15th at 10:00 am and ends on Wednesday April 30th.
In order to burn, you must first obtain a permit which is good for the entire season. Permits can be purchased online or in person at the station. Checks and credit cards are accepted at the station, while credit cards only can be used online. If you purchase your permit with a credit card, there is a $2.50 fee for a total of $12.50. To obtain your permit online, please click here:
Each day burning is allowed during Open Burning Season, you must activate your permit. There is no fee to activate your permit. You can activate the permit in two ways.
1. Call the station at 978-352-5757 between 9:30am and 12 noon the day you wish to burn. Please do not call prior to 9:30am
2. Activate your permit online. To activate online, please clickon the link below:
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.