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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 2009

The year 2009 was an active and productive time for the Fire Department. There was a total of 1161 ambulance calls for the year, and fire/rescue related calls totaled 372.

The biggest change within the Fire Department is that Sturbridge Fire Department is a full Paramedic service.

We had one new call member/paramedic attend and complete the probationary firefighter course, which is conducted by District 7 training personnel and consists of 24 classes, four hours each, over a period of 20 weeks. This training includes search and rescue, pumps and hydraulics, ladders, ropes and knots, hose and suppression techniques with live fire training.

All of our Paramedics and EMTs have been busy in their own right, reviewing and learning recent changes to the statewide and regional treatment protocols, as well as keeping up with the continuing education requirements set forth by the Department of Public Health.

Fire and rescue training drills were held for all members of the Department throughout the year. This training allows us to maintain an elevated level of readiness.

It is the fourteenth year of the S.A.F.E. program. This program is made possible through a grant that we receive from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With this grant we are able to provide educational and classroom support to our youth regarding fire safety.

This year’s

program

“Firefighter

MaryLou”

concentrated Volpe taught

on

grades

K-3.

“Captain

John”

Marinelli

and

students from these classes about fire safety tips in

their own classrooms. Great emphasis was placed on fire safety and “Exit Drills in Home” commonly referred to as E.D.I.T.H. This program has been very successful to the dedication of Captain John Marinelli and FF MaryLou Volpe.

The due

Fire Prevention and Inspections

In fiscal year 2009, inspections for new & renovated homes, schools, commercial and industrial business continued to increase due to the ongoing development within the

Town of Sturbridge. Due to the drop in home sales/purchases and new construction, a total of 663 inspections were completed. 654 brush burning permits were issued during the burning season (January 15 through April 30).

Fire Inspector Capt. John Marinelli schedules regular inspections noted above, as well as quarterly Innkeepers inspections, sprinkler testing confirmations, complaints and follow-

ups to confirm compliance to codes.

All business

inspected

for

fire

safety

practices,

maintaining

fire

and mercantile extinguishers &

occupancies are fire suppression

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