systems, legal storage of combustible materials, working fire exits and other hazards to life and safety.
The Fire Department continues to maintain fire prevention education at the Burgess Elementary School as part of the S.A.F.E. (Student Awareness of Fire Education) state grant, and the Jason Chamberland memorial safety program. Firefighters work closely with the students in pre-school and grades 1-3 by providing knowledge of safety in the homes, planned fire evacuation plans, stop, drop, cover the face & roll in case of their clothes catch on fire and the correct use of emergency 911 are explained in detail. Classroom activities, demonstrations and contact with firefighters in their fire gear all provide a learning experience and guidance for the safety of our youngsters. At the same time, the fire inspector maintains scheduled inspections of all school and town buildings; including regular fire drills as required by State Law.
As in prior years, the Fire Inspector and our secretarial staff researches and applies for State and Federal Homeland Security grants that become available. Each year we have been awarded grants to purchase firefighting equipment, radio communication upgrades and training materials to maintain our readiness to protect the citizens of Sturbridge.
The Fire Inspector maintains contact between the educational schools in Sturbridge to
Schools, along with inspections of private educational facilities, which are scheduled.
As our call volume increases, so does the number of recurring and required inspections. The fire inspector inspects every alteration to an oil-fired heating system, every home engaged in any mortgage transaction, new home and commercial construction for occupancy, and most remodeling projects. In coordination with other town departments, our main concern is public safety.
Report of Emergency Medical Services Coordinators
The Sturbridge Fire Department Ambulance Service is the sole provider of pre-hospital care to the citizens and many visitors of the Town of Sturbridge. Our service currently has 28 Massachusetts certified EMTs of which there are 4 EMT-Intermediates and 9 EMT- Paramedics. The remaining personnel are certified at the EMT-Basic level.
The service currently provides 2 ambulances that are equipped to provide care at the paramedic level. Normally we staff at least one ambulance at the paramedic level and if manpower allows during the week the second ambulance will also be staffed at the paramedic level. Since our personnel have dual roles as EMTs and Firefighters there may be times when the ambulance is not staffed due to fire calls. If this situation occurs we may recall our off duty personnel, or we may use a mutual aid ambulance from another town.