Again in 2009 we offered to the public a free Blood Pressure Clinic, this is available to anyone who wishes to check there blood pressure. There is no appointment necessary for this service.
2009 marked another big year for the service as we started using a computerized reporting system. This system allows all of our patient reports to be inputted on a tablet pc and thus saving on paper reports. The program allows a multitude of statistical data to be gathered that previously we were unable to do. This data is reported according to national regulations that we were mandated to follow. This reporting system also allows us to store electronically patient’s records in a secure manner that also provides quick access in the event we may encounter the same patient again. This system will continue to improve the service and capabilities we provide to the towns people.
As we move forward we will continually improve and refine our skills as a service and as individuals to better serve the citizens of the Town of Sturbridge.
We conclude by thanking all of the EMTs of the Sturbridge Fire Department for their hard work in 2009.
Matthew Roderick, EMS Coordinator Thomas Edwards, ALS Coordinator
Significant Achievements and FY 2009 Grant Program
The Sturbridge Fire Department continually researches and applies for grants available through The Office of Homeland Security and the State of Massachusetts. To date, the following is the status of grants applied for:
We applied for and were granted a matching grant from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation for Volunteer Fire Assistance. With that grant, we were able to purchase a portable skid unit for the gator for use in brush fires.
We applied for and were granted S.A.F.E. grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With that grant, we were able to fund another year of educational programs at the schools.
We applied for the 2010 S.A.F.E. grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are awaiting award of that grant.
We continue to monitor all firefighting grants that become available. Congress has already voted and approved a new package, which will offer financial support to fire departments for additional personnel. The Sturbridge Fire Department will actively apply