to, with the help of the Government, increase the full time manpower available 24/7 to protect the citizens and guests within our community.
Some of the projects we have been working on included:
Committee: This committee meets monthly to discuss response for
Memorial Hospital and is comprised of Sturbridge, Southbridge and Police Departments, the State Police, Sturbridge, Southbridge, Charlton Fire Departments, the Red Cross and MEMA. The purpose
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Committee is to prepare for pandemic, chemical and biological incidents and to coordinate and get familiar with each department’s equipment.
In October, Sturbridge Fire Department put on the Jason Chamberland Memorial Fire Safety Program that consists of teaching first graders 911 calling, how to evacuate their homes when fires occur, stop, drop and roll procedures and various other safety tips were taught at that time. Many members of the Fire Department participate in this annual event.
In November, we held a Firefighter Phil program in the schools. Captain John Marinelli, Firefighter/EMT-I MaryLou Volpe and Firefighter/Paramedic Thomas Edwards went to Burgess Elementary School to talk to the children about fire safety. The Firefighter Phil program was done with a robot interacting with Firefighter John about fire safety in the home. They worked with grades K-3 in the month of November and they hope to do the same program next year.
The Fire Truck Committee worked on specs and ordering two new fire trucks. We ordered a Pumper and a Tanker and expect delivery of the Pumper sometime in May of 2010.
We participated in many community events this year, namely, Family Safety Days at Shaws and Walmart, Molly Bish Ride, Kids fest and National Night Out to name a few. Each of these events attracts hundreds of people of all ages.
We again also co-hosted the Halloween Horrible Parade and best costume contest followed up with hot cocoa and cookies and the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Common with Santa. These events are always a big hit with our residents.
We were able to borrow the portable smoke trailer from District 7 and brought it to many of the above events and to the schools, to teach our children about fire safety both at school and in the home.
Firefighter MaryLou Volpe, S.A.F.E. Coordinator, in conjunction with the Department of Fire Services, Arson Watch Reward Program hosted a Fire Safety Poster Contest for students at the Jr. High in grades 7 & 8. The theme of the