Corrected and updated June 21, 2017
Between May 27 and June 9, the Harvard Fire Department responded to an unpermitted brush fire, an automatic alarm at the Bromfield School, two multiple-vehicle accidents, a water leak at the Public Safety Building, and two possible hazmat scenes. Chief Rick Sicard completed six smoke/CO detector inspections, one fire alarm inspection, and one propane tank inspection.
Saturday, May 27
Six firefighters responded to an unpermitted brush fire at 8:27 p.m. The officer in charge, who responded directly to the Myrick Lane residence and arrived first, had the homeowner extinguish the fire.
Tuesday, May 30: The firefighters held muster practice.
Wednesday, May 31
At 10:41 a.m. two firefighters assisted an Old Littleton Road resident who had accidentally been locked out of the house. At 2:29 p.m. six firefighters responded to a call of an unknown fluid leak from a disabled car on Mass. Ave. The firefighters determined the leak was only water; the car was towed.
Thursday, June 1
Eight firefighters and the ambulance crew responded to a two-car accident on Ayer Road at Gebo Road at 6:52 p.m. Both drivers refused medical transport.
Friday, June 2
The Fire Department assisted with a water pipe leak in the Public Safety Building at 2:42 a.m. The firefighters shut off the water to the compromised pipes and cleaned up the water from the floors.
Tuesday, June 6
A Shaker Road resident requested the department’s assistance with a possible hazmat situation at 9:25 a.m. The officer in charge checked the home and reassured the owner that nothing was amiss.
Wednesday, June 7
Eight firefighters and Chief Sicard responded to a two-car accident at 4 p.m on Route 2 westbound, east of exit 38. The Harvard and Littleton ambulances also responded. Both drivers refused medical transport. The firefighters helped clear debris, and the cars were towed. Wednesday night’s training was on search and rescue. The firefighters practiced using topographical maps and discussed planning and conducting a search and rescue.
Thursday, June 8
Seven firefighters responded to an automatic alarm at the Bromfield School at 7:46 p.m. The firefighters checked the area where the alarm was triggered, discovered that an aerosol can of air freshener had been used in the room, and determined the aerosol had set off the alarm. They ventilated the room and reset the alarm.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FACTOID
When the Harvard Fire Department participates in the June 18 Wachusett Muster, it will be with the antique fire engine nicknamed Sherman, a 1941 Maxim Motor Company fire engine. The Harvard Firefighters Association bought Sherman in 1991, the year the department joined the Wachusett Muster League and needed a muster truck.
The Fire Department Log is written every other week by a Harvard Press reporter based on information gleaned from daily logs and interviews with a department firefighter.
Editor's note: This article has been corrected and updated. The original article stated that the Harvard Firefighters Association had purchased its 1941 Maxim Motor Company muster truck in 1981. The truck was purchased in 1991.