Between Oct. 28 and Nov. 10, the Harvard Fire Department responded to one possible structure fire, an elevator rescue, an unpermitted brush fire, three automatic alarms, two faulty smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, and two fire officer calls. Lt. Andrew Perry conducted four smoke/carbon monoxide alarm inspections, four liquid propane inspections, five oil burner/oil tank inspections, and one hot work/welding inspection.
Saturday, Oct 28
A resident reported smoke on Littleton County Road at 6:10 p.m. The fire officer on call, Lt. Perry, responded and found a resident burning brush out of season and without a permit. Three firefighters joined him with the forestry truck and put out the fire.
Sunday, Oct. 29
A resident out for a walk reported a fire alarm sounding in a Finn Road home just after noon. Eight firefighters responded. No one was home, but the firefighters were able to enter the home. They found no signs of fire or smoke but did identify a faulty detector. The firefighters left a note advising the homeowner to replace the detector.
Wednesday, Nov. 1: At 6:49 a.m. an automatic alarm came in from an Ayer Road business. Eight firefighters responded. They found a faulty detector, reset the alarm, and told the building owner to have the alarm system serviced. At the Wednesday night training, 18 firefighters serviced the department’s 35 self-contained breathing apparatus. All units were inspected, the batteries were changed, and all air canisters were filled.
Thursday, Nov. 2
Lt. Perry responded to a call at 9:10 a.m. on Mass. Ave. to check a leak coming from an electrical transformer. He located a small leak and notified National Grid. No further assistance was needed.
Friday, Nov. 3
A resident called at 10:45 a.m. requesting assistance with an alarm system. Lt. Perry responded. The alarm system showed an error on the control panel. Lt. Perry checked the house, reset the system, and advised the homeowner to have the system serviced. At 4:29 p.m. an automatic alarm came in from a Madigan Lane home. Seven firefighters responded. They found that the homeowner had started a fire in the fireplace but that the chimney was not drafting properly. After the damper was adjusted, the fireplace began to draw correctly and the smoke cleared.
Sunday, Nov. 5: The Fire Department was dispatched to a car crash at 2:45 p.m. on Ann Lees Road; the call was canceled before they responded.
Monday, Nov. 6
At 11:52 a.m. five firefighters responded to an automatic alarm report of carbon monoxide in an Old Littleton Road residence. When they arrived, the firefighters found the residents outside. The firefighters checked the home with the handheld gas meter; all readings were normal. They checked the carbon monoxide detectors and found one at the end of its operating life; they recommended that the homeowners replace the detector.
Thursday, Nov. 9
The Fire Department responded to a call from the Bromfield School at 8:24 p.m. that someone was stuck in an elevator. Four firefighters responded. They found that the elevator was stopped between the first and second floors and that the passenger was calm and uninjured. The firefighters accessed the mechanical room to release the hydraulics, which allowed the elevator to slowly descend to the ground floor. However, the firefighters could not open the elevator doors. They called the elevator service company, which arrived within an hour and freed the passenger. At 9:06 p.m. a Clinton Shores resident reported that the carbon monoxide detectors in the home were sounding. Six firefighters responded. They checked the home with the handheld gas meter; all readings were normal. They located the faulty detector and asked the homeowner to replace it.
Friday, Nov. 10
At 10:13 a.m. a Littleton County Road homeowner called 911 to report smoke in the home. Eighteen firefighters responded in Tower 1, the tanker, and Engines 1, 2, and 4. They found the residents outside, smoke in the home, and smoke coming out the top of the furnace. The firefighters shut off the furnace. While some firefighters checked the furnace, others checked the entire house with the thermal-imaging camera. No fire, hot spots, or other issues were found. The firefighters ventilated the house, and the owners called the furnace company.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FACTOID
More than 50 first-, second-, and third-graders participated in this year’s Home Escape Plan Contest. Two winners from each grade will have breakfast with their families at the fire station Nov. 20 and then will be driven to school in one of the fire trucks. The teacher trophy this year goes to second-grade teacher Cindy Steeves for encouraging 15 of her 18 students to design home escape plans.
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.