Saturday, April 27, 2013
The following are excerpts from the Westford Fire Department from April 15 to 22, 2013
Additional information was provided by officers of the Westford Fire Department.
April 15, 7:43 p.m. - Portions of a hotel were evacuated after a fire alarm went off. Upon further investigation, the source of the alarm stemmed from a guest who overcooked popcorn in a microwave. April 17, 1:47 p.m. - A brush fire on Crocker Drive impacted a 1,500 square foot area. Officials believe that improper disposal of ashes from a wood stove caused the blaze. April 18, 8:54 a.m. - The odor of smoke at St. Catherine's had been caused by a faulty light fixture. Electricians were able to fix the problem. April 18, 1:36 p.m. - Westford firefighters aided in dealing with a condo fire in Tyngsboro, specifically to help with venting the second floor of the contol and overhauling the building once the fire was controlled. April 19, 2:46…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Watertown firefighter and Westford native James Carusoinstincts kicked in at the critical moment.
It was a typical 24-hour shift for Watertown Fire Department firefighter and Westford native James Caruso and his partner Patrick Menton assigned to the department's rescue ambulance; a few medical calls and some training. Pretty routine for a Thursday, Caruso would remember. But the everyday would within minutes transform into a maelstrom of bullets and bombs. The pair rushed to aid a police officer in a Watertown neighborhood, hit in an exchange of gunfire with the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. "From calm to chaos," said Menton. Caruso and Menton have worked together periodically on the ambulance which is Caruso's assignment. In fact, Menton was only scheduled to accompany Caruso after James' usual partner's wife gave birth earlier …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
He joined a class of 68 new firefighters from 40 departments across the state.
Daniel Quirk has joined the Westford Fire Department after graduating the 198th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's sixty-day Recruit Firefighting Program recently at the Department of Fire Services offices in Stow. Quirk is accompanied by new first responders in Auburn, Bedford, Bellingham, Braintree, Chelmsford, Concord, Danvers, Dracut, East Longmeadow, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gloucester, Greenfield, Holyoke, Hopedale, Leominster, Lexington, Longmeadow, Lowell, Lynn, Mansfield, Mashpee, Melrose, Middleborough, Nahant, North Andover, Northampton, Norton, Orleans, Plainville, Salem, Somerville, Stoughton, Wayland, Westfield, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn. Recruits recieved classroom training as well as practice …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
We will attempt to obtain more information as it becomes available.
Patch has just learned that an individual is currently pinned under a vehicle near the corner of Littleton Road and South Chelmsford Road. A medflight has been requested. We will attempt to obtain more information later as it becomes available.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Westford Fire Department log for the week of Feb. 10 to 17, 2013
Feb. 10, 5:16 p.m. - A broken water main caused issues at the Abbot School. There was a two-hour delay the next morning. Feb. 11, 11:00 a.m. - Smoke was discovered in a building on Hidden Valley Road, with firefighters finding the cause coming from a melting waterbottle that was stuck in a heating unit. Feb. 13, 8:15 a.m. - Several engines were on the scene at Boston Bark on Powers Road after reports of an odor of gas eminating in the area that caused concern. However, upon further investigation, no odor could be discovered by the firefighters. Feb. 14, 8:23 a.m. - Nearby residents on Claire Circle were alarmed by what they believed to be a fire eminating from Plain Road. Upon further inspection, the fire came from the backyard of a home…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen approved a request from Fire Chief Richard Rochon to have the Permanent Town Building Committee investigate what resources would be needed for a study on the subject.
Westford has one new fire station coming, and it might have another one coming into the planning stages soon. The Board of Selectmen approved a request by Westford Fire Department chief Richard Rochon to allow the Permanent Town Building Committee investigate what might be needed for a study to replace the current Westford Fire Department headquarters in the town center. Rochon and Lieutenant Mark Valcourt testified to the board on a variety of reasons why the building, which was built in 1975 as a replacement for the building that currently houses the Westford Historical Commission on Boston Road. These reasons included a lack of garage room for newer fire vehicles, non-ADA compliance, a 30 square foot lobby, and a lack of …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Last week the Selectmen unanimously agreed to begin the process that would place a new fire station on Carlisle Road.
While significant details remain to be determined, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved eventually building a new fire station on a 1.5 acre part of the Jack Walsh Field on Carlisle Road. The money for the new Parker Village fire station, which is expected to be frequently unstaffed for the near future, will be funded entirely as part of an agreement with developers of the Cornerstone Square project to help reduce response times for emergency services south of 495. Various locations such as a portion of Nashoba Valley Tech, portions of Tech Park West and the Vose Parcel were considered, along with Nashoba Valley Ski Area, which has gained a reputation for numerous calls during the winter months. However, Westford Fire Department …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Two members from the Westford Firefighters Pipes & Drums share their story about why they like playing the pipes.
William Cashman and Troy Saunders, from the Westford Firefighters Pipes & Drums, talk with Acton Patch about how they came to play the pipes. The Westford Firefighters Pipes & Drums performed at the Acton 9/11 Memorial ceremony this past Sunday. Saunders was a volunteer firefighter in Queens New York for many years and shares his story with Patch about how he was taking a firefighters test in New Hampshire when 9/11 happened.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Westford Fire Department log for the week of September 4-11.
The following are excerpts from the Westford Fire Department log for the week of September 4 to 11. Tuesday, September 6 Westford first responders replied to a call at Stoneybrook Middle School at 9:41 a.m, shortly after an earlier call to a nursing home on Park Drive (9:27 a.m.) Paramedic units from Westford and Lowell were at the Stoneybrook call, which was then followed later by calls on Crown Road (11:16 a.m.,) Anne Teresa Way (1:46 p.m.,) and Littleton Road (5:44 p.m.,) Three of the ambulances were dispatched to Emerson Hospital while one went to Lahey Clinic and another was taken to Lowell General. Thursday, September 8 Westford fire fighters responded to a reported Carbon Monoxide leak on Old Road at 4:12 p.m. After further …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A listing of calls from the Westford Fire Department from August 8 to 13.
CallDate MV Crash Monday, August 8 Fire Box Alarm Tuesday, August 9 Medical Emergency Tuesday, August 9 Investigation Tuesday, August 9 Medical Emergency Wednesday, August 10 Medical Emergency Wednesday, August 10 Medical Emergency Wednesday, August 10 Trouble Alarm Investigation Wednesday, August 10 Trouble Alarm Investigation Wednesday, August 10 Fire Alarm Activation Wednesday, August 10 Medical Emergency Wednesday, August 10 Lock Out Wednesday, August 10 Medical Emergency Wednesday, August 10 Investigation Thursday, August 11 Lock Out Thursday, August 11 Medical Emergency Thursday, August 11 Medical Emergency Thursday, August 11 Medical Emergency Thursday, August 11 Medical Emergency Thursday, August 11 Fire, Other Thursday, August 11 …