Report of the Fire Chief:
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and the Citizens of the Town of Mashpee:
It is my honor to communicate to you the 2012 Report of the Mashpee Fire & Rescue Department. This is my 19th annual report as your Fire Chief.
“The Mission of the Mashpee Fire & Rescue Department is to minimize loss and suffering within our community. We accomplish this by education, training and the mitigation of emergency incidents within the limit of available resources”.
As Fire Chief, I recognize that the greatest asset of this department is its’ thirty four full-time and two part time employees. To each and every member, I thank you for your continued professionalism and commitment to the people of our community.
The current authorized strength of this department is thirty-three operational members (4 captains, 4 lieutenants, 22 firefighters and one call firefighter) 4 administrative members (1 Chief, 1 Deputy Chief, 1 Admin Secretary and 1 Billing Clerk) and one fire prevention inspector for a total of 36 members. As of December 31, 2012 one position remains open due to a recent vacancy.
In March of 2012 Thomas Rullo joined our department as Deputy Fire Chief. Tom brings 32 years of fire rescue experience; his most recent assignment was as Training Battalion Chief for the Orange County Florida Fire Rescue Department. Welcome Tom.
Firefighter Morgan Reed, joined our Department in April. Morgan, a Mashpee resident and former Army Captain, had served 15 month combat tour in Iraq. Welcome Morgan.
Firefighter Paramedic Jamie Hall joined our department in September. Jamie, a Mashpee resident is a former Cohasset Firefighter Paramedic with 7 years of fire and EMS experience. Welcome Jamie.
Firefighter Paramedic Brendon Ramsey joined our department in October. Brendan, a Sandwich resident, is a former call firefighter with the Cotuit Fire District. Welcome Brendon.
Firefighter Sean Willis was awarded the department medal of valor for his efforts rendering medical care. Specifically, on June 30, 2012 around 1015 hrs., while off duty, Firefighter Sean Willis drove upon an Auto Accident at Great Neck South and the New Seabury entrance. One of the persons involved in the accident was pre-cardiac arrest & absent of breathing. With little regard for his safety Firefighter Willis performed rescue breathing that ultimately resulted in reviving the patient. Without this prompt action the patient’s outcome would have been poor.
During 2012 our Fire & Rescue Department responded to 2, 967 emergencies. This reflects an increase in responses of 5% compared to 2874 responses in calendar 2011. There were an average of 8.11 incidents per day, an average response time (call taking, crew alert/dispatch and response) was 6 minutes 40 seconds and the average duration of an incident was 58 minutes.
On a daily basis Station 1 is staffed with a minimum of 1 Officer, 1 Firefighter Paramedic and 2 firefighter EMTs.
Station 2 remains open on a 24 hour per day; 7 days a week schedule. Two persons from each shift are assigned. An engine, an ambulance and a brush breaker are assigned to this station.
Wild Fire Planning
Wild Fire mitigation projects continue in the Mashpee National Wild Life Refuge. Funded by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a 17 acre prescription fire was completed at the intersection of Holland Mills Road and Great Hay Road. This first ‘burn” was the culmination of many years of planning and cooperation between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Fish and Wild Life and the Town of Mashpee. The use of prescription fire for habitat restoration and fire fuels reduction is planned for properties South of Red Brook Road at Great Hay Road and off Great Hay Road at Bearse Road at some time in the near future
The Hurricane force winds and tidal surges of Hurricane Sandy hit our community beginning September 29, 2012 . This department responded to more than 33 incidents in the first 24 hours of the storm and remained busy with storm related incidents for the remainder of the week.
The use of the Town’s reverse emergency call system enabled the transmission of storm related messages to community members in a rapid fashion. This tool is a great addition to our Emergency Management tool box. Users information for the reverse emergency call system can be changed using a link on the Town’s Web site http://mashpeema.virtualtownhall.net
Budget planning for Fiscal 2013 is leaning towards a budget that will continue a multi-year process of funding frozen positions with a hope of returning to full strength. This action will be monitored very closely as to provide the best services at the best cost.
Thank you to the Board of Selectmen for their confidence in each and every member of the department. Thank you to the administration, department heads and the members of every town department, your support and assistance is critical for us to complete our mission.
On behalf of this department, I thank you, our community, for your continued support and appreciation of our work.
George W. Baker
Emergency Response Statistics