2015 Department Report

Report of the Fire Department

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and the Citizens of the Town of Mashpee:

On behalf of the members of the Mashpee Fire & Rescue Department, it is my honor to submit our report for calendar year 2015.

Our Mission

“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 your Fire Chief, I am proud to work with thirty-six full-time and two part-time highly-qualified and dedicated employees.  Their work to accomplish the mission of this Department represents a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week commitment to the citizens we proudly serve.

As of December 31, 2015, the current authorized strength of the Department was thirty-six operational members (4 captains, 4 lieutenants, 24 firefighters, 1 fire prevention/inspector, 1 call firefighter, 1 Fire Chief, 1 Deputy Fire Chief, plus 2 non-operational members (1 Administrative Secretary and 1 Billing Clerk) for a total of thirty-eight members.

Over the past year, the Fire Department has hired two candidates from an existing list to complete departmental full staffing.  Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Thomas, a resident of Sandwich, joined the Department on February 23, 2015 and Firefighter Matt Spears, a resident of Bourne, joined the Department on March 24, 2015.


During 2015, our Fire & Rescue Department responded to 3,616 emergency incidents, compared to 3,233 responses in 2014.  This represents an over 11.5% increase in calls for service from 2014.  We responded to 2,409 Emergency Medical calls with 1,270 of those qualified as Advance Life Support (ALS) calls.  This represents a 10% increase in Advance Life Support (ALS) calls for 2015.

As a Town, we received a significant number of Winter Storms that also caused an increase in our calls for service.  The total amount of snow was one for the record books.  I would like to thank the proactive citizens that shoveled out their neighbors and assisted the Fire Department by clearing a path to the many hydrants that were buried by the snow.  Sometimes the worst of the weather brings out the best in people, which we witnessed within our Town. 

Wildfire Planning

Wildfire mitigation projects continue in the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge.  The use of prescription fire for habitat restoration and fire fuels reduction was accomplished again this season on U.S. Fish and Wildlife property near Great Hay Road and Amy Brown Road.  There were also prescribed fires completed this spring and fall off of Great Hay Road between Mercantile Way and Degrass Road.  With the partnership still in effect with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in December, more beneficial prescribed burns are planned for 2016.  All of these planned prescription burns are accomplished with the existing partnership of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, and the Town of Mashpee.

New for 2015

In March the Department added a Wildland Fire Engine to its fleet.  This vehicle, along with our tactics, will be centered on structural protection and a safer way to intercede with any fires, utilizing natural or manmade barriers.  In July, with an Assistance to Firefighters Federal Grant, the Department placed new Air Packs worn during firefighting operations that will better protect our firefighters.

Thank You

I wish to thank the Board of Selectmen for their confidence in each and every member of the Fire Department.  Further, I would like to thank the administration, department heads, and members of all Town departments.  Your support and assistance is critical to the successful completion of our mission.

On behalf of the Fire Department, I want to thank the citizens of Mashpee for their continued support and appreciation of our work.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas C. Rullo, Fire Chief


Emergency Response Statistics

Response Description20142015


Private Dwellings


Hotels & Motels00
All Other Residential01
Total Residential Fires2914
Public Assembly00
Schools & Colleges00
Health Care & Penal Institutions00
Stores & Offices10
Industry, Utility, Defense, Labs, Manufacturing00
Storage in Structures20
Other Structures21
Total for Structural Fires3415
Fires in Highway Vehicles45
Fires in Other Vehicles02
Fires Outside of Structure, Not Vehicles69
Fires in Brush, Grass & Wildland610
Fires in Rubbish21
All Other Fires23
Total for All Fires5445
Rescue, Emergency Medical Responses21502409
False Alarm Responses424465
Mutual Aid Given117112
Hazardous Materials Responses4477
Other Hazardous Responses2234
All Other Responses422474
Total for All Incidents32333616