Firefighters Help Dry Out Playground in Time for Weekend

IMG_20170611_140219297The Patton Park playground should be dry soon thanks to the work of several members of the Hamilton Fire Department in recent days.

Fire Capt. Ray Brunet, firefighter Bob Wallace and firefighter Jared Dolan pumped out the excessive water in the park last Friday to help it dry out faster, according to Police Chief Russell Stevens.

They did it on Friday so that the entire playground was available for children during the weekend.

Permitted Fire Spreads, Damages Shed

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA permitted fire got out of control on Sagamore Street on Friday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

The fire department responded to 175 Sagamore St. at about 2:30 p.m. In addition to Hamilton firefighters, Essex Engine 1 also helped battle the fire. Firefighters also got help from a Hamilton DPW backhoe. In addition to the brush, the fire also damaged a shed on the property, Stevens said.

Firefighters used water from the fire hydrant on Sagamore Street near Blueberry Lane, which may cause some brown water in the area.

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Change Smoke Detector Batteries When Clocks Change This Weekend

smoke-detectorDaylight Saving Time starts this weekend, and when you turn your clocks forward by an hour (or your phone and computer does it for you automatically), Hamilton Fire Chief Philip Stevens also recommends your change the battery in your smoke detectors.

Clocks move head by an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

Even hardwired detectors have batteries, Stevens said, and he reminds residents to also change the battery in your carbon monoxide detectors too. If a smoke alarm uses regular batteries, those batteries should be changed at least once a year.

Otherwise, a “chirping” sound indicates that it is time to change the batteries. If your smoke alarms are 10 years old or more, it is time to replace them. There is a label on the alarm with the date of manufacture, but if it doesn’t have a label, it’s already more than 10 years old.

Senior citizens can call the Hamilton Fire Department for help, if needed, Stevens said.

Smoke detectors are important because when fire strikes, residents may have less than one minute to safely get out of their home. Working smoke alarms in your home can double your chance of survival if a fire occurs. Smoke alarms can’t help you if they are missing or don’t work.

Smoke detectors have cut home fire deaths in half since the 1970s, but 40% of the fire deaths that occur each year in the U.S. happen in the 4% of homes without working smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the home and tested monthly. Alarms should never be disabled while cooking. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home, in hallways outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, at the base of cellar stairs and inside the bedroom for sound sleepers or smokers. All homes in Massachusetts are required to have smoke alarms.

Once a month, it is recommended that you vacuum or blow out dust from the alarms and push the test button.

Registration Now Open for Citizens Fire Academy Happening This Spring

hamilton-fire-academyThe fourth Hamilton Citizens Fire Academy will be held this spring and registration is open now.

The Hamilton Fire Department will run the academy from 6:30-9 p.m. for nine consecutive Thursdays from March 30 to May 18. Graduation will be on May 25.

The Citizens Fire Academy will familiarize citizens with the operation and function of the Hamilton Fire Department. Classes will cover various topics that will include a history and overview of the department, fire safety, protective clothing, portable fire extinguishers, fire apparatus and equipment, auto extrication, special operations and more.

Classes will be taught by members of the Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton police officers and dispatchers.

The academy will also include a trip to the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on a Saturday and a trip to Bradley Palmer State Park to see a fire tower.

There is no charge to attend the academy but the class size is limited to 20 people. Preference will be given to Hamilton residents. Academy participants must be 18 years old or older or have a parent’s signature if under 18. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 13.

Academy applications can be picked up at the Hamilton Fire Department, 265 Bay Road, Hamilton or by calling Fire Chief Philip Stevens at 978-468-5560. Applications are also available online or picked up at the Hamilton Town Clerk’s office at Hamilton Town Hall.

 

Evening Chimney Fire Contained by Firefighters

A chimney fire at a Highland Street home was confined to the chimney by the Hamilton Fire Department on Monday evening, Jan. 9.

Hamilton Fire Department crews were on scene at the home, near the Ipswich town line, for about an hour, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens. An engine from the Ipswich Fire Department also assisted Hamilton firefighters.

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Open Burning Season Starts Jan. 15, Runs Until May

brush-burningOpen burning starts on Jan. 15 in Hamilton and permits will be available at the Hamilton Public Safety Building, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

Permits cost $20 and are $10 for age 65 and older.

Burning hours each day are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fires must be attended at all times. All fires must be 75 feet from any building and can consist only of brush and cannot include leaves.

The open burning season statewide, and in Hamilton, runs through May 1.

Some safety tips for open burning:

  • Keep fire suppression tools handy, including a water hose, pump, shovel, or other firefighting implements to manage the burn and to put it out if it starts to get out of control.
  • Monitor the burn closely until it is dead out. If there are signs of the burn expanding beyond the planned area, such as increasing smoke and increasing flames, take action to put it out immediately. If you can’t suppress it, call the Hamilton Fire Department.