WFD MISSION STATEMENT
“The Wendell Fire Department is committed to protecting the people and property within our community. We will be responsive to the needs of our citizens by providing rapid, professional emergency services essential to their health, safety and wellbeing.”
In 2018 the Wendell Fire Department responded to 71 emergency service calls.
Other fires 2
Building fires 6
Chimney or flue fires 3
Passenger vehicle fires 1
Brush or brush and grass fires 1
EMS calls excluding vehicle accidents 29
Vehicle accidents with injuries 4
Vehicle/pedestrian accidents 0
Vehicle accidents with no injuries 4
Search for a person on land 1
Swimming/recreational water area rescue 0
Other hazardous condition 5
Combustible/flammable liquid spill 1
Gas leak (LPG) 0
Power line down 4
Arcing, shorted electrical equipment 0
Police matter 0
Other service calls 2
Unauthorized burning 3
Dispatched and cancelled in route 4
Other false alarms or false calls 1
Smoke detector malfunction 4
Unintentional detector activation 2
Mutual Aid Provided 8
Mutual Aid Received 7
Automatic Aid Received 33
During 2018 we trained in many of our required disciplines. These include Fire Attack/Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Procedures, Pump Operation/Water Supply, Fire Ground Strategies and Tactics, Rapid Intervention Team Tactics, Driver Training, Roadway Safety, Save Yourself, Vehicle Fires, Vehicle Extrication, the National Incident Command System and Communications Protocols. We are also regularly holding combined training with the New Salem Fire Department. A modern fire department requires diligence and constant attention. Our goal is to meet nationally recognized standards.
We constantly endeavor to deliver safe, cost effective service. One of our primary goals is to meet relevant National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) standards for providing emergency services to Wendell. We are committed to implementing policies and procedures as well as to comply with recently enacted State health and safety regulations.
Our joint Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program with New Salem again received a Department of Fire Services SAFE and Senior SAFE grant to provide fire safety education to our children and elder residents. Our joint program conducted seven fire safety education events in 2018. We also have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector replacement program in place. Each department has two certified fire safety educators who implement the program.
I would like to remind all residents that every family should have a home escape plan with two ways out of every room. This plan should be tested and practiced at least once a year. Include in this plan a safe outside meeting place where all household members
can be accounted for. Unless you have devices that use ten year sealed batteries, please remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when the clocks change. Test your devices monthly. By law there must be one carbon monoxide detector on every habitable floor of every residence. Please note that as of December 1st, 2016 all smoke alarms must be replaced if they are more than ten years old.
Please contact us if you need assistance inspecting or replacing your fire safety devices. We are also happy to conduct a general home life safety inspection.
We are looking for more firefighters. Staffing is at an all-time low. We need dedicated people with a strong sense of commitment. There is a lot of training to go through, and being a firefighter is physically demanding. The reward is being able to safely help the residents of Wendell. If you are interested please contact us at 978-544-3500 or stop by on the 1st or 2nd Thursdays of the month to observe training.
This has been a busy year for Wendell Fire. I am honored to serve as your Fire Chief. We continue to make history with the first shared fire chief’s position in Massachusetts. Other small departments are working through similar situations based on our model. On behalf of the Department I wish to express our gratitude to the residents of Wendell for their ongoing support of the Department at Town Meeting and at the Wendell Firefighters’ Association’s fund raisers. We continue to make improvements to the Fire Station. Please feel free to visit us and see the improvements.
You, the residents of Wendell, are the ones who make our service possible. I would also like to personally recognize and thank all members of the Wendell Fire Department, Wendell Firefighters’ Association and their families for all the time they have given throughout the year. We would not be able to accomplish our mission without their assistance and support.
Joseph J. Cuneo,