Attached is a photo of Deputy Chief Wayne Francis being visited by Patches the Dog at his retirement party. After more than 32 years of service, Deputy Francis celebrated his last day with the Department with his friends and family at an open house on the apparatus floor at headquarters. More than 85 people came by to share their congratulations.
Fire and EMS crews assist an injured motorcyclist on Park St.
At 1325 Engine 1, Ladder 1 and Deputy Chief William Petrosino were dispatched to the area of Park St and West Dane St for a report of a motor vehicle accident. While companies were responding, arriving Beverly Police Officers reported that one victim was partially underneath a vehicle.
Chief Richard Pierce was on the road when the call came in and was the first fire official on the scene.
Chief Pierce found an injured male on the ground resting up against a vehicle that was stopped on West Dane St. and immediately began to issue orders for companies to respond to the scene from better access points. Deputy Chief Petrosino and Engine 1 arrived and began to assess the victim on the ground that was still wearing his motorcycle helmet. Together with crews from Northeast Regional Ambulance Service, fire crews loaded the injured victim on a backboard and into an ambulance.
The victim was transported to Beverly Hospital. He was conscious and alert on scene with visible injuries from the road to his arms and legs.
All crews were clear of the scene by 1339.
Chief Pierce, Firefighters Mike Halloran and Scott Perkins assess the situation on Rantoul St. Deputy Chief Cotter was tied up overseeing operations at a seperate incident on Cabot St at the time.
Motor Vehicle Accident on Rantoul St Sends One to Hospital
The operator of an H3 involved in a two vehicle accident was transported to Beverly Hospital for assessment and treatment of non life threatening injuries. The other driver was not injured and remained at the scene. Fire Chief Richard Pierce arrived to find the two vehicles on the side of the road and assessed the situation. Engine 3 responded to the scene and insured the vehicles were safe by disconnecting the battery of the most significantly damaged vehicle and spreading Speedi Dry over fluids pouring out of the front end of that car.
Crews were tied up at the scene for approximately 40 minutes. Engine 3 took that call because Engine 1 was covering a station in Danvers while they fought a fire and Engine 5 was tied up with Deputy Chief Paul Cotter at a vehicle on Cabot St leaking gasoline.
Firefighters Jon Palm and William Moran stand by after knocking down a fire in the photo area of Walgreens
Malfunctioning Equipment Forces Evacuation of Walgreens
A malfunctioning piece of equipment associated with the photo machines forced everyone out of the Elliott St Walgreens when it ignited its plastic casing and filled the store with acrid smoke. The machine works with water coils to condition water for photo processing systems. Firefighters used a dry chemical extinguisher to knock down the fire which was confined to a small area in a utility closet. The exact cause of the malfunction is not currently known and damages are confined to the unit that caught fire and a small portion of the wall firefighters dug out to insure there was no fire extension. The store remained closed for approximately two hours. No one was injured during the incident.
Lieutenant Eric Fowler and Firefighter Brad Saunders prepare to set booms around an unidentified subsance in the water.
A flurry of incidents that started with an unknown substance in the Bass River continued through the afternoon with several incidents resulting from a strong storm that passed through the area. The first incident occurred after a pedestrian reported an unknown substance in the water with a dying goose in the area. Fire crews responded to the area of the Bass River at Elliott St near Green St. Deputy Chief William Petrosino assessed the scene and called for a response from the Department of Environmental Protection due to the unusual circumstances involving the goose. While waiting for a representative of the DEP to respond, crews used booms to confine the material to the smallest area possible using an inflatable boat and the assistance of Harbormaster Dan Macpherson.
Upon review of the DEP representative, it was determined that the material in the water was organic, blown and washed into the area by recent weather and not the likely cause of death for the goose.
This afternoon a severe storm blew through wreaking havoc for a while. The Fire Department responded to more than a dozen calls ranging from trees down to water problems.
Some of the more significant occurrences occurred on Myrtle St when a person was reported trapped in a car with a tree and power lines across it and a person struck by a falling tree limb.
At 1328 while multiple emergency calls were being answered, Engine 5 was dispatched for a report of a person trapped in a car with a tree and power lines on it. Upon arrival, Firefighter Glen Sihpol was able to assess the situation and determine that there was no longer any power and that there was no one in the vehicle any longer.
At 1331 Engine 1 was dispatched to 10 Dodge St for a report of a tree on a person. Upon arrival, Captain James Maggiacomo and his crew assisted Northeast Regional Ambulance crews with treatment and packaging of a conscious and alert male who had a large tree limb fall on him while he was outside of the house. The victim was transported to Beverly Hospital with several injuries for further treatment and assessment.
Responding to several incidents proved to be its own challenge. With large trees down across the city and water pooling up in several areas, many roads were impassible including Essex St near the YMCA where fire crews were responding to check on a fire alarm activation on Standley St.
Crews continue to respond to several other calls for wires and trees down in the area.
Engine 5 was dispatched to the area of Sam Fonzo Dr. near Cherry Hill Dr. for a report of a vehicle fire at 0740. Upon arrival, Lt. Russell Halloran and his crew found a pick up truck hauling a trailer with heavy fire fully engulfing the engine and passenger compartments of the vehicle.
Firefighter William Moran used a hoseline with Lt. Halloran to attack the fire, while FF. Keith Rivers worked the controls of the pump.
The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes and the crew stood by for a tow truck to remove the vehicle.
The cause of the fire is currently undetermined. The vehicle was owned by Scenic Landscaping.
According to a United States Fire Administration Report, almost 10,000 people are injured by fireworks annually. Many of the fireworks related accidents near the Fourth of July.Of the accidents that occurred around the Fourth, 42% of the injuries were suffered by kids under the age of 15. It is extremely important to remember that fireworks by their very nature are hazardous. Even sparklers burn at temperatures that will ignite clothing and cause injury on contact.Fire works can be interesting and fun, but besides being illegal in Massachusetts, used improperly they can be debilitating or deadly. So please stay safe this Fourth of July and leave the fireworks to the professionals.