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HPD/ HFD Media Conference: December 30, 2013

by Paul Saulnier
January 4, 2014


Police Association serve over 100 holiday dinners to seniors; fire crews respond to 25 fire incidents since the last report.

Police Department:

31 Incident Reports, 12 Arrest Reports, 27 Crash Investigations, 18 Crash Reports, and 62 Motor Vehicle Stops from 816 log entries


·         Incident Highlights (December 8, 2013 to December 30, 2013)

o   12/10 – Medical, assist FD with landing zone containment

o   12/11 – Motor vehicle crash (Washington St) resulting in summons; Operator charged with operating after license suspension

o   12/11 – Pedestrian accident (Central St)

o   12/11 – Motor vehicle stop resulting in summons; Operating after license suspension, open container, no seatbelt

o   12/13 – 10 separate reports of MV B&E’s, all unlocked cars (Western Washington area)

o   12/14 – Recovered stolen MV for Framingham PD (Marked Tree Rd)

o   12/20 – Motor vehicle stop resulting in summons (Washington St); Operator charged with operating after license suspension

o   12/21 – Larceny of plow/equipment (Lowland St)

o   12/22 – Motor vehicle crash resulting in summons (Washington St); leaving the scene

o   12/22 – Motor vehicle stop resulting in arrest (Washington St); Jose Tacuri of Jefferson St in Milford charged with failure to stop and operating after license suspension as a habitual traffic offender.  Owner also charged with allowing unlicensed operation

o   12/22 – Motor vehicle crash (Norfolk St) resulting in summons; Negligent operation and failure to stop

o   12/24 – Motor vehicle stop resulting in summons (Chamberlain St); attaching plates

o   12/27 – Motor vehicle stop resulting in summons (Washington St); Operator charged with speeding and unlicensed operation

o   12/28 – Arrest; Patrick Mahan of 230 Fiske St Holliston charged with assault and battery

o   12/29 – Motor vehicle stop resulting in summons (Washington St); operator charged with unlicensed operation

o   12/30 – Medical resulting in two summons; A&B and A&B with a deadly weapon


·         PD Highlights (December 8, 2013 to December 30, 2013)


o   Completion of medical update (CPR/First Responder) in-service assisted by EMT Robert Gianopoulos

o   Police Association Senior Holiday Dinner – 100+ dinners served/delivered

o   Officer Stone Commendation for Toys for Tots Drive

o   World Series Trophy fundraiser


·         Future Dates, Events and Projects

o   January in-service continues to include K-9 review and emergency vehicle operations (simulator)

o   FY 15’ budget process commences

Fire Department:

Incident Highlights (December 9, 2013 to December 29, 2013)
25 Fire Incidents (1 structure fire, 1 landing zone, 1 mutual aid)
55 EMS Incidents (20 BLS transports, 27 ALS transports, 8 no transports)
12/10 – landing zone – Summer Street [Chief Cassidy, Engine 2]
12/13 – structure fire – Highland Street
12/17 – mutual aid station coverage – Medway [Engine 2]

FD Highlights (December 9, 2013 to December 29, 2013)
12/10 – Local EM Director’s Meeting (Burlington) [Chief Cassidy]
12/11 – Bid Opening (replacement ambulance)
12/12 – Injured on Duty Seminar (Mansfield) [Chief Cassidy]
12/12 – Tools and Technology for School Emergency Response webinar [Chief]
12/17 – C.R.A.S.H. course (Stow) [Chief Cassidy]
12/18 – Selectmen’s Hearing re: Axton Cross [Chief Cassidy]
12/19 – FHWA Emergency Relief Program Essentials (Woburn) [Chief Cassidy]
12/23 – Ambulance Training (Cardiac Emergencies)

Future Dates, Events and Projects
1/6 – Fire Department Training (CPR Refresher)
1/8 – Selectmen’s Hearing re: Axton Cross (continued)
1/9 – MetroWest REPC meeting (Hopkinton)
1/27 – Ambulance Training (CPR Refresher)
1/28 – 1/29 – Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Planning (Dedham)
2/5 – 2/7 – NC 2014 Fire and Life Safety Education Conference (Concord, NC

NFPA recommends removing holiday

decorations promptly to reduce fire



December 26, 2013 - When most people think about the holidays, things like decorations, candles, delicious treats and ornamented trees are what come to mind. What few consider is the fact that these fun-filled winter months are the leading time for home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

 Frequently, people choose to keep Christmas trees up for a few weeks after the holiday. NFPA research shows that nearly 40 percent of home fires that began with Christmas trees occurred in January.

 “The longer they are in the home, the more dangerous they become. The continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out trees can pose significant fire hazards in and outside the home,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “Proper disposal of the tree from your home will minimize the risk and will keep the holiday a joyful one.”

Although these tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be fatal. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.

When it’s time to dispose of the tree, check with your local community to find a recycling program. Do not leave them in the home, garage, or placed outside. For unplugging the electric decorations, use the gripping area provided on the plugs. Never pull the cord to unplug a device from electrical outlets. Doing so can harm the cord’s wire and insulation, which can lead to an electrical fire or shock. To reduce the risk of holiday tree and light fires and to keep decorations in good condition for next year, you should also follow these suggestions:

·   As you’re putting away electrical light strings, take time to inspect each for damage. Throw out light sets if they have loose connections, broken sockets or cracked or bare wires.

·   Do not place a damaged set of lights back into the storage box for next year’s use.

·   Wrap each set of lights and put them in individual plastic bags, or wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard.

·   Store electrical decorations in a dry place where they cannot be damaged by water or dampness. Also, keep them away from children and pets.

For more preventative steps to take and simple rules to follow in order to prevent home fires during the holidays and beyond, check out NFPA’s “Project Holiday.”

Take steps to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires with materials and resources from United State Fire Administration (USFA) and NFPA at www.nfpa.org/winter, including an online quiz.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.


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