Somerset Fire Dept

Somerset Fire Dept Somerset Fire Department and Emergency Services
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Providing the town of Somerset, Massachusetts fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire inspections and community education.

Hello,The Somerset Fire Department has a limited amount of free Covid test kits for our residents. Each test kit has 4 t...
11/29/2023

Hello,

The Somerset Fire Department has a limited amount of free Covid test kits for our residents. Each test kit has 4 tests. If you would like a test kit stop by the fire department during normal business hours and pick one up.

Stay safe and be kind!

11/22/2023

THANKSGIVING IS THE NUMBER 1 DAY FOR HOUSE FIRES IN MA!

We want you to remain safe and have a wonderful turkey day! So here is a message and some tips from our State Fire Marshal….

State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine is urging residents to make fire safety a priority in the kitchen as we approach the number one day for home fires in Massachusetts.

“There are about twice as many fires on Thanksgiving as on the next-closest day, and almost all of them start with unsafe cooking practices,” said State Fire Marshal Davine. “Don’t let a fire ruin this special day with your family and loved ones. Practice fire safety when cooking and heating your home, and be sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that can alert you to danger.”

Thanksgiving Cooking Fires…

There were 721 Thanksgiving Day fires in Massachusetts from 2018 to 2022, and about 70% of them started with cooking activities at home. That’s more than double the next-leading day, which is Christmas Eve. Last year, Thanksgiving cooking fires increased slightly, from 97 to 103, causing two fire service injuries and nearly $3 million in reported damages.

State Fire Marshal Davine offered cooking safety tips that everyone can follow to stay fire-safe in the kitchen this year:

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms Save Lives

Be sure you have working smoke and CO alarms on every level of your home
Check the manufacturing date printed on the back of the alarms: smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years, and CO alarms should be replaced after 5-10 years depending on the model
Never disable a smoke alarm: modern smoke alarms should have a “hush” feature that is much safer than removing the batteries
If your alarms take alkaline batteries, replace the batteries twice a year: if you aren’t sure when they were last replaced, do it today
Keep it Clean:

Clean up grease spills
Keep groceries, food packaging, towels, and other flammable materials away from the stovetop
Keep pot handles turned inward to prevent spills
Create a three-foot child-free zone around the stove
Only use the oven for cooking, not for heating or storage, and be sure it’s empty before you turn it on
Stand by Your Pan

Stay in the kitchen when boiling, broiling, or frying food
Set a timer when baking or roasting so you don't lose track of time
Loose sleeves can ignite if they get too close to burners or heating elements: wear clothing with short or tight-fitting sleeves
Put a Lid on It

In the event of a fire on the stovetop, cover the pan with a lid or cookie sheet to smother the flames
Never try to move a burning pan or douse it with water
For a fire in the oven or microwave, leave the door closed, turn off the appliance, and call the fire department
Have the appliance professionally checked before using it after a fire
If you can't extinguish the fire quickly, get to safety and call 9-1-1
If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop, and roll to put out the flames. Put burns in cool running water for 10-15 minutes. Call 9-1-1 for help.
Turkey Fryers

A devastating turkey fryer fire in New Bedford caused severe injuries and displaced almost 30 people in 2020. Fire safety experts strongly discourage the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. There are no outdoor turkey fryers that have a listing from an independent testing laboratory such as UL or ETL, and the risk of hot oil spilling or igniting is high. The National Fire Protection Association states that home use of “turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer.” They recommend using new “oil-less” turkey fryers.

Gas Ovens: A Source of Carbon Monoxide

Generally, the confined space of a closed gas oven does not produce enough carbon monoxide (CO) to present any dangers, but it can present a hazard if used for several hours consecutively – such as when roasting a turkey. If you have a kitchen exhaust fan, use it; if not, crack a window for fresh air when using the gas oven for a prolonged period. Working CO alarms are vitally important to protect you and your loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Home Heating: #1 Source of Carbon Monoxide, #2 Cause of Fires
Heating is the second leading cause of fires on Thanksgiving and the primary source of carbon monoxide in the home. Give your furnace an annual check-up, have chimneys cleaned and inspected by a professional at the beginning of heating season, and place space heaters on flat, lever surfaces where in locations where they won’t be bumped or tripped over. Keep a three-foot “circle of safety” free of anything that can burn around all heat sources.

Stay safe and be kind!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tonight the on duty crew responded to a motor vehicle fire at the base of the Braga Bridge, 195 West. Here’s a few pictu...
11/21/2023

Tonight the on duty crew responded to a motor vehicle fire at the base of the Braga Bridge, 195 West. Here’s a few pictures…

Stay safe and be kind!

Congratulations are in order! Four members of the Somerset Fire Department graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy...
11/18/2023

Congratulations are in order! Four members of the Somerset Fire Department graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy at New Bedford today.

Here is a link to a short story and some videos from their time at the academy…

https://www.newbedfordguide.com/23-future-firefighters-new-bedford-taunton-somerset-lakeville-attack-live-fires-training-facility/2023/11/16

Members graduating from the Somerset Fire Department are as follows…

Firefighter-Paramedic Danny Matthews
Firefighter-Paramedic Alexis Belanger
Firefighter-Paramedic Hillary Demelo
Firefighter-Paramedic Benjamin Paquette

Welcome back! Congrats! Stay safe and keep working hard.

Some information on Community Cleanup Day. This is happening Saturday November 18th, from 8 AM - 2 PM at the Highway Dep...
11/04/2023

Some information on Community Cleanup Day. This is happening Saturday November 18th, from 8 AM - 2 PM at the Highway Department. Some important information in the flyer. Click on the picture and zoom in. Check it out…

11/04/2023

Public Safety Day, Daylight Savings and Community Cleanup Day…

10/17/2023

Carbon Monoxide Incident

At around 1700 hours tonight our crews were dispatched to a fire alarm activation. While still investigating the cause of the alarm activation, a short time later they were dispatched to a residence who had carbon monoxide alarms sounding in their home. Upon arrival, they were met by an elderly resident outside. Crews entered through thr front door with our explosive gas meter (this meter detects levels of oxygen, explosive gas, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen sulfide). They immediately got readings of 850 parts per million of carbon monoxide and lowered levels of oxygen in the home. Crews backed out and donned SCBA’s. Readings of carbon monoxide in the home were around 3500 parts per million in some areas (it should be 0, acceptable levels are below 9 parts per million in a home). Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, order less, colorless byproduct of combustion. After a thorough investigation, it was found that the resident mistakenly left her car running in a closed garage, likely for at least 4 hours. Liberty utilities was called to the scene as a precaution, extra firefighters were called into the station due to extensive time on scene, and the home was vented with a battery powered ppv fan until there were 0 parts per million of carbon monoxide in the home. The resident was transported by an out of town rescue to a local hospital as a precaution. The out of town ambulance transported the resident because our department was actively working at this incident. If the resident had not been alerted by the properly working smoke/carbon monoxide alarms they would have passed away within hours (likely an hour).

This reiterates once again the importance of properly working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms! Check out our Somerset Cares program…

Please share.

Stay safe and be kind….

10/16/2023

🚑 Sunday Stats for the Somerset Fire Department (so far) 🚒:

Medicals: 10 (mutual aid - 2, mutual aid in town - 1)
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2
Carbon Monoxide Incidents: 1
Smoke Investigations: 1

As you can see, a very busy day thus far for us. Rest assured we are ready and we are here for you!

Stay safe and be kind…

Thank you Piri Piri Kitchen for providing lunch to the on duty crew today. It’s gestures like this that make our job so ...
10/12/2023

Thank you Piri Piri Kitchen for providing lunch to the on duty crew today. It’s gestures like this that make our job so wonderful and our busier days a bit easier! Give them a try if you haven’t yet, you won’t regret it!

Stay safe and be kind…

10/10/2023

Firehouse Culture: Breaks, Grocery Shopping and Meals

👋🏻 Hello,

We hope everyone is doing well. As mentioned in a previous post, our shifts are 24 hours. Unlike most other jobs, technically we have no scheduled breaks. What does this mean? If we are eating and a call comes in, we drop everything and respond; if we are in the bathroom or showering, we stop what we are doing and respond; if we are training and a call comes in, we pause training and respond. You get it.

Generally, breakfast and lunch everyone is on their own. Sometimes we will order out for lunch if we had no good leftovers to bring in from dinner at home the night before. But dinner, we all eat together as a crew. This allows us to unwind from the day, talk to each other about life or work and have a little fun (most of the time at someone else’s expense).

We are allowed to go grocery shopping for dinner once per shift, at one of our local markets (if you see us say HI!). We are of course always in service and the cost of dinner is split between the members on crew. Who cooks? For the most part, we all rotate. Each crew usually has 1 or 2 decent cooks, after that there is a significant drop off 👎🏻. But everyone usually gives it a good go and just like working at emergencies, we are a team, so we all help.

What do we eat? Many factors go into this…sales, who is cooking, time of year, weather, etc. We try to eat fairly healthy and keep things interesting. But we do have some picky eaters! After dinner is clean up time. Everyone contributes in clean up, except the cook (he or she is off the hook). Sometimes we’ll have dessert, especially around holidays. We do enjoy when people drop food off for us, so keep em’ coming!

What should we cook next?

Stay safe and be kind!

10/08/2023

🚑 Weekend Stats for SFD 🚒:

So far…

Medicals - 24(2 mutual aid) (2 mutual aid ambulances in town)

Carbon Monoxide Incidents - 2

Alarm Activations - 2

Stay safe and be kind!

Please join us on Saturday, October 28th for our annual drive through flu clinic. Please preregister using the QR code b...
10/04/2023

Please join us on Saturday, October 28th for our annual drive through flu clinic. Please preregister using the QR code below. The clinic will run from 9 AM-12PM. The entrance will be in the rear of the building. Please have your license and insurance card with you. Hope to see you there! Any questions feel free to reach out to the town nurse or call us at 508-646-2810.

Stay safe and be kind…

09/25/2023

🚑 Weekend Stats for SFD 🚒:

Medicals - 21 (1 mutual aid) (3 mutual aid ambulances in town)

Carbon Monoxide Incidents - 2

Alarm Activations - 2

Motor Vehicle Accidents with Injuries - 1 (3 transports)

Stay safe and be kind!

If you need us. 911 is the number.For non emergency questions or concerns our business line is 508-646-2810…Stay safe an...
09/15/2023

If you need us. 911 is the number.

For non emergency questions or concerns our business line is 508-646-2810…

Stay safe and be kind…

TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT* WHAT…North winds 35 to 45 kt with gusts up to 65 kt and seas 14 to 19 feet.* WHERE...Por...
09/13/2023

TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT

* WHAT…North winds 35 to 45 kt with gusts up to 65 kt and seas 14 to 19 feet.

* WHERE...Portions of Massachusetts coastal waters and Rhode Island coastal waters.

* WHEN...Tropical Storm force winds possible from Friday evening until Saturday evening.

* IMPACTS...Very strong winds will cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/ PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…. Mariners should consider altering plans to avoid possible hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe wind and seas.

For up to date information….
https://www.weather.gov

09/13/2023

Public Safety Day Canceled

Hello,

Because of the potential impact of Hurricane Lee, Public Safety Day on September 16, 2023 (Saturday) has been cancelled. No make up date has been announced.

Stay safe and be kind!

Today four members of our department started their 10 week fire academy training in New Bedford. Our members can be sent...
09/12/2023

Today four members of our department started their 10 week fire academy training in New Bedford. Our members can be sent to the MFA at Bridgewater, Stow, Fall River or New Bedford. All locations are approved training programs by Massachusetts.

From left to right are firefighter-paramedics Benjamin Paquette, Danny Matthews, Alexis Belanger, and Hillary Demelo.

Best of luck!

09/09/2023

Please join us on September 11, 2023 for a rememberance ceremony for 9/11. The ceremony starts at 10 AM and will be held in front of our 9/11 memorial. Hope to see you there! May we never forget…

Please join us in congratulating FF Daniel Goodman on his graduation from the Massachusetts Fire Academy at Bridgewater,...
09/02/2023

Please join us in congratulating FF Daniel Goodman on his graduation from the Massachusetts Fire Academy at Bridgewater, career recruit class 26-2023.
Congratulations Dan! Well done and welcome to the fire service!
Here are some pictures of Dan, his academy class, members of the department who attended his graduation and some of his family…

08/26/2023
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08/26/2023

Come on out for a good time! Share away….

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475 County Street
Somerset, MA
02726

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