Open burning season is from January 15 through May 1, 2017 is it allowed.

A Permit is Required from the Fire Chief
A permit must be obtained from the Fire Chief. Permits can be pick up at the HFD HQ station -175 Sisson Road. Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and fire wardens will determine on a daily basis when it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded (cancelled).

The open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings and must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must take place on the land closest to the source of material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07).

People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire, fined, and even imprisoned (MGL c.48 s.13).

With A Permit, Burning of the Following Materials Is Allowed:

  • Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as, fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected beehives for disease control.
  • Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
  • Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.

Burning of the Following Materials Is Prohibited Statewide:

  • Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
  • Grass, hay, leaves and stumps, and tires.
  • Construction material and debris

for more information: Office of the State Fire Marshall

Beat the Beep: Replace Aging CO Alarms – They Don’t Last Forever
Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms have been required in nearly every residence in Massachusetts since March of 2006. The life expectancy of carbon monoxide alarms is 5-7 years, depending on make and model, and many CO alarms installed as a result of this recent law are now reaching the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced. No home appliance lasts forever.

How is carbon monoxide (CO) dangerous?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the Invisible Killer because it is a poisonous gas that has no visible color, taste, or odor. When you breath it in, it makes you feel nauseas, dizzy, headachy, and tired like you have the flu. It poisons the body by removing oxygen in the blood stream, slowly suffocating you. It makes it hard to think clearly.

Where Does CO Come From?
Heating equipment is the leading cause of CO incidents. It can also come from hot water heaters, gas stoves, gas dryers, barbecue grills, fireplaces, and from cars, lawn mowers, snow blowers or generators running inside the garage – even with the door open. A large number of CO incidents take place between the months of November and February and between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. This is the time when most heating equipment is being used at home.           more information…

The Harwich Fire Association bestowed their annual scholarships on graduating seniors.

The following is a list of the recipients and the scholarships they were presented. (L-R) David LeBlanc, Deputy Fire Chief; Norman Clarke, Jr., Chief of Department; Cameron Gonnella, Caitlin D’Agostino, Michaela Piche, Chloe Parker, Sarah MacAskill, Christopher Jaques, Jake Blute, Nicholas Norcott, Bruce Young, President, Harwich Fire Association; Firefighter Brenda Schofield, Chairperson Scholarship Committee.

Did you know that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival? The Harwich Fire Association conducts CPR and First Aid classes throughout the year. We have classes for first-timers through re-certification classes for advanced levels.

If you are interesting in taking a CPR class or have any questions, please email us or call (508) 430-7546. Classes are organized and conducted by the Harwich Fire Association and not by the department administrative staff.