MISSION STATEMENT

To protect Life, Property and the Environment from harm through SERVICE to the Community.

We will accomplish this through:

Accountability: To ourselves and our citizens for every action we take.

Commitment: To the Department and the community we serve.

Dedication: To prepare our shift and the Department to meet the needs of the Town and its citizens.

Passion: To serve and assist our community to the best of our abilities.

Integrity: To do the right thing for our community, every time

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Grilling Safety
Grill fires, burns from flare-ups, and improper use of charcoal lighter fluid increase during barbecue season Over 70% of gas grill fires occur between May and September. Read these Grilling Safety Tips and our one page pamphlet on Grilling Safety to learn more. Propane cylinders that are more than 12 years old must be re-qualified to determine if they are safe to refill and use. Read a one page flyer called Is Your Propane Cylinder SAFE? to determine if you cylinder is safe to use and to have refilled.

Fireworks Safety
Enjoy professional, supervised fireworks displays. But remember that the possession and use of any fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers and cherry bombs and anything purchased out of state or by mail. Visit our web page Leave Fireworks to the Professionals and read our one page pamphlet on Fireworks Safety for more information.

Gasoline Safety
Over half of the victims of gasoline burns in Massachusetts are under the age of 25.  Learn to handle gasoline safely. Visit www.stopgasfires.org for information on preventing gas fires and to see a compelling video.

Mulch Safety
Disposal of smoking materials in bark mulch causes many fires. Never throw cigarettes butts into mulch; mulch is easily ignited. Visit our Mulch Safety web page and read our one page pamphlet on Mulch Fire Safety for details.

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…

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.

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