image006The Harwich Fire Department provides emergency fire and medical services for the residents and visitors of Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We are a thirty six member group that works out of two fire stations. The department staffing consists of 4 groups, a Fire Inspector, a Deputy Chief, Fire Chief, an Administrative Assistant and a Fire Prevention Clerk. All of the firefighters are trained to the EMT level and many are trained to the EMT-Paramedic level. A75SunsetPhotoWe operate four advanced life support ambulances, four engines, one 110 foot ladder truck, and two rescue boats.

The Harwich Fire Department responds to over 4200 calls a year, a majority of which are requests for Emergency Medical Services. All four of the department ambulances are Advanced Life Support ambulances. These ambulances are equipped with over 40 medications, intubation equipment, 12 lead EKGs with capnography, pediatric/newborn support supplies, advanced first aid supplies and more.

Eastham FireThe Harwich Fire Department serves as a Training Center for the members and many in the community. The Harwich Fire Department conducts a number of classes for the public, such as the Citizens Fire Academy and American Heart Association CPR classes.

The Harwich Fire Department has a Fire Prevention office that conducts residential and commercial resale inspections, oil burner inspections, annual hotel/motel and restaurant inspections, along with new construction and remodel plan review. The Fire Prevention Office works closely with both the Building and Health Inspectors to ensure a streamlined approach to inspectional services.

Open Burning regulations, Resale inspection applications and fee schedules are now available on our Fire Prevention page.

Harwich Fire Department Personnel

Norman Clarke Jr.
Chief of Department

David LeBlanc
Deputy Fire Chief

Group 1
Captain Donald Parker
Lt. Justyne Walorz
OIC Joe Rego
FF Glenn Hawthorne
FF Matt Eldredge
FF Brad Willis
FF Kevin Duquette
FF Bill Schneeweiss

Group 2
Captain John Clarke
Lt. Scott Tyldesley
OIC Thomas Gould
FF Josh Ford
FF Jay Boyne
FF Ryan Avery
FF Jeff Erving
PFF Jamie Sandino

Group 3
Captain Joseph Mayo
Lt. Ryan Edwards
OIC Eric Diamond
FF Shawn Piche
FF Justin White
FF James Clarke
FF Christina Brown

Group 4
Captain Craig Thornton
Lt. Leighanne Deering
OIC Paul Finn
FF Bruce Young
FF Brad L’Etoile
FF Eric Elliott
FF Adam Laplante
FF Dan SanGiovanni

Robert Sanders
EMS Officer

Susan Pires
Administrative Assistant

Roy Eldredge
Office Assistant

Brian Coughlan
Fire Prevention Officer

The Department responds to over 4000 incidents annually. An incident is created when a call is received to the dispatch center; only one incident number is assigned to a call, regardless of how many apparatus or personnel respond. An incident could require anywhere from one station and three personnel to both stations and a recall of all off duty personnel. The Department maintains a fleet of four engines, one aerial ladder, three Advanced Life Support ambulances (a fourth is on order), a forestry/brush unit, a pickup, and four staff vehicles.

The average ambulance call requires the response of three personnel, one being a paramedic. Once the ambulance is committed to transport, personnel are recalled to backfill the fire station to maintain a minimum of two personnel available to respond to the next incident. When operating a our shift minimum of six, an ambulance call in the Headquarters District requires one firefighter from Station 2 to respond as the third person to assist with the transport.

Engine responses usually require three personnel, we often respond with two because of other incidents that are ongoing. The National Standard for Engine staffing is four. While we often can accomplish the task at hand with two, it does not take much for the amount of work required to quickly overwhelm the personnel on hand. Often we are forced to respond with both stations, or recall personnel from off duty to meet the needs of a particular incident.

Serious Motor Accidents, building fires, large scale mutual aid incidents often require a recall of the entire department to assist. Some incidents require just the recall of a group, one off duty shift, to assist. Incidents requiring these types of recalls are less frequent and this is a system that has worked well because it allows the Department to scale the response based on personnel needed.

The Emergency Medical Services Officer is responsible for all training related to recertification of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. He also is responsible for licensing and certification of ambulances, maintenance of equipment and ordering of supplies.