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FIRE DEPARTMENT
339 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Phone 781-741-1480 . FAX 781-741-1483
Fire Chief - Mark Duff
Deputy Chief - Robert Olsson
Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm
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FIRE PREVENTION
210 Central Street, Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Phone 781-741-1488 . FAX 781-741-1460
Captain - David Damstra
Hours of Operation:
M-W-Th 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tues 8:00am - 7:00pm
Fri 8:00am - 1:00pm
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2013 Annual Report

Emergency calls were on the rise in 2013. The Hingham Fire Department responded to 3985 calls; the highest number on record. Included in that number is 1950 ambulance transports to local hospitals and an additional 250 medical assists where no transport was necessary. A total of $945,147.00 in ambulance fees was collected. Although our run volume has increased, ambulance revenue has declined slightly due to changes in the industry.

The winter storms in February and March presented significant challenges to all town departments. During the Feb 8-9 Snow and Ice Storm event, the department answered 117 emergency calls. The DPW, Light Department, Police Department and Fire Department all did outstanding service to the community and power outages were kept to a minimum.

There were several serious fires in Hingham during 2013 including two multiple alarm fires and two single alarm fires which resulted in significant damage and loss. All of the fires were in single family occupied homes. Fortunately there were no serious injuries. The importance of having properly placed and maintained smoke and carbon monoxide detectors cannot be overstated. The department is more than willing to assist any resident with the installation and battery replacement if required.

I am pleased to report that the town-wide radio system upgrade is now complete and all of the major town departments can now communicate with each other utilizing a single portable or mobile radio. This has been a project that has taken several years to complete and has already proven its value. The system allows Fire, Police, DPW, Schools and the Light Department to directly communicate with each other during non-emergency events, special events and during emergencies.

Two new Ambulances were placed in service during the summer. Our ambulance fleet consists of a total of three ambulances with two always being in service and staffed by paramedics. Although our ambulance fleet is in fine shape, I am requesting in our FY 15 budget the replacement of two fire engines; one of which is now 21 years old [Engine 1] and one which is now 23 years old [Engine 4].

Our new Lifepak 15' cardiac monitors/defibulators have proven their value on several occasions. These new devices have a more advanced software recognition program for cardiac event detection. They also can transmit EKG's directly to the Emergency Room's cardiologist to speed hospital treatment times. The units are also capable of monitoring carbon monoxide levels in patients as well as real time waveform Capnography to assist in the diagnosis of respiratory illness.

Through a grant and donations, we have purchased an ATV [All Terrain Vehicle] for off road use and special events as well as in areas throughout town that a larger vehicle cannot access.

Although our headquarters station was recently renovated, our two sub- stations, constructed in 1942, remain in need of serious upgrades and maintenance. The heating systems as well as plumbing and electrical systems are all original to the buildings. Many of the other building components are also well beyond their useful life and in need of replacement. Our firefighters do an excellent job of patching things together but we are at the point where systems have become fragile and subject to failure. Living conditions are also becoming difficult.

Retired Lt. John Kelly passed away in July. "Pope" as he was known served the department from 1955 to 1988. Phyllis Lebeau O'Connell the department's first full time secretary also passed away during the year. Both of these fine people served the department with dedication and a smile.

Mark Duff,
Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director