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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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2012 Annual Report

The Hingham Fire Department responded to a total of 3874 emergency incidents during 2012. That includes 2045 Medical Related Incidents. A total of $973,316 in Ambulance fees was collected. We provided mutual aid to our neighboring communities a total of 405 times. Our Mutual Aid Program remains strong and no fire department could survive without it.

In addition we conduct several hundred inspections each year as well as public service calls and hydrant inspections.

We continue to apply for both Federal and State Grants.

During the year we were rated by the Insurance Services Organization

(ISO). The ISO looks at the departments staffing, apparatus, equipment training and dispatching services.  The survey is conducted once every 15 years. There was no change in our rating.

Our two satellite stations continue to be in need of significant upgrades and repairs. Although the overall structural integrity of the buildings is fine, there have been no upgrades of the building’s electrical, heating and plumbing systems since they were constructed in 1942. The buildings are also in need of roof work, gutters, windows as well as painting. Members of the department continue to provide a large amount of the repair work necessary to maintain the  buildings and have saved the town thousands of dollars. I highly commend them for their efforts.

Hingham was impacted by a late season Tropical Storm on October 29th.

Overall the town reacted very well to the effects of the storm and services to the community were restored quickly. Our Municipal Light Department and Department of Public Works worked very hard during and after the event.  I am pleased to report that Hingham will receive  75% reimbursement from FEMA that will cover storm related costs including cleanup.    

Our Annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Table Top Exercise took place on November 14th. This is an annual event where all of the town’s senior staff as well as the Board of Selectmen meet to discuss and review our emergency operations plans and procedures. Over 40 town officials attend this year’s meeting which concentrated on hurricanes.

In 2012 we placed an order for two new ambulances with delivery expected in the spring of 2013. The department currently operates two Advance Life Support Ambulances 24/7.  We also maintain a spare ambulance which is used to replace an ambulance that is undergoing repairs and can be placed in service during high incidence times.

The department continues to downsize our Municipal Fire Alarm Systems with the goal of completely eliminating them in the next two years. Although the systems have served the community’s needs well in the past, the systems are antiquated, as well as difficult and costly to maintain.

Work continues on the South Shore Regional Emergency  Communication Center which includes Hingham, Hull, Cohasset and Norwell. The fire chief’s from the four communities continue to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues involving its operation and to make improvements where needed. Overall, I am pleased with its operation and look forward to additional communities joining in. The ability to provide medical instructions over the telephone to citizens in need of medical care prior to the arrival of medical personnel is one of its many advantages.

Again I urge everyone to make sure you have working Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in every level of your home. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide incidents are on the rise. Carbon monoxide is known as the "Secret Killer."  We frequently find homes with carbon monoxide  levels that are unsafe. A simple and inexpensive detector can prevent a tragedy. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors every seven years. Should you require assistance with installation or replacement, please call us. 

The department lost two of its retired members during the year. Fire Lt. “Bunkie” Kehoe passed away in April and Master Mechanic Peter Wilson passed away in August. Both of these members served the community with distinction when they were active members of the department and they continued to strongly support the community during their retired years.

I thank all the town departments, boards and committees we work with for their excellent cooperation, assistance and support.

Mark Duff

Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director