Good Samaritans and Members of LFD Honored by VFW

Friday, May 2nd, the Hudson VFW Memorial Post 5791 presented a number of awards as part of its VFW Loyalty Day and Scholastic Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is inteded to honor citizens, students, educators, public servants and others who have made significant contributions to their communities. The awards were presented to the recipients at the VFW Post located on Bockes Road in Hudson, NH.

The Londonderry Fire Department is proud of the several members of the department as well as the two good Samaritans that assisted the Londonderry Fire Department that will be honored at this years ceremony.

Those being honored are as follows:

Vinny Carruo, a call firefighter with Londonderry for many years. Vinny is well respected and has taken leadership role within the call firefighter force. Vinny also is very active with a number of community activities including blood drives and child car seat safety checks. Recently Vinny was selected by his peers as the 2014 Londonderry Fire Department  Support Services Member of the Year.

Londonderry call-firefighter Vinny Curro is presented a Loyalty Award by VFW Members. Photo Credit: Mike McQuillen

Phil LeBlanc, who was selected as the 2014 Londonderry Fire Department Firefighter of the Year. Phil has been very instrumental in advancing the department’s community relations and has helped with or initiated a number of projects such as the Fire Department Open House and school tours.

Jeremy Mague, who was recently honored as the Fire Department’s 2014 Fire Officer of the Year. Jeremy is constantly working on any number of projects to help maintain the department’s apparatus. Jeremy is well respected by his peers and by the crews that work with him.

Cynthia Gieryn, who stopped at a medical emergency on the side of a busy highway and rendered aid until the Londonderry Fire Department arrived. Cynthia stopped and tried to help complete strangers in a time of need despite the fact that hundreds of other cars just passed by without stopping. Cynthia used her first aid training properly and put herself in harm’s way to try to help.

Tommy Martin, a second grader at Londonderry’s Matthew Thornton Elementary School. Tommy was instrumental in detecting a small fire and properly reporting it to staff members resulting in the school being evacuated and the fire department being called.

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Fire Department Responds to Multiple Calls Yesterday

The Londonderry Fire Department responded to 18 separate incidents on Thursday, April 24th including multiple medical calls, alarm activations, mutual aid requests, and service calls.

The department responded with an incident commander, an engine, and a heavy rescue to Devonshire Lane at 11:17 AM for a large tree that had been uprooted by wind and fell onto a single family home causing roof damage. There were no injuries in this incident.

Several fires blazed at Market Basket yesterday. Click for a larger image.

At 2:45pm the department responded with two engines and an incident commander to a fire alarm activation in Century Village. While crews were enroute to this incident a simultaneous call was received for a bark mulch fire at 34 Nashua Road in the Market Basket parking lot. Crews at the fire alarm activation were quickly able to determine that the alarm was a malfunctioning alarm and one engine was diverted to the bark mulch fire.

Upon arriving at Market Basket at 2:58 PM crews found three parking lot islands on fire. Due to a staffing of three firefighters on the fire engine, the crew was able to deploy two hose lines and a portable extinguisher to begin putting out the fires. However due to the very high wind gusts blowing embers across the parking lot, a total of nine parking lot islands quickly caught fire requiring an additional engine company and incident commander to respond to the scene. The fire was declared “under control” at 3:17 PM with crews checking for any remaining fire until 3:52 PM. While crews were working at the bark mulch fire the department responded to two additional ambulance calls.

Fire crews battled multiple fires yesterday. Click for a larger image.

Fire Chief Darren O’Brien urges the public to use care with disposal of smoking materials. Please do not discard cigarettes anywhere except approved ashtrays and receptacles and use extreme caution on days with low humidity and high winds such as today. Wind gusts up to 50 mph and low humidity led the State of New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands to declare Thursday a “very high” fire danger day.

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Solicitation Warning to Residents

The Londonderry Fire Department and Town Hall are aware that there is a company or individual who is soliciting funds and donations. They are implying that they are a representative of the Londonderry Fire Department. The Londonderry Fire Department however is not holding any fundraisers or making any calls. If you receive or have received  a phone call, you are urged to call and report it to the Londonderry Fire Department immediately, along with any other information you might have. (603)432-1124.

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Request For Proposal: Stryker Power Pro XT Stretcher

The Town of Londonderry is accepting proposals to provide one Stryker Power Pro XT stretcher for the Londonderry Fire Department. Packages are available in the Town Manager’s Department or at their website.

 

All proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to:

 

Town of Londonderry
Finance Department
268B Mammoth Road
Londonderry, NH 03053
Attention: Fire Department Stretcher.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014.

There will not be a public opening of the proposals. Proposals cannot be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days. The solicitation of proposals pursuant to this RFP is not a guarantee that a contract will be awarded. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals and take such action as may be deemed necessary in the best interests of the Town.

If you have any questions, contact Battalion Chief Fred Heinrich at (603) 432-1124 or email him at fheinrich(at)londonderrynh.org.

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Fire Safety: Keep your Holidays from Going up in Flames

Londonderry Fire Department Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe and Festive Holiday Season

For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to The Londonderry Fire Department, many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of US home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even further.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” says Brian Johnson of the Londonderry Fire Department. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”

Fortunately, with a little added awareness and some minor adjustments to holiday cooking and decorating, the season can remain festive and safe for everybody. “By taking some preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb, most home fires can be prevented,” says Fire Marshal Johnson.

With unattended cooking as the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries, Johnson says to stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling or broiling food. Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. The Londonderry Fire Department also suggests creating a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) statistics show that more than half of all candle fires start because the candles had been too close to things that could catch fire. The Londonderry Fire Department encourages Londonderry residents to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12” away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over and are placed on uncluttered surfaces. Avoid using candles in the bedroom where two of five U.S. candle fires begin or other areas where people may fall asleep. Lastly, never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.

According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments annually respond to an average of 250 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Nearly half of them are caused by electrical problems, and one in four resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree. The Londonderry Fire Department offers the following advice for picking, placing and lighting the tree:

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
  • If you choose a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched; before placing it in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles and heat vents or lights.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
  • After Christmas, get rid of the tree. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

By following these fire prevention tips and measure, the Londonderry Fire Department says you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home, and enjoy a safe holiday season. “The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs,” says Johnson. “By taking simple precautions, people can avoid potential fire hazards, and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.”

Visit www.nfpa.org for more information and safety tips. For more information, contact: Fire Marshal Brian Johnson 603-432-1124 bjohnson(at)londonderrynh.org

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LFD Participates in Training Course

This month members of the Londonderry Fire Department attend the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Course in Concord, NH on May 13th – 15th.  The training was made available with support of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the US Department of Homeland Security through the Assistance to Firefighters Act. Departments’ cost management for departments was helped by grants made available through the NH Division of Homeland Security and Bureau of Emergency Management.  Londonderry duty members were able to attend without cost to the Town.

The purpose of the Fire Ground Survival program is to ensure that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all firefighters, company officers and chief officers. Firefighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service.

The course, “Fire Ground Survival”, has been developed from lessons learned from firefighter fatality investigations conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The mission of the New Hampshire Fire Academy is to increase the capability of New Hampshire’s fire and emergency services through research and the application of the best methodologies, techniques, education and practice of fire and emergency medical services.

Londonderry Fire Department Local 3160 has also developed a new website to give citizens an opportunity to check out and learn about what those that serve Londonderry, as firefighters are all about.  Check out the new site at iaff3160.org

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