Londonderry Fire Department to Host Annual Open House on October 18th

The Londonderry Fire Department is pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm we will be holding our annual Open House event to help celebrate National Fire Prevention Month. The public is invited to join us for this event which will be held at the David A. Hicks Central Fire Station located at 280 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH.

There will be a number of informational tables set-up including presentations by the New Hampshire Forest and Lands Division; the Londonderry ALERT Team; Professional Firefighters Local 3160 Warm Coat Initiative and benefit t-shirt sales; and the Londonderry Child Safety Seat Program.

Throughout the day members of the Londonderry Fire Department will also conduct a number of demonstrations which will include: the Manchester Fire Department K-9 arson dog; the Merrimack Police Department Seat-belt Convincer; a hose spraying station for children; child size firefighting gear try-ons; a Christmas tree fire danger demonstration; a kitchen fire demonstration and a vehicle extrication demonstration.

A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the day as well including balloons, helmets, badges, and goodie bags.

The members of the Londonderry Fire Department look forward to seeing members of the public at the Open House on October 18th. Parking is available to the rear of the fire station and Sargent Road or at the recreational fields at the end of Sargent Road.


Londonderry Fire Rescue Responds to Serious Accident

At approximately 11:30pm on Monday August 18, 2014, Londonderry Fire Rescue Dispatch began receiving emergency calls reporting a motor vehicle accident in the area of Griffin Road and Larch Lane. The initial dispatch utilized all on-duty Londonderry Fire personnel which included an Engine, a Rescue, an Ambulance and Command Unit. Initial reports from 911 indicated a single car into a utility pole with 2 entrapped occupants. Based on these reports, a mutual aid ambulance from Windham was requested.

Engine 2 was first to arrive on scene and found a single vehicle into a tree with significant entrapment of a two occupants. With this information, a Hudson Fire Engine company was requested to the scene for extrication assistance along with placing a request for an air ambulance to the scene. Crews were “all hands working” utilizing multiple sets of hydraulic tools, hand tools, and saws in order to free the occupants. Paramedics from Londonderry rendered Patient care during the extrication.

A landing zone for DHART was established at Londonderry South School by a Derry Fire Department Engine company. The occupants were extricated approximately 19 minutes and 24 minutes respectively after initiation of rescue work. One occupant was then transported to the landing zone and ultimately flown to a hospital in Boston, Ma. The second patient was transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH. Further information regarding status of the occupants will not be provided due to privacy. Station coverage was provided by Litchfield during the incident.

The Londonderry Fire Department would like to thank all mutual aid companies, the Londonderry Police Department, and DHART personnel for their assistance.

Photos courtesy of the Londonderry Fire Department.


Londonderry Fire Department Participates in 2014 Kidz Night

The Londonderry Fire Department is proud to have been able to participate in the 2014 Kidz Night at the Londonderry Town Common during this year’s Old Home Day celebrations. Kidz Night was held on August 14, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8pm.

Amy Casparius with her children Ben (age 3) and Abby (age 1) explore Londonderry Rescue 1 ###

This year the Fire Department brought two fire engines, two ambulances, a heavy rescue and a 100’ platform-ladder truck to the event for children and parents to explore. The department also had a booth set-up on the common to educate children on fire prevention and fire safety. Next to the Fire Prevention booth call-firefighter Vinny Curro, who is a member of the Londonderry Child Passenger Safety Program, was educating children and parents on how to safely install car seats and the laws pertaining to child restraints in New Hampshire.

Fire Department personnel including the on-duty shift, call-firefighters and some off-duty members were on hand to give tours of the apparatus, answer questions and provide demonstrations of how certain pieces of equipment are used.

Chief Darren O’Brien stated that “The Fire Department is excited to be able to participate in community events like Kidz Night. Not only is being involved a great way to allow our community’s children to learn about fire safety, but we also want to make the department as accessible to our citizens as possible.”


MOMS Club of Derry Hosts Guest Speaker from Child Passenger Safety Dept. of Londonderry Fire Dept

The MOMS Club of Derry, NH is proud to present guest speaker Laura Bower from the Child Passenger Safety division of the Londonderry Fire Department.  She will be discussing the latest on car seat laws and child passenger safety. This event will take place on August 27, 2014 at 10:30am in the Derry Public Library, in Meeting Room A.

This event will be held during The MOMS Club of Derry, NH Monthly Social.  It is open to the public and children are always welcome.  Light refreshments will be served and coloring pages will be provided to the children by the CPS.  Please join us and discover what the MOMS Club of Derry, NH has to offer you and your community!


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.


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.