April 04, 2020

Hampden fire chief issues report

HAMPDEN — The Hampden Fire Department responded to 30 calls during April and May, according to Fire Chief Robert M. Bailey.

In his June 24 report to the Town Council Bailey said there were 17 responses during April which included: one debris fire; two ambulance assistance calls for vehicle accidents; four grass or woods fires; one fuel spill; one electrical fire; two “good intent” calls; three smoke checks; and they responded to three building alarms.

During May the department responded to 13 calls: one vehicle fire; two grass or woods fires; three vehicle accidents; one electrical call; one mutual aid response; three burn permits; on smoke instigation; and one business alarm.

During April there were two training sessions conducted by firefighter Russell LaFlamme on how to deal with hazardous materials and another two Haz-Mat training sessions were held in May. Chief Bailey said they were trying hard to get the department up to the level of minimum standards required by law. He said the categories of “recognition” and “identification” had been completed as had “incident command.” The next area of training will be “decontamination capabilities.”

Firefighter Rick Briggs completed 34 fire inspections in April. Chief Bailey said research for the major construction projects going on in town had taken up most of Briggs’ time. The new middle school plan was the biggest issue during April.

Chief Bailey reported that during April he presented the “How to Survive a Fire in Your Home” program to town employees. The program also was presented at a public meeting at Hampden Academy and to the SAD 22 school bus drivers. Several firefighters volunteered to assist with presentations.

Bailey also attended the open house at the Orono Fire Department when they put their new Haz-Mat vehicle into service.

Chief Bailey and Assistant Fire Chief John O’Brien attended the Penobscot County Mutual Aid chiefs meeting in Orono during April.

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