The Carver Fire Department is located in Southeastern Massachusetts.
We proudly protect 11,368 people living in an area of 39.58 square miles. We operate out of three stations that protect a primarily residential/agricultural area. Our Department is a Public Department whose 75 members are on a paid on call status.
From all accounts, our annual CFD sanctioned scavenger hunt was once again a huge success! This was a competitive training exercise we termed a scavenger hunt. The goal of the event/exercise has always been geared to mixing training, competitiveness, a fun time and great prizes into a series of six training exercises that would involve CFD equipment, apparatus and the skills of our Firefighters. Approximately 40 Firefighters participated in the event. Instead of a race to the end, this year each event for each Company, was individually timed. The total times for the six events were calculated and the lowest cumulative time declared the winner. Company 2, named “Water Supply”, finished all their tasks the quickest edging Company 1 the “Halligans” by 2 minutes, claiming them the grand prize. Company 3, named “No Brakes” gave a great effort finishing in third. Although Company 2 was the official winner, in the end each Company was rewarded with a commercial snow blower for their Station. In the past, Firefighters have brought their personal snow blowers to the Station during severe storms to clear snow from the walkways and apparatus bays. The purchase was certainly needed and appreciated by all our Firefighters. After the event, everyone that participated was treated to lunch at Station 1. In our profession, you have to train hard, for you never know when or what type of emergency you will be facing. We believe that you also have to be able to have a good laugh or two! All said and done, the scavenger hunt accomplished the goals we set out to accomplish. Six out of the box training exercises involving Firefighter skills, keeping a large number of Firefighters in Town ready to respond to any emergencies, developing comraderie among the group and sharing some laughs! A very special “THANKS” are in order to Deputy Germaine, who orchestrated the whole drill, with help from Captain Telless, Firefighter Mike Terrill, Retired Chief Billy Harriman, Retired Firefighter Jon Fortier, Building Committee member George Callahan, Retired Firefighter Gary Weston, and my Comma Lady.(Photo's by Firefighter Rick Leopardi, Company 1)
Our Engine Design Committee was invited to Pierce Manufacturing, located in Appleton, Wisconsin for a pre-construction meeting prior to starting the build on our three new Fire Engines. The committee spent two full days reading over specifications, clarifying ever detail with Pierce engineers and representatives. We got to tour two of Pierce's manufacturing facility's where the apparatus are literally built from the ground up. Amazing to see over 150 pieces of fire apparatus in every stage of the build, built by super friendly craftsman, mostly by hand. The assembly lines and metal fabricator lines were spotless with the employee's more than eager to showcase their work and explain every stage of the build process. Our Pierce representatives, Paul Grondalski and Bill O'Connor were super hosts, treating each one of us as their personal guests. Really was trip of a lifetime! After seeing Pierce's manufacturing facilities and build process, it is pretty easy to see why Pierce has the reputation and market share in being the leading Fire Apparatus manufacturer. Our Engines should be ready for delivery around March or April if everything goes as planned. (Photo's by Deputy Germaine, Chief Craig Weston and Firefighter Gary Weston)