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.
Deputy Germaine designed an interesting Officer Management Drill utilizing a realistic fire scenario program we discovered on-line. The program allows you to take photographs of buildings or items within your community from all angles, add realistic changing smoke and fire conditions and assemble them into a movie like fire scenario that can be stopped or progressed as you wish. At our Drill, we conducted two scenarios, one of a commercial establishment in South Carver and one at a residential home in Center Carver. Officers were given command vests representing each Command function we utilize on our fire ground. They were required to use their portable radio as any communications they made had to utilize radio terminology and each was given five minutes to make notes on sizing up the incident. The computer simulated incident could be stopped at any time, with increasing and fire conditions displayed as the incident progressed. Deputy Germaine set the room up where one screen showed the simulation, while our smart board displayed a google earth image of the area. This allowed Command and the Water Supply Officer to make decisions on proper water supply locations and describing water supply set up. This was our first crack at this homemade teaching tool and overall it was a success. When one Officer is describing their function, other Officers can make mental notes on how they would've handled the situation and prepare for their functions to be utilized. The exercise gets everyone thinking, critiquing themselves and in the end, hopefully raises the bar! (Photo’s by Chief Craig Weston)
Carver Fire Dive Team Members, under the careful instructions of new Dive Master Austin White and new Assistant Dive Master Steven Dorherty, geared up for Ice Dive scenarios at Sampson's Pond in South Carver. Diving under the ice is extremely dangerous, but our Dive Team must be proficient in their skills if needed to rescue someone who has fallen below the ice. All safety precautions are in place for these technical dives. Divers utilize safety ropes, underwater communications systems, and full face masks. A rescue diver is always at the ready to assist if something goes wrong while the diver is under the ice. A big thank you to our diving support crew for braving the cold and helping the team make the drill a a success. For the record, the ice was over 18" think on the pond, requiring a lengthy ice auger and chain saw drill ahead of time. (Photo's by Deputy Eric Germaine)