Your Carver Fire Department is a goal-orientated organization that prides itself in providing a superior level of service to our community at the lowest possible cost to each taxpayer.
The mission statement of the Carver Fire Department is “To be a leading Emergency Service Organization by meeting or exceeding the needs of our community in Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, and Rescue Operations” and has become the benchmark from which our goals are derived each year.
We would like to thank the residents of Carver for your support during 2016!
2016 has been a year of accomplishments for our department. We official put in service three new Fire Engines, opened our state of the art Fire Headquarters and Training Facility, successfully implemented the Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Position, hired a new Full Time Fire Dispatcher and are midway through the process of hiring 10 new On Call Firefighters. These accomplishments don’t just happen by themselves, but come from the support of our community and hard work from the Officers and Firefighters of your Fire Department.
We officially opened the doors to our new Station and Training Facility on Sunday, January 10, 2017. The Town Fire Station Building Committee, as well as several other Fire Department Committees worked diligently designing/building our new Central Fire Station. The members of these Committees have donated thousands of man-hours to the design phase of the project in an effort to construct a building that we hope will reflect the unique character of our community, while also providing the infrastructure, technology and training needs of our Department well into the future. As residents ourselves, every decision has been made with the utmost care and consideration of the bottom line, never losing sight of our fiscal responsibility to our fellow taxpayers. I would like to personally thank everyone that has been part of this project for their tireless effort and dedication.
The Carver Fire Department continues to be one of the lowest funded Fire Departments in the Commonwealth, at an annual cost of $529,000 or about $44 per resident. The dedication of our 75 member team is at the center of our flourishing Call Firefighting System that was nationally recognized in 2008 as showcased in Firehouse Magazine, a National Fire Service periodical. Our system has been used as a model for several Fire Departments across the country, something that we can all be proud of.
MILESTONES OF 2016
- Our entire Department worked to equip and putting in service our three new Fire Engines.
- Our new Fire Headquarters and Training Facility officially opened on Sunday, January 10th, 2017. The project came in under budget.
- Successfully implemented our new Full-time Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Positon with the hiring of then Lieutenant Jesse Boyle. Assistant Deputy Chief Boyle was officially sworn in on January 17th, 2017.
- Successfully hired, and are currently in the process of training ten new Carver Firefighters.
- We continue to be nationally recognized as a model for other Fire Departments across the country.
- We manage and maintain a Professional Call Firefighting force that excels in regards to manpower for the critical daytime responses. Our daytime Call Firefighting force averages a 6 minute response time with 18 Firefighters on scene, statistics that we can all be proud of.
- Successfully expanded our Honor Guard to 13 members.
- Successfully re-outfitted all Honor Guard personnel with new Class A uniforms
- We consider ourselves innovators of training. We continually explore and employ cutting edge practices in an effort to remain ahead of the curve in regards to training and personal safety. Training classes ranged from the Massachusetts Fire Academy Live Burn Trailer and Maze Trailer, a Firefighter Vehicle Hybrid Class, Safety Officer Driving Drill, numerous Dive Drills and Officer Command Simulator Training.
- By design, we continue to be one of the lowest funded Firefighter Departments in the State, ($44/resident) with 1.3% of Town budget being directed to Fire Department.
- We educated a record number of school children and Town residents in the subjects associated with Ice Safety, Fire Prevention and Home Fire Safety.
- We successfully managed a new Engine Design Committee, Wage and Benefit Committee, I AM RESPONDING Committee, Photo Team Committee, and Fire Station Building Committee, Fire Station Technology Committee and Training Facility Committee. All of these Committees are TEAM oriented and focused on staying proactive in maintaining a Call Firefighting System.
I am extremely proud of the PRIDE and professionalism of each of our Firefighters in the performance of their duties in 2016. Their unselfish sacrifice, dedication, and loyalty are matched only by that of their families, as they to sacrifice every time our Firefighters are called to duty. I recognize the stress that this causes on their families and I am forever grateful for their support in allowing each one of our Firefighters to respond to help someone in their time of need.
Please join us in congratulating Fire Dispatcher Steve Blanchard on his recent retirement as a Carver Fire Dispatcher. Steve has served our community with PRIDE and dedication for over 20 years. Steve will continue to serve as a Call Firefighter within our Department. We wish you health and happiness in your retirement.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of our community for your support and investment in the Carver Fire Department during the past year. Your support matters and is appreciated by all of us here at CFD!
We would also like to thank Town Administrator, Michael Milanoski and all Departments and Boards of the Town for their cooperation and assistance over the past year.
We continually remind ourselves where we have come from and those people before us that got us here!
Craig F. Weston
Eric P. Germaine
Deputy Fire Chief