Carver Fire Department Chief's Message

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.

2015 was a tough year for members of our Department and residents of the community. We said goodbye to our friend, Zachary Kane. Zach is now watching over us and will forever be remembered within our Department. We miss you Buddy!

We would like to thank the residents of Carver for your support during 2015. We were able to achieve many of our goals over this past year, none of which would have been possible without your support.

The Town Fire Station Building Committee, as well as several other Fire Department Committees worked diligently designing/building our new Central Fire Station and continue to do so. 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 $491,000 or about $42 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 2015

  • Our entire Department is 100% focused in procuring, equipping and putting in service our three new Fire Engines, scheduled to be delivered in May 2016.
  • We wrote and were awarded over $25,000 in multiple grants to purchase Fire Prevention Supplies, a Fire Skid Unit for Forestry 25 and Life Safety Equipment for our Fire Engines.
  • We successfully hired and trained five 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 5.9 minute response time with 16 Firefighters on scene, statistics that we can all be proud of.
  • Our Honor Guard was invited to Fenway Park and presented the colors during the baseball games National Anthem.
  • Successful Taste of Carver 2 event raising funds to benefit Zach Kane and his family.
  • We consider ourselves to be 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, ($42/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 2015. 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 Captain Vinny Nocera and Firefighter Carl Enos on their recent retirements from the Carver Fire Department. Vinny served our community with PRIDE and dedication for over 25 years and Carl served our community for over 35 years. Both Vinny and Carl have set the example of the kind of Fire Service Professionals that we should all strive to be.

Vinny and Carl, please accept a sincere thank you from all of us at CFD for a combined 60 years of Loyalty, Dedication, Commitment, and most of all, your friendship. We wish you both 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!

Respectfully submitted,
Craig F. Weston
Fire Chief
Eric P. Germaine
Deputy Fire Chief