2017 was an eventful year for staffing changes for the Northborough Fire Department. We had two new hires, FF/Paramedics Dylan Kessler and Joel Rosenkrantz. Both are doing very well and working their way through their probationary requirements. We also had a big change in our management team with the retirement of Captain Jay Houston. Jay was with the Northborough Fire Department for 40 years as an explorer, call firefighter and full time employee. Jay’s retirement left some big shoes to fill and after a very intense promotional process Firefighter Jamie Desautels was promoted to the rank of Captain and assumed his duties on November 12th. In December we brought on another new FF/Paramedic, Peter Galas, who filled the opening created by Captain Houston's Retirement. Peter began his
career with the Northborough Fire Department on December11th. 2017.
In 2017, Northborough Fire responded to 2,321 incidents which is a 8.66% increase from 2016 and a 11% increase from 2015.
Of these,1,320 were classified as Emergency Medical Responses, 429 were classified as fire responses, and 101 were classified as Motor Vehicle Accidents. The remaining 471 were classified as Hazardous Materials, Mutual Aid, Brush Fire, Service Call-other.
Of the fire responses that resulted in a loss to the building and/or contents the total value involved was $12,976,454, total losses of $382,057 and total saved of $12,594,397. We had four firefighter injuries with 2 resulting in lost time.
In 2017, the department issued 1,103 Permits. These permits were for everything from fire permits to tank removal. We conducted 1,297 inspections. We identified 544 violations with the top ten shown in the graph below.