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2016 AR
Change
2016 was an eventful year for the Northborough Fire Department. On January 25th Chief David Parenti assumed leadership of the department. Chief Parenti has over 35 years of experience in the fire service most recently serving as the Chief for the Belmont NH Fire Department. Our long serving Hazardous Materials Assistant Nancy Lepore retired after serving for 18 years. Nancy was replaced by Michael Borowiec. Mike is a career Firefighter with the Shrewsbury Fire Department and works for us 19 hours a week. Other personnel changes included the hiring of two new Firefighter Paramedics. Ryan Snee and Nick Johnson started with us on June 6th.  Both are doing very well in the completing their probationary requirements. We have made several changes in our operational plan and continue to refine our new department manual.



Operations
Operationally we had a busy year. We responded to 2136  request for service. We continue to be an active member of Massachusetts District 14 with members participating with the dive rescue team and the technical rescue team. This is in addition to our participation in district strike team activations and State fire mobilization plan participation.
Training
In addition to our regular daily and monthly training we participated in several specialty training events this year. In April all personnel participated in an emergency driver practical training class. The program consisted of both classroom and practical evolutions. We also were fortunate to have the Massachusetts Firefighter Academy present a firefighter self-rescue program to all personnel in November. Both programs will help improve the safety of our personnel.

Fire Prevention
Fire Prevention and inspection conducted 1,258 inspections and we issued 687 permits. Our new software that has only been in place for a few months has also enabled us to tract violations noted during inspections and to date we have recorded 95 violations.

The Future
As we move forward into 2017 and beyond we have several important projects we continue to work on. First and foremost we are focused on our fire station project. We have formed a building committee and have begun the process of conducting a feasibility study. Included in this study will be station location, space and operational needs, and future needs. We continue working toward implementing recommendations from the Center for Public Safety Management study. This includes increase to our staffing levels to five personnel per shift and the addition of a deputy chiefs position. We continue to work on implementing changes to our dispatch model to help improve response and reaction times. We have already implemented several changes including the addition of Apps that allow our firefighters to receive dispatch information directly to the cell phones regardless of their location. We will continue to refine our Capital Improvement Plan and to separate our wants from our needs.


Description
Count
Detail
88
Fire Response                                     
410
Hazardous Materials Response                      
41
Motor Vehicle Accident        
131
Mutual Aid Response                               
120
Emergency Medical
1150
Public Education                                  
4
Service Call                                      
192
Storm Response                                    
Total
2136



Northborough Town Hall  63 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532
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