Febuary 1, 2010
Sherborn Emergency Data Base Is Ready to
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The Disability Advisory Committee
has partnered with the Police and Fire Chiefs, as well as the CoA to make emergency response for
disabled, special needs, and elderly citizens more efficient and effective.
There is a single page form in this issue
of The Sherborn Link titled “Residents’ Personal Emergency Data Form”.
Officer Benjamin Stickney will input your personal information into a secure data base.
Only the Police, Fire and Rescue will have access to your personal information.
When a call comes in from your home, or if your area of town is experiencing an emergency we will be
better able to serve and protect you. Some of the data will be transmitted to the Commonwealth’s 911
Enhanced Disability Telephone Service. Six categories from the Sherborn form are a part of the Commonwealth’s
LSS Life Support System
(equipment to sustain life)
MI Mobility Impaired (bedridden, or use of a wheelchair)
DHH Deaf and Hard of Hearing
CI Cognitive Impairment (Alzheimer's, Dementia, mental impairments, etc.)
SI Speech Impairment
TTY Teletypewriter Device (for telephone service)
Police Chief Rick Thompson strongly suggests that all residents who have an identified disability review the Personal Emergency Data Form, complete the form and forward it to the Sherborn Police Department by mail (17 Washington Street), or by facsimile (508-651-7865) attention Officer Benjamin Stickney so that public safety personnel are best prepared to provide services to you in the event of an emergency. Any resident may call the police department (508-653-2424) and request that an Officer come to your home and retrieve your Personal Emergency Data Form. Your Disability Advisory Committee, Council on Aging, Police Department and Fire Department are here to serve you! Please contact Chief Thompson with any questions or concerns (508-653-2424, ext. 15).
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January 23, 2010
The Sherborn Fire Department is available to teach CPR, AED, and First Aid to
individuals as well as groups. We are also able to provided recertification for our department members.
To learn more or to schedule a class, please contact Station 1 at 508-653-3270.
January 1, 2010
The Sherborn Fire/ Rescue department responded to 542 calls for service,
which represents a 9% increase over last year. This continues a five year trend in which our call volume
has increased by 19%.
We had 286 fire responses and 309 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) calls
(72% of the EMS calls were for medical emergencies and the remaining 28% for motor vehicle accidents).
The department responded to an average of 1.6 calls per day. The average response time was 6.1 minutes.
As a result of the increased call volume and yearly
ambulance fee increases we will generate approx. $115,000 in ambulance revenue this year compared to
$103,000 last year. This revenue has traditionally been used to offset our budget.
We saw an increase in the number of structure fires, car fires, motor
vehicle accidents with extrication, calls for people trapped in elevators and false alarms. We also
had a number of medical calls where horse riders sustained serious injuries. We developed a specially
trained Rapid Intervention Team.A Rapid Intervention Teamis a team of two or more firefighters dedicated
solely to search and rescue of other firefighters in distress and primarily used at structure fires.
Our team consists of 12 specially trained members.
I would like to thank the Sherborn Fire/Rescue Association for the purchase
and donation of a Rad 57 pulse CO-Oximeter. This is a small hand held instrument that uses wavelengths
of light to measure the level of carbon monoxide and oxygen in the blood, as well as pulse rates. This
is an important tool for our department as we will now have the ability to check the level of Carbon
monoxide of firefighters who are actively working at a fire and for residents who may have been exposed
to it in their homes.
I would also like to thank our Police Chief, Richard Thompson, and his
department and our CMD Director, Ed Wagner, for their support and collaboration.
We continue to be one of the few departments in the area that does not
have any full time employees. The Sherborn Fire/Rescue department depends upon a group of committed
and dedicated call firefighters and EMT’s who make tremendous sacrifices to staff this department
24/7/365. This town is very fortunate to have such a talented group of people who take such pride in their
work and provide excellent service to this town. I would like to thank each and every member for their
contributions. A special thanks goes to Deputy Chief Jon Dowse and our Administrative Assistant, Evelyn
Corbett, for all of their hard work and efforts.
I would like to thank the citizens of Sherborn and the Board of Selectmen
for their continued support.
December 30, 2009
Dover-Sherborn (reported by Neil Johnson)- The Sherborn Fire and Rescue
Association, an organization that supports the Sherborn Fire Department and organizes community events,
has given the Fire Department a new tool in the fight against carbon monoxide: a CO-oximeter, which
helps the department to more effectively assess firefighters and victims for potential carbon-monoxide
poisoning in the prehospital stage.
Before hosting their annual
Firemen’s Ball fundraiser in May, the members of the Fire and Rescue Association, with the
recommendation of Chief Neil McPherson, decided upon the CO-oximeter as the goal of their fundraising.
They’d wanted to purchase a “significant piece of equipment” for the Fire Department,
said John R. O’Neill, president of the association. After Klaus Ullmann, treasurer of the association
and a lieutenant in the Sherborn Fire Department, researched potential equipment with Ethan Naiman, an EMT
in the department, the SFRA decided upon the Rad-57, a CO-oximeter manufactured by the Masimo Corporation in
“Carbon monoxide exposure and poisonings are
a tremendous risk for both homeowners and firefighters,” said Ullman. “In the last five to 10
years, it’s come into the news more, and people are much more aware than they have been in the past. As a
department, we wanted the oximeter in order to continue to provide the best level of support to our community.”
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be difficult to detect at a scene —
its symptoms are, essentially, the same as the flu. Yet even mild CO poisoning
puts firefighters at risk and can lead to poor decision-making, and prolonged exposure to low levels of CO
can be extremely dangerous.
In recent years, people have become
very aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide; in the aftermath of 7-year old Nicole Garofolo’s death
in Plymouth from CO poisoning, Massachusetts passed “Nicole’s Law,” which McPherson said
requires all homes to have carbon monoxide detectors. A CO-oximeter like the Rad-57 can be helpful in the
aftermath of both carbon monoxide emergencies and fires. It is completely non-invasive, and allows both
firefighters and victims to be tested merely by putting a clip on their finger.
The device, which will be in an ambulance on scene, allows
the fire department to better determine what steps should be taken for potential victims
of carbon monoxide poisonings. The additional information from the oximeter, Ullman said,
will allow the emergency responders to determine which hospital a person should go to. If
the test, for instance, determines that a victim has high carbon monoxide levels, the
subject will need to be brought to a hospital with a hyperbaric
“It helps us provide a better
explanation of what we’re treating and what the situation is,” Ullmann said.
“Before, when somebody was exposed to carbon monoxide, we’d treat it as a standard
case; we’d go to closest medical facility and leave it to the hospital and physicians
down the line to determine the levels because they have the tools within the hospital. Now we
have tools in prehospital setting so that we can provide the hospital with that information
faster in a more definitive way.”
and Ullman both said that the Fire and Rescue Association, with all of its actions and decisions,
hopes to benefit both the town and the Fire Department. The association does help with a number of
Fire Department-specific issues every year, such as sending firefighters to Barnstable for live fire
training, and they also organize many town events on Halloween and July 4 as well as offer instruction
on fire safety and prevention. The oximeter will aid both residents and firefighters at a scene,
“supporting both the Fire Department and the town,” said McPherson.
And all of this comes at a difficult economic time. McPherson
said that if he had wanted a CO-oximeter, he could not afford it on the department budget;
instead, he would have to request one from the town and bring it up as a warrant article that,
at a time like this, could have trouble passing.
The thing that amazes me the most is that as times have become tougher in the last couple of years,
we have not seen the level of support waiver, and that’s a huge compliment to the residents
of the town and the organizations that continue to support us,” said Ullman.
“Some departments are struggling to put the required equipment
onto the vehicle. This is not required, but we decided that we wanted to invest in the technology
and invest in providing a higher level [of] care to our residents,” Ullman added.