The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fire Department provides mutual aid during Groton brushfire

On Monday, July 5, Carlisle firefighters responded to a request for mutual aid in Groton, where a 12-acre brush fire burned about a mile in the woods off Indian Hill Road. Carlisle Fire Chief David Flannery said that Lieut. Robert Trainor, Jr. and seven other firefighters took Engine 6 to the fire. According to the Lowell Sun, more than 50 firefighters from 20 towns worked in heat reaching 100°F. Firefighters were using all terrain vehicles to shuttle Indian Pump tanks of water into the remote fire area, said Flannery. The Carlisle group worked for about an hour before the Groton discontinued the operations for the night.

The fire continued and Groton resumed activities the next day. Flannery says that on July 6 they were able to lay a hose line from Long Pond to the scene to provide more water.

Contacted on Tuesday, Flannery noted, “A major concern with personnel working in such extreme heat is heat exhaustion. To my knowledge there were no injuries.” He added, “We have been very lucky with this dry spell as the forest fire danger is extremely high. Residents should be very cautious, especially with any open flame device outside.”

When not busy training or responding to calls, the department is drawing up specifications for a bid package for a new fire truck to replace Engine 6, which was built in 1986. Town Meeting approved the funding for the purchase last spring. ∆

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