PROMOTIONS & NEW HIRE

Fire Chief Norman Clarke,Jr. announced the promotions of two veteran firefighters and the hiring of a new firefighter. Lieutenant Brian Coughlan was promoted to Captain/Fire Inspector. Captain Coughlan joined the department in 1987. Firefighter/Paramedic Leighanne Deering was promoted to Lieutenant. Deering is the first female to reach this rank in the history of the department. Lt. Deering came on board in 2000. Robin Laplante poses with her son Adam the newest member of the Harwich Fire Department

HFD MEMBERS HONORED

Smiling faces all around as Harwich Fire honors two of their own. Anchoring this picture are Lt. Timothy Jaques (L) and Lt. Michael Mason (R) of the HFD with fellow firefighters Lt. Dan O'Connell, Dennis Fire, and Dan Kimball, Brewster Fire. Kimball and O'Connell were rescued after a training exercise in Brewster went terribly wrong. The incident happened at a Barnstable County Tech Rescue Dive Team at Sheep's Pond.

Lt. Jaques and Lt. Mason were both awarded citations for their exemplary service that day. Lieutenant Mason as dive team leader, was recognized for his command presence where diver Kimball was trapped under water under a vehicle and firefighter O'Connell was struck by the dive truck. Mason took command under a very sudden stressful situation managing all resources and personnel. He completed all of the tasks required of an incident commander.
 

When the vehicle rolled into the pond Lieutenant Jaques' quick action and knowledge of his profession provided the needed lifesaving assistance to the trapped diver. Jaques was able to locate the diver and pull him far enough to lift his head above the surface. This action allowed Kimball to be able to breath and provided the needed time for his complete extrication from under the dive truck.

LOCK BOX Requirements

The Town of Harwich requires any home or business owner to install a lockbox on any property that has an alarm system that is monitored remotely. This includes medical alert buttons and fire alrm systems. These lockboxes are a safe and secure way to provide the Fire Department a key to the property in case of alarm activation. These lockboxes are opened by a special key that ONLY the fire department carries. These lockboxes are different than the ones distributed by the Harwich Water Department. Contact the HFD for more information at (508) 430-7546.

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