We’ve compiled the statistics & the trend is clear: Thanksgiving is the busiest day for residential cooking fires. In 2017, cooking related fires increased by 238% on this day. We urge residents to avoid turkey fryers, but if you are using one, cook outside and away from your home. The turkey should be dried and thawed before cooking. To avoid oil spilling and causing injury, ensure the oil isn’t overfilled in the fryer. If oil begins to smoke, turn the gas supply off immediately. Immediately dial 911 if you suspect a fire problem. Please take a moment to review the safety information below. For more info, visit: www.usfa.fema.gov
It’s that time of year again! The Billerica Firefighters Local 1495 will be collecting toy donations in support of the Toys for Tots campaign this season! The Billerica Fire Department is an official Toys for Tots drop off location. New, unwrapped toys can be donated at any of the 5 fire stations in town. Your support is really needed this holiday season.
Join us on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 from 11am-2pm at Billerica Fire Headquarters (8 Good Street) for our annual open house! Enjoy FREE pizza & drinks while you check out the fire trucks in our largest fire station, learn about fire safety, and meet the firefighters who protect your community.
You may have seen us “hanging around” Fire Headquarters recently. Last month, many of our members took part in a week long rope operations training course at our central station. They refreshed and practiced valuable skills including knots, anchors, hauling & lowering systems, rappelling, ascending, litter tendering, and more. These skills are the foundation of many rescue functions outside of vertical rope rescue that the fire department may perform. Just a few examples include low-angle rescue (i.e. highway embankments), confined space rescue, and water rescues. As of July 1, 2019, Rescue 1 is staffed with dedicated personnel who have completed training in the many technical rescue disciplines to ensure an increased level of service is always available in our community.
In order to obtain Eagle Scout rank, Matt Sweeney has decided to create a display cabinet for Fire Headquarters. His hard work will result in historical artifacts, such as ledgers, helmets, photos, and other traditional pieces, finally being on display as they should be in our central station. Part of obtaining Eagle Scout rank includes raising funds for the project. The ability to donate to his fundraising efforts, a complete description of the project, his personal reason for selecting Billerica Fire as the recipient, along with progress pictures are all viewed on Matt’s “Go Fund Me” page by clicking here. Check back for photos of the finished product in the near future!