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DEPARTMENT NEWS
Apparatus - Stations - Department - Incidents
HARWICH
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Barnstable County
Updated
December 31 ,2012

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APPARATUS NEWS

 

 
 

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Harwich New Engine

Harwich Engine 65
2012 Sutphen 1500/500 Pumper
First "new" engine in Harwich since 2001
In service April 2012
Replaced 1985 Seagrave/E-One 1250/500 Engine 65
assigned to Station 1

Retired Engine 65

Originally as Engine 64

 

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Harwich Car

Harwich Car 72
2006
Ford LTD Crown Victoria Fire Prevention Car
In service 2011 Car 75
Reassigned Car 72 in Aug 2012
 

 

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Harwich New Dive Unit

Harwich Dive 75
2001 Ford E450 / Road Rescue Type III
former ambulance and town Emergency Management unit
transferred to Dive Team unit.
Replaced 1980 GMC / E-One Special Hazards 72
used from 1998 to 2011.
Unit 72 reassigned as fire prevention car
while 75 (formerly FPO) becomes dive unit ID.

 

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Harwich New Ambulance

Harwich Ambulance 63
2012
Ford E450 Super Duty / Life Line Type III Ambulance
In service Feb 2012
Replaced 2010 Ford / Lifeline - Reassigned to A-62
First red / black ambulance in Harwich.
2008 Ambulance 62 becomes A-73
 

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Harwich New Car

Harwich Car 61
2011 Ford Expedition 4x4 SUV
Initially Car 71 Deputy Car.
Transferred to Chief Car 61 in Oct 2011
 

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Harwich New Car

Harwich Car 71
2006
Ford Explorer 4x4 SUV Deputy Chief Car
Formerly Car 61 Chief Car
To Deputy in Oct 2011
 

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Harwich New Car

Harwich Car 60
2006
Ford Explorer 4x4 SUV
Originally police vehicle
Became Harwich FD Deputy Car
Then utility Car 60 in 2011
Replaced 1991 Ford LTD
 

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Harwich New Engine

Harwich Engine 68
Harwich acquired the retired COMM FD Engine 303 in Feb 2011.
The 1987 Pierce Arrow 1500/1000 pumper was then refurbed by
Harwich over the summer / fall of 2011 by M&R.
It went back in service with the "new" Harwich look in Dec 2011.
It is the first red / black apparatus in Harwich.
Assigned first due out of Station 2


Former COMM Engine 303 on arrival in Harwich.

The old Engine 68 1976 Mack was retired in Fall 2010.

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Harwich Ladder Refurb

1992 Emergency One Hurricane 4 door Cab Forward Aerial Ladder Truck
Full Greenwood refurb - back in service April 2010.

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Harwich New Pickup

Harwich Service 70
2005 Ford F-250 put in service with Harwich FD in 2010.

 

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Harwich New Ambulance

Harwich Ambulance 63
2010 Ford E450 Super Duty / Life Line Type III Ambulance
July 2010
2008 Ford / Road Rescue reassigned to Amb 62
2007 Ambulance becomes spare A-73
 

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Harwich New Ambulance

Harwich Ambulance 63
2008 Ford E450 / Road Rescue Type III Ambulance
Sept 2008


Harwich Ambulance 62
2007 Ford E450 / Road Rescue Type III
Formerly A63
Sept 2008

Previous 2003 A62 now A73
 

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Harwich New Boat


Harwich Marine 76
2001 Ambar 22' rigid hull inflatable former USCG boat
June 2007

 

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Harwich New Ambulance

Harwich Ambulance 63
2007 Ford / Road Rescue Type III in service Feb 2007.
Former A-63 became A-62.  The former A-62 became A-73.
The former A-73 retired.


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Harwich New Chief Car

Harwich Car 61
Harwich has placed this 2006 Ford Explorer SUV in service for fire chief Car 61.
Fall 2006

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Harwich New Forestry

Harwich Forestry 67
Harwich new Forestry 67 is a 2006 Ford F-350 extended cab pickup
utilizing the 250/200 skid tank and pump from the previous 1981 GMC
forestry truck.


August 2006


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Harwich Helps Orleans

Harwich Rescue 73
The 1998 Ford / Road Rescue ambulance has been loaned to the Orleans Fire Dept
until Orleans gets its second ambulance back in service.  Orleans' new ambulance R173
went in service in Jan 2005, but was damaged when it struck a deer in Feb 2005.
Just weeks later, March 11, 2005, one of Orleans' other ambulances R174 was
involved in a devastating crash, putting it out of service.  That left Orleans with only
one ambulance.  Harwich loaned their third ambulance R73 to serve in Orleans
as 'Acting R174".

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Harwich Fire Department's New Boat

Harwich Marine 76
2004 14' Aluminum Boat to replace inflatable
Sept 2004

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Harwich Fire Department's New Rescue

Harwich Rescue 63 (EMS 353)
2003 Ford E450 / Road Rescue Type III Ambulance
New R63 replaced a 2001 Ford / Road Rescue that became Rescue 62
The new R62 replaced a 2000 Ford / Road Rescue that became Rescue 73
The 1998 Ford / Road Rescue Rescue 73 was retired.

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Harwich Fire Department's Tech Trailer

Harwich Tech Rescue Trailer
2003
Technical Rescue Trailer
Collapse, Trench, Confined Space equipment

 

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Harwich Cars

Harwich Car 75
Fire Prevention car is a 1998 Ford LTD.
This car is a former cruiser and is nearly identical looking to C61 and C71. 
June 2003
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Harwich Fire Department's New Rescue

Rescue 63

In Service Dec 2001

2001 Ford E450 Super Duty / Road Rescue Type III Ambulance
Housed at Harwich Headquarters

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Harwich Fire Department's New Pumper

Engine 69

In Service March 2001

2001 Emergency One 1500 gpm / 500 gal ALS Rescue Pumper
Housed at Harwich Headquarters
Jaws and Airbags

Harwich Fire has also renumbered and reassigned the following apparatus:
The former Engine 69 (1992 E-One) is now Engine 64 at Station 2.
The former Engine 64 (1985 Seagrave/1994 E-One Glider) is now Engine 65 at Station 2.
The former Engine 65 (1975 Mack) has been placed in reserve status at Station 1. 
It is considered Engine 68 but will assume the unit ID of the apparatus it replaces 
should that occur.
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HARWICH FIRE
C61
The Harwich Chief has a 2000 Ford LTD Crown Victoria, red...undercover strobe package.
C71
The Harwich Deputy now has a 1997 former police Ford FTD Crown Vic also repainted red with the strobe package.
C70
Harwich C70 is a new 2000 Dodge Ram 4x4 Pickup painted white with a red stripe.
R62 - EMS Rescue 352
The newest Harwich ambulance (Rescue 62) is a 2000 Ford F450 super duty / Road Rescue Type III assigned to HQ. It is white with two red stripes. This is the 2nd Type III of the same design. R73 - EMS Rescue 354 is a 1998 Ford / Road Rescue at Station #2. The newest unit replaces a 1995 International / Road Rescue Type I unit 
 
 
 


STATION NEWS

 

 
 
 

Harwich Public Safety Complex

Harwich added the Police Station (left side) onto the fire station in 2010.

Fire station dedicated to former chief Robert Peterson.

Bench in front of station dedicated to former Capt Robert "Bobby J" Johnson.

New Harwich Police / Fire dispatch center.

 


New police station being added onto the Harwich Fire Headquarters.
Photo March 2009

 
 
 
 

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

 
 
 

Harwich Promotes Deputy Chief

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke Jr (center) with newly
promoted Deputy Chief David LeBlanc (left) and soon to
be new Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf at the Harwich
Fire Department on November 11, 2015

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NEXT HARWICH DEPUTY CHIEF
Captain David LeBlanc will be promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in November 2015
to replace current Harwich Deputy Chief Kent Farrenkopf who has been selected
to become the next Eastham Fire Chief in November.  LeBlanc has been a long
time member of the the fire service starting with the Dennis FD and then
being hired by Harwich rising through the ranks from firefighter, to Lieutenant,
and then Captain.  Congrats!

 

 

 

 
Dispatch
By Barnstable Sheriff's Department April 2013

Formerly by Harwich Dispatchers are civilian, affiliated with the Firefighters Local 2124.
(8) Fire / Police Dispatchers (4 Fire & 4 Police) with (2) on duty 24/7, working 2-2-4 schedule with (2) 10 hour days 0800-1800 and (2) 14 hour nights 1800-0800. Fire dispatch was formerly on 24 hour shifts 1-2-1-4 schedule. Police were on 8 hour shifts. Combined in July 2009. 

Maxim Returns

Harwich Engine 1
1928 Maxim 500 gpm Pumper
Refurbished by Harwich Firefighters Association
Returns to Harwich Sept 2006
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Retired Chief Dies

Harwich Chief Robert Peterson passed away
Sept 18, 2005

Wonderful turnout of fire service personnel at memorial service
for Chief Peterson Oct 1, 2005.


Harwich Fire Department mourned the loss of retired Fire Chief Robert A. Peterson
on September 18, 2005.  Chief Peterson served the HFD for 4 decades and went on
to serve as Selectman following his retirement in 2004.

 

Harwich Fire Department Budget
Harwich Fire Department faces some serious budget problems, along with the Police and other departments in town.  Potential layoffs and serious cuts in service may be coming if an override vote is not approved in the spring of 2005.
 

Harwich Fire Department recently located its original Maxim Pumper Engine 1 and brought it home to be refurbished.

Harwich Fire Department Responses
HFD responses continue to increase.  In 2001, HFD responded to 3,651 incidents, up 140 over last year, a 4.0% increase.  Harwich is 5th busiest on Cape.
Harwich Fire Department Leadership
Chief Robert Peterson retired after 4 decades with the Harwich FD. 
WIllfred Remillard has been named Chief of the Department
William Flynn has been named Deputy Chief
December 2003
HARWICH FIRE DEPT KNOCKED BACK INTO THE DARK AGES
Failure to pass a Prop 2-1/2 override in Harwich on May 17th has resulted in the
abrupt layoff of 6 personnel (nearly 20% of the department's staffing).  HFD has
been operating with (2) fire stations to cover 20.93 square miles and approximately
12,000 residents.  The department responded to over 3,600 emergencies in 2004
with a shift staffing level of (7) personnel - (4) at headquarters and (3) at East
Harwich Station 2. The department has operated lean for years with fire engines
routinely responding with (1) person on board.  Multiple calls and a great deal of
automatic response with neighboring towns has frequently strained staffing on
ordinary days.  The loss of 6 personnel, including 2 dispatchers and several
paramedics will create some serious operational problems, including the possibility
of closing Station 2 when insufficient personnel are available.  This proud and
efficient department has always had the support of the town and respect of the
people, but now the fire department and police department will have to reduce
services to 1980s levels...The only difference they are doing about 2,000 more
runs a year and have no call fire department to provide support when the
"stuff" hits the fan!  And it will... soon. 

07-19-05

Harwich voters earlier in the spring voted down an override attempt.  Harwich Fire Department lost 6 fulltime personnel, including 2 dispatchers and 4 firefighter/paramedics.  This forced them to take 2 additional medics off the floor to do desk duty, effectively losing 6 paramedics. Harwich ran 3,721 emergency calls in 2004.  They ordinarily staff (2) fire stations in the 21 square mile town with a population of approx 12,000.  Staffing was (1) Capt, (3) Firefighters, (1) dispatcher at Headquarters and (1) Lieut and (2) Firefighters at East Harwich Station 2.  (4) groups of (7) each.  With the layoffs, the department drops to (5) on two shifts and (6) on two others.  This puts Harwich in a real difficult position, possibly unable to staff both stations 24/7.  (Station 2 East Harwich was unstaffed and closed over night on July 5-6) Harwich is reducing its coverage as well, leading to probable delays in response times and increased firefighter safety concerns. Morale in Harwich is reportedly suffering from the situation.  Harwich has always been a very proud and effective fire department, willing to do a lot, with a little.  They are now paying a heavy price that may impact the department for a long time.  Harwich and neighboring departments have long operated well together through automatic responses and mutual aid, with Harwich being a key player (donor) to the neighboring departments.  That role may soon be reversed, yet neighboring towns are also understaffed.  With multiple, simultaneous calls common place year round, and now the increased work load with the summer population increases, it is going to be a real test for everyone to meet the demands being made over the summer.

 
 

 

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