Monday, February 27, 2017

Chief Coleman Re-Credentials as a CFO

Auburn Fire Rescue Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. has successfully completed the re-credentialing process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on February 7, 2017, to officially confer the re-designation upon the Chief. This designation makes him one of only 1,210 CFO’s worldwide and one of only 16 in Massachusetts.

The CFO Designation is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including: Experience, Education, Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Association Membership, Community Involvement and Technical Competencies. Chief Coleman received his original designation on February 4, 2014. To maintain the designation he needed to show that he has continued to develop as a CFO in four areas. Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Active Association Membership and Community Involvement. A Board of Review consisting of members of the fire and emergency services profession, academia, and municipal agencies review each applicant and recommends successful candidates for designation to the Commission.


“I am proud to have re-credentialed my CFO designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). This is an organization that raises the bar with its commitment to public safety officials through professional development and education” Chief Coleman said. Chief Coleman will be one of the speakers at next month’s Excellence Conference in Garden Grove CA sponsored by CPSE. He will be presenting a session on leadership and the internal customers in emergency service organizations.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HAZMAT Team Called to 10 Coolidge Street

2/23/17

At 4:34 p.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department along with the Auburn Police Department were called to 10 Coolidge Street for a suspicious envelope.  The resident of the home opened the envelope finding an unknown white powder inside of it.     


The State HAZMAT Team was requested to further investigate the powder.  Upon the conclusion of the HAZMAT Team's investigation the powder did not pose a threat or hazard to the homeowner or community.  The powder will be sent to the state lab for further testing.    


Auburn Police are investigating the incident.  No injuries were reported and no one was transported by ambulance to the hospital. 


Pictures for the media.








Contact


Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Thursday, February 2, 2017

AFRD Turns 100 Year's Old

This year the Auburn Fire Rescue Department will be celebrating 100 years as an organized fire department. Established on September 11, 1917 the department has been responding to the needs of our citizen’s and those who visit us for a century.

The department will be hosting several events throughout the year including a booth at the upcoming craft fair showing some of the department’s older equipment and photos, a kids themed movie night at the Pappas Recreational Complex, Firefighters Memorial Sunday with antique fire truck parade, a department open house and the celebration will end with a 100 Year Anniversary Dinner at the Auburn Elk’s on Saturday September 9, 2017.

Dates for all of these events and others throughout the year will be published through the media, all department and town social media and local cable access. We are asking any residents or former members of the department to send us any photos you may have of past incidents, members, equipment, etc. Please e-mail Fire Chief Stephen Coleman with your information or photos to scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fire Strikes Group Home at 12 Jefferson Drive

12/18/16

At 1:09 AM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department received a call for a reported structure fire at 12 Jefferson Drive.  Staff at the group home facility called 911 reporting they could see smoke and fire.  First arriving companies found smoke and fire in the basement.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  

The Building Inspector, Wiring Inspector, National Grid, and the Fire Investigation Unit were called to the scene.  The fire was contained to the basement and is still under investigation.  At this time the cause to the fire does not appear to be suspicious.  


Auburn Fire Rescue Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said the fire went to 2 alarms and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.  Chief Coleman also said "staff from the group home were alerted to the fire by the smoke detectors sounding.  They quickly evacuated the five residents safely out of the home.  Five residents have been displaced due to the fire."

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Contact


Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Santa Tour Postponed to Sunday 12/18

Due to the 4-6 inches of snow forecasted for Saturday morning and the ice to follow through the day, the 2016 Santa Tour has been postponed until the following day, Sunday December 18th. The tour will maintain the same hours kicking off from Fire H.Q. at 11:00 a.m.


The route can be found on the departments website at auburnmassfire.org under the Santa Tour button. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fire Strikes Home on Pinehurst Ave.

At 10:30 this morning the Auburn Fire Rescue Department received a call for a reported structure fire at 31 Pinehurst Ave.  First arriving companies found smoke coming from the roof of the home.

The Fire Investigation Unit determined  the fire started when contractors working on the home were using a torch. The fire started in the wall and made its way to the attic. Fire companies arrived on scene quickly and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

Auburn Fire Rescue Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said the fire went to 2 alarms and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The home owners were not displaced and will remain in their home.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Active Shooter Drill at the Auburn Mall this Sunday

The Auburn Police Department and the Auburn Fire Rescue Department, in conjunction with CEMLEC SWAT, Mass Fire District 7 and the Auburn Mall will be conducting an "Active Shooter Drill" at the Auburn Mall this Sunday night, September 25, 2016 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The drill is expected to last 2 hours and will bring a large police, fire and EMS presence to the mall.

When the Auburn Mall closes at 7:00 p.m. the parking lots will be blocked off to normal traffic. Sign boards at the entrances to the mall stating that there is "Training in Progress" will be displayed.

Auburn Fire Rescue Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. states, “drills such as these are extremely critical in today's society. It is imperative that as an organization we are prepared to respond during times of violent intruder incidents that produce mass casualties. Having the ability to train with all of our mutual aid partners as well as the business community to ensure a quick and efficient response to such a tragedy at any of our soft targets is imperative.”

Mall Manager Justin Feldhouse went on to say, “the Auburn Mall appreciates the opportunity to train and prepare with our police and fire partners. We value and maintain a close working relationship with local first responders and law enforcement to ensure that the appropriate security measures are being taken to help provide a safe environment at our mall."

Expect to see a large police, Fire and EMS presence in the area of the Auburn Mall that night until approximately 9:30 p.m.

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Contact: Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
               508-832-7800
               scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Two Tractor Trailer trucks Collide on I-90 in Auburn



At 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning the Auburn Fire Rescue Department along with Mass State Police were dispatched to the Mass Pike eastbound at Bancroft St. for a motor vehicle accident involving two tractor trailer units. 

The driver of one of the trucks was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Fire Rescue personnel using rescue tools including the Jaws of Life. Rescue personnel had to cut into the side of the truck to free the patient. The patient was in serious condition and transported to UMass Medical Center. A second Ambulance was also requested to the scene for two other patients. They were also transported to UMass Medical Center in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.  

Mass DEP and Auburn Water District were notified about approx. 10 gallons of diesel fuel lost on the highway. Fire personnel cleared the scene at approximately 7:00 a.m. and the accident scene was cleared just before 8:00 a.m. and all lanes of the highway were opened. The accident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police. 

For information contact
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
508-832-7800
scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

Monday, May 2, 2016

Crash on I-395 in Auburn sends one vehicle into the water

At 2:05 p.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department along with Auburn and Mass State Police responded to I-395 north for a reported motor vehicle that had gone off the roadway and plunged into Eddy Pond.
 
AFRD personnel arrived on scene to find that the sole male occupant of the vehicle had already been removed from the truck and brought to shore by a Massachusetts State Trooper. One person was transported to UMASS Hospital by Fire Rescue Ambulance.

A dive team request was made but quickly cancelled once it was determined that the Trooper removed the occupant. Mass DOT brought the north bound traffic down to one travel lane while the vehicle was being removed from the water by Direnzo Towing & Recovery.

The accident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.

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Contact:   Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
                 508-832-7800
                 scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Shed and Brush Fire at 415 Leicester Street

4/30/16


The Auburn Fire Rescue Department just before noon responded to 415 Leicester Street for a reported shed fire.  Engine 1 the first arriving engine company, reported a shed and brush fire close to a barn on the property.        

According to Auburn Fire Rescue's Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson the fire was reported by multiple 911 calls. The fire was extinguished with no damage to the nearby barn.  A permitted outdoor fire was determined to be the cause of the fire.  The homeowner stated his permitted bush fire got away from him catching the shed on fire.  The fire has been ruled accidental.  

There were no injuries at the scene.  All companies were clear of the scene around 1:15 P.M.  


Pictures for media use.







Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Monday, April 25, 2016

Deck Fire at 9 Jay Street

4/25/16


The Auburn Fire Rescue Department at 10:14 P.M. on Sunday 4/24/16 responded to 9 Jay Street for a reported patio fire.  Engine 3 the first arriving engine company, reported a deck fire in the rear of the structure.       

According to Auburn Fire Rescue's Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson the fire was reported by the resident at 9 Jay Street, who dialed 911.  The fire was quickly extinguished with minimal extension into the basement.  An outdoor fire pit on the deck was determined to be the cause of the fire.  The fire has been ruled accidental.  

There were no injuries at the scene.  All companies were clear of the scene at 11:45 P.M.  


Pictures for media use.









Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Friday, April 8, 2016

Building Fire at 163 Washington Street

4/8/16 


The Auburn Fire Rescue Department at 8:31 P.M. responded to 163 Washington Street, Lundgren Honda for a reported carbon monoxide alarm.  The first arriving engine company upon investigation, reported a fire in the utility room.      

According to Auburn Fire Rescue's Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson the carbon monoxide build up from the fire set off the monitored alarm system, which notified the fire department.  Crews extinguished the fire and vented the building.  The fire was contained to an oil burner in the utility room.    

Fire Departments from Oxford and Leicester covered Auburn's stations during the fire.  There were no injuries at the scene.  All companies were clear of the scene at 10:00 P.M.  Please remember if your carbon monoxide alarms sound, leave the building and call 911.  



Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Friday, March 18, 2016

House Fire at 3 Park Street

3/18/16


The Auburn Fire Rescue Department at 2:26 P.M. responded to 3 Park Street for a reported structure fire.  Engine 3 the first arriving engine company, reported a fire in the kitchen.     

According to Auburn Fire Rescue's Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson the fire was reported by one of the residents at 3 Park Street, who dialed 911.  Crews extinguished the fire within six minutes of it being reported.  The fire was contained to the kitchen and did not extend into any other parts of the residence.  Cooking was determined to be the cause of the fire.  The fire has been ruled accidental.  

Fire Departments from Oxford, Leicester, Millbury, and Sturbridge covered Auburn's stations during the fire.  Webster EMS provided an ambulance for station coverage as well.  There were no injuries at the scene.  All companies were clear of the scene at 3:33 P.M.  Please standby your pan when cooking.

Pictures for media use.







Contact

Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Friday, March 11, 2016

House Fire at 275 Bryn Mawr Ave.

3/11/16

Auburn Fire Rescue Department at 1:17 A.M. responded to 275 Bryn Mawr Ave. for smoke in the residence.  The Auburn Police Department arrived to find a small fire in one room of the home.  All occupants were found out of the home.  

A police officer extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher prior to the AFRD's arrival.  Fire Department crews checked for extension and overhauled the area.  The fire is under investigation.  No injuries were reported to officials.      


Pictures for media use.





Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Officials keeping an eye on Open Air Burning Season in Auburn, may end early

     Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. encourages residents that are interested in burning brush this season to obtain a permit now and do it early. With the very dry winter this year it is expected that conditions for brush fires will be very high. “We will be monitoring conditions in town and around the region with the assistance of the DCR. If brush fires are becoming prevalent and conditions are just too dangerous I will close the brush season in Auburn early” Coleman said. The official end of the burning season for the state is May 1st. “We have already had a 3 acre brush fire this season due to a permit fire that got out of control. My advice to the residents is don’t wait; get your burning done now” Coleman said.  

     A burning permit may be obtained at Fire Headquarters, 47 Auburn Street from 8a.m. to 4p.m. seven days per week. Rules and regulations will be explained at the time the permit is issued. The fee for the permit is $10.00 and is valid until the end of the season. Burning permits are for residential use only and will not be issued to a business. Another option that is available to dispose of brush and debris is the Town's leaf pile which opens on April 1st. The cost is $20.00 for a season pass, seniors pay $15.00. "This may be the safer alternative this year" says Coleman.

    Any residents with questions regarding the open air burning season can visit the fire department website at www.auburnmassfire.org or contact the Auburn Fire Rescue Department at 508-832-7800.


Contact: Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
               508-832-7800
               scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Trailer Truck Rolls Over onto a Pickup Truck on the Mass Pike

3/9/16

Auburn Fire Rescue Department at 4:32 P.M. responded to a motor vehicle accident on the Mass Pike.  The accident was on the westbound on ramp from Interchange 10.  A tractor trailer truck rolled over on the ramp landing on a pickup truck.

The tractor trailer truck driver was trapped in the cab of his truck.  AFRD crews used extrication equipment to free the driver.  The driver was transported to UMass Medical Center University Campus by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the pickup truck freed himself prior to the AFRD's arrival and was not transported to the hospital.      

State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.  The Mass Pike westbound on ramp has one lane open.  AFRD crews are still on scene.

Below are pictures for the media.












Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Plumbers Torch Causes Fire on Manor Rd.

A plumber’s torch thawing a frozen pipe caused a small fire at 34 Manor Rd. this afternoon. The fire was reported at 1:45 p.m.

The AFRD arrived to find the fire had been extinguished by the home owner with a kitchen fire extinguisher. Fire crews searched for hidden fire in the walls and ventilated and metered the home before the occupants returned.

All fire companies were back in the station at 2:30 p.m.

For additional information contact:

Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.

Friday, February 5, 2016

100 Gallon Gasoline Spill at BJ's Gas Station

2/4/16

Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded at 11:30 pm Thursday to 782 Washington Street, the BJ's Gas Station for a report of a 100 gallon gasoline fuel spill.

AFRD crews on scene found gasoline flowing out of the gas station onto Washington Street and Sibley Street.  The gasoline spill also flowed into two storm drains.  Fire crews contained the spill from flowing completely down Sibley Street.

The spill was caused by a gasoline tanker truck overfilling the gas stations's underground gasoline storage tanks.  The Auburn Water District, Mass DOT, and DEP were notified of the event.  An environmental cleanup company was called to the scene to clean up the HAZMAT.





Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Heritage Plaza Evacuated Due to Carbon Monoxide

1/9/16

Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded at 10:19 am to 567 Southbridge Street, the Heritage Plaza for a carbon monoxide detector sounding.  The carbon monoxide detector was sounding in the business Great Expressions Dental Centers.  Business employees and patrons then dialed 911 alerting the AFRD of the situation.

AFRD crews on scene found high levels of carbon monoxide over 100 parts per million.  The rest of the plaza stores were evacuated and checked for carbon monoxide.  Approximately 150 employees and patrons of the various businesses were evacuated during the incident.    

The cause of the carbon monoxide was due to a problem with the heating system in the dental office.  The system was shutdown and will remain shutdown until the the landlord has it repaired.  All of the displaced employees and patrons were allowed back into the businesses.

No one reported any injuries or signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Headache, fatigue, and nausea are some early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas, which may cause injury and death if not recognized or treated.

Please call the fire department if your carbon monoxide detectors sound, for your safety.


Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tractor Trailer Truck,Box Truck, and Pickup Truck Collide on the Mass Pike

11/28/15

Auburn Fire Rescue Department and the Charlton Fire Department at 4:19 A.M. responded to a motor vehicle accident on the Mass Pike East about one mile West of Exit 10.  The motor vehicle accident involved a tractor trailer truck, box truck, and pickup truck.

Three drivers were transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Auburn transported one driver to Saint Vincent Hospital.  Charlton Fire and Sturbridge Fire both transported one driver to UMass Medical Center University Campus all with non-life threatening injuries.      

Approximately 125 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.  The Department of Environmental Protection Agency and the Auburn Water District were notified and responded to the scene.  Mass D.O.T. assisted with hazard mitigation.

State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.  The Mass Pike East near the 89.1 mile marker only has one lane open.

AFRD is still on scene assisting with mitigation.  Below are pictures for the media.





Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Friday, November 27, 2015

Small Electrical Fire at Sears

11/27/15

At 12:02 a.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to Sears at the Auburn Mall for a reported electrical fire.  The first arriving Engine reported a small electrical fire in one of the main electric panels in a storage room.  

Sears had been experiencing electrical issues prior to the reported fire and notified their electrician and National Grid.  National Grid was on scene prior to the AFRD working on diagnosing the problem.  The fire was extinguished quickly once the power was shut off.
  
Sears will remain closed until the problem is fixed.  No one was injured at the scene.  Any questions regarding when Sears will open should be directed to them.   

Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Friday, November 13, 2015

Vehicle Crashes through Honey Farms on Southbridge St.


11/13/15

At 1:10 p.m. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department along with Auburn Police responded to a reported motor vehicle that had driven through the front of the Honey Farms Mini Mart at 714 Southbridge St. On arrival the elderly female driver was out of the car and was uninjured in the crash.
Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said that the damage to the building was not structural and there were no concerns about the stability of the building. “The majority of the damage was to the plate glass windows and to some of the sills. The Building Commissioner is on scene and has evaluated the structure.” Coleman said. Chief Coleman also stated that the Board of Health was on scene and will be closing the store until the cleanup is complete and they pass an inspection on Monday.

The accident is under investigation by the Auburn Police Department.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Auburn Fire Rescue Holds Their Annual Poster Contest Breakfast

11/12/15

The Auburn Fire Rescue Department held it's annual poster contest breakfast at the fire station this morning.  The breakfast recognized students in grades 1-5 who best depicted the fire prevention theme "HEAR THE BEEP WHERE YOU SLEEP: EVERY BEDROOM NEEDS A WORKING SMOKE ALARM" in an art poster.  

The goal of the poster contest is to educate students on various fire safety topics.  This years theme revolved around smoke detectors.  Smoke detectors are an early warning device for people, alerting them to a fire emergency.  In Massachusetts 20% of all home fire deaths occurred in homes without smoke detectors or without working smoke detectors.  Having working smoke detectors increases a persons chance of survival in a home fire.  

The poster contest gives students a chance to show firefighters what they have learned from the fire education classes provided by the Auburn Fire Rescue Department.  "This year we received hundreds of great posters from the Auburn Public Schools reflecting the given theme.  It was very hard to judge, but help from the public through our Facebook page made it easier" said Lt. Shawn Steele.    

Trevor Fuller was the overall winner and Sydney Mercadante was the overall runner up.  Both were awarded a bicycle.  Other grade winners were awarded a tee shirt.  They were Nathan Minor, Rebekah Ferreira, Sadie Szczepaniak, Liana Adina, Ella Ferguson, Kelsey Lee, Amelia Whitney, Annika Berg, Lia McDonalds, and Sean Derenas.
  
We would like to thank the Auburn Public Schools and their art teachers for their support in this collaborative effort.  

Pictures for media use.









Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Poster Contest Breakfast

11/11/15

The Auburn Fire Rescue Department will be hosting its annual poster contest breakfast.  The breakfast will start at 8:30 A.M, Thursday November 12, 2015 at the Auburn Fire Rescue Department located at 47 Auburn Street.  Media organizations are invited.  

Each year students from grades 1 through 5 submit posters reflecting the fire prevention theme of the year.  This year's theme was "HEAR THE BEEP WHERE YOU SLEEP: EVERY BEDROOM NEEDS A WORKING SMOKE ALARM."
     
All of the student posters were great and reflected the need for having working working smoke detectors.  The posters were judged by firefighters and the public through Facebook.    


Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Monday, November 2, 2015

Motor Vehicle Fire and Accident at Vine Street & Richard Street

11/2/15

At 7:01 p.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to the intersection of Vine Street and Richard Street for a motor vehicle accident with one vehicle on fire.  Upon arrival of the accident, AFRD crews found two vehicles on fire.  All of the vehicle occupants were out of the vehicle upon the fire departments arrival.   

One person out of the four people was transported to St. Vincent Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.  No other injuries were reported.  

Pictures for the media





Photos courtesy of the Auburn Police Department



Contact
Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us