Thursday, June 8, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
At 7:10 PM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to 15 Hardscrabble Road Casella Waste Systems for a reported fire in the building. The fire was reported by staff who called 911 and evacuated the building. Crews found thick black smoke coming from the rear of the structure upon arrival.
Chief Coleman said "the fire went to 2 alarms and was contained to a small area in the middle of the building. Crews had fire in and underneath a large piece of machinery." The fire department was on scene for just over two hours.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. At this time the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious. Auburn received mutual aid from Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Sutton, and Webster.
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Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Johnson
Friday, May 26, 2017
At 3:20 PM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to 711 Southbridge Street for an activated fire alarm. Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson arrived on scene reporting smoke coming from the roof over Jasmine's restaurant. The smoke was caused by a fire in the kitchen.
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson said "the restaurant was in full operation when the fire department arrived and partially evacuated with fire alarms sounding. Fire department crews quickly evacuated the building and extinguished the fire."
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The Board of Health was called to the scene. At this time the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr., MPA, CFO
Thursday, May 11, 2017
On Monday May 8, 2017 the Auburn Fire Rescue Department held a ceremony in Town Hall to promote two veteran fire officers. Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson and Lt. Justin Brigham were promoted to Deputy Chief and Captain. Deputy Chief Johnson has been with the department for 22 years and has served as a Lieutenant, Captain and Asst. Chief before starting his new role on Monday. Deputy Johnson fills a vacancy that has existed within the department since May of 2011 when Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. was promoted to Chief of Department.
The Deputy Chief of Operations oversees the day to day activities and operation of the emergency response of the department. In addition, Deputy Johnson will serve as the departments EMS Coordinator overseeing the administrative oversight of the Ambulance operation including billing. Chief Coleman is thrilled to have the Deputy Chief position back in the ranks of the department. "The vacancy of the Deputy Chief position left a huge void in our operation. The restoration of this position will ensure additional administrative support to the Chief and will strengthen the day to day consistency of the department by being the constant day to day with four working groups who rotate on 24 hour shifts. Without administrative leadership in place to ensure the day to day consistency of the emergency operations the potential exists for the 4 separate working groups to drift away from procedure, then the next thing you know you have 4 separate fire departments operating under one roof." Coleman said.
The Chief went on to say that we are extremely lucky to have strong and talented Captains who serve as shift commanders to oversee their groups however he is relieved that they will not have the additional burden of managing all of the other day to day activities within the department. "The role of a shift commander is to manage their shift to ensure the safety of their people and the public. They are responsible to make sure that emergency calls are being executed in a manner that is consistent with the high standards of our department. They can't do that if they are also worrying about answering the day to day business phone calls, public that comes to the window and making sure trucks are delivered to the DPW for preventative maintenance. That is not there job, and when they have to focus on those types of administrative functions something suffers." Coleman said.
Chief Coleman credits the hard work of many to see this position restored within the department. The Town Manager, Asst. Town Manager and CFO, The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee, all who unanimously supported bringing the Deputy Chief position back and have been trying to accomplish it for the past several years. "I am happy that all of the elected and appointed officials heard our concerns and recognized the need. I am very thankful that we had the full support of all of these folks who made it happen."
Captain Justin Brigham will serve as the new Shift Commander of Group 3 filling the vacancy left by Deputy Johnson. Captain Brigham has been with the department for 10 years and has over 20 years of fire service experience. Captain Brigham serves on the District 7 Technical Rescue Team and will now serve as the Team Leader for the newly created Motorcycle Unit that will provide Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services to the Central Mass Law Enforcement Council. Captain Brigham will also continue to coordinate equipment repair issues and preventative maintenance along with Captain David Tefft.
On June 29, 2017 the department will be promoting two additional Lieutenants to fill vacancies created by a retirement and the promotion of Captain Brigham. Chief Coleman said, "I am so blessed to have such a strong, talented group of officers in my command staff. All of these promotions will only work to strengthen that".
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
At 6:07 AM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department was requested to the Mass Pike East about 2 miles West of Exit 10 for a fuel spill. Crews upon arrival found a tractor trailer truck with a diesel fuel leak.
A tractor trailer truck hit some road debris causing the fuel tanks to leak. Approximately 100-150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the roadway and into the nearby river. Fire crews along with Mass DOT placed HAZMAT booms across the waterways in attempt to contain the spill. The Department of Environmental Protection, Auburn Water District, Mass DOT, and Mass State Police were on scene. A private clean up company was called to the scene for a detailed cleaning of the area. Fire crews cleared the scene around 9:30 AM.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
At 2:06 AM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department received a 911 call from a resident at 85 South Street reporting smoke in his home. The resident was convinced that the smoke was coming from a neighboring structure. Fire crews upon arrival of the area found the fire to be at 500 Washington Street Tiny Tim's Cafe.
The first engine that arrived forced the door to the restaurant and quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen. Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson said "Crews extinguished the fire before the kitchen's fire suppression system went off. Thanks to the quick response the restaurant will be able to open today as scheduled."
Auburn Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Glenn Johnson said the fire went to 2 alarms and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. At the time of the fire the restaurant was not open or in operation. Both the Board of Health and the Wiring Inspector were called to the scene. The fire was contained to the kitchen and is not suspicious.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
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Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Sunday, December 18, 2016
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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Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
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.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
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.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
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.
Monday, April 25, 2016
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.
Friday, April 8, 2016
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.
Friday, March 18, 2016
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.