The police and fire departments have gone full Star Wars on battling the coronavirus.
Cops and firefighters are using electrostatic guns to disinfect cruisers, cells, fire apparatus and equipment.
“It looks like something out of Star Wars,” Police Chief Brian Clark said Tuesday, adding that the gun quickly and evenly coats a surface with a chlorine solution.
The applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle. It allows the sanitizer to wrap around and evenly coat all types of surfaces for a better cleaning job, Clark said. In addition, the surfaces that are already covered repel the spray, making the method extremely efficient.
“It cleans more. It’s more efficient and you don’t have to touch the surface,” Clark said.
The school department lent one gun each to the police department and the fire department.
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
The Town of Winchester has a shortage of firefighters and that poses a risk to public safety. To remedy that situation, the Town Manager and her staff worked collaboratively with the fire department on a Memorandum of Understanding that if approved would see an increases in wages and benefits.
Town Manager Lisa Wong said the town isn’t getting enough applicants, because the town doesn’t compensate them well enough and also because there aren’t enough people interested in the job. When she looked at comparable communities, she found that Winchester just didn’t stack up well enough.
It’s just not the Town Manager, as Fire Chief Rick Tustin agreed with her assessment. He called wage increases a “long time coming.” With these changes, Winchester would no longer be at the bottom of the pack, the chief acknowledged. He added, when it comes to paramedics, they shop around and look for the best package.
Woburn Daily Times Chronicle
Mayor Paul Heroux had good news for the fire and police departments Tuesday, especially with one firefighter already testing positive for coronavirus and two others in quarantine.
He said the city bought 4,000 protective masks for its first responders and they are expected to arrive in two to three weeks from companies in New Jersey and California.
Heroux said the supply includes the much sought after N95 and surgical masks. The news came as the city reported 39 confirmed coronavirus cases, up from 37 on Monday. One person in the city died Sunday after contracting the virus.
Meanwhile, Sturdy Memorial Hospital reported that it had 12 patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus with one of those 12 in the intensive care unit.
Another 27 admitted patients are “under investigation,” according to numbers supplied by the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association on Tuesday.
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
An Andover firefighter has tested positive for coronavirus, COVID-19, and is in self-quarantine at his home, according to a union official.
Eric Teichert, fire union president, said he was notified Monday night that a firefighter in his union had tested positive. Teichert did not identify the firefighter.
Other firefighters who worked with the victim last week were notified, Teichert said.
COVID-19, which is at a pandemic level across the globe, can cause intense respiratory system problems and possibly even death.
Teichert noted all Andover firefighters are "uneasy with the situation" surrounding COVID-19.
He said, however, firefighters "are taking precautions to protect ourselves and the public. ... We will not hesitate to do our job."
"I do not want people to be fearful. We are going to do our job. We are going to do what we are trained to do," Teichert said.
Lawrence Eagle Tribune - Metered Site
The fire that destroyed several buildings at the old Naval Air Station in Weymouth last week was intentionally set, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services announced Tuesday. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that helps solve the arson. The March 26 fire started in the old officers’ barracks, which have been abandoned for years.
The Arson Watch Reward Program is “funded by the property and casualty insurance companies of Massachusetts,” according to the Department of Fire Services.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
Water wasn’t going to do the job.
A Tuesday afternoon fire that damaged a building at a State Road scrap business took 90 minutes to extinguish due to its location and the materials involved.
Firefighters responded to Mid-City Scrap Iron & Salvage Co., 548 State Road, around 3:40 p.m. after employees reported smoke coming from a bail of metal in a processing building, the Westport Fire Department said in a news release.
The metal turned out to be titanium, which required specific extinguishing agents or must burn itself out, according to the fire department.
“Adding water to these fires will only make them burn hotter,” Capt. Brian Beaulieu, public information officer for the department, said in the release.
Firefighters had the blaze under control in an hour-and-a-half and remained on scene for an additional hour for overhaul on the structure, which sustained an estimated $200,000 in damage.