Thanks to Chief Edwards and the Seabrook Fire Department, who carted Santa on an extensive tour of Seabrook that delighted families throughout the Town. Thanks to Police Deputy Brett Walker, who provided the escort for Santa. And thank you to Santa for taking the time from his busy schedule. Great fun!
The Seabrook Fire Department held the annual Touch a Truck event at the Fire Station last week, and it was a great success. It was a fun family event that had lots of kids attending and looking over, and touching, some of the new equipment. It featured the new Ladder/Platform Truck, which is an amazing piece of equipment. Our thanks to Papa Gino’s for the generous donation of pizza for this event. Our thanks to the Board of Selectmen, who were all on hand to help with the event. Thanks to Chief Edwards, and Deputy Perkins, for all of their work!
The Seabrook Fire Department’s new Fire Alarm Operators have begun full time duties this week. They are Taryna Cody of Seabrook, Kassandra Lee of Amesbury, James Gettman of Seabrook, and Zach Annis of Exeter.
These four new employees are functioning in our Dispatch Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, answering calls for from the public for the many services provided by the Seabrook Fire Department. This is the first time in our Department’s history that we’ve been able to offer complete 24 hour per day dispatch coverage, guaranteeing that someone will be available to answer all incoming calls from the public, and helping Seabrook Fire and EMS to ensure the quickest possible responses to those calls.
We would like to thank the Town Manager, William Manzi for his hard work in this endeavor. We would especially like to thank the Seabrook Board of Selectmen, Theresa Kyle, Ella Brown, and Aboul Khan for their support and their unanimous vote to authorize the hiring of these vital positions.
The Board authorized these four positions from the ambulance revolving fund, enabling Seabrook to fill a critical, and unmet public safety need while affording Seabrook taxpayers some relief. The ambulance revolving fund is financed through revenues raised by our ambulance service.
“We really appreciate the Board taking the time to hear our department’s needs and for working to close the gap in those needs. It’s great we are able to do this and not burden the tax payers with it.” Chief Bill Edwards
Below is the description, from the Seabrook Fire Department,of the massive fire at Seabrook Beach that destroyed Catalano’s Market. Our sincere thanks to the Seabrook Fire Department personnel, as well as those from surrounding communities, that battled this blaze in truly difficult conditions. Chief William Edwards was on the site at 3:30 am, and did a great job managing the scene, with Deputy Koko Perkins. We managed to get through this event with none of our people injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with those displaced by the fire, and to the Catalano family.
On March 15 we had a 3-Alarm Fire at Catalano’s Market on the corner of River Street and Rte 1a. We were notified of the fire at 3:13am. We had extremely cold temperatures mixed with 40-50mph winds. The structure was well involved upon arrival. Luckily all residents were able to get out prior to our arrival.
The environmental conditions and building construction made extinguishing the fire and initial fire attack very difficult. We were able to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. No residents or firefighters were hurt.
We are extremely thankful of the following departments from 3 states that came to our aid this morning.
Seabrook Fire Department would like to thank the Seabrook Police Department, Seabrook Water Department, Seabrook DPW, North Hampton Fire, Hampton Fire, Hampton Falls Fire, Exeter Fire, East Kingston Fire, South Hampton Fire, Kensington Fire, Portsmouth Fire, Rye Fire, Amesbury Fire, Salisbury Fire, Newbury Fire, Newburyport Fire, York Rehab Unit, and Seacoast Chiefs Fire Officer Mutual Aid.
All in all we had 14 different communities respond and roughly 40-50 firefighters on scene.
Our thoughts are with the Catalano’s during this difficult time.
A very big congratulations, and best wishes to, Seabrook Fire Department Captain Marc Bibeau, who was formally sworn in on February 22, 2017. Thank you to Fire Chief William Edwards, who made the ceremony, at the Seabrook Fire Department possible. The video of the event is below.
The brand new ambulance procured by the Seabrook Fire Department has arrived, and is now “on the street.” This ambulance is financed with revenues from the ambulance service, with no impact to our tax rate. The Seabrook Fire Department, with a highly trained group of EMT’s and medics, provides first rate ambulance service to the people of Seabrook. Congratulations to Chief Edwards and Deputy Perkins.
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen presented retiring Fire Captain Harold Hewlett a citation recognizing and honoring his service to the Town of Seabrook in a career that spanned thirty plus years. Congratulations and best wishes to Tuggy as he begins his retirement, and thank you for his outstanding service to our residents.
On Monday November 16, 2015 the Seabrook Board of Selectmen recognized a group of Seabrook Firefighters for quick and heroic service that saved the life of a Seabrook resident. The Board of Selectmen presented Citations to each firefighter involved in the call. Chief William Edwards outlined the details of the call at the meeting, and those details are listed here. Congratulations to the Firefighters:
Capt. Harold Hewlett (Driver)
FF Rayenold Perkins (Secondary Pt Caregiver)
FF Barry Sargent (Dispatch)
FF Jeremy Wright (Primary Pt Caregiver)
FF Russell Eaton (Third Pt Caregiver)
On-Call Member FF Nathan Mawson (Ride Along)
The description of the event by Chief Edwards:
On August 30th the Seabrook Fire Department was called for a patient found unresponsive and pulseless by family members. The Family activated the emergency medical response system by calling 911. When Seabrook Fire arrived on scene the family was doing CPR on the Patient. The crew took over CPR and attached an EKG monitor. The patient needed to be intubated and then defibrillated (shocked) 9 times. The 9th shock returned the patient’s heart rhythm to a normal rhythm. Various medications were given by the the EMS crew both during and after the shocks were delivered. Weeks later this patient was able to return home. The patient’s return home is a combination of his family taking immediate action and also their early activation of the emergency medical response system.
Too many calls like this we arrive too late or our interventions are not successful. Thankfully this was not one of those times. I am extremely proud of our members hard work and dedication to their craft, their response during a very stressful and intense scene, and their ability to make sound, life saving decisions when seconds mattered. I would also like to take this time to thank the Board of Selectmen for recognizing this crew’s extraordinary actions on this call. The constant support our Board shows to all the departments in this town is what helps make this town such a great place to work and more importantly a great place to live.