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This weekend the Tyngsborough Fire Department held a small ceremony with COVID-19 protocols in place. The TFD had been unable to present the awards till many months later due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event recognized several of our members for their years of service to the Tyngsborough Fire Department, the retirement of a long time firefighter, as well as the meritorious conduct of 4 TFD members during the lifesaving rescue of multiple civilians during a house fire on August 7, 2020.
The following members were presented certificates for their dedicated years of service to the Tyngsborough Fire Dept:
Firefighter Tom Arsenault - 30 Years of service
Assistant Chief Pat Sands - 25 Years of service
Captain Chris Newton - 25 Years of service
Lt. Laval Blanchette - 20 Years of service
Firefighter Tom Arsenault retired November 13, 2019; having served 31 years as a Tyngsborough firefighter. We wish Tommy a safe and happy retirement!
Four members of C-shift received awards of merit and merit pins for their meritorious conduct during the life saving rescues of multiple civilians from a house fire on August 7, 2020. Captain Chris Newton was also awarded the Medal of Valor. Those members include:
Captain Chris Newton
Lieutenant Timothy Beaulieu
Firefighter Luis Diaz
Firefighter Ryan Carhart
The Tyngsborough Fire Department could not be more proud of all of these individuals! Congratulations to them!"
Coronavirus Disease Information
The Novel Coronavirus 2019, or Covid-19 is trending in every news outlet and on everyone's mind since the outbreak began in China a couple of months ago. It is important for residents to be well informed through reliable news and government outlets, and resist the fear that is sometimes spread via social media.
The Tyngsborough Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management are in communication with our local, regional, and State planning partners on best practices for the unlikely encounter with a suspect case of Covid-19. The good news is that planning and training for the SARS Coronavirus some years ago, and our annual refreshers on preventing the spread of Seasonal Influenza have prepared us well.
All Disaster Response starts local, whether it is a natural disaster such as a hurricane, or a public health threat. Being confident in the preparedness of your local Public Safety and Public Health officials isn't enough. Each resident must do their part to keep informed and prepare themselves and their families. Below are links to resources that will help you better prepare.
Wes Russell, Fire Chief, Emergency Management Director
Possible assistance available if qualified :
SBA Working Capital Loans Available in Massachusetts Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Spring Frost
“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in New Hampshire. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Michael Lampton, acting director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.Except for aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers.
The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov and should apply under SBA declaration # 16676, not for the COVID-19 incident. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded fromsba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than May 17, 2021.
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resource in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Small business owners in the following designated states are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19): Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. Click here to apply.
Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Additional Information Click Here
Online Permitting is Available for a Sale of Property - 26F 1/2
Our new online permitting for a sale of property - 26F 1/2 is up and running from the Town of Tyngsborough website.
Click Here to automatically direct you to apply online.
***Please Note*** During the Governor's Declared State of Emergency, for COVID-19 response, inspections required by Sect 26F, and 26F1/2 of Ch. 148 of General Laws are deferred as a condition of sale of a dwelling provided that; (a) The parties agree that the buyer, not the seller, shall be responsible for equipping the home with approved smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. (b) The buyer agrees to equip the home with approved detectors immediately upon taking title. (c) The inspection by the Fire Department, required by Sect. 26F and 26F1/2 is conducted no more than 90 days after the state of emergency is terminated
Please help us congratulate Firefighter/EMT, Devon Rodriguez for his recent completion of the Massachusetts Fire Academy. FF/EMT Rodriguez completed 240 hours of training on nights and weekends in all basic firefighter skills. He demonstrated proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack and fire attack operations. We are excited to work alongside with him in the coming years at Tyngsborough Fire.
Tyngsborough Fire Department
The Town of Tyngsborough is protected by a Combination Fire Department; with the advantage of a small on duty staff 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, and on call firefighters that respond when there is a need for additional staffing. While some of the firefighting staff have been hired for full time hours, and others may work part time; all firefighting staff are Call Firefighters and respond to call backs when off duty.
Mission of the Tyngsborough Fire Department is to protect the lives, and preserve the property of the residents, visitors, students, and businesses in the community; and partner with other agencies and businesses contributing to the advancement of the quality of life in the Town of Tyngsborough. This Mission is accomplished through a number of programs including:
-Emergency response to fires, accidents, and other emergencies.
-Emergency Medical Services.
-Investigation of the origin and cause of fire and explosions.
-Fire prevention preplanning, buildings plan reviews and inspections
-Public fire and life safety education.
Our New Engine One
The Tyngsborough Fire Department is proud to announce that we have received our new Engine 1! The truck is a 2019 KME Panther with 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallons of water and 20 gallons of Class A foam. TFD Firefighters conducted training with the new apparatus yesterday. The new truck has been placed into service and will serve the community well!
Tyngsborough Fire Department Year in Review 2019
Fire Chief: Wes Russell
Deputy Chiefs: Jay Newton, Pat Sands
The Fire Department remains busy, averaging 4-5 responses per day, and total calls down just slightly from our busiest year in 2018. Requests for the ambulance and motor vehicle accidents combined make up over 75% of all calls. There were no multiple alarm fires.There is also increasing demand for Fire Prevention activities including plans review, issuing permits, and building and fire alarm inspections.
Lieutenant Andrew McAllister and family will be missed, as they made the big move to North Carolina. We wish Mac the best of luck with his new fire department down south. We also congratulated Firefighter John Pelletier on his promotion to Lieutenant and full-time Shift Commander. John is also our Fire S.A.F.E. Educator, regularly presenting educational programs for students and senior citizens. This program is supported by a grant from the State, Department of Fire Services.
The full and part time firefighters formed the first Tyngsborough Firefighters collective bargaining unit, affiliated with the International Association of Firefighters. IAFF Local 5018 has 14 members and it’s first Union President is Firefighter Tom Geoffroy.
Training is critical to maintaining an effective firefighting force. Firefighters train daily while on duty in all aspects of firefighting and EMS. Call / part-time firefighters also meet monthly for group training. The Mass Fire Academy provides many courses to firefighters at no cost to the community, and nearly all of the firefighters take advantage of that. Some of the courses are mandatory to move through the ranks, and several firefighters have received certifications as Fire Service Instructors, or Fire Officer.
The Fire Department Open House, held in October was well attended. Many residents, young and not so young enjoyed activities, met the firefighters, and toured the station and apparatus. Also in October, but not quite in time for our open house, our new Engine/Pumper was put in to service. The 2020 KME Engine has a KME Panther Chasis, 450 hp Cummins Diesel engine, 1500 gpm pump, 750 gal water tank, and carries a complement of ground ladders, hoses and equipment, and has an on board hydraulic pump to operate the hydraulic rescue tools. We look forward to many, repair free, years of service.
Community outreach and education is an important objective. We have worked to increase our contact with school age children and seniors to provide Fire Prevention and Safety Education. In addition to the Fire Department website and Facebook page, we had a very well attended Open House at the Kendall Rd. Station.
Total Responses For 2019: 1,678
|Ambulance: 1107||Transports: 796||Building Fires: 5||Multi Alarm Fires: 0|
|Fire/Other: 6||Vehicle/Equipment Fire: 8||Brush Fire: 6||Mutual Aid: 20|
|MVA: 181||Haz-Mat/ CO Alarms: 43||False Alarms: 246||Other: 58|