Tag Archives: Fire Chief

Honey Bees swarm Gloucester Marine Railways.

Deputy Fire Chief Miles Schlichte submits-

Railways bees

I thought you all might appreciate this call we had today. Photos attached also.

In this business one never knows what the FD will be called upon to handle on any given day.

Honey Bees swarm Gloucester Marine Railways.

In spite of their over one hundred and fifty years of being able to handle anything, the Gloucester Marine Railways workers ran for cover today when an estimated 25,000 honey bees decided to call some steel scaffolding home.

The FD received a call from Ms. Viking Gustafson who is the manager of the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck. Ms. Gustafson had a unique situation that she was requesting help with. A substantial swarm of bees had descended on the shipyard and Ms. Gustafson was concerned for the safety of her employees. Upon arrival the Deputy Chief on duty met with Ms. Gustafson and discussed the options as the bees had now settled on some steel scaffolding and the bees were in one large clump. Suggested options from the shipyard workers included smoking them to sleep, a quick burst of CO to freeze them, a quick burst of flame from a cutting torch or a drowning water spray from a fire engine. All of these options were deemed not to be in the best interest of all involved, especially the bees.

The animal control officer was called to the scene and upon arrival he agreed with the plan to leave the bees alone and wait for them to fly away. With the assurance from animal control that the bees wouldn’t bother anyone who didn’t bother them, the workers again went about their business while giving the bees a wide berth. While this plan was ongoing calls were made to local connections including the staff at the Gloucester DPW who came up with the name of a bee keeper who lives on Briarwood Street. This gentleman was called by the Deputy Chief and a message left on his home phone. Mr. Greg Morrow contacted the Deputy Chief a short while later and agreed to come by when he got home from work in Boston.

Around 7PM Mr. Morrow and the Deputy Chief met Ms. Gustafson at the shipyard to find that the bees had moved from the scrap pile they were on to an electrical panel on the pier. The concern was now that the bees would attempt to create a hive inside the electrical box so instead of waiting any longer for them to move on their own accord, the decision was made to remove the bees from the property.

In preparation for this possibility Mr. Morrow had brought an empty wooden hive from his home which he set on top of the electrical panel for the bees to enter. Once the bees had entered their new hive Mr. Morrow removed the hive from the railways and transported them safely away.

The only injury during this event was to the Deputy Chief who got too close to the hive taking the attached pictures and was stung. The only fatality was to the bee doing the stinging.

Mr. Morrow estimated that this substantial hive weighed in at five pounds of bees with an estimated 25,000 bees in number.

Deputy Fire Chief Miles Schlichte

bee box

FIRE SAFETY IN GLOUCESTER SCHOOLS FROM CHIEF ERIC L. SMITH

Gloucester Fire and School Departments Launch Community Education Project

image

Gloucester Fire Chief Eric L. Smith and School Superintendent Richard Safier announced they are teaming up to provide fire safety education to elementary, middle and high school students. Chief Smith said, “In light of the recent tragic fires in Gloucester, we want to educate the students on how to prevent fires and how to survive those that do occur.” He added, “By bringing information home to grown-ups on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and making and practicing home escape plans, we hope to increase the safety of Gloucester’s residents.”

Superintendent Safier said, “This is an excellent partnership as we want students to come to school healthy and ready to learn. Fire safety is part of the objectives of the Health Curriculum. We especially want our high school students to be ready to enter the world of adults able to practice good fire prevention.”

Gloucester firefighters will be delivering age-appropriate presentations in the elementary, middle and high school on key fire prevention and survival topics. It will conclude with every student being asked to develop a home escape plan. The elementary school with the most completed home escape plans will get visit to their school from the Gloucester Fire Department and they may join them for lunch in their cafeteria.  At the high school and middle school a raffle will be held for students to win prizes that have been graciously donated by local businesses and dinner with firefighters at the fire house.

In Massachusetts, the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program has been in place for 18 years and in that time the average number of child fire deaths has dropped by 70%. Gloucester has participated in the S.A.F.E. Program in the past, and expects to apply for a grant next fiscal year to support and expand its fire education program.

image

These programs will be provided on the following schedule:

May 30th

O’Maley               Two sessions: 8:20 and 9:00 am

GHS                       9:45 am

June 7th

Plum Cove          8:50 – 9:20 am                    (15 min travel to Beeman)

Beeman               9:45 – 10:15 am                  (20 Min travel to EGS)

EGS                        10:40 – 11:10       am                         (Lunch break)

Vets                       1:00 – 1:30 am                    (20 min travel to WP)

WP                         1:50 – 2:20 am

Best regards,

Eric L. Smith, Fire Chief

City of Gloucester Fire Department

Gloucester Firefighter Michael Mitchell has successfully completed the Massachusetts Fire Academy intensive 12 week program

Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith submits-

Gloucester Firefighter Michael Mitchell has successfully completed the Massachusetts Fire Academy intensive 12 week program.  The Gloucester Fire Department is proud of FF Mitchell’s dedication and efforts at the fire academy finishing above the class average.  The Fire Service is a demanding profession and Firefighter Mitchell has demonstrated his ability to meet this challenge.  We look forward to Mike having a successful and rewarding career with the Gloucester Fire Department.

a Recruit Class 198 group photo 1

Eric Smith of the Westland, Michigan Fire Dept. Selected as Chief

image

Mayor Carolyn Kirk today announced the selection of Eric Smith, currently a Deputy Chief with the Westland, Michigan Fire Department, as Chief of the Gloucester Fire Department.  The announcement comes following a comprehensive search for new fire chief to lead the department.
 
“First and foremost I want to thank the Search Committee for their diligence in staying focused on the search and bringing the best candidates forward. Each finalist brought different strengths, and Eric Smith’s continual professional development and experience in Westland were the determining factors in the final selection decision.  He is a leader in a department that covers just over 20 square miles, has triple the population, double the emergency calls, fewer employees and a similar overtime budget to the Gloucester Fire Dept while ensuring that the community’s four fire stations are open at all times.

We will learn from Deputy Chief Smith’s professionalism and distinguished record of service in the fire/EMS service, and I look forward to the city and the Fire Department warmly welcoming him and his family to Gloucester” said Mayor Kirk. 
 
Deputy Chief Eric Smith is currently second in command of the Westland, MI Fire Department where he is responsible for comprehensive management of 70 employees, four fire stations, the department’s administrative office, training facility, and a fleet of 30 vehicles.  The department is the third busiest in Wayne County Michigan with over 9700 calls for emergencies in 2011.  The population of Westland is over 80,000 residents and covers 20.5 square miles. 
 
With the department since 1991, Deputy Chief Smith has continuously risen through the ranks having held the positions of Firefighter, Sergeant, Hazmat Team Leader, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief.  He is a licensed paramedic, served in the United States Air Force from May 1986 to January 1990 with a rank of Sergeant upon his discharge. 

He also holds a Bachelors degree in Public Safety from Concordia University in Ann Arbor Michigan along with Masters of Science coursework in Technology Studies and Emergency Management from Eastern Michigan University and an Associates of Science degree in Fire Technology from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. 

Deputy Chief Smith also holds many professional certifications and was a part time Paramedic Instructor for a number of years teaching all levels of EMS education at Baker College in Westland, MI.   
 
Deputy Chief Smith’s permanent appointment is contingent upon successful employment contract negotiations as well as confirmation by the Gloucester City Council.