Interim Chief Richard Harris
27 High St.
Topsfield, MA 01983
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Topsfield Firefighter Joins Efforts to Battle Canadian Wildfires
TOPSFIELD — Interim Chief Richard Harris announces that Call Firefighter Jonathan Hallinan traveled to British Columbia, Canada last week to join in the international efforts to extinguish wildfires that have spread across more than a million acres of land.
Firefighter Hallinan left on Aug. 3 for a two-week assignment through the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Bureau of Forestry and Fire Control and Department of Fish and Game. He joins an international crew of wildland firefighters involved in the effort.
More than 110 fires have spread throughout the region, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Throughout their time in Canada, crews will focus on securing perimeters, protecting vital structures, working on the fire line, building fire breaks and containing fires.
On Aug. 6, Firefighter Hallinan and the Massachusetts fire crew began their first assignment on Elephant Hill, where 275,000 acres are burning.
Firefighter Hallinan also works as a Fire District 6 Patrolman. Prior to joining the Topsfielf Fire Department as a call firefighter, Hallinan often assisted the department with brushfires in Topsfield (Fire District 5) during mutual aid responses.
“I felt very confident sending Firefighter Hallinan on this assignment given his years of experience in the field, particularly with brushfires,” Chief Harris said. “I know his expertise will be extremely beneficial in assisting our brother and sister firefighters in Canada.”