Chief Jenifer Collins-Brown would like to thank the members of the Topsfield Fire Department, Police Department, various mutual aid agencies, as well as residents and fair staff for another successful Topsfield Fair. The 3 days before the fair began, members conducted 73 booth and building inspections to enforce state fire and safety codes as pertaining to propane use for cooking, grease fire prevention, and fire suppression systems and emergency access/egress systems and services. These were all conducted while still responding to emergencies and normal business within the rest of the town. In addition to the Fair preparation, the action continued throughout the Fair. From opening day through closing on Monday night, staff responded to 58 emergencies on the fair grounds during hours, these emergencies spanned from medical emergencies, responding with Beauport Ambulance who was contracted by the Fair, to alarm activations, HAZMAT investigations with the Massachusetts State Police, 1 structure fire in Midway ride, and 2 vehicle fires during the demolition derby. Members also conducted 55 non-emergent incidents, including re-inspections of buildings and booths that were not up to code compliance before the fair, motor vehicle lock-outs, and public service lift assists for elderly or physically disabled patrons. In addition to the activities within the fair, TFD conducted regular business in the rest of the town, completing several business and home smoke detector and propane or oil burner inspections, as well as 24 emergencies during the daytime hours not counting the fair and 10 emergencies after hours, during the overnight. Since the firefighters on duty at the Fair are being paid by the Fair, it is not typical that crews would be pulled from the detail to respond to emergencies in town unless they were dire and beyond the abilities of the two firefighters working at the station and any members off duty and not at work already that responded. These numbers are consistent with the trends over each year, 30-33% of emergencies happening during unstaffed hours. The week and a half during the fair is extremely taxing to the fire department and the members, after getting out of the fair close to or after 11:00 PM many nights, emergencies continue to come in and need a response, so members have to return to work from home and render assistance. The Topsfield Fire Department is grateful for the Fair and the community’s support, fortunately there were no major emergencies and in general, this year’s fair was a great experience for all the fair-goers and public safety members. See you all at #201!
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