Chief Jen Collins-Brown advises the public that the Topsfield Fire Department’s station at 27 High Street is now closed to the public in an attempt to limit spread of COVID 19 and exposure to staff.
With Regard to Fire Department Operations:
All medical emergencies and other emergencies will be responded to as they always have, the exception is that the initial arriving TFD crew will be the only ones entering the building to evaluate patient’s unless there is a life threatening situation, or additional staff are requested to enter for assistance by that crew for any reason.
Inspections are being done on an extremely limited service. TFD is conducting emergent inspections including those related to heating unit failures as well as the sales of homes. Please be advised that fire personnel going to inspect properties will be wearing masks and gloves to limit the chance for exposure.
Permits will still be issued by the fire department, citizens wishing to get a burn permit or any other permit should call ahead (978)-887-5148 and provide the information necessary to obtain a permit by phone, then pay for and pick the permit up at the station.
Child Passenger Safety Seats will NOT be installed by TFD staff, they will only observe and direct the vehicle owner in how to properly secure and install a seat. This requires some physical strength, so please ensure you are able to physically lean inside a vehicle and push the seat down while pulling straps tightly to secure it. If not, please bring someone with you who can accomplish this. Afterwards, our members will walk you through how to evaluate the install to ensure it is done in compliance with current standards and regulations.
Chief Collins-Brown recommends people follow the Board of Health’s website for updates and that everyone practices social distancing and resists gathering in groups. This is the best chance for limiting the spread so local resources are not completely overrun, as they are already spread very thin. Visit the Board of Health for more info: https://www.topsfield-ma.gov/health-department