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On Christmas, the Holliston Fire Department responded to a rollover on Highland Street.  The driver of the vehicle had crawled out prior to the arrival of the emergency responders.  She was transported to Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital, with Paramedics from the hospital on the ambulance assisting with her care.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Holliston Fire Department responded to a chimney fire on Highland Street.  Personnel dropped a chain down the chimney in an attempt to dislodge the creosote burning on the lining of the chimney. (Image courtesy of Mark Fisette)

On November 1, a bicyclist was injured in an accident in the vicinity of Highland and Prentice Streets.  Due to her injuries, after receiving initial treatment from members of the Holliston Fire Department Ambulance and Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital Paramedics, she was airlifted to UMass/Memorial Hospital in Worcester for care by doctors and nurses at a Trauma Center.  The patient was transported to the Lutheran Church on Central Street, where the landing zone was set up for New England LifeFlight.

On September 23, Chief Cassidy was presented with a citation from Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal; after being nominated for the 2003 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award.  The citation was presented at the 9th Annual Massachusetts Fire and Life Safety Education Conference in Mansfield, at which Chief Cassidy delivered a workshop on school and workplace safety. (Image courtesy of the Department of Fire Services)

The bomb squad was called after three suspicious packages were found on this resident's front steps, without any explanation or note. Trooper Eric Gahagan of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Section, walks down a cordoned off Gregory Road to X-ray the suspicious packages. Trooper Gahagan, a Hazardous Devices Technician assigned to the State Fire Marshal's Office, returns after X-raying three suspicious packages. Jackie, an Explosive Detecting Canine, sits in the Explosive Technician's Vehicle, while he makes a threat assessment based on the X-rays taken of the packages. Trooper Gahagan debriefs Trooper Sean Maloney, also of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, on what he observed when taking X-rays of the suspicious packages. Trooper Sean Maloney confers with Trooper Gahagan regarding the X-rays of the packages.  Trooper Sean Maloney develops the X-ray taken by Trooper Gahagan, before they determined there was no threat to the public health and safety.   On June 19, the Holliston Fire Department responded to a Gregory Road home for a 4:14 PM report of suspicious packages which had been left on the front steps.  Over a dozen homes were evacuated by the Police and Fire Departments.  The State Police Bomb Squad responded, and examined the packages to determine if there was a threat to public safety.  After X-raying the packages, and reviewing their contents, the decision was made that the package could be opened safely.  The residents were allowed to return to their homes, and the package contents were retained by the Holliston Police Department.

  On June 11, Holliston Fire personnel responded to a 6:47 PM report of a motor vehicle accident on Central Street, between Dalton Road and Willowgate Rise (the 'S' curve).  Rescue 1, Engine 1, Engine 3 and Millis Engine 3 were dispatched to the scene, because the occupants of both vehicles were trapped, and the Jaws were needed to extricate them.  A-1, A-2 and Millis 49 responded and transported a total of four patients to area hospitals (two patients to Natick, one to Milford, and one to U-Mass Worcerster).  Events ALS, 2181 and AMR ALS were all requested to assist with patient care.  Two critical patients would have been flown by helicopter, if weather conditions had not grounded them.

Photo  2003 Ashland Fire Department     The Holliston Fire Department responded on Friday, June 6, 2003 to Regency Drive, following a 9-1-1 report of a possible structure fire.  Upon arrival, the Chief received reports from several neighbors that the resident was trapped on the second of her condominium.  Search and rescue crews were deployed, along with suppression personnel, and the woman was successfully brought outside to the ambulance.  The resident was taken by New England LifeFlight helicopter to UMass Worcester for treatment of her injuries.  The fire was contained to one room; a second floor bedroom.  The Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit from the Fire Marshal's Office assisted with the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire. 

On Thursday, May 29, a police officer on routine patrol reported water bubbling up out of the roadway on Washington Street, by Green Street.  The bubbling became more intense, and soon an entire section of the road was compromised.  The Police requested the response of the Fire Department to assist with traffic control.  Before the night was over, the town had lost over 2 million gallons of water from the water main which had burst under the roadway.  Schools and municipal offices were closed the next day, because of state sanitary code requirements for required water flow for places of occupancy. 

Holliston Fire Department personnel joined other emergency service personnel from the MetroWest area in the Opening Ceremonies for the Track & Field Qualifier for the Special Olympics at the High School on May 4, 2003.  The department is pleased to have been partnering with the MetroWest Area chapter of the Special Olympics in this exciting event for close to a decade!  Our personnel also assist with the medal distribution to the athletes following their individual and team competitions.

Holliston Fire Department responded to a reported roll-over on Woodland Street at 3:19 A.M. on Saturday, May 3.  The Jaws-of-Life were requested by the first police officer on scene; because the driver was trapped in the pick up truck.  The driver was transported by A-2 to MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham campus, with the MetroWest Paramedics on board for the transport.  The above pictures were taken after the vehicle had been righted by the tow truck.

The Holliston Fire Department was notified by a Cross Street business that a roof collapse had occurred at their facility when the building was unoccupied on Sunday, February 23. 

Residents were reminded of the advisory issued by MEMA on February 18 to clear snow from roofs to minimize the potential of collapses.  A Holliston resident awoke February 20 to discover her carport had collapsed during the night. 

The Holliston Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident by the intersection of Washington and Hollis Streets on Tuesday, February 4.  The Jaws-of-Life had to be used to extricate the driver of one of the vehicles involved.  That patient was taken by A-1 to UMass Worcester for emergency medical care at a Level I trauma center. 


The Holliston Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire on Concord Street on Monday, February 3.  Upon arrival, the vehicle was fully involved in fire.  Crews from Engine 1 and 3 extinguished the fire with the assistance of the Ladder/Rescue company.

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