Our operational goal is to have the South Fire Station open and staffed with 1 Lieutenant and 2 Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the fullest extent possible; however, when coverage funding is not available to the Department the South Station will be closed on case by case basis as coverage funding and staffing availability dictates.
On July 12, 2011 the operational function of the South Station and North Station were modified in that the North Station became a full time engine company and the South Station became a engine/ambulance company.
Every community has a slightly different approach in how they meet local requirements and national standards when it comes to their fire and emergency medical services. The Tewksbury Fire Department has worked with community leaders to develop an operational model that works for our community the vast majority of the time. We do depend on neighboring communities from time to time, as they to depend on us, to assist us when extraordinary emergencies arise.
The decision to modify station operations was based on the need to maximize the efficiency of fire personnel on duty while taking into consideration the logistics of the Town as a whole.
Engine 2 is a 1999 E-One Hush Pumper.
Staffed by full-time by one Lieutenant and two Firefighters with Emergency Medical Technician certification.
Capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute through six pre-connected hand lines and one pre-connected master stream device.
A state of the art thermal imaging camera is carried on board along with a variety of search and rescue devices and systems to aid in emergency operations.
Medically equipped to provide basic life support equivalent to a BLS ambulance.
1 Lieutenant and 2 Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) - assigned to Engine 2 and Ambulance 2 (A-2) to perform fire fighting, rescue, emergency medical response, and inspectional services.
The staffing at the South Fire Station provides for either a fire engine or an ambulance, but not both at the same time. In the event of a fire or medical emergency in the south part of Town, Engine 2 responds with the Lieutenant and two Firefighter/EMTs to the scene. The ambulance stationed at the the Center Fire Station (A-1) responds as the primary ambulance. Engine 2's staff provides basic life support to the patient until the ambulance arrives on scene.
If the primary ambulance (A-1) is transporting a patient to the hospital and a second call is received for an ambulance need, the two Firefighter/EMTs from the South Fire Station respond to the medical emergency with the secondary ambulance (A-2). Utilizing the secondary ambulance places the fire engine at the South Station out-of-service until the ambulance returns to quarters; however, the lieutenant assigned to the station will respond in a fire department vehicle to provide size-up, command and control, medical aid, and scene preparation for additional units that will be simultaneously dispatched with him/her to the emergency.
Ambulance 2 (A-2) is a 2009 Ford E-450 Horton Ambulance.
Staffed by full-time by two Fire Fighters with Emergency Medical Technician certification.
This emergency BLS ambulance is equipped to handle a variety of medical conditions and injuries.
The latest tools and equipment are standard on this vehicle.
Our EMTs are trained in the latest skills available to provide the highest level of service possible to the community.