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Swansea Fire Department Swears In Three Firefighters During Pinning Ceremony

Swansea Fire Department Swears In Three Firefighters During Pinning Ceremony

SWANSEA — Chief Eric Hajder is pleased to report that the Swansea Fire Department swore in three firefighters during a pinning ceremony last week.

On Tuesday, June 25, the Swansea Fire Department hosted a ceremony at Swansea Town Hall to swear in the firefighters before the Board of Selectmen.

In attendance were Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein, Board of Selectmen members Steve Kitchin, Robert Medeiros and Mike Beaudette alongside the firefighters’ family and friends and numerous members of the fire department.

“The uniform these firefighters wear carries a great tradition in this community, a tradition of excellence and a tradition of volunteerism that is hardly met in many other of our communities in the Commonwealth,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Robert Medeiros.

During the ceremony, Chief Hajder presented Richard Albernaz (Station 1) and Bruce Katz (Station 2) to be sworn in. Landon Rowe (Station 4) was recognized but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Firefighter Albernaz was pinned by his daughters, Analia and Olivia, and Firefighter Katz was pinned by his wife, Claudine.

“On behalf of the entire department, I would like to congratulate firefighters Albernaz, Katz and Rowe and welcome them to the Swansea Fire Department,” said Chief Hajder. “We hope they have long and distinguished careers with our department and wish them all the best as they officially join the Swansea Fire family.”

The three were among 32 graduating firefighters of Call/Volunteer Recruit Class #111. Graduates received certificates of completion at a ceremony held at Bridgewater State University in May.

Swansea Police and Fire Invite Community to Public Safety Day This Weekend

Swansea Police and Fire Invite Community to Public Safety Day This Weekend

SWANSEA — Police Chief Marc Haslam and Fire Chief Eric Hajder would like to invite community members to attend Swansea Police and Fire’s upcoming Public Safety Day this weekend.


Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1-3 p.m.


Swansea Fire Station No. 2, 50 New Gardners Neck Road


Swansea community members are invited to come down to Fire Station No. 2 to celebrate Public Safety Day. This year is the 30th anniversary of Swansea’s Public Safety Day and the event will feature an abundance of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy.

The festivities kick off with a parade of apparatus at 12:30 p.m. The parade will depart from Fire Station 1 onto Main Street to Gardners Neck Road, then to Route 6, Maple Avenue, Pearse Road, and Route 103, concluding at Fire Station 2.

Following the parade, community members will be invited to tour the station and take part in different activities. Activities include a blood pressure screening, extraction and fire extinguisher demonstrations by members of the department, and target practice during which children will attempt to hit targets with a fire hose stream.

Sparky the Fire Dog will be in attendance in addition to state and local police, National Grid and Liberty Gas.

In addition to trying on firefighter gear and air tanks, attendees will also have the opportunity to check out antique fire apparatus.

There will also be door prizes, raffles, handouts and refreshments for all to enjoy.

Swansea Police and Fire looks forward to meeting members of the community this weekend!


Swansea Fire Department Reminds Residents of Important Preparedness Activities During Hurricane Preparedness Week

Swansea Fire Department Reminds Residents of Important Preparedness Activities During Hurricane Preparedness Week

SWANSEA — Chief Eric Hajder and the Swansea Fire Department wish to share guidance on hurricane awareness and preparedness this season.

Gov. Maura Healey has proclaimed July 9-15 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Massachusetts, which recognizes the importance of preparing for the impact of extreme weather.

June 1 marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through Nov. 30. Most hurricanes and tropical storms that impact New England occur during late August and September, and residents are encouraged to prepare early.

Hurricanes can bring many types of wind and water hazards, including storm surges, strong winds and flooding. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer several tips to help residents better prepare for extreme weather should it occur.

Know Your Evacuation Zone: Learn if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone. The best action to protect yourself and your family from the flooding and high winds caused by hurricanes is to evacuate when ordered to do so, before those conditions hit your area. Know and follow the directions from local officials for community evacuation and follow posted evacuation routes.

Visit to learn if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you live in an area that may flood and may need assistance evacuating, plan with family, neighbors, and friends who may be able to assist, and contact your local public safety officials to make them aware of your needs.

Make an Emergency Plan: Have an emergency plan for how your family would communicate, evacuate and shelter in place should there be an emergency. An emergency plan should address the specific needs of all of your family members and those you are responsible for. Steps to making an emergency plan include the following:

  • Discuss the questions below with your family, friends, or household:
    • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
    • What is my shelter plan?
    • What is my evacuation route?
    • What is my family/household communication plan?
  • Consider specific needs for everyone in your household, including seniors, children, individuals with access and functional needs, and pets. Dietary needs, medical needs including prescriptions and equipment, disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment, and cultural and religious considerations should all be taken into account when creating an emergency plan.
  • Fill out a Family Emergency Plan. A sample plan can be found here.
  • Practice your plan with your family/household.

Build an Emergency Kit: Build an emergency kit that will sustain your household for 3-5 days without power. A basic emergency supply kit might include the following recommended items:

  • Food and water
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, and wipes
  • Important family documents, and cash or traveler’s checks
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

Prepare Your Home: You can improve your home’s ability to withstand hurricane conditions. Consider cutting weak branches and trees that could fall on your house. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home, and move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks and building material inside or under shelter. Keep drains, gutters and downspouts clear of debris. Cover up windows and doors by using storm shutters or pieces of plywood. Secure all doors on your property and find a safe location for your vehicle.

Stay Informed: Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, social and traditional news media, and local notification systems.

The Commonwealth’s 2-1-1 hotline is available 24×7 for non-emergency assistance. It is available with translation in more than 150 languages and can be accessed via video relay services.

For more information on hurricane planning, click here.



Swansea Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire Friday Afternoon

Swansea Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire Friday Afternoon

SWANSEA — Chief Eric Hajder reports that the Swansea Fire Department extinguished a fire at a home on the corner of Bark St. and Houlton St. on Friday afternoon.

On Friday, May 26, at 3:48 p.m. Swansea Fire received multiple calls reporting a structure fire at 9 Houlton St.

Swansea Fire Department Car 2 reported heavy smoke visible en route to the scene. Car 1 arrived first on the scene and reported heavy fire conditions in the raised ranch-style home.

All occupants of the home were out of the building by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. Occupants were evacuated by neighbors, as they were initially unaware of the fire. The fire was burning up an exterior wall and into a ceiling space.

Crews made an aggressive interior attack with multiple hand lines until conditions forced the evacuation of the structure.

Firefighters remained on the scene performing extensive overhaul and the scene was cleared just prior to 8 p.m.

Four Swansea engines, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 responded to the scene.  An additional engine from the Somerset Fire Department was brought to the scene and Swansea Ambulance Corps responded to standby. The Rehoboth Fire Department and Warren Fire Department provided station coverage during the incident.

The home is uninhabitable as a result of the fire, and the damage is estimated to be approximately $250,000. Seven residents and several pets were displaced. There were no injuries reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents.

The origin and cause of the fire were jointly investigated by the Swansea Fire Department and State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and determined to be accidental and started with an electrical appliance in the home’s basement bathroom.

Chief Hajder would like to thank Swansea firefighters as well as the mutual aid partners that assisted in this incident.


Swansea Fire Department Awarded $19,000 in Grant Funding for Safety Equipment

Swansea Fire Department Awarded $19,000 in Grant Funding for Safety Equipment

SWANSEA –Chief Eric Hajder is pleased to announce that the Swansea Fire Department is one of over 300 fire departments across the state to have been awarded a grant as part of the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2023 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.

Funds from the $19,000 grant awarded to the Swansea Fire Department will be used to equip the department’s apparatus with hoses and kits for standpipe operations and also to purchase Incident Command/Accountability Boards to aid in fire scene management.

The program provides local fire departments with a variety of equipment that makes the dangerous job of firefighting safer. This is the third year that funding has been awarded for this purpose as part of a five-year, $25 million bond bill filed by the Administration to support firefighter safety and health in the coming years.

Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 121 different types of eligible equipment, including ballistic protective clothing, thermal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment and more.

“Every time a firefighter goes to work, they could be asked to rescue a child from a burning building, clean up a spill of hazardous materials, treat a patient with a contagious medical condition, or rush into a hostile event to rescue and treat victims,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “This program is absolutely vital to helping fire departments prepare for the vast array of hazards they face today and making sure that firefighters go home safe after every call.”

A complete list of the awards by department can be found here.