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Firefighters fail to respond when elderly woman is injured - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 146 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 16, 2010, titled Firefighters fail to respond when elderly woman is injured - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

It's a resident's worst nightmare. On Sept. 18, an elderly woman attending the St.

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JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Oct 16, 2010
Townsend is doing the same thing, keeping emergency staff off duty on weekends so they can push for more full time staff

It's all a game with them to get more resources and grab the surpluses the towns all have
Here we go again

Shirley, MA

#2 Oct 16, 2010
Sorry but I disagree...This is the direct result of cutting money in towns where you shoulden't be. This is what happens when police & fire resources are cut. Wake up people. You can't have it both ways. Keeping trimming the police, fire, schools etc...and see where it gets us. How about trimming some of those overstaffed political offices???
In the know

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Oct 16, 2010
While it's unfortunate that the elderly woman had to wait for an ambulance to arrive, when you don't have a 24/7 crew assigned to the town itself this is what happens. In every small town all across the United States that does not have its own 24/7 staff, Mutual Aid, such as Woods Ambulance in Ashburnham's case, is called in. Unfortunately it's just the way it is. Unless taxpayers want to cough up more money to cover the expense of ambulance staff, or voters allow fire department's to go after grants, it will never change. For the Sentinel to give any credence to what Barbara "Pixie" Brennan has to say is absurd. Do some research - she has bad-mouthed the Ashburnham Fire Department for years. Nobody CARES!

Since: Apr 09

Leominster, MA

#4 Oct 16, 2010
Here we go again wrote:
Sorry but I disagree...This is the direct result of cutting money in towns where you shoulden't be. This is what happens when police & fire resources are cut. Wake up people. You can't have it both ways. Keeping trimming the police, fire, schools etc...and see where it gets us. How about trimming some of those overstaffed political offices???
Like the members of the department who run the Health Insurance Program for the state,
they make an average of $125,000 per year not including perks.
Who Does

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#5 Oct 16, 2010
Who makes $125K per year? In Ashburnham, I believe the chief makes only about $65K, so I know you're not referring to the firefighters.
Luther Manning wrote:
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Like the members of the department who run the Health Insurance Program for the state,
they make an average of $125,000 per year not including perks.
Cant have it both ways

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#6 Oct 16, 2010
The selectman quoted in the article appears to expect his on-call firefighters to spend all their nights and weekends in the town of Ashburnham just in case there's an emergency so than can respond and earn their $12/hour. Personally, I would want to be compensated for my time if I was bound to remain within a geographic radius of the town on my nights and weekends. Then again, I am a government employee and a union member and we are notoriously greedy because we want to get paid for our time!
stan

Westminster, MA

#7 Oct 16, 2010
I had to have woods ambulance also, This fire dept is a loser.
Im sick of this town trying to SPONGE every cent off of the citizens of Ashburnham.
Old Lady

Leominster, MA

#8 Oct 16, 2010
I've fallen and I can't get up!
wow

Holden, MA

#9 Oct 16, 2010
Ashburnham has 30 on-call firefighters and they couldn't get 2 to respond in the middle of the day? Somethings wrong with that picture. I agree get rid of those that only want the prestige to call themselves a "fireman". What happened to the days when they all hung around the firehouse on the weekends? There are many good firefighters/EMS employees on the fire department, but get rid of the ones that don't serve the community, the Chief needs to evaluate this and submit a report with the employees % of response to calls. Maybe the Town would be better off to outsource their EMS service?
townie

Holden, MA

#10 Oct 16, 2010
There are many FD in the area, some smaller some larger communities that don't have 24 hour full-time personnel and in many cases less FT personnel than Ashburnham and provide a better service. Look at Ashby, Templeton, Phillipston, Hubbardston, Pepperell, Townsend and on and on. Maybe it's a management problem? Maybe we should regionalize this service?
joanne

Las Vegas, NV

#11 Oct 16, 2010
You cannot have it both ways. Raise taxes if you want full time EMS services !!!!!!!!!! Better yet come to Vegas anf truly experience a hell hole. People here do not support our firefighters or EMS services at all. Try changing places. If we as a country enforced Illegal immigration lawa we would have what we used to have. Why don't any of you sign up to volunteer??????????
GOOD LUCK

Westminster, MA

#12 Oct 16, 2010
Im glad to hear no response Ill remember this come tax time, Remember jewell hill fire couldnt get truck up hill blamed house owner for setting fire, remembe hardware store burns down with fire station very sick people very sick town.
Hmm

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Oct 16, 2010
Luther Manning wrote:
<quoted text>
Like the members of the department who run the Health Insurance Program for the state,
they make an average of $125,000 per year not including perks.
What planet are you living on?
Jeff

Brockton, MA

#14 Oct 16, 2010
Maybe Ashburnham should turn down more grants, you had the opportunity to staff your city, but you decided not to, you rolled the dice and lost.

Your town made a bad decision and you have to live with it. Although with your decision not everyone may live.
George

Westminster, MA

#16 Oct 16, 2010
Forget the saftey grant crap. Time to live in your means,
taking a play

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Oct 16, 2010
from the Fitchburg playbook Slash it, trash it, till you get cash grants for it. She just became a victim of this cash grant policy towns and cities are counting on for a someday down the road grant monies. The road to someday leads us to the town of nowhere. Start getting use to it. It's going to get worse before it gets better! Ask mayor Wong in Fitchburg, been waiting three years for police Public safety grant, to this day it's been all talk no action, with false misleading information. She has stated that safety funds were in last November and instead of using funds as intended, used the funds to hire a city solicitor instead. It's a shell game that town's and cities cannot afford. Remember the more victims created by the lack of means, is the chance to get more grant money. It is a shell game we cannot afford and should be noted in the next town and cities elections.

From the Victims, Businesses and concerned Citizens that make up the Fitchburg Alliance for Public Safety and Awareness. 238 Bemis Rd. Fitchburg, ma. 01420
Ashburnham Resident

Gardner, MA

#18 Oct 16, 2010
This is NOT the first time this has happened, and it doesn't always happen on weekends. When I lived in the downtown area and a call came in for service, the on call EMT's AND firefighters were hustling over to that station and rolled within minutes. These people CARED about what they did. Why not have a schedule where two EMT's can be in the geographic area? There is nothing wrong with putting together a schedule of responders. High school kids need to pulled in as volunteers? Yeah. I want some scrawny high school kid trying to take me out of my home on a stretcher wtih another scrawny kids with little to no experience in not only treating people, but having the people skills to handle the patient and giving instruction to their family. The ones that are in charge now are NOT the ones of a few years back who actually cared about what they do.
Jackie

Ashburn, VA

#19 Oct 16, 2010
It was quite impressive in the Gardner Anniversary Parade to see AFD sporting fancy trucks! And the new station is even more impressive, it's a shame though that they don't have emergency response and people have to suffer at their expense of looking fluffy.
Independent and Curious

Townsend, MA

#20 Oct 16, 2010
I’m not very politically savvy, so if someone has information to clear up something I would appreciate a response.

With the elections coming up in a couple of weeks we are all bombarded with reasons why we should vote one way or the other. As an Independent, I like some of what both the Republicans and the Democrats have to say, but I don’t like either party enough to vote 100% either way.

One thing that is hard for me to understand is the argument that during a recession, it’s not the time to raise taxes. I understand fully that many people are hurting financially due to loss of jobs and so on and can’t afford to pay anymore, but isn’t that also the reason, as far as I can see, why the government feels it must raise taxes?

If people loose jobs and aren’t working, they also aren’t paying taxes. If taxes aren’t being paid, than either you cut back on many things (Fire Departments, Police Departments, Schools, Roads, Bridges, etc.) or you raise taxes to off set those that aren’t paying income tax. It would be one thing if everyone agreed that it’s OK to cut back and live without, but this article clearly points out that some people want it both ways.

If taxes are raised (or are even lowered) how do things get paid for?
doh

Leominster, MA

#21 Oct 16, 2010
Read the story people. An old lady fell down and got a cut went to the hospital and was released. Big deal I guess in this town but anywhere else it's nothing. I wish I lived in this town so everytime I get a cut working on something people will demand the Fire department , Police and a life flight helicopter to be on the scene.

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