Freetown Fire Chief Fights Blaze Alone
FREETOWN — Freetown Fire Chief Gary Silvia showed his firefighting skills when he responded to a camper fire over the weekend — alone.
Fire crews were called out to North Hillside Street in Freetown just after 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon for a camper that was completely engulfed in flames, according to a Facebook post from the department.
But the whole department was already tied up with multiple medical emergencies.
So Chief Silvia took Engine One out alone, calling for assistance from nearby towns when he arrived on scene to find the fire rapidly spreading from the camper to the house close by.
He then used his "seriously aggressive" firefighting skills along with the newest engine's automated features to bring the fire under control before it spread any further, according to the statement.
Other crew members and firefighters from Berkley and Rochester fire departments arrived to help, and Lakeville's fire department helped cover one of the stations.
No injuries were reported in the incident.