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MFD revamped website

Public Safety Bld-2

Medfield Fire Department tweets that it has a “newly revamped website”

Good looking website.


Volunteer for ALS & AHT by tomorrow


The Town of Medfield’s nascent:

  • Advanced Life Support Study Committee, and
  • Affordable Housing Trust

are seeking volunteers to serve on both those entities.

Those interested should express their interest to Evelyn Clarke by 3PM tomorrow, when our agenda closes for the Tuesday meeting, per our recently enacted policy about BoS meetings and agendas.  The Board of Selectmen will make appointments to both at our May 16 meeting.

Evelyn Clarke
Town House
Work   508-906-3012
Fax      508-359-6182



ATM votes last Monday on ALS & AHT

town meeting

ALS Study Committee & Affordable Housing Trust at ATM

The town posted a summary of the votes on each warrant article at last Monday’s annual town meeting (ATM) (20170424-Warrant_votes_2017) .

On the only two substantially disputed warrant articles, my own estimate of the votes was that the warrant article:

  • #15 about ALS had the ATM voting about 80% against giving $500,000 to the selectmen to implement ALS as it saw fit in the next year if the selectmen felt it was needed – a clear mandate that the residents wants to make that decision themselves, rather than delegate it.  ALS will now go to the study committee that both the Warrant Committee and selectmen recommended; and
  • #17 about funding the Affordable Housing Trust with a $1m. bond had the ATM voting about 80% in favor.  Those monies will provide the town a financial tool to use to create affordable housing, in its efforts to get to 10% affordable housing and to therefore eliminate unfriendly 40B’s.  The town needs about 139 more affordable housing units to reach that 10% threshold, or about 160 if one considers the likely increase in housing units in town to be needed after the 2020 census.

Residents interested in serving on either the newly created ALS Study Committee or the just created Affordable Housing Trust should contact Evelyn Clarke ( to make his or her interest known.

Warrant Committee handout about ALS



The Warrant Committee has prepared this Options Overview for Article 15.


Option 1.  As Is – For a Limited Time Period


Rely on neighboring communities to provide ALS intercept service (as we have in recent past) while evaluating an optimal long term solution


Expected Investment:             Potential $25K to study committee (no over-ride required)

Service:                                   Effective – ALS intercept will continue to work well for us if neighbors continue to support us while we evaluate other solutions

Uncertainty:                           Not a long term solution


Option 2.  Contract out ALS Services


Contract with a private service to dedicate an ambulance and 2 Paramedics to Medfield 24/7


Expected Investment:             $570K per year (based on one quote only)

Service:                                   Response time fast (have 2 ambulances available – ALS & BLS)

Ambulance utilization low

Staffed from a pool of paramedics with high utilization/experience

Uncertainty:                           Control of resources, Potential to share costs & services


Option 3. Hire FF/Paramedics


Hire paramedics and equip current ambulance to accommodate ALS service


Expected Investment:             6 hires < $700K ($544K-$606K per year +  $90K startup costs)

(Lower if we hire entry level Paramedics but will grow to this level within 7 years as a result of step increases)

4 hires would decrease investment 30%

8 hires would increase investment 30%

Service:                                   Response time fast (assuming no concurrent calls),

Equipment and Paramedic utilization low

Uncertainty:                           Number of hires/level of coverage
New Fire Chief not yet available – who will hire/train?
Cost (contract negotiations ongoing, retirement benefits not included,
budget to support required wage growth without future over-rides)


Option 4. Regionalize ALS Services


Share resources (either hired or contracted ALS) with other towns locally


Expected Investment:             Unknown – but lower than other long term options.

Potentially half (or less) than other options; could it be a profit center?

Service:                                   Response time fast (assuming no concurrent calls) especially if ambulance housed in Medfield, Utilization higher

Uncertainty:                           Partners, cost sharing, location of ambulance

Fire Chief selection process

The Board of Selectmen were given the following outline of a Fire Chief selection process on Tuesday evening this week by Kristine Trierweiler.  She said it was a process that she had worked out with the Personnel Board, mainly derived from the town’s last Police Chief search.  The difference this time is that the town’s consultant will be hired at the outset, instead of when we are substantially into the process, as was done with the Police Chief.

Kris opined that the process of selecting a new chief will take 4-5 months, which means that we should have a new chief on board to have input into resolving the ALS issue, if the town opts to pursue the recommendation of the Warrant Committee and selectmen to appoint an ALS Study Committee at the town meeting.

Mike Sullivan opined that the Chief needs to live in town, and/or commit to moving to town within 18 months per Kris, and that will be an issue that the selection committee will decide.  I have heard the suggestion that it is not a necessity and not required by other towns.

Residents interested in serving on the committee should contact Evelyn Clarke at the Town House – 508-906-3012.


April 2017


  1. Personnel Board to develop Fire Chief Selection process and file with the Town
  2. Formation of a search committee to include:

Scott McDermott, Town Moderator

Robert Cordon, Personnel Board Representative

Dr. Jeffrey Marsden, Superintendent of Public Schools

Chief Robert Meaney

Kristine Trierweiler, Asst Town Administrator

John Naff, Building Commissioner

Current/Retired Fire Chief

Resident at Large

Resident at Large

Committee’s first tasks will be to choose a Public Safety Management Consultant to assist in the transition and Assessment Center Process as well as develop selection criteria for position posting.

  1. Development of selection criteria
  2. Selection Criteria Finalized and Position Posted

Selection Committee will present selection criteria to the Board of Selectmen for their review. All changes should be agreed upon by both the Search Committee and the Board of Selectmen at a joint meeting.

Selection criteria determined after interviews with town officials, fire department employees and residents.

  1. Design of Comprehensive Assessment Center

Consultant will work with the Selection Committee to design and conduct a Fire Chief Assessment Center to evaluate candidates using various exercises and measure performance.


April 2017

  1. Recruitment and Selection

Selection Committee will work with Consultant to utilize various recruitment sources to construct a list of potential candidates. Initial screening of all resumes will be completed by the Selection Committee.

Candidates will be chosen by the Selection Committee to attend preliminary interviews and/or the One day Assessment Center to evaluate knowledge, skills, and ability.

Once the Committee has final list of candidates, the Consultant will complete character, background, and reference, checks on each of the finalist candidates. Standard reference checks will be used for all candidates by the Consultant in consultation with the Personnel Board.

  1. Board of Selectmen Appointment

After the reference checks are completed, finalist candidates will be presented to a full meeting of the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen will then interview each of the candidates and based on the scores of the Assessment Center, interviews and the reference checks a Fire Chief may be appointed by the Board of SelectmenMFD

ALS intercept clarification

John Kraus corrected my understanding of how the ALS intercept actually happens.  Thank you John.


Good afternoon.  Just a comment / clarification on the intercept process: if our ambulance is transporting a patient to the hospital and meets up with an ALS truck (whether from a mutual aid department or a private service) the patient remains in the Medfield ambulance with our EMT and the paramedics will get on board with us (bringing along their equipment) and provide ALS care while we continue to the hospital. The patient is not moved from one ambulance to another during transport. If the patient is still at the scene and has not been loaded in the Medfield ambulance yet the mutual aid department maybe elect to transport in their truck, but I didn’t want the public to have the impression that the patient is being transferred from one truck to another on the side of the road during the intercept.  Thanks.

ALS status


The Warrant Committee and the Board of Selectmen held a joint 2.5 hour meeting last night with about 25-30 residents to discuss how to best proceed with the advanced life support (ALS) issue at the annual town meeting (ATM).  The collective wisdom of the all town officials (all the Warrant Committee and selectmen) was to create an ALS Study Committee to gather all the data, to figure out the best solution, and to report back on how the town should best provide ALS services.

Currently, since the private providers ceased providing our ALS intercept services several months ago on short notice, the town provides paramedic service by means of ALS intercepts with ambulances staffed by paramedics from Westwood, Walpole, and Norfolk via the mutual aid that fire departments render to one another.  ALS intercept services are the ALS ambulance from one of the other towns meeting the Medfield ambulance en route and transferring the patient to the ALS ambulance to complete the transfer to the hospital.  Medfield then splits the monies from those ALS intercept calls with the other towns.  It is expected that mutual aid will continue until the Town of Medfield solves how it will provide ALS on its own.

The Warrant Committee presented the issues as it has determined them, and unanimously recommended the creation of an ALS Study Committee to better define the best solution.  The following was the Warrant Committee’s written report:


ALS Options Overview

BoS/WC Joint Working Session, April 10th, 2017


As Is For A Very Limited Period – ATM, 2018  

Rely on mutual aid to provide ALS intercept
(while evaluating an optimal long term solution)


Financial:        Potential $25K to study committee

Service:           Same as we have been receiving for several months

Uncertainty:   Not a long term solution




Contract ALS

Hire a service to dedicate ambulance and medics to Medfield


Financial:        $600K budget

Service:           Equivalent to hiring medics

Uncertainty:   Control of resources, Potential sharing of costs & services




Hire ALS

Hire medics and equip current ambulance to accommodate ALS service


Financial:        $750K budget (Cost of hiring plus $90K to equip ambulance)

Service:           Response time fast (assuming no concurrent calls), utilization low

Uncertainty:   # of hires/level of coverage, who hires/trains,

cost may be higher due to estimates for benefits/OPEB




Regionalize ALS

Share resources (either hired or contracted ALS) with other towns locally


Financial:        Unknown – but lower than other long term options.

Potentially 1/3  to ½ of cost of other solutions – or profit center)

Service:           Response time fast (assuming no concurrent calls), utilization higher

Uncertainty:   Partners, cost sharing, location of ambulance


Selectmen Marcucci proposed asking the annual town meeting (ATM) to vote to approve about $650,000 of monies to implement the ALS services, and to just leave the form of the ALS services to be implemented in the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.   In that scenario, the Board of Selectmen would first get the ALS study results, and then implement on what is proposed.  Selectman Murby seemed to agree with that proposal.  I prefer to give the town residents the right and opportunity to vote the ALS monies once the Board of Selectmen determines and presents to the residents what the Board of Selectmen thinks is the best ALS solution.  However, if the residents opt to trust the selectmen with the monies now to make the best ALS decision later, I am happy to execute on that trust.