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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam

A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam

July 19, 2021

To: Franklin Residents
From: Chief McLaughlin, Franklin Fire Department

Re: PFAS and Foam

Recently, the Franklin DPW published the 2020 Drinking Water Report, in which the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was explained. As stated, one of the possible sources of groundwater contamination may come from the use of “legacy” firefighting foams, which routinely contained 2% - 5% PFAS by volume; specifically, Class B AFFF, which is used to extinguish burning hydrocarbons or flammable liquids.

As your fire department, we just wanted to make you aware that this topic has not been ignored by the Franklin Fire Department, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), or the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In 2018, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, MassDEP chose to implement a foam “take-back” program to assist fire departments in removing these foams from current stockpiles and ensuring they are properly disposed of, rather than used during trainings or firefighting and subsequently released into the environment.

MassDEP’s program targeted foams manufactured before 2003, as manufacturers stopped production of suspect foams in 2002. Recognizing the challenges proper disposal would present to the budgets of most municipalities, MassDEP decided to fund the disposal of these legacy foams through its Massachusetts Chapter 21E / Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) capital funding, consistent with programmatic goals of “pollution prevention” and elimination of “threats of release” of hazardous materials. Under the “take-back program,” MassDEP offered to pay for foam removal and disposal; the local fire departments were responsible for replacing the foam with safer foam alternatives. As part of this take-back program, Franklin Fire was able to dispose of approximately fifty (50) gallons of outdated foam, at no expense to the townspeople.

As the take-back program progressed, many fire departments requested confirmation that current Class B AFFF foam was safe. While these foams often contain some amount of PFAS, it is at lower levels than legacy foam and includes PFAS that are more stable (so-called “short chain”) and expected to have less of an impact on the environment. New “Fluorine Free Foam,” aka “F3” foam, is just now entering the main-stream market. Currently, the majority of Franklin Fire apparatus, that carry foam, carry these newer F3 foams.

Shared from the Town of Franklin  page

The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) referenced in the letter above

A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam
A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam

Friday, July 31, 2020

“This is going to make us a lot more efficient and effective"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
July 22 was a historic day for the Fire Department, as nearly a dozen members sat before a small crowd in front of the fire headquarters downtown, crisply attired in their dark blue uniforms, every button and badge polished to a mirror finish, every glove and mask fresh and white as newly fallen snow.

It was the kind of occasion that merited bringing out the fire engines to frame the scene, each one as polished and neat and proud as the gathered department members.

On this day, 11 longtime members of the Franklin fire corps took steps up the ladder of their careers — four became the department’s first-ever battalion chiefs, four rose to the rank of fire captain, and three took on the responsibilities of fire lieutenant.

“I’m confident they are going to do a great job,” said Fire Chief James McLaughlin before each group of new officers was sworn in. “This is a historic day for Franklin fire.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Audio of the Fire Dept ceremony

Program and photos of the event:

after the ceremony
after the ceremony

before the ceremony
before the ceremony

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Contollo Mass Manufacturing donates PPE as promised

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Contollo Mass Manufacturing donated PPE gowns, both reusable and disposable to several of the local fire departments in a brief ceremony at the Franklin Fire Station #1.

Franklin Town Council Chair Tom Mercer opened the remarks. He had received the first call inquiring about the machine at the former Clark-Cutler-McDermott facility and who the current owner was.

State Representative Jeff Roy spoke highlighting that Contollo was one of a couple of dozen Mass companies to receive grants from the State.

Peter Berzin, CEO of Contollo (, spoke of the effort to get started and that they are operating currently on one shift producing about 7,000 gowns per day, with plans to expand to second shift and increase capacity.

Chief James McLaughlin coordinated with the local area fire departments (Milford, Medway, Plainville, Bellingham, Norfolk) to have representatives there for the ceremony. 

Photos from the brief event:

Contollo Mass Mfg - donation 6/30/20

Contollo Mass Manufacturing donates PPE as promised
Contollo Mass Manufacturing donates PPE as promised

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Franklin's 1949 American Lafrance Fire Truck Returns - June 30, 2020 (YouTube)

"The Franklin Fire Department has received an exceptionally generous donation from Edward Guzowski. He has donated a 1949 American LaFrance Model 7-75-AJO 75’ Service aerial truck.
We would like to thank Edward Guzowski for his generous donation. The Fire Truck has been kept in impeccable condition and remains a functional driving vehicle.
The truck he is donating is the first ladder truck the Town of Franklin ever bought."
The brief ceremony acknowledging the donation was held at Station 1 today

Video link =

Rep Jeff Roy tries out the 'air conditioned' front seat
Rep Jeff Roy tries out the 'air conditioned' front seat

side view of the vehicle
side view of the vehicle

 end view of the 75' aerial ladder
 end view of the 75' aerial ladder
The Town Council legislation for action to accept the donation on June 3, 2020

View the set of photos taken on June 30, 2020 at Station 1

FFD-1949-American Lafrance Ladder

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Town of Franklin: Special COVID-19 Town Department Roundtable

Special COVID-19 Town Department Roundtable

Remote Meeting - Held on “ZOOM” Platform 4:30 - 6:30 PM

A NOTE TO RESIDENTS: Due to the growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we will be conducting a remote/virtual Town Council Meeting. In an effort to ensure citizen engagement and comply with open meeting law regulations, citizens will be able to dial into the meeting using the provided phone number (Cell phone or Landline Required) OR citizens can participate by clicking on the attached link (Phone, Computer, or Tablet required). The attached link and phone number will be active for the duration of the meeting for citizens to ask questions/voice concerns.

● Link to access meeting: April 22, 2020 Town Council Meeting Link HERE* -- Then click “Open Zoom”

● Call-In Phone Number: Call 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID # 928 8757 4249 --Then press #


a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.

a. Coronavirus Updates: When will Franklin Businesses Reopen, when and how?

A Community Conversation with a Town Department Head Roundtable including Town Administrator Jamie Hellen; Town Attorney Mark Cerel; Board of Health Chair, Bridget Sweet; Health Department Staff, Cathy Liberty and Ginny McNeil; Chief of Police TJ Lynch; Fire Chief Jim McLaughlin; and Building Inspector Gus Brown.


*For meeting security, residents should take the extra step to find the access code in the Town of Franklin PDF (this should eliminate all but the seriously nefarious folks)

Town of Franklin: Special COVID-19 Town Department Roundtable
Town of Franklin: Special COVID-19 Town Department Roundtable

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

FM #233 Fire Chief James McLaughlin 3/04/20 (audio)

FM #233 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 233 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin’s Fire Chief James McLaughlin. We had managed to meet in person to record this at the Franklin studio on March 4 and while we did briefly discuss coronavirus this was ‘back in the old times’ before the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this recording almost got ‘lost in the mix’ of the pandemic, most of what we covered is as valid today as when we recorded it. A few of the time references may change due to our new circumstances. The Fire Dept did successfully host their St Patrick’s meal at the Senior Center on Friday, March 6. The one scheduled for Friday, March 13 was canceled as we entered shutdown mode.

Chief McLaughlin shares the story of his work and how the road led him from Warwick, RI to Franklin. He was appointed in June 2019 and in the course of our discussion talks about his first several months on the job.

We will schedule another session (to be conducted remotely) to catch up on what he and the fire department are doing during the pandemic. This conversation runs about 39 minutes, so settle in and listen to my conversation with Chief McLaughlin. Audio file =


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FM #233 Fire Chief James McLaughlin 3/04/20 (audio)
FM #233 Fire Chief James McLaughlin 3/04/20 (audio)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Town of Franklin - Fire Dept: Message to Franklin community - 3/30/20

Dear members of the Franklin community,

We are fortunate to be a town comprised of residents, families, business owners, students and visitors. The Franklin Fire Department continues to stand ready to serve each of you and today I am writing to update you regarding what steps we have taken to date to insure the safety of our town, specifically in terms of the COVID-19 virus.

As you are aware, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared a State of Emergency on March 10, 2020.

As a result, the Franklin Fire Department issued several General Orders over the past several weeks to all members of the department to ensure the safety of community members, themselves and their families. Some of the significant orders include medical screening of personnel before reporting to duty, strict daily cleaning guidelines for the vehicles, equipment and stations as well as setting protocols for emergency personnel interaction with all members of the public.

The Department has an adequate reserve of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and has submitted more orders through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and private vendors for the continued safety of everyone in our town. While it is necessary that both fire stations be closed to the public for safety reasons, online burn permitting is still available
at By order of the Governor, smoke and carbon monoxide inspections have been postponed until further notice.

I want to assure you that the level of service from the Franklin Fire Department has not and will not change during this time. We have made the necessary modifications to our standard practices based on the guidance of the health professionals. The men and women of the department are well trained and have the proper equipment and support they need from the Town to perform our vital services to the community.

I urge everyone to please abide by the recommendations made by the CDC, the Governor and the Department of Health. In addition to those organizations’ websites, also stay up to date on local information at

We will continue to be in touch with you as this situation evolves. Please feel free to reach out to me personally at 508-570-8248 with any questions or concerns you have in the meantime.

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy. 

James G. McLaughlin
Fire Chief/EMA Director

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

Town of Franklin - Fire Dept:  Message to Franklin community - 3/30/20
Town of Franklin - Fire Dept:  Message to Franklin community - 3/30/20