As if Wellesley High’s production of Sweeney Todd wasn’t dramatic enough already, a small fire broke out on stage Saturday night during the final performance of the play and forced those in attendance to head outside into the freezing temps while Wellesley firefighters handled the situation.
According to Wellesley Parents of Performing Students on social media, a rag fell off the stage set, hit a light and started a fire. “Cast, crew, and musicians all remained so calm and poised,” Wellesley POPS tweeted.
The show went on after firefighters handled the fire. The coincidence of the song “City on Fire” being performed right after the unexpected intermission wasn’t lost on those at the show.
The dark musical, which we had seen the night before, actually starts with a scene in which a group of Londoners huddle around a faux fire to warm themselves.
The Wellesley Fire Rescue Department participated in Fire Prevention Month in October, and its Public Education/SAFE division visited the town’s elementary schools with a fire safety presentation. Here are photos from the Hardy and Hunnewell schools showing students learning fire safety lessons.
Wellesley firefighters and the Council on Aging joined forced on Friday, Oct. 13, for their 4th annual seniors breakfast, serving up pancakes and sausages to a few dozen senior citizens while also doling out fire safety info.
Wellesley Firefighter Dana Gerrans was among those participating in a recent full-scale terrorism response exercise between firefighter technical rescue personnel and the national guard over three days in Bourne at Joint Base Cape Cod. Gerrans is one of four WFD firefighters assigned to the regional technical rescue team.
“I’m very proud of the work Firefighter Gerrans performed and know the exercise makes our community and our statewide ability to respond to a manmade or natural disaster stronger due to the enhanced interoperability between the fire service and the national guard,” says Wellesley Fire Chief Richard DeLorie.
The exercise brought together approximately 350 members of the 5 regional technical rescue teams from across Massachusetts, 200 personnel from the Massachusetts National Guard, as well as staff from the Department of Fire Services and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).