Barnstable County Correctional Inmates Paint Interior of Harwich FD

A five-man inmate crew dispatched by county Sheriff Jim Cummings recently painted interior walls at the Harwich Fire Department, a job that will save Harwich property taxpayers about $5,250 in donated labor. The inmates painted an apparatus bay large enough to hold six emergency vehicles; a job Fire Chief Norman Clarke Jr. says would otherwise require approval of a town meeting article.

“We truly appreciate the help,” says Clarke, who lists three beneficiaries: “Our department gets a long-needed job accomplished, taxpayers save money, and inmates get to feel good about at least part of their incarceration.” Clarke is no stranger to the BCSO’s inmate labor program; three or four years ago another crew painted most of the remaining office and workspace inside fire headquarters.

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Wiseman (left) and Harwich Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc discuss painting inside Harwich FD’s apparatus deck.

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