MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough Fire Department has had a very busy year, already surpassing last year’s incident total the first week of December.
But over the weekend, there were three incidents that will be a little bit “different” than the usual fire calls, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents and others. They will be providing “mutual aid” to Santa Claus, who will be parking the sleigh and reindeer and riding in a fire truck.
The Santa Run started during the pandemic when lockdowns prevented many children from seeing Santa. The Marlborough Fire Department decided to help the city’s children and took Santa around town. That year, the city was split into east and west along Route 85, which bisects the city from Hudson to Southborough.
For this year, the Marlborough Fire Department decided to do it a little differently by covering the city by fire district.
Firefighter Matthew Armour is the coordinator for the 2022 Santa Run.
“We went with the district format over three nights to allow more children to see Santa,” said Armour.
The first ‘Santa Run” was in District 1 on Dec. 16. On Dec. 17, Santa visited District 2, and on Dec. 18, he came to District 3.
Santa’s motorcade was led by Marlborough Fire’s Car 6, with Santa riding in Rescue 1, followed by Marlborough’s newest rig, Squad 1.
This year, residents were able to track Santa’s stops using the Glympse app.
“We will try to cover as much area as we can and return to an area if at all possible,” Armour said. “We wish our residents a happy and safe holiday season.”