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2014 MASSACHUSETTS DELIVERIES AND NEWS ARCHIVE




2014 MASSACHUSETTS APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Abington, MA Ambulance 4- 2014 International TerraStar/Life Line ambulance
Amherst, MA Engine 1- 2014 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Andover, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 International/Horton ambulance
Avon, MA Ambulance 2- 2014 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Ayer, MA Engine 4- 1994 E-One refurbished by Greenwood Emergency Vehicles
Barnes ANG Base, MA Engine- 2014 E-One Typhoon EMax P-22 1250/30A/30B CAFS
Barnstable, MA Ambulance 203- 2014 Ford F-550/LifeLine 4x4 ambulance
Bedford, MA Car 2- 2014 Chevy Tahoe
Bedford, MA Ladder 1- 2014 KME Severe Service 2000/500 109' RMA
Bellingham, MA Engine 2- 2014 E-One Quest E-Max 1500/760/20A
Bellingham, MA Rescue 2- 2014 International/Horton ambulance
Belmont, MA Engine 1- 2014 E-One Typhoon E-Max 1250/520/20F
Belmont, MA Ladder 1- 2014 E-One Cyclone II 110' RMA
Berkley, MA Ambulance 2- 2013 Chevrolet G4500/Braun ambulance
Beverly, MA Engine 3- 2014 KME Predator 1250/750
Beverly, MA Engine 5- 2014 KME Predator 1250/750
Billerica, MA EMS Paramedic 15- 2014 Chevy G4500/Osage ambulance
Blackstone, MA Rescue 2- 2014 Ford F-550/Wheeled Coach 4x4 ambulance
Boston Engine 2- 2013 KME Severe Service 1250/750/foam pumper
Boston Engine 3- 2013 KME Severe Service 1250/750/foam pumper
Boston Engine 4- 2013 KME Severe Service 1250/750/foam pumper
Boston Engine 5- 2013 KME Severe Service 1250/750/foam pumper
Boston Engine 41- 2013 KME Severe Service 1250/750/foam pumper
Boston, MA Special Unit H2- 2014 Ford F-550/KME 4x4 Lighting Unit With 55-Gallon Foam Cell
Boxboro, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Ford F-450/Osage ambulance
Boxford, MA Brush 1- 2015 Ford F-550/Firematic 200/300/15F 4X4
Boxford, MA Engine 2- 2013 Spartan MetroStar/Rosenbauer 1500/2500/50F pumper/tanker
Brewster, MA Ambulance 244- 2014 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Brookline, MA Engine 3- 2014 KME Severe Service 1500/500/30F
Canton, MA Ladder 2- 2014 E-One Cyclone II 100' RMA
Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills, MA Ambulance 324- 2014 International 4400/Horton ambulance
Chatham, MA Ambulance 184 - 2014 International TerraStar/LifeLine ambulance
Chelmsford, MA Engine 1- 2014 Smeal Sirius II 1500/750/30F
Chelmsford, MA Ladder 1- 2013 Smeal 2000/300/20F/100' RM Tower (demo)
Chicopee, MA Engine 5- 2014 E-One Typhoon 1500/780
Chilmark, MA Tanker 133- 2013 Kenworth/KME/Bulldog 1500/3000
Colrain, MA Engine 2- 2014 HME Silver Fox 4x4 1500/700/30A
Concord, MA Ambulance 3- Ambulance 3 - 2014 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance
Darmouth, MA District 3 Engine 4- 2014 Pierce Saber 1500/1000
Dudley, MA Ladder 1- 2013 Sutphen 100' MMA
Easthampton, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 International Terrastar/LifeLife ambulance
Easton, MA Engine 2- 2014 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Edgartown, MA Engine 221- 2014 KME Predator PRO 1500/700/15A/30B
Edgartown, MA Tanker 233- 2014 International/KME 1250/2000
Everett, MA Engine 1- 2014 Pierce Dash CF PUC 1500/750/40F
Everett, MA Engine 2- 2014 Pierce Dash CF PUC 1500/750/40F
Everett, MA Haz/Mat 1- 2014 Ford F-350 w/ utility body
Fitchburg, MA Deputy Chief- 2014 Ford Interceptor SUV
Foxborough, MA Car 1- 2013 Ford Expedition 4X4
Framingham, MA Engine 1- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750
Franklin, MA Rescue 2- 2014 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance Georgetown, MA Ambulance 11- 2014 Ford E-450/2005 AEV (remount)
Grafton, MA Rescue 1- 2014 Pierce Impel Walk-Around Heavy Rescue
Great Barrington, MA Ladder 1- 2014 KME 100' Mid-Mount Tower
Greenfield, MA Rescue 2- 2005 Chevy/Horton ambulance (purch used)
Hamilton, MA Ladder 4- 2014 Pierce Velocity 2000/--/105' RMA (demo)
Hanson, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance
Harwich, MA Engine 64- 2014 Sutphen Shield 1500/500/30A
Holliston, MA Forest Fire 2- 2014 Ford F-350 4x4 250/250
Holyoke, MA Engine 1- 2014 KME Predator Panther 1500/750
Holyoke, MA Engine 2- 2014 KME Predator Panther 1500/750
Holyoke, MA Engine 3- 2014 KME Predator Panther 1500/750
Hopkinton, MA Engine 3- 2014 International/KME 2250/2700/350F
Joint Base Cape Cod, MA Engine 407- 2014 E-One Typhoon XL 1500/680/40B
Kingston, MA Engine 1- 2014 Ferrara Ignitor 1500/750/20F
Lancaster, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Ford F-450/Demers ambulance
Leicester, MA Engine 3- 2012 Spartan Force/Toyne demo pumper
Lexington, MA Engine 4- 2014 E-One Typhoon 1250/500/30F
Littleton, MA Med 1- 2014 Ford F-550/PL Custom ambulance
Lunenburg, MA Rescue 1- 2014 International TerraStar/Osage ambulance
Lynn, MA Engine 1- 2013 Seagrave Marauder II 1500/750
Malden, MA Engine 1- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750
Malden, MA Ladder 1- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 105' RMA
Manchester By the Sea, MA Engine 2- 1998 Pierce Quantuam 1500/500 (ex Westland, MI)
Marshfield, MA Engine 2- 2014 E-One Typhoon 1250/500/30B
Marshfield, MA Paramedic 1- 2014 International TerraStar/Horton ambulance
Mashpee, MA Ambulance 361- 2014 Ford E-450/Horton ambulance
Mashpee, MA Ambulance 362- 2014 Ford E-450/Horton ambulance
Mashpee, MA Ambulance 363- 2014 Ford E-450/Horton ambulance
Mass DFS Haz/Mat TOMS 11- 2014 Spartan/Farber Command Post
Medford, MA Engine 1- 2014 Pierce Saber 1500/750
Medford, MA Engine 2- 2014 Pierce Saber 1500/750
Medway, MA Tanker 1- 2015 International/4-Guys 1000/3000
Melrose, MA Rescue 2- 2014 Ford F-450/AEV ambulance
Middleboro, MA Forestry 3- 2015 Ford F-550/Firematic B.R.A.T. w/Yanmar 36 hp diesel engine and Hale 30FS Pump, 400w/20F
Nantucket, MA Ambulance 3- 2012 Chevrolet G4500/Horton ambulance (demo)
Natick, MA Engine 2- 2014 E-One Typhoon 1500/1000/30F
Needham, MA Forestry Unit (C-6)- 2014 Ford F-350/Truck Craft Body 200/200
New Bedford, MA Engine 1- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500
New Bedford, MA Engine 7- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500
New Bedford EMS, MA Medic 1- 2013 Chevrolet G4500/Custom Body Works ambulance
New Bedford, MA EMS Medic 2- 2014 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance
New Bedford, MA EMS Medic 4- 2014 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance
New Braintree, MA Engine 2- 2014 International/E-One E-Max 1500/2500/30F
Newbury, MA Fire Protection #2 Rescue 20- 2014 Ford E-450/AEV Trauma Hawk ambulance
Newbury, MA Fire Protection Dist 2 Ladder 3- 2000 Pierce Dash 1500/500/75’ (ex Brookline MA)
Newton, MA Air Supply Unit- 2014 Ford F550/E-One Air Supply/Mobile Cascade Unit
North Andover, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 International/Horton ambulance
North Attleboro, MA Engine 3- 2014 Ferrara Cinder 1500/750/20F
North Reading, MA Engine 2- 2014 Spartan/Smeal 1500/750/50F
Norton, MA Rescue 1- 2014 International TerraStar/Horton ambulance
Norton, MA Squad 1- 2014 International/Pierce Responder 1250/750 AWD
Oxford, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Chevrolet/PL Custom ambulance
Paxton, MA Engine 2- 2014 KME Predator Panther 1500/975/25F
Plymouth, MA Engine 7- 2013 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Plymouth, MA Rescue 1- 2014 E-One Cyclone II E-Max 1500/500/30F
Plymouth County, MA Tech Rescue- 2014 International 4400/Pierce tractor-trailer rescue
Plympton, MA Ambulance 2- 2014 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance
Quincy, MA Ladder 5- 2014 KME Predator 109' RMA
Raynham, MA Ambulance 3- 2014 International TerraStar/LifeLine ambulance
Revere, MA Engine 1- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1250/750/30F
Revere, MA Engine 4- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1250/750/30F
Royalston, MA Engine 2- 2014 KME Panther 1500/1000/20F
Rutland, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance
Scituate, MA Ladder 1- 2014 E-One 110' RMA
Southborough, MA Ambulance 29- 2014 Ford F-550/PL Custom 4X4 ambulance
Sterling, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Ford F-450/Horton 4x4 ambulance
Taunton, MA Engine 3- 1996 E-One Sentry 1500/500 was refurbished
Taunton, MA Engine 4- 2014 E-One Cyclone II 1500/750/30B
Templeton, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 Ford F-450/Horton 4x4 ambulance
Tewksbury, MA Ambulance- 2013 Ford/Horton ambulance
Tisbury, MA Squad 641- 2014 Ford F-450/Fire 1 4X4
UMass Worcester EMS 2663- 2013 Ford F-450/Horton ambulance
UMASS Worcester Ambulance 2664- 2014 Ford F-450/Horton ambulance
Wakefield, MA Ladder 1- 2014 Seagrave Marauder II 100' RMA
Waltham, MA Engine 1- 2013 Seagrave Marauder II 1250/500
Waltham, MA Engine 8- 2013 Seagrave Marauder II 1250/500
Wareham EMS, MA Ambulance 3- 2014 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line ambulance
Wayland, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 International/Braun ambulance
Webster, MA EMS Paramedic 4- 2013 F-550/Lifeline Superliner 4x4 ambulance (demo)
West Springfield, MA Medic 1- 2013 International Terrastar/LifeLine ambulance
West Stockbridge, MA Engine 1- 2014 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson 2000/1000
Westborough, MA Squad 1- 2014 Chevy 2500HD w/ 2014 Larohe foam trailer
Westfield, MA Med 30- 2014 Ford F-550/Lifeline ambulance
Westfield, MA Tower 1- 2013 Pierce Velocity 1500 GPM/95' Mid-Mount Tower
Westford, MA Engine 1- 2014 E-One Quest E-Max 1500/1000/30A
Weston, MA Engine 3- 2014 E-One Typhoon E-MAX 1500/750/30A
Westover Air Force Reserve Base (Chicopee MA) Crash 13- 2014 Ford F-550 4x4 /KME High Pressure Unit 90/400/56AFFF/15A 1,200psi Pump
Westport, MA Engine 3- 2013 E-One Typhoon 1250/750/30F
Westwood, MA Ladder 2- 2014 Ferrara Igniter 1500/500/20A 77' RMA
Weymouth, MA Engine 3- 2014 Pierce Impel 1500/750
Wilmington, MA Ambulance 1- 2014 International TerraStar/Horton Ambulance
Winchendon, MA Forestry 1- 2014 Ford F-350 4x4 250/275
Winchendon, MA Tower 1- 2014 KME 1500/300/102' tower
Winchester, MA Paramedic 5- 2015 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Woburn, MA Engine 2- 2013 Pierce Dash CF 1250/750
Woburn, MA Rescue 1- 2014 Ford F-450 4x4/Horton ambulance
Worcester, MA Forestry 1- 2014 Ford F-350 4x4 125/200
Worcester, MA Ladder 2- 2014 Seagrave Marauder II 100' TDA
Worthington, MA Engine 1- 2014 International/E-One 1250/500/20F 4x4



2015 MASSACHUSETTS NEWS

Abington, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $75,097 to purchase Various Hose, Nozzles and Appliances.

Abington, MA- Ladder 1 has been removed from service due to mechanical issues. CLICK FOR OFF SITE ARTICLE.

Abington, MA Fire Department- receives Federal grant to hire 4 firefighters. CLICK FOR OFF-SITE ARTICLE.

Acushnet, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $50,350 for a Diesel Exhaust Removal System.

Amesbury, MA- HQ Station renovations finally completed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Amesbury, MA Mayor orders fire department boat removed from the water. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Andover, MA- had approved funds to purchase land adjacent to the Ballardvale Fire Station on Clark Road in order to build an addition.

Andover, MA- old Ballardvale fire station gets new lease on life. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Arlington, MA- Fire Headquarters on Mass Ave will be closing for approximately 1 year to accomodate a complete interior remodel. Apparatus will move to the DPW yard during the renocvation which is expected to begin within the next month.

Ashburnham, MA- Fire Chief Paul Zbikowski will be retiring on July 24th.

Ashburnham, MA Fire Department- places into service ATV vehicle for responses to Mount Watatic and other hard to access places. CLICK FOR OFF-SITE ARTICLE.

Ashburnham, MA Fire Department- has named Paul Rekos as the new fire chief.

Ashland and Hopkinton, MA Fire Departments to "test drive" merger. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ashland, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief Bill Kee has retired.

Attleboro, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $141,984 for Hose & Nozzles.

Auburn, MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $327,071 to purchase Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and an Air Refill System.

Former Ayer, MA Fire Station to become aparatments. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Barnstable MA Fire Department– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $16,388 for Firefighting Tools & Equipment.

Becket, MA- has appointed Mark Hanford as Interim Chief.

Belchertown, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $67,925 for Cardiac Monitors.

Bellingham, MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $44,391.00 for a Diesel Exhaust Extraction System and Fire Alarm System.

Beverly, MA- with Engine 3 and Engine 5's new KME pumpers in service, Engine 3's former piece, a 2001 KME, has been reassigned as reserve Engine 6 and is kept at the Beverly Farms station. Engine 5's former piece, a 2005 American LaFrance, has been reassigned as Engine 4 quartered out of Headquarters.

Billerica, MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $46,973 for 62 – Spare SCBA Cylinders.

Boston- has appointed Deputy Fire Chief Joe Finn of Division 1 as Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department.

Boston, MA- congratulations to all the members of Boston Fire on becoming an ISO Class 1 department.

Boston, MA- has named John Hasson, a 41 year BFD veteran, as interim fire commissioner.

Boston- has placed into service Engine 11 for the 3 months that the Callahan Tunnel is expected to be closed. The engine company will be fully staffed 24/7 and will responed from Engine 9's quarters.

Boston- Special Order 23-2014 has been issued and effective June 17th, Boston Fire Alarm will no longer be striking Boxes over the air. The famous Boston "beeps" will be no more.

Boston- has issued a general order re-instating the striking of boxes over the air again. Here is the General Order:
GENERAL ORDER HEADQUARTERS, FIRE DEPARTMENT
NO. 40 AUGUST 25, 2014
I. STRIKING OF FIRE BOXES
Effective August 26, 2014, at 0800 hours, Fire Alarm will strike the nearest box for all one alarm responses, each alarm above one alarm will also be struck up to and including nine alarms.
The existing running cards in all firehouses shall be used to reference each response to a given box alarm. The covering assignments on the running cards will be automatic when the box or multiple alarms are struck. The member on patrol shall immediately dispatch respective company(s) based on the running card assignment either to the box or to their covering assignment. In addition to responding and covering based on the running card, one important change to the automatic response is that the first Engine on the second alarm will automatically respond to the box as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). Fire Alarm will confirm the RIT assignment, via department radio, during the announcement after the box has been struck. All-Outs will also be struck.
II. STILL ALARMS
The still alarm assignments will continue being dispatched using the new Purvis/CAD system. The above changes do not alter the Still Alarm dispatch procedures instituted on June 17, 2014.

Boston- 4 out of the 5 Pierce foam pumpers sent to Bulldog for minor upgrades and new paint have been returned to the city. They will be assigned to Engine 20, Engine 30, Engine 50 and Engine 55 after some work in the shops. Engine 56 will be receiving the last Pierce foam engine after it returns from Bulldog.

Boston- the fourth refurbished Pierce foam pumper has been returned to the city from Bulldog Fire Apparatus and has been lettered as Engine 55. The fifth and final pumper is expected to be returned to the city soon and will be lettered for Engine 56. To recap, the five Pierce foam pumpers that were previously assigned as Engines 2, 3, 4, 5 and 41 have been refubished and are being reassigned to Engines 20, 30, 50, 55 and 56.

Boston, MA Fire Department- Commissioner Joseph E. Finn has appointed Connie S. Wong as the Deputy Commissioner for Labor Relations, Human Resources and Legal Affairs effective on September 15, 2014. In this capacity Deputy Commissioner Wong will serve as the Legal Advisor on all matters to the Fire Commissioner. In addition, Deputy Commissioner Wong will work with the Human Resources Department, both uniform and civilian, on contract and personnel issues with the three labor unions that represent the department’s employees. Deputy Commissioner Wong will also be advising the Fire Prevention Division and the Fire Marshal on code enforcement regulations and review proposed legislation governing fire safety in the City of Boston.

Bourne, MA-has placed into service a 1996 AM General/2012 Fire-1 6x6 250/670/30F as Breaker 129.

Bourne, MA- Deputy Fire Chief David M. (Skip) Kingsbury will retire on September 6th after 35 years on the job.

Bourne, MA Fire Department- Lieutenant Paul C. Weeks has been promoted to Deputy Chief.

Boxford, MA- with the delivery of Engine 2's new 2013 Spartan MetroStar/Rosenbauer, the 1996 Freightliner/Central States currently assigned to Engine 2 will be sent out to be refurbished. Upon return, it will be assigned as Engine 6 and replace a 1982 International/Grumman that will then be disposed of.

Braintree, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $314,460 for Rescue Equipment, 38 Firefighter Breathing Apparatus, 84 Additional Face Pieces and an Accountability System.

Braintree, MA- has awarded the ambulance contract to Brewster Ambulance Service. The service change will take place on October 1st.

Brewster, MA Fire Station rebuilt revealed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Brewster, MA- the override for $700,000 in design and engineering costs for a new fire station failed by 67 votes.

Brewster, MA- has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $40,575 for Firefighter Personal Bailout Systems.

Brockton, MA shuts down engine company due to finances. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Brockton, MA Fire Department- was denied a $1 million grant for an aerial apparatus. The city is appealing the decision.

Brockton, MA Fire Department- has placed into service a 2014 Chevy Tahoe 4X4 for Car 56 (on duty Deputy)...which worked a fire it's first day in service.

Brockton, MA Fire Department- the city council approved additional overtime funding in order for Engine 10 to continue to be staffed.

Brockton, MA Fire Department- obtains funding to keep Engine 10 operating for remainder of year. Also looking for funds to replace Tower 1. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Brookline, MA- it appears as though Tower 1 is for sale. For a cool half million, this rig could be yours. Check out the for sale page at CLICK HERE.

Brookline, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $98,298 for Fire Instructor I and II Training.

Cambridge, MA- FF Kurt McLaughlin has retired from the Cambridge Fire Department. He holds the unique distinction of being on Rescue 1 for the last 35 years. Best wishes to Kurt in his retirement.

Cambridge, MA Fire Department- has taken their squirt out of service. This is the first time since 1977 that the department has not operated a squirt. The 2002 Pierce Saber that served as Engine 2 has now been reassigned to Engine 8. The city will be accepting bids for the 1998 Pierce Saber squirt if any department is interested.

Carver, MA Fire Department- Tanker 1's 1989 Ford/Maxim 500/2300 has returned to service after being refurbished.

Carver, MA Fire Department- a new station is being planned for Carver Center. CLICK FOR OFF-SITE ARTICLE.

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District, Centerville, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $260,209 for Regional Rapid Intervention Team Training.

Charlton, MA selectmen favor joining regional dispatch center in Webster. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Chatham, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $202,943 for 27 – Firefighter Air Packs.

Chelmsford, MA Fire Department- the old headquarters fire station will be torn down. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Chelsea, MA- The Mill Hill station at 885 Broadway has reopened after being renovated.

Chelsea, MA Fire Department- has promoted Paul Eaves to Deputy Chief.

Cheshire, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $111,530 for 15 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Clinton, MA- Fire Chief Richard Hart retired on March 2nd after 24 years as chief. John McLaughlin was appointed as Acting Chief.

Clinton, MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $278,255 for a station diesel exhaust system and 30 firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Dalton, MA- has received a $225,642 that will allow them to put on 2 full time firefighters (they are currently volunteer).

Dalton, MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $15,732 for Hose & Nozzles.

Dedham, MA Fire Department- has received a 2015 Ford Explorer 4X4 for the shift Deputy Chief (Car 2).

Deerfield, MA - non-profits aid in purchase of fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Digton, MA- Firefighter Neil Horton will be retiring after 31 years of service.

Douglas, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $161,975 for 25 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Dudley, MA Forestry trucks to be retired. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

East Longmeadow, MA Fire Department- has promoted Firefighter Brian Daponde to the rank of Lieutenant.

Eastham, MA- has named Deputy Chief Mark Foley as the new Fire Chief.

Easton, MA turns pumper into ambulance...sort of. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Easton, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $140,958 for Firefighter - Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Essex, MA Firefighter injured after fall from ladder at house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fairhaven, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $127,775 for 50 sets of FF Turn Out Gear.

Fall River, MA- Engine 3 and Engine 7 are now permanently out of service due to lay offs/budget cuts.

Fall River, MA- has named Robert Viveiros as the new Fire Chief.

Fitchburg, MA- Deputy Chief Brian Belliveau will retire this month after 35 years of service.

Florida, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $38,000 for an Air Refill System.

Framingham, MA- has placed into service a 2015 Freightliner M2/Reading Fire Alarm bucket truck as S2.

Framingham, MA Fire Department- The Pierce Quantum previously assigned to Engine 1 has been relettered as Engine 6, which is a spare.

Freetown, MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $7,600 for an Air Refill Station.

Georgetown, MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $23,750 to purchase Hydraulic Rescue Tools.

Georgetown, MA Fire Department- Ambulance 11 has returned to service after having the 2005 AEV ambulance body remounted to a 2014 Ford E-450 chassis. Ambulance 12's 2003 model is scheduled to be sent out in January to have it's ambulance body remounted to a new chassis as well.

Gloucester, MA- after a reorganization of shifts, the Magnolia Station is now open permanently 24/7.

Greenfield, MA- has named former Deputy Chief Robert Strahan as the new fire chief. He is expected to take the reigns by the end of September.

Greenfield, MA Fire Department- will beging BLS ambulance service starting later this month. They have acquired a 2005 Chevy/Horton ambulance which has been painted and lettered as Rescue 2. The ambulance will back up the private ambulance service when they are not available.

Groton, MA- has selected Littleton Deputy Chief Steele McCurdey to be the new Fire Chief.

Groton, MA- has opened their new fire station at 45 Farmers Row. Equipment from the Public Safety Center and Station 1 have been moved here. Station 1 is now closed and the Public Safety Center will now be garage and office space for the police department.

Halifax, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $540,792 for a Regional Communications Project.

Hamilton, MA Fire Department- has purchased a 2014 Pierce Velocity 105' rear mount ladder with 2000 GPM pump. The unit was a Pierce demo model and will be delivered to the department in December. They have also placed into service a 2015 Ford F-250 as Utility 8.

Hanover, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $95,000 to Install a Sprinkler System in Fire Headquarters.

Haverhill, MA Fire Department- Rescue 1's 1999 Freightliner/Central States rescue is permanently out of service due to frame issues. The company will be utilizing a spare pumper until a replacement can be acquired.

Hawley, MA- has purchased a 2002 Rosenbauer/Central States 1250/1000 pumper that previously served in Somersworth, NH.

Hingham, MA Fire Department- a study has concluded that the community needs a 4th fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Holbrook, MA- has named Lt. Luke McFadden as the new Fire Chief.

Holden, MA- approved funding to add 1 more full time Firefighter/Emergency Management Director.

Holden, Mass Fire Department- Car 3's new 2015 Chevy Tahoe is being outfitted and delivery is expected in early January.

Holyoke, MA- has received a federal SAFER grant in the amount of $1,069,048 to hire 8 Firefighters lost due to attrition.

Holyoke, MA FD proposes municipal ambulance service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Holyoke, MA- 9 new recruits join the ranks. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Holyoke, MA Fire Department- will be hiring six firefighters that could restore out of service units. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hull, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief Robert Hollingshead has announced he will retire on January 2nd.

Hyannis, MA Fire Department (Barnstable)- the new fire station proposal was voted down by voters for the 3rd time. CLICK FOR OFF-SITE ARTICLE.

Ipswich, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $24,290 to purchase Large Diameter Hose.

Kingston, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $24,924 to purchase Vehicle Extrication Equipment.

Lawrence, MA- has named Deputy Fire Chief John Marsh acting Chief.

Lawrence, MA- as of 6/15, Lawrence General EMS has assumed the ambulance contract for the ciyt. They have placed into service five (5) Ford/Medix ambulances.

Lawrence, MA- Ladder 5's 1992 E-One/Snorkel has failed the aerial test is is out of service. It is currently not known if this will be a permanent situation, but the company is currently running with Spare Ladder 1.

Lawrence, MA Fire Department- Ladder 5's 1992 E-One/Snorkel has been permanently placed out of service due to mechanical issues. The department is hoping for funds to replace it. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lee, MA launches campaign to restore antique fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Leicester, MA- 4 firefighters were injured and a fire truck heavily damaged in an accident. More info can be found at CLICK HERE. Best wishes to the firefighters injured in the accident.

Lincoln, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $72,678 for Firefighting Equipment & Training.

Ludlow, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $152,131 for 26 Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Lunenburg, MA- has placed an all Black 2013 Ford Explorer with Police Interceptor package in service as Car 2.

Lynn, MA phases out fire alarm boxes. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Manchester By The Sea, MA- has finished converting Engine 3's 2000 Ford F-550 with a Central States Mini Pumper body into Forestry 1. FEMCO converted the truck over the winter. Forestry 1 is now equipped with a 400 gallon tank, 250 GPM pump, 1500 feet of forestry hose, 2 reels of 1 1/2" to supply the forestry hose and 2 reels of booster hose for quick attacks.

Manchester By The Sea, MA- has placed into service 1998 Pierce Quantuam 1500/500 that previously served Westland, MI. It was refurbished by New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus. It has been designated Engine 2 and has replaced Engine 4's 1988 KME.

Mansfield, MA- U.S. Army Veteran is department's newest member. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marblehead, MA Fire Alarm Box system to get overhault. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marion, MA- voters turn down request for new fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $22,500 for an air refill station.

Marlborough, MA- adds 4 firefighters to the ranks. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, MA Fire Department- Danbury Fire Department (CT) Chief Geoffrey R. Herald has been named Interim Chief, which will take effect after Fire Chief Jim Fortin retires on January 5th.

Marshfield, MA Fire Department- has opened their new Brant Rock Fire Station. It is located at the site of the former station on Massasoit Ave.

Mashpee, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $134,961 for 18 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and 3 Rapid Intervention Team Packs.

Massachusetts Firefighting Academy- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $496,596 for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Mattapoisett, MA- will be sending Engine 2's 1989 Pierce Lance 1250/750 out to Pierce to be refurbished in the fall.

Mattapoissett getting back their old 1949 Ford/Maxim. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Maynard, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief Anthony Stowers announces that the Maynard Fire Department is beginning to remove hard-wired street boxes in town, as part of its process of modernizing its fire notification system. The venerable old street boxes were manufactured by The Gamewell Co. of Newton, and have been in service since the 1800s. They rely on a hard-wired telegraph system that sends a numerical code to the dispatch center, corresponding with its location, when someone pulls the handle. The system requires extensive upkeep and costly repairs, and in today's day and age of cell phones, the boxes are not being used as much as they were in years past. The boxes will soon be replaced by radio boxes, which are less costly and require less maintenance. The radio boxes work much the same way cell phones operate, and they are able to relay more information, much quicker. "The street boxes served our department well over many decades, but times have changed," Chief Stowers said. "New technology will allow us to receive vital information quicker with much lower maintenance costs." Crews are starting at Mockingbird Lane and will continue through town until every box is removed and upgraded. The total upgrade process is expected to take up to two years. Press release courtesy of Maynard Fire.

Maynard, MA Fire Department- several firefighters were recently recongized for their heroic work. The first incident that a citation was awarded for involved Captain Sean Kiley, Firefighter Tim Gray, Firefighter Mark Tomyl, Firefighter Angela Lawless and Firefighter Sean Layton. The second citation, for the other incident was awarded to Captain Walter Latta Jr., Firefighter Tim Gray, Firefighter Patrick Hakey, Firefighter Angela Lawless and Firefighter Michael Parr. Both incidents involved firefighters responding to a medical emergency, in which a patient was in cardiac arrest. In both instances the responding firefighters were able to restore a pulse to the patient in the critical first few minutes of the emergency.

Medford, MA- renovations at Station 3 have been completed. Renovations at Station 6 are still underway. Engine 6 is running out of Station 3 until the renovations are complete.

Medford, MA Fire Department- Renovations to Engine 6's quarters have been completed. Engine 4's quarters are next to be renovated. The company will run out of their station during the day and will relocate to Ladder 2's quarters at night.

Methuen, MA- Ladder 1 has returned to service after completing repairs. Due to the age and difficulty in obtaining parts, it was not certain when the Spartan/Nova Quintec went out of service if it would be able to be repaired.

Methuen, MA- Engine 3's 1996 E-One is out of service permanently and will be junked due to cracked frame. The West Methuen crew is now using Engine 2's 1999 E-One.

Methuen, MA Fire Department- looking to order a new pump after frame failure on Engine 3. Bulldog Fire Apparatus willing to order a pump and use it as a demo until the city approves funds or if the city backs out. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Middleboro, MA- Captain Debra Burke, the departments first female firefighter, will retire after 30 years on the job.

Middleboro, MA Fire Department- will be placing into service a new 2014 Ford F-350 4X4 diesel as the shift commander's vehicle.

Middleton, MA- has named Thomas Martinuk as the acting chief.

Nahant, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $8,550 for a Thermal Imaging Camera.

Natick, MA Fire Department- has selected acting Fire Chief Rick White to be the new permanent chief.

Needham, MA Fire Department- Chief Paul Buckley has announced he will retire before the end of the year.

Needham, MA Fire Department- has selected Deputy Chief Dennis Condon to be the new fire chief.

New Bedford, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $52,038 for Large Diameter Hose and Nozzles.

Newbury, MA Fire Protection Dist 2- has placed into service a 2015 Ford F-250 as K1.

Newburyport, MA's newest firefighter finishes fire academy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Newton, MA- Firefighter Donald Gentile has retired after 42 years of service.

Norfolk, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $22,800 to purchase 10 Complete Sets of Firefighter Turnout Gear.

North Adams, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $$ 16,150 for 2 Thermal Imaging Cameras.

North Andover, MA- has approved $6M for a new central fire station to be located at Prescott Street and Chickering Road.

North Andover, MA Fire Department- ground has been broken on the new Headquarters Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

North Andover, MA Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor 4X4 for Car 1 (fire chief).

North Attleboro, MA- best wishes to Captain Jack White on his retirement.

North Reading MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $19,000 for 8 sets of turn out gear.

Northampton MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $64,800 for a fire sprinkler system for their Station 2.

Northborough, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief David Durgin has announced he will retire in June of 2015.

Norton, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $139,099 to purchase communications equipment.

Oak Bluffs, MA- John Rose has been named as the new fire chief.

Onset, MA- Raymond R. Goodwin has been appointed Fire Chief. He had been interim since 10/2013. Lieutenant Jeffrey J. Dias was promoted to Captain and assigned as Shift Commander of shift 3. And FF William A. Braley was hired and replaced Captain Dias as the Fire Prevention Officer. Congratulations to all.

Onset, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $56,764 for Hose & Nozzles.

Peabody, MA Fire Department- will be adding a 2nd level to Engine 5's quarters on Lynn Street. The kitchen and crew quarters will be moved to the new level which will allow the area in the apparatus bay to be expanded.

Pembroke, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $467,243 for Communications Equipment.

Plainville, MA- Engine 3's Spartan/Crimson has returned to the department after work at the factory. The loaner Ford C pumper is expected to be returned shortly.

Plymouth, MA- Battalion Chief Anthony "Tony" Thompson retired June 26 with over 37 years of service.

Plymouth, MA- Lieutenant Jeffrey Aylward has retired after 29+ years on the job.

Memorial bench dedicated to fallen Quincy, MA Firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Quincy, MA. – has received a federal grant in the amount of $85,230 for protective turnout gear.

Rehoboth, MA dedicates fire station to fallen firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rehoboth, MA- Robert Pray has announced he will be retiring. His last day in the office will be October 3rd.

Rehoboth, MA Fire Department- has sworn in Deputy Fire Chief Frank Barresi as the new Fire Chief.

Rowe, MA- Fire Chief Paul McLatchy Jr. has resigned after almost 30 years with the department.

Royalston, MA- will be purchasing Winchendon's 1984 E-One Hurricane 1000/300/80’ ladder truck once the new tower is in service.

Russell, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $15,027 for Firefighter I and II Training.

Rutland, MA- FD excited as they start up new ambulance service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Salem, MA – has received a Federal grant in the amount of $38,412 for 55 Spare Breathing Apparatus Cylinders.

Salem, MA Fire Department- The department will also be ordering 2 pumpers to replace Engine 2 and Engine 5, but will wait until after July 1, 2015 to place the order.

Salem, MA Fire Department- the Deputy's new 2014 Chevy Tahoe 4X4 was delivered to the department.

Salisbury, MA- has placed into service a 2014 John Deere Gator XUV as a special operations unit.

Saugus, MA proposes town run ambulance. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Saugus, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $57,420 for 29 Turnout Coats and Pants.

Saugus, MA Fire Department- a new rescue boat has been donated to the department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Scituate, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief Richard Judge will retire from the department on September 25th after 36 years of service.

Scituate, MA Fire Department- John Murphy will be sworn in as the new fire chief.

Seekonk, MA- has appointed Captain Michael Healy as fire chief to replace outgoing Chief Alan Jack who will retire on September 19th.

Seekonk, MA Fire Department- dedicates fire station to fallen firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sharon, MA- town meeting to approves builiding of new combination fire and police station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sherborn, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $79,515 to purchase 31 – Complete Sets of Turnout Gear.

Somerset, MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $18,696.00 for Emergency Vehicle Operator Training.

Somerville, Mass Fire Department- Engine 7's 1996 Pierce Saber has returned to service after being refurbished.

Spencer, MA- loans fire truck to Charlton while apparatus is being repaired. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stoneham, MA- has received a $7,704 SAFE grant for fire safety education.

Stoughton, MA Fire hires one and promotes two. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stow, MA – has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $22,971 for Large Diameter Hose.

Sutton, MA- signs new ambulance contract with MedStar. CLICK FOR OFF-SITE ARTICLE.

Tewksbury, MA- has taken delivery of a 2008 Pierce Velocity PUC pumper and a 2009 Pierce Velocity PUC pumper from a department in Texas. After letting and training they will be assigned to Engine 1 and Engine 2 with Engine 1's Seagrave being reassigned to Engine 3.

Tewksbury, MA Fire Department- the two 2008 Pierce Velocity pumpers have entered service as Engine 1 and Engine 2. The Seagrave pumper formerly assigned as Engine 1 has been reassigned to Engine 3. The former Engine 2 and Engine 3 E-Ones along with Engine 4's E-One will be disposed of.

Townsend, MA- has named Mark Boynton as the new Fire Chief.

Townsend, MA- annonymous donor to pay for new fire station. CLICK FOR OFF SITE ARTICLE.

Turner’s Falls, MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $22,325 for a Power Stretcher, Automatic External Defibrillator and a Pulse Oximeter.

Upton, MA working to provide new EMS service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Uxbridge, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $16,307 to install a fire alarm system in the fire station.

Waltham, MA- Deputy Chief Michael Quinn S has retired after 35 years of service.

Waltham, MA Fire Department- Engine 10 has been activated and will be staffed to respond 2nd due to any calls in the Warrendale and Lower Beaver Street areas after the bridge on Beaver Street has been reduced to 3-Ton weight limit.

Wareham, MA- has designated former Engine 1's 2004 Pierce Dash 1500/750/40A/40B as Rescue 1. Rescue 1's 1988 Ford/E-One rescue is now Squad 1 and is being used as a special operations/dive vehicle.

Wareham, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $139,141 to purchase 53 Portable Radios.

Watertown, MA– has been awarded a Federal SAFER grant in the amount of of $652,000 to hire 4 Firefighters lost through attrition.

Watertown, MA – has received a federal grant in the amount of $186,750 for 83 sets of turn out gear.

Watertown, MA Fire Department- the town council has rejected the firefighters contract after the town and firefighters went to arbritration. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wayland, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief Vincent Smith has announced he will retire from the department in February of 2015.

Webster, MA- Engine 4's 1974 Maxim/1997 Middleboro is permanently out of service and will be going up for sale in the near future.

Webster, MA- as of September 11, Webster has officially removed the Gamewell Municipal Telegraph Fire Alarm System. Central Station Monitoring will be used for all buildings from here forward.

Wendell, MA- Fire Chief Everett Ricketts is retiring after 57 years of service.

West Barnstable, MA– has been awarded a Federal SAFER grant in the amount of $252,203 to hire 1 new Firefighter.

West Barnstable, MA- has received a $252,203 SAFER grant that will be used to hire a deputy chief. The grant covers the first two years of the position.

West Barnstable, MA- Captain David Paananen was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief.

West Barnstable, MA– has received a Federal Grant in the amount of $11,875 for a Burn Simulator to support Firefighter I and II Training.

West Springfield, MA Fire Department– has received a Federal grant in the amount of $18,225 for fire alarm system installation in 2 fire stations.

West Springfield, MA Fire Department welcomes 2 new firefighters into the ranks. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westborough, MA- has placed into service a 2014 Chevrolet 2500HD 4x4 pickup for use as a foam and support unit. It is designated Squad 1.

Westborough, MA Fire Department- officially moved into their new fire headquarters station on November 7th.

Westfield, MA Fire Department- will be upgrading headquarters station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westford, MA Fire Department- eyes town owned property as site for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westhampton, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $115,416 for Firefighter - Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Westminster, MA- has named Kevin Nivala as the new fire chief.

Westport, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $24,890 to purchase Various Hose, Nozzles and Appliances.

Weymouth, MA- has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $140,900 for Firefighter Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Facepieces.

Weymouth, MA Fire Department- has placed into service a 2014 F-350 4x4 for Car 3.

Whitman, MA Fire Department- has placed into service a 2014 Chevy Tahoe 4X4 for the shift commander (Car 3). They also have placed into service a 1987 Chevrolet Pickup truck for Forestry Unit 245. It features a skid mount Fire1 225-gallon water tank, with a separate foam tank.

Wilbraham, MA Fire Station damaged after car crashed through front door. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wilbraham, MA Fire Department- has appointed Fire Captain David Bourcier as the new Deputy Chief.

Wilmington, MA- Deputy Chief Rick McClellan has been named as the new fire chief.

Winchester, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $44,534 to purchase 18 Complete Sets of Firefighter Turnout Gear.

Woburn, MA- has received a federal grant in the amount of $164,074 for Firefighter Personal Protective Gear.

Worcester, MA Ahrens Fox has no place to go. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, MA promotes four to lieutenant. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, MA Fire Department- 10 Firefighters to be promoted during ceremony. CLICK FOR OFF-SITE ARTICLE.

Worcester, MA Fire Department- five firefighters earn promotions. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, MA Union Station may get fire museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, MA Airport Fire Department- has replaced the former Massport-Logan 1989 E-One Titan ARFF with a 2001 E-One Titan 1500/3000w/400AFFF/500lbs Dry Chemical ARFF unit.

Wrentham, MA- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $82,688 to purchase 32 Complete Sets of Firefighter Turnout Gear.




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