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Week of August 6, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

The South Portland, Maine FD regrets to announce the passing of Lieutenant Harry Weymouth. Lt Weymouth died early Wednesday morning in a car accident. He was a 21 year veteran of the SPFD, a SWAT Paramedic for the Southern Maine Regional SWAT Team and a registered nurse at Southern Maine Health Care. Lt Weymouth leaves behind his Wife Kelly, 3 kids and family.

Retired Hyannis, MA Lieutenant Rick Knowlton passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer.

Retired Lawrence, MA Firefighter Frank S. Incropera passed away at the age of 91.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Englishtown, NJ Vol Firefighter Pasquale "Pete the Pepper" DiBenedetto, 68, passed away from a medical emergency that took place shortly after responding to an alarm.

LODD- Dekalb County, GA Firefighter Barry Everett, 42, was found deceased in his bed at the fire station at shift change.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Arlington, MA Engine 1- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1250/500/30F
Essex Jct, VT Engine 7- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750
Fall River, MA Platform 1- 2018 Ferrara Inferno HD-85 85' MMA
Rutland City, VT Engine 4- 2018 Pierce Saber 1500/1000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Acton, Mass Fire Department- Seagrave has completed construction of the new pumper. It will delivered after outfitting at the local deal. In addition, Acton has ordred another Seagrave pumper which will be delivered in 2019.

Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills, Mass- Ladder 307's 2001 Pierce Quantum 1500/500 105' RMA has returned to service after being refurbished.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- the new station, located at 2 Coos Lane, in now open and operational. A $2 million dollar donation was made by an anonymous donor that allowed the new station to be built.

New Bedford, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant that will allow them to purchase a new ARFF vehicle for the airport. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sanford, Maine Fire Department- The new 2018 Pierce Impel 95' MM tower is in the final stages of construction and is expected to be delivered to the department sometime this month.

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed an order with Seagrave for a 2,500 gallon tandem axle Pumper-Tanker. This will be their first Seagrave. Delivery is expected early 2019.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Albion Fire District (Lincoln, Rhode Island)- has been awarded a $13,334 Federal grant that will be used to purcahse a protective gear washing machine.

Central Falls, Rhode Island Fire Department- has been awarded a $59,048 Federal grant to purchase a Personal Protective Equipment washer and extractor dryer.

Ellsworth, Maine Fire Department- town looks to add ambulance to fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Gloucester, Mass Fire Department- has named Joseph Aiello as the new Assistant Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.

Kingston, Rhode Island Fire Department- has received a Federal grant in the amount of 34,286 to buy additional protective equipment.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant that will allow them to hire 20 new firefighters. They have been granted a hardship waiver, which means grant money will cover the entire 3 year time frame of the new hires salaries with no funds required from the city.

Northborough, Mass Fire Department- takes steps towards building new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- will use funds from property sale to rebuild burned station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- will hold open house at renovated Station 3 on August 18th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ridgefield, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Marshal Mickey Grasso has been named as the new Assistant Fire Chief.

Scituate, Mass Fire Department- looks to rebuilt Humarock Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Turner, Maine Fire Department- Nathan Guptill has been named as the new Fire Chief.

Wells, Maine Fire Department- selectment consider new site for substation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Williston, Vermont Fire Department- have hired 3 additional full time employees, which brings the shift staffing up to 4. The total staffing for the department is now 15 FT/ 20 call. The additional full time employees are a day time captain, chief and administrative assistant.

Winthrop, Maine Fire Department- sells former fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of July 30, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Ridgefield, CT Assistant Fire Chief Michael Venus passed away at the age of 74.

LODD- Everett, MA Firefighter Susan Pipitone passed away from Occupational Cancer.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Bulldozer Operator Don Smith was killed while working at the raging Carr Wildfire in California.

LODD- Captain Brian Hughes of the Arrowhead Hotshots was killed battling the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite when a tree fell on top of him.

LODD- Redding, CA Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke, 37, was killed during the Carr Wildfire.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Hardwick Rescue, VT Ambulance 1- 2018 Ford F-350/Demers ambulance
Mansfield, MA Rescue 34- 2018 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance
Orwell First Response Rescue Squad, VT- 2018 Ford F-450/Alexis 4X4 light rescue
Rockport, MA Engine 3- 2018 Pierce Saber 1500/750/30F
St. Johnsbury, VT Engine 3- 2018 E-One 1250/1000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- has changed a few apparatus designations. Engine 2 and Engine 4's quint rigs have been changed to Ladder 2 and Ladder 4 respectively. The four ambulances have been changed from Rescues to Ambulances (ie Rescue 1 is now Ambulance 1). The shift commander's vehicle has changed from Car 12 to Battalion 1.

Fitchburg, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant to purchase a new pumper.

Foxborough, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $800,000 for a new ladder truck.

Gloucester, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal grant to purchase a new ambulance.

Grand Isle, Vermont Fire Department- has received a Federal grant to purchase a new pumper.

Northborough, Mass Fire Department- switches color scheme to white and red. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orange, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal grant to purchase a new pumper. Posted July 2018.

Padanarum Fire Co (Danbury, Conn)- has received a Federal grant to purchase a new pumper.

Water Witch Hose Co. 7 (New Milford, Conn)- has received a Federal grant to purchase a tower-ladder.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Corinth, Vermont Fire Department- voters approve funds for new fire station (again). CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lakeville, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Dan Hopkins has retired after 38 years of service.

Lowell, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $917,007 to purchase new protective equipment.

St. Johnsbury, Vermont Fire Department- has named Jon Bouffard as the new Fire Chief.

JOB OPPORUNITIES

 

The West Hartford, CT Fire Department has an open Firefighter/Paramedic position and is accepting applications. The deadline is August 24th. For more information visit: CLICK FOR WEBSITE.

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Week of July 23, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Provincetown, MA Firefighter Philbert M. Roderick, 84, passed away on July 21st.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Howard County, MD Firefighter Nathan Flynn died from injuries received when he fell through a floor and became trapped while battling a multi-alarm structure fire.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Allenstown, NH Rescue 2- 2018 Ford F-550/Warner 1000/250/50F
Hanson, MA Forest Fire 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Firematic BRAT 4x4 250/300/10F
Hampton, NH Ambulance 3- 2018 Ford F-550/Road Rescue ambulance
Ipswich, MA Engine 2- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1250/770
Ipswich, MA Engine 4- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1250/770
Leverett, MA Rescue 1- 2018 Ford F-550/V-Tec 4x4 16/200/20A High Pressure Pump
Lexington, MA Medic 2- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
New London, NH Engine 1- 2018 E-One Cyclone 1500/1500
Rockport, ME Squad 25- 2018 E-One rescue-pumper
Simsbury, CT Engine 16- 2018 Spartan/4 Guys pumper
Stratton Mountain Rescue, VT Ambulance- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
Ware, MA Ambulance 2- Ambulance 2 - 2018 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Danbury, Connecticut Fire Department- receives new search and rescue ATV. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Essex Jct, Vermont Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction on a new pumper for Engine 7. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Massport-Logan Airport Fire/Rescue- Engine 5's 2005 Pierce Dash has been completely refurbished by Pierce. It has the new black/lime paint scheme and has been reassigned as Engine 2.

Spencer, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2000 Pierce Saber Walk-Around Heavy Rescue as Rescue 1. The unit had previously served in Santee, CA.

Tremont, Maine Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new pumper. The unit will be built by Howe and Howe Fabricators in Waterboro, Maine.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Brockton, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $578,000 that will be used to purchase new SCBA equipment and a new air fill station.

Greenfield, Mass Fire Department- first look at new public safety complex. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a Pierce Impel Heavy Rescue stock truck with a 20.5' body, which is in addition to the two Pierce Impel Pumpers currently in production. Delivery is expected on all three trucks around late August.

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Retired Winchendon, Mass Deputy Chief and his girlfriend seriously injured in motorcycle accident. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs new law that makes cancer a work related injury for firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of July 16, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Duty Boston Firefighter Justin Poitras passed away from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

Retired Boston, MA Lieutenant and Marine Corps Veteran Charles W. Bellew passed away.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Hague, NY Volunteer Lieutenant Michael Cherubini, 71, fell ill while riding an apparatus in a parade and later passed away at his home.

LODD- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection heavy equipment operator Braden Varney, 36, died when his bulldozer rolled over while building a firebreak to help stop a fire at Yosemite.

LODD- New Hyde Park, NY Vol Firefighter Zachary Fazekas, 19, was killed in a motorcycle crash while travelling to an EMT training class.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Ashland, NH Engine 2- 2018 Spartan/Toyne 1500/1000
Boston MedFlight Med 12- 2018 Ford F-550/Life Line ambulance
Limerick, ME Engine 3- 2018 International/E-One 1500/1500
Plainfield, VT Engine 1- 2018 Freightliner/E-One 1250/1200
Warner, NH Engine 2- 2018 Pierce 1500/1000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Clarksburg, Mass Fire Department- has acquired a 1992 Freightliner FL-70/KME 4X4 with a 1000 GPM Pump, 500 Gallon Tank, and 30 gallon foam tank. The unit will be designated Engine 1.

Spofford, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order two (2) new trucks from Ferrara.

Tiverton, Rhode Island Fire Department- Rescue 3's 2006 Freightliner/American LaFrance ambulance caught fire and is damaged beyond repair. Rescue 3 is the spare ambulance and the department is looking into the possibility of acquiring a used ambulance to replace it.

Waltham, Mass Fire Department- has funding to order another Seagrave pumper, this one for Engine 7.

Whitman, Mass Fire Department- Engine 241 (1989 E-One Cyclone 1000/500) has returned to service after being refurbished by M&R Rehab 2018.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Deerfield, Mass Fire Department- has appointed Acting Fire Chief Daren Melnik as the permanent Fire Chief.

Dennis, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a $521,000 Federal grant to purchase protective gear and communication equipment.

Dunstable, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded an AFG grant in the amount of $115,481 to assists with the replacement of 18 SCBA's, 32 Bottles, 1-RIT Pack, and 25 Facepeices.

Easton, Mass Fire Department- three new firefighters sworn in. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Freetown, Mass Fire Department- promotes five. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Greenwich, Connecticut Fire Department- four firefighters promoted. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Groton City, Connecticut Fire Department- has appointed Robert Tompkins as the new Fire Chief.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- new fire station set to open. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Pittsfield, Mass Fire Department- Captain Stan Caesar has retired after 32 years of service.

Sandwich, Mass Fire Department- has appointed Acting Fire Chief John J. (J.J.) Burke to permanent Fire Chief.

Southwest Harbor, Maine Fire Department- Tom Chisholm has been appointed as the new Fire Chief.

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Week of July 9, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

North Madison, CT Vol Firefighter Crew Kirst, 21, was killed in an automobile crash on July 2nd in North Branford.

Retired Lawrence, MA Deputy Chief Joseph Ferrigno passed away at the age of 88.

Retired Lempster, MA Fire Chief Harold Whiting passed away.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Sun Prairie, WI Captain Cory Barr died from injuries he sustained in a natural gas explosion that destroyed several buildings on July 10th.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Gardner, MA Rescue 3- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance
Hope & Jackson (Scituate, RI) Engine 41- 2018 Spartan/Smeal 1500/1000
Merrimack, NH Forestry 1- 2018 Ford F-550/North American Upfitters w/ high pressure pump/200 gal
Newport Center, CT Tanker 1- 2018 Freightliner/Helie 3500 gal
Pawtucket, RI Rescue 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Road Rescue ambulance
West Tisbury, MA Engine 722- 2018 KME Panther 1250/1000/20A/20B

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Braintree, Mass Fire Department- funding has been approved to purchase a new ladder truck for Ladder 2.

Franklin, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara has completed construction on an Inferno pumper with 2000 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank for the department. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Hudson, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed an order with Seagrave for a 100' RMA ladder truck.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Cranston, Rhode Island Fire Department- 12 new firefighters added to the ranks. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Epping, New Hampshire- former fire station to become museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Morris, Connecticut- new Morris Fire Company takes over fire protection for the town. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of July 2, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Lieutenant Benny Hutchins, 62, passed away after suffering a medical emergency during training.

LODD- Auxtin, TX Fire Cadet Devon Coney, 34, passed away after suffering a medical emergency at the fire academy.

West Liberty, NC Volunteer Firefighter Michael Goodnight, 55, was killed in a motor vehicle crash responding to a call.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bar Harbor, ME Ladder 4- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1500/470/30F/75' RMA
Bowdoinham, ME Squad 4- 2018 Ford F-550/Danko 150/300/12F light rescue
Brattleboro, VT Engine 2- 2018 Pierce Saber 1500/1000
Killington, VT Ladder 1- 2018 Pierce Ascendant 1500/500/107' RMA
Manchester BTS, MA Squad 3- 2018 Ford F-550/HME 1500/400/15
Old Town, ME Engine 71- 2018 Pierce Enforcer 1500/1000
Windham, NH Ladder 1- 2018 Pierce Ascendant 1500/500/107' RMA

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Ashby Mass Fire Department- has placed an order for a 2018 Dodge 5500/PL Custom Ambulance.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara has completed construction of the 85' MM Tower on an Inferno chassis. Delivery will take place sometime in July after outfitting at the local dealer.

Ipswich, Mass Fire Department- the two (2) E-One Typhoon pumpers have been completed at the factory and will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer. They will be assigned as Engine 2 and Engine 4.

Lexington, Mass Fire Department- Horton has completed construction of a new ambulance built on a Ford F-550 chassis. Delivery will take place in early July.

Manchester, Connecticut Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction on Truck 2's 105' Rear-Mount Aerial ladder truck. The unit will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- PL Custom has completed construction of two (2) ambulances built on Ford F chassis. Delivery is expected in early to mid July.

Sherborn, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Rosenbauer for a pumper built on a Commander chassis with 6 man cab to replace Engine 2. The new truck will have a huge hose bed to accommodate 5000’ of 5” LDH, a Waterous 2000 GPM Pump and 500 gallons of water. Also, Sharon has ordered a Rosenbauer Timberwolf to replace their current Engine 6. The new truck will be mounted on a 4-door Freightliner M2 chassis with a 1250 GPM Rosenbauer NH (Normal/High) Pump capable of pumping normal and high pressure, a Rosenbauer FixMix foam system with a 30 gallon cell capable of producing “CAFS like” foam when pumped in high pressure mode, a 1000 gallon tank, dual hose reels and a front bumper turret capable of pump and roll operations.

Webster, Mass Fire Department- has approved funds to purchase a new E-One Typhoon E-Max pumper. It will replaced Engine 5's 1996 Sutphen. Webster has also approved funds for the purchase of a Ford F-350 Crew Cab which will replace Forestry 3 and the Service Truck.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Barre Town, Vermont- town accepts fire district deed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- city funds firehouse repairs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lynnfield, Mass Fire Department- town decides not to renew fire chief's contract. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Middleborough, Mass Fire Department- Lieuteneant Eric Gunnison has been promoted to Captain and Firefighter Julie Bryant has been promoted to Lieutenant.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- promotes 3 firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Salem, New Hampshire Fire Department- Federal grand allows department to add staffing. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Searsmont, Maine Fire Department- new fire station being built. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- city tries to sell old Oak Street fire station again. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- 4 retired fire trucks go to the scrapyard. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Woonsocket, Rhode Island Fire Department- Captain Michael A. Morin has retired after 31 years of service.

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