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Week of February 20, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Ridgefield, CT Assistant Chief William A. Warner, 74, passed away on February 10th.

Firefighter Philip Reeves, 57, passed away after a battle with cancer. He had served with the Westport and Bridgeport, CT Fire Departments.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Greybull, MT Fire Chief Paul Murdoch, 53, was found unresponsive and passed away after helping removing ice jams from Bighorn River.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Alton, NH Ambulance 1- 2016 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance (demo)
Bourne, MA Ambulance 136- 2016 International TerraStar/Life Line ambulance
Boxborough, MA Engine 64- 2016 KME Severe Service 1500/1000/30B
Bristol Rescue, VT Rescue 1- 2017 F-450/Braun ambulance
Mortlake Fire Co (Brooklyn, CT) Rescue 590- 2016 GMC/? ambulance
New Bedford EMS, MA Medic 1- 2016 Ford E-450/LifeLine ambulance
New Bedford EMS, MA Medic 3- 2016 Ford E-450/LifeLine ambulance
Newington, CT Rescue 1- 2016 Pierce Velocity heavy rescue
Sandy Hook Fire Co (Newtown, CT) Rescue 444- 2016 Spartan Gladiator/Rescue 1 heavy rescue
Sudbury, MA Ambulance- 2017 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Charlotte, Vermont Fire Department- firefighters hope that voters will approve new fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Brockton, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter Ray Roberts has retired after 33 years of service.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- has recieved a Federal grant to purchase turnout gear. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lawrence, Mass Fire Department- welcomes home 2 firefighters returning from military duty in Afghanistan. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Mexico, Maine Fire Department- town way named after late fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Milton, New Hampshire Fire Department- has opened and occupied their new Headquarters Fire Station at 865 White Mountain Highway.

New Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- Battalion Chief Thomas Quinn retired after 31 years of service.

UCONN Farmington, CT Fire Department- article on the department being disbanded. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- Firefighters promoted. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of February 13, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Box 52 Association (Boston area) past President Alan MacDonald passed away on February 11th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Syracuse, NY Firefighter Ethan Cunningham, 47, was found deceased at home several house after completing his shift at the fire station.

LODD- Homer Fire Protection Dist, IL Firefighter John Michael “Mike” Cummins, 46, suffered a fatal medical emergency after responding to an incident.

LODD- Des Moines, IA Fire Engineer Douglas E. McCauley, 58, passed away after suffering a medical emergency on duty.

LODD- Bassfield, MS Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Matthews, 73, died on the scene of a brush fire after suffering a massive heart attack.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Pittsfield, MA Truck 2- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 100' RMA (ex demo)

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Cranston, Rhode Island Fire Department- has on order a Ford F-450/Frazier ambulance for Rescue 3 due to be delivered in the next few weeks. Also the 2001 ex U.S. Navy Pierce Contender has been lettered and is running as Engine 8.

Indian Twp, Maine Fire Department- has purchased and placed into service a 1999 Mack MC 1250/1000. It has been designated Engine 5.

METROFIRE District 13 (Mass)- The 1995 Ford Air Supply has been removed from service for mechanical reasons. As of this writing it will not be replaced.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new rescue truck.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bernardston, Mass Fire Department- fire station design proceeds. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Brattleboro, Vermont Fire Department- West Brattleboro Fire Station nears completion. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

China, Maine Fire Department- struggles with shortage of volunteers. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fairfield, Connecticut Fire Department- Assistant Chief Christopher Tracy has retired after 26 years of service.

Fitchburg, Mass- moves forward in selling old fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Guilford, Connecticut Fire Department- has named Michael Shove as Assistant Chief of Operations.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- has named James Owens as Interim Fire Chief.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- council votes to keep fire department and lease space at Farmingdale's new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lewiston, Maine Fire Department- study says substations should be replaced. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

The New Hampshire Executive Council approved the nomination of NH State Fire Marshall William J. Degnan for another four year term.

Pittsfield, Mass Fire Department- hires 8 new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- funds have been approved to upgrade and refurbish Station 3.

University of Connecticut Farmington Health Center Fire Department- will cease operation on June 1, 2017.

Watertown, Mass Fire Department- has upgraded EMS service levels from BLS to ALS. The call sign for the primary ambulance has changed from Rescue 1 to Medic 1.

Wilton, Maine Fire Department- will store rescue truck for Livermore Falls. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of February 6, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Cumberland, Maine Vol Firefighter Brandon Thibeau, 22, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Retired Bristol, CT Firefighter Joseph Levesque passed away on February 2nd. He had served 32 years with the department.

Retired Lawrence, MA Firefighter Thomas Petzy, 88, passed away on January 25th.

Retired Plymouth, MA Firefighter Kevin J. Connolly passed away on January 31st. Firefighter Connolly was appointed to the Plymouth Fire Department December 1, 1999 and retired November 22, 2010 from a disability due to an on the job injury.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Captain Daniel Havicus of the Tracy, CA Fire Department passed away after becoming ill while on duty.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Eastford, CT Engine Tank 171- 2016 Spartan ERV 1500/1000
Londonderry, NH Ladder 2- 2016 Pierce Ascendant 2000/500/107' RMA
Nahant, MA Ambulance 34- 2016 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
Penobscot, ME Engine 4- 2016 Freightliner/E-One 1250/?/30F
Seekonk, MA Engine - 2016 Ferrara Cinder 1500/100/30A
Sharon, VT Engine 2- 2016 Dodge 5500/VTEC 1250/300/30F
Waterford, VT Rescue 1- 2017 Ford F-550/HME Ahrens Fox non-walkin rescue
Warren, VT Engine 1- 2017 HME/Ahrens Fox 1500/1550
Wilmington, MA Ambulance 1- 2016 International TerraStar/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Exeter, Rhode Island Fire Department- the new Ferrara Intruder pumper has completed production and is being outfitted at the local dealer prior to being delivered. It features a 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 10 gallon Class B cell.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- the Ferrara Ignitor pumper on order is nearing completion. It features a 1500 GPM pump, 750 gallon water tank and 75 gallon foam cell. Delivery is expected to be sometime in March after outfitting at the local dealer.

Jamestown, Rhode Island Fire Department- the new Ferrara Intruder pumper has completed production and is being outfitted at the local dealer prior to being delivered. It features a 1500 GPM pump, 1000 gallon water tank and 20 gallon Class A cell.

Milford, Connecticut Fire Department- the Ferrara Inferno MVP pumper-heavy rescue on order is nearing completion. It features a 1250 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 30 gallon foam cell. Delivery is expected to be sometime in March after outfitting at the local dealer.

New Ashford, Mass Fire Department- has acquired a 1981 Hahn 1500/500 that previously served River Vale, NJ.

North Brookfield, Mass Fire Department- the Ferrara Cinder pumper-tanker on order is nearing completion. It features a 1500 GPM pump, 1500 gallon water tank and 20 gallon Class A cell. Delivery is expected to be sometime in March after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Brewster, Mass Fire Department- breaks ground on new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lee, Mass Fire Department- has named Ryan Brown as its first full-time Fire Chief.

Southington, Connecticut Fire Department- has named Eric Heath as Acting Fire Chief.

Sturbridge, Mass Fire Department- has selected Hamden, CT Fire Captain John A. Grasso Jr to be the new Fire Chief.

Milton, Mass Fire Department- Deputy chief reuintes firefighter with Iraq deployment keepsake. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of January 30, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Falmouth, MA Fire Chief Paul D. Brodeur passed away at the age of 71.

Active Duty Salem, MA Lieutenant Scott Hebert passed away after suffering a heart attack while away on vacation with his wife.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Norwell, MA Engine 3- 2016 Spartan/Smeal 1500/750
Southborough, MA Engine 23- 2016 E-One Typhoon 1500/750

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

East Hampton, Connecticut Fire Department- production has completed on the new Pierce Ascendant ladder truck. Delivery to the department should take place in late February or early March after outfitting at the local dealer.

Ellington, Connecticut Fire Dept- selectmen cut funds for new fire truck out of budget. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Foxborough, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2017 Ford F-250 as Squad 3.

Lewiston, Maine Fire Department- is in the process of ordering a Pierce pumper that will replace the 2003 E-One pumper that was badly damaged in a motor vehicle accident. The department is also looking into purchasing one of the former Carver, Mass Pierce pumpers to use as a spare.

Monroe, Connecticut- approves funds to purchase five fire trucks for the districts. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Nantucket, Mass Fire Department- is in the process of taking delivery of two new tankers. The units were built by Fire One on military surplus chassis and feature 2,000 gallon water tanks and pump/roll capabilities.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

East Brookfield, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Peter Livermore will retire on April 30th after 44 years of service.

Guilford, Connecticut Fire Department- new fireboat drydocked after electrical fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- councilors vote to keep fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hallowell and Farmingdale, Maine Fire Departments- to build joint fire station on town line. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lowell, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Chief Patrick McCabe Jr retired on January 20th after 42 years of service.

Newton, New Hampshire Fire Department- new fire station on ballot again. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- seeks $1 Million for upgrades. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- poised to train 80 new recruits. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Provincetown, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief celebrates 26th year as chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sterling, Mass Fire Department- call firefighter seeks kidney donation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Swansea, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Chief Eric Hajder has been named Acting Fire Chief.

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