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Week of April 16, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Waterbury, CT Firefighter and Air Force Veteran John A. (Jack Sprat) Russo, 74, passed away unexpectedly on April 10th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Greenlawn, NY Vol Firefighter/Paramedic M. Kent Stillwagon, 52, passed away from an aparent heart attack after responding to several calls.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

East Haven, CT Engine 1- 2018 Spartan/Marion 1500/750
Narragansett, RI Rescue 1- 2018 Dodge Ram/Horton ambulance
Sandwich, NH Rescue 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Alexis light rescue
Weld, ME- 2018 Ford F-550/HME Ahrens Fox Mini-EVO 1500/300/CAFS
Windsor, VT Ambulance 3- 2018 Ford E-350/Demers ambulance
Windsor, VT Ambulance 4- 2018 Ford E-350/Demers ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Brattleboro, Vermont Fire Department- The Board of Selectment will be asked to authorize the town manager to order the new ladder truck before May 1st to avoid a higher cost due to the increasing cost of steel. Pierce Manufacturing notified the department that the cost of the truck will increase on May 1 by an estimated $26,150 due to the rise in the cost of steel because of the tariffs. Funding for the apparatus was authorized at the March town meeting.

East Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- has purchased a used KME 1250/1000 pumper. It will be assigned to Engine 6.

New Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- Seagrave has completed construction of Ladder 4's new tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Pittsfield, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a 2004 Seagrave Flame 1500/750 for use as a spare engine. It has previously served in Concord, New Hampshire as Engine 6 and Engine 1.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Chicopee, Mass Fire Department- promotes four. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cumberland, Rhode Island Fire Department- no new station this year. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ellsworth, Maine- discussed EMS partnerships. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lisbon, Maine Fire Department- has appointed Nate LeClair as the new Fire Chief.

Middleborough, Mass Fire Department- Captain Richard Cummings has retired after 33 years of service.

Plymouth, Mass Fire Department- voters approved $7.5 million to replace the North Plymouth Fire Station (Engine 7).

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- City Council approves funds to purchase 2nd fireboat. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

York, Maine Fire Department- Captain Scott Apgar has retired after 26 years of service.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

The U.S. Coast Guard has decommissioned the patrol boat USCGC Edisto (WPB 1313) after more than 30 years of service with it's last home port being in San Diego. The Edisto is one of the Coast Guard’s 38 remaining 110' Island Class patrol boats being replaced by the Sentinel Class 154' Fast Response Cutter.

The U.S. Coast Guard will commission the USCGC Richard Snyder on April 20th. The cutter is the latest 154' Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter to be commissioned and will call North Carolina it's home.

Boston Firefighter learns he is cancer free. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Onset, Mass Firefighter welcomed back to station after hit-and-run accident. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of April 9, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Baytown, TX Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Bernard Olive, 68, passed away suddenly while on duty. The cause has yet to be determined.

LODD- North Richland Hills, TX Firefighter Caleb Scott, 29, passed away after suffering a heart attack on duty.

LODD- Reynolds, NC Fire Chief Richard Sales, 52, was killed in a crash as he was headed to a fire safety conference.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Concord MA Engine 3- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1250/530/20F
Joint Base Cape Cod, MA Engine 406- 2017 Rosenbauer Commander 1500/750/30A/30B
Putnam, CT Rescue 4- 2018 Ferrara Ignitor heavy rescue

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Boston Fire Department- spare tower-ladder suffers catastrophic failure. CLICK FOR ARICLE.

Conway, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order an E-One Metro with 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 100' RM aerial.

East Montpelier, Vermont Fire Department- during the later half of 2017, the department acquired a 2013 KME 1250/750 Rescue Pumper that was placed in service as Rescue 2. The 1994 Freightliner/E-One was sold.

Edgecomb, Maine Fire Department- town asking for more financial details before they will put new fire truck up at town meeting for a vote. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara has completed construction of three new pumpers for the department (2 Igniter models and 1 Cinder model). All three are at the local dealer for outfitting and will be delivered soon. The 85' MM Tower is currently in production at the Ferrara plant.

Newton, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a 1995 Pierce Sabre 150/300 heavy rescue that was recently retired by Hopkinton. It will be utilized as a spare rescue.

Waltham, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3's new Seagrave Marauder II pumper is on schedule and is expected to be delivered to the department in July, not in a few weeks as had been previously reported.

Woodstock, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order an E-One Typhoon pumper with 1500 GPM pump, 1000 gallon water tank and 30 gallon foam tank.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- has hired St. Johnsbury (VT) Fire Chief Troy Ruggles as the new Battalion Chief of Training.

Chelmsford, Mass Fire Department- ruling could force closing of one fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

East Greewich, Rhode Island Fire Department- Town Manager looks to reconfigure department, which would include laying off six firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fort Kent, Maine Fire Department- Stephen King Foundation to donate funds for new fire/rescue boat. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hudson, Massachusetts Fire Department- Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Geldart has been made Acting Fire Chief.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter Mike Dollard has retired after 41 years of service.

New Britain, Connecticut Fire Department- Hartford, CT Fire Department Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz has been named as the new Fire Chief.

Rumford, Maine Fire Department- has named Chris A. Reed of Sparrow Bush, NY as the new Fire Chief.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- swears in two new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Waltham, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Joseph Ciccone has retired after 32 years of service.

Warwick, Mass Fire Department- new fire station could be finished by year's end. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Watertown, Connecticut Fire Department- has named David Bromley as the new Fire Chief.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Fund established to help Carver, MA Firefighter who lost his home in a fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE AND MORE INFO.




Week of April 2, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Madison, WI Firefighter/Paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr., 29, collapsed and died on April 1st following a 48-hour shift.

LODD- Mapleton, MN Vol Firefighter Timothy Royce, 58, passed away from a heart attack after responding to several emergency calls.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Arlington, MA Ladder-Tower 1- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 95' MM Twr
Barre Town EMS, Ambulance 5- 2018 Ford E-450/Medix ambulance
West Barnstable, MA Ambulance 293- 2018 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Guilford, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order an E-One Typhoon Pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 1000 gallon water tank. The rig is in production and should be completed sometime in April (2018).

Hartland, Vermont Fire Department- has on order an International/E-One Tanker. The rig is due to be completed in early fall of 2018.

Harwich, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 1996 Stewart & Stevenson LMTV/Fire-1 250/500/20A as Forestry 71.

Lebanon, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order and E-One Typhoon Stainless Steel Walk Around Rescue.

New London, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order an E-One Cyclone II Pumper-Tanker with 1500 GPM pump and 1500 gallon water tank. The unit is currently in production.

Sandwich, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a 1991 BMY Harsco/2017 Fire-1 6x6 150/750 as Breaker 462.

Sheldon, Vermont Fire Department- has on order an E-One Typhoon Stainless Steel 1500/1000 pumper.

Springfield, Vermont Fire Department- has on order an E-One Typhoon Pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 1000 gallon water tank.

Strafford, Vermont Fire Department- has on order an International/E-One 2 door stainless steel 1500/1000 pumper.

Whitefield, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order an International/E-One 4 door Pumper-Tanker with 1500 GPM pump and 2500 gallon water tank.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bourne, Mass Fire Department- committee discusses options for location of new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Essex, Mass Fire Department- eyes location for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fitchburg, Mass Fire Department- has made the following promotions:
Captain Anthony Marrama has been promoted to Deputy Chief. Lieutenant Kevin Roy and Lieutenant Richard Jollimore have been promoted to Captain. And Firefighter Robert DaCosta has been promoted to Lieutenant.

Groveland, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Robert B. Lay has retired after 44 years of service.

Mattapoisett, Mass Fire Department- Selectment and Fire Chief work towards new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Medway, Maine Fire Department- town votes to keep fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orono, Maine Fire Department- has named Auburn Fire Chief Geoff Low as the new Fire Chief.

Rutland City, Vermont Fire Department- has selected James L. Larsen, of Hampshire, IL to be the new Fire Chief.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

U.S. Coast Guard decommissions 378' USCGC Sherman after nearly 50 years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of March 26, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Duty Revere, MA Lieutenant Michael Amore passed away unexpectedly at the age of 41.

Retired Woonsocket, RI Deputy Chief Roland Theroux, 82, passed away on March 21st.

Retired Somerville, MA Acting Chief Engineer John Gover passed away on March 25th.

Former Scarborough, ME Volunteer Firefighter Robert Lothrop passed away on March 20 at the age of 73.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- FDNY Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, of Engine 69 was killed battling a 5 alarm fire.

LODD- Two York, PA Firefighters - Zachary Anthony, 29, and Ivan Flanscha, 50 - were killed in a building collapse.

LODD- Two Pratt, WV Firefighters - Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards, 46, and Lieutenant Tom Craigo, 40 - were killed when the apparatus they were riding in rolled over.

LODD- Ellinger, TX Firefighter Larry Marusik passed away from complications of severe burn injuries he sustained battling a grass fire on March 10th.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

East Kingston, NH Engine 2- 2018 HME Ahrens Fox 1871W 1750/1000/30F
Harvard EMS, MA 13A- 2018 Ford F-450/Demers 4X4 ambulance
Monson, MA Medic 141- 2018 Ford E/Horton ambulance
Stevenson Fire Dist (Monroe, CT) Tanker 316- 2018 Peterbilt/KME 1500/3000
Wilmington, MA Ambulance 1- 2018 Freightliner/Horton ambulance
Woburn, MA Tower 1- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/300/95' MM Twr

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bangor, Maine Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of Ladder 1's new tower. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Brattleboro, Vermont Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to purchase a new ladder truck.

Northfield Ambulance, Vermont- Ambulance 1 has returned to service after having the 2008 ambulance box remounted to a new 2018 Ford F-350 chassis.

Stepney Fire Dist (Monroe, Conn)- KME has completed construction of a new heavy rescue and a new pumper/tanker for the district. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Winchendon, Mass Fire Department- has on order a new KME pumper to replace Engine 4. Delivery is expected in June of 2018.

Winooski, Vermont Fire Department- has purchased a 2014 Sutphen 1500/1000 demo for Engine 1. Delivery is expected sometime in April. This will replace the current Engine 1 which will be sold.

JOB OPENINGS

The Williston Fire Department is hiring!

4 Career Positions Available
CAREER FIREFIGHTER / PARAMEDIC

The Williston Fire Department, a combination career/call Department located in Chittenden County, Vermont, has four (4) full-time openings for the position of Career Firefighter/Paramedic. These are vacant positions with a July 9, 2018 start date.

Minimum requirements include Paramedic and CPAT certification at the time of hire. Candidate must also be willing to obtain Firefighter I/II certification within the first year of hire.

We are looking for a self-motivated, detail oriented, dedicated individual to serve on our Fire/EMS career team. The candidate must have a strong work ethic, EMS (and preferably Fire) experience, and a clean driving record. This individual will work as a member of the career staff while assisting with the development of our call staff.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:
Response to fire and emergency medical calls within the Town of Williston and to surrounding mutual aid communities.
Working with the Fire and EMS call staff to include scheduling, tracking certifications and training requirements, and ensuring shift requirements are being met.
Participate in Fire and EMS training events and in the development of lesson plans.
Assist with fire prevention and public education programs.
Administrative and operational duties associated with daily firehouse operations.

Career staff work a 24-hour on / 48-hour off shift schedule which includes nights, weekends and holidays. Salary and benefit information is available upon request via e-mail to admin@willistonfire.com.

Please mail your resume and cover letter by April 20, 2018 to:
Williston Fire Department, Attn: Chief Morton, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, Vermont, 05495
Williston Fire is an equal opportunity employer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Durham, New Hampshire Fire Department- Deputy Chief Dave Emanuel has been named as the new Fire Chief.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- with the new firehouse set to open in early April, committee members try and decide what to do with the soon to be vacant old firehouse. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Meriden, Connecticut- The South Meriden Volunteer department has been merged in with the carrer Meriden Fire Department. The South Meriden Statin will remain volunteer, but will be designated Station 6. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Minot, Maine Fire Department- has elected James Allen to a one year term as Fire Chief.

New Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- firehouse catches fire while crews were out battling a fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orono, Maine Fire Department- Deputy Fire Chief Henry Vaughan is retiring after 43 years of service.

Raynham, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter William Trautman has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- has named District Chief Andrew J. White as the new Deputy Chief of Operations.

Wrentham, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief James McMorrow has announced he will retire on June 30th.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST




Week of March 19, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Belle Chasse, LA Vol Firefighter Allen Headley, 31, was found unresponsive in the fire station and passed away from the event.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Chatham, MA Engine 185- 2018 Rosenbauer 1500/750
Chatham, MA Engine 186- 2018 Rosenbauer 1500/750
Chatham, MA Ambulance 182- 2018 Ford F-450/Life Line 4X4 ambulance
Freedom, NH Engine 7- 2018 HME Ahrens Fox 1500/1000/30F
Holden, MA Ambulance 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Lakeville, MA Engine 1- 2018 Smeal Sirius 1500/1000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Concord, Mass Fire Department- E-One has completed construction of the new stainless steel Typhoon X pumper with 1250 GPM pump, 530 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam tank. Delivery is expected within the next few weeks after outfitting at the local dealer.

Greenfield, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting rejected the request for funds to purchase a new tanker.

Hinsdale, New Hampshire Fire Department- will be requesting funds at the next town meeting to purchase a forestry vehicle to replace their 1952 Jeep Brush Truck.

Hollis, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved the funds to purchase a new rescue truck.

Westborough, Mass Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to purchase a new ambulance and an ATV.

JOB OPENING

 

ANTICIPATED OPENINGS
PARAMEDIC / FIREFIGHTER-EMT
SOUTH PORTLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT

A progressive department on the Southern Maine Coast is looking for qualified, motivated, and career oriented individuals. Preference will be given for Paramedic applicants. The Department is responsible for Fire, EMS and Hazmat response. Liberal benefits include: competitive wages, educational and fitness incentives, employee and family medical health insurance, a defined benefit pension through the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, and an annual clothing allowance.

Eligible candidates must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application, hold a valid operator's license, be at least a high school graduate or equivalent, be at least EMT-Basic certified, be eligible to lawfully remain, accept employment and work in the United States, and have no disqualifying criminal convictions or conduct. A background check, job performance assessment, fitness and medical evaluations, and other testing will be conducted.

All applicants must submit proof that they have passed a CPAT exam from a licensed CPAT administrator dated within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of application. OR Sign-up at the informational meetings for an appointment to take the CPAT exam that will be held in April, May, and June, 2018

ALL APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ONE OF OUR INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. OR Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland Maine CPAT appointments will be made at these meetings.

If you are unable to attend one of the informational meetings, please contact City of South Portland Human Resources Dept. for more information.

Applications may be obtained from:
City of South Portland
Human Resources Department
25 Cottage Road, P.O. Box 9422
South Portland, ME 04116-9422
or online at: www.southportland.org
Equal Opportunity Employer

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Barre, Mass- the Fire Department and Rescue Department have been merged into one agency.

Brookline, Mass Fire Department- has chosen Worcester Deputy Fire Chief of Operations John F. Sullivan to be the new Fire Chief.

Kingston, Mass Fire Department- Acting Fire Chief Mark Douglass has been made the permanent Fire Chief.

Limington, Maine Fire Department- Selectmen order fire department to "stand down" until further notice due to outdated fire gear. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. UPDATE ON THE SITUATION: CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Melrose, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Chris Leary will retire on April 27th. Captain Ed Collina has been named as his successor.

Nashua, New Hampshire Fire Department- Fire Chief Steven Galipeau will retire at the end of March after 38 years of service.

Plainfield, New Hampshire Fire Department- will change from an independently run fire department to a municipal agency. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Plympton, Mass Fire Department- has made Phil Curran Interim Fire Chief.

Seabrook, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting voted down a request for funds to purchase a new rescue truck and to hire four additional firefighters.

Topsham, Maine Fire Department- has named West Gardiner Deputy Fire Chief Chris McLaughlin as the new Fire Chief.

Warner, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to build a new fire station.

Wells, Maine Fire Department- Demolition is underway of the houses behind the Wells Police and Wells Corner Fire Stations on Route 1 at Route 109 making way for the new larger police and fire stations to be built on the same site. A Second new fire station will be built on Route 109 - Sanford Road replacing the current High Pine and Wells Branch stations. Both new stations will have 4 drive through bays and are scheduled to be completed in 2019.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST




Week of March 12, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Litchfield, NH Volunteer Firefighter Timothy L. Lamper passed away at the age of 55 after battling ALS. Timothy was also a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army.

Former Stoneham, MA Auxiliary Fire Captain Jim McTaggart passed away on March 1st.

Winchester, Mass Police/Fire Chief Dispatcher Keith Wallenstein passed suddenly on March 5th.

Retired Seekonk, MA Fire Chief David E. Bowden passed away on March 4th at the age of 79.

Retired Wrentham, MA Fire Chief Wendell J. McNamara passed away on March 4th at the age of 86.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Cobb County, GA Firefighter Stacey L. Boulware, 44, passed away after collapsing at the fire station.

LODD- New London, TX Vol Firefighter M.V. Hudson, 86, passed away from injuries received in a tanker rollover on February 28th.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Burlington, VT Rescue 2- 2018 Ford F-450/Osage ambulance
East Hampton Ambulance, CT 10-12-4B- 2017 Ford F/Life Line ambulance
North Smithfield, RI Rescue 2- 2017 Ford F-550/Life Line ambulance
Springfield, NH Tanker 1- 2018 Kenworth T680 1000/3000
UMass Worcester EMS, MA 2665- 2017 Ford F-450/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Alton, New Hampshire Fire Department- is requesting funds, through town meeting, to purchase a new pumper that will replace Engine 4's 1991 International.

East Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department- Ladder 2's 2017 Seagrave was damaged when a tree fell on the rear of the truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Epsom, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to purchase a new ambulance.

Gilford, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting has approved funds to purchase a new fire boat.

Hollis, New Hampshire Fire Department- will be requesting funds at town meeting to purchase a new rescue truck.

Kingston, New Hampshire Fire Department- is requesting funds, through town meeting, to purchase a new ambulance.

Landaff, New Hampshire Fire Department- acquired and placed into service a 2004 International/1993 Valley 1750/1000 pumper. It had previousaly served with Northwood, NH Fire and has been designated Engine 1.

Marblehead, Mass Fire Department- the new Pierce Engine 2 is heading back to the factory due to a computer glitch. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, Mass Fire Department- has on order two (2) Pierce Velocity pumpers. Delivery is expected in the fall of 2018. Also, the department has purchased a 1997 E-One Protector that previously served in Wilmington. It will be utilized as a spare and has been designated Engine 6. Engine 4's 1997 E-One has been removed from service and retired.

Milford, New Hampshire Fire Department- will be requesting funds at town meeting to upgrade the main fire station. They are also requesting $25,000 for the Fire Apparatus Replacement Fund.

Milton, New Hampshire Fire Department- is requesting funds to purchase a new pumper at the March 13th town meeting.

Ringe, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved the funds to purchase a new pumper.

Sanford, Maine Fire Department- has placed into service a 2004 Pierce Quantum heavy rescue. It is designated Rescue 7.

Waltham, Mass Fire Department- has placed and order with Seagrave for a new pumper for Engine 3.

West Boylston, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new pumper and a new ambulance.

Westborough, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3's 2005 E-One Typhoon was damaged when a tree fell on the truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

JOB OPENING

 

Deputy Chief- Firefighter/Paramedic, Southwick Mass

The Town of Southwick Fire Department - a progressive Fire Department located in Southern Western Massachusetts is accepting applications for a full time Deputy Chief - Firefighter/Paramedic. This is a working Deputy Chief position responding to fire and EMS calls in addition to the day to day operations of the fire department under the direction of the Fire Chief. Requirements: HS diploma or equivalent, valid MA driver’s license, possess and maintain Massachusetts Paramedic certification. Candidate must have Firefighter I/II certification. A minimum of 7 years structural firefighting preferred. 911 Paramedic experience preferred. 5 + years in a fire service supervisory role preferred. ALS or EMS coordinators experience. Consideration given for balance of experience, service volume, and qualifications.

Finalist will be required to complete a medical examination/drug screening, CORI, and extensive background check including psychological test, and other assessments as deemed necessary. Successful candidates shall be financially responsible in passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts fire physical abilities test (PAT) prior to start of work. Candidate shall have 12 months to reside within a 15 mile distance from the closest border limits of the Town of Southwick.

Southwick Fire Department currently works a 12 hr. / 4 on 4 off schedule. The salary range is $66,500-$74,800 based on a 42 hour work week. Overtime is paid if working over 42 hours per week.

The Town of Southwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Open until filled. Please submit a resume cover letter and application to Southwick Fire Department, Chief Russ Anderson, 15 Depot Street Southwick MA 01077.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Agawam, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter Pam Murphy has retired after 32 years of service. Pam was the first female civil service firefighter in Massachusetts.

Amherst, New Hampshire Fire Department- is requesting $257,000 at town meeting for the Fire Rescue Vehicle/Equipment Purchase and Repair Capital Reserve Fund.

Athens, Maine- town meeting has voted to assume operation of the independent volunteer fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Atkinson, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to repair the fire station.

Chiocopee, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter and U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Michael Gelinas has returned home after being deployed over seas since July 2017.

Chilmark, Mass Fire Department- eyes town center for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Danbury, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to repair the fire station.

Goffstown, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting rejected the request to hire 8 full time firefighters.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- construction on schedule for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hudson, New Hampshire Fire Department- is requesting, through town meeting, to hire 4 Firefighter/AEMT's if they are awarded a SAFER grant. Town Share: $87,387 Federal Share: $262,161. Also, they are reqeusting to add $20,000 to the Fire Apparatus Repair/Refurbishment Capital Reserve Fund.

Kingston, New Hampshire Fire Department- the request for funds at town meeting to develop plans for a new fire station was rejected.

Laconia, New Hampshire- hospital to end ambulance agreement. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Litchfield, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved the funds to build a new fire station.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved the funds to completely renovate the headquarters fire station.

New Boston, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting rejected the request for funds to build a new fire station.

Pelham, New Hampshire Fire Department- is seeking town meeting approval to hire 4 fulltime firefighters through a SAFER grant.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- Assistant Fire Chief Keith Gautreau has been named as Interim Fire Chief. Southwestern, New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid- Chief Philip J. Tirrell Sr is retiring after 32 years of service.

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter and U.S. Army Acting Sergeant Major Sean Fitzgerald has returned home after being deployed over seas since March 2017.

Torrington, Connecticut Fire Department- promotes three members. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Windham, New Hampshire Fire Department- is requesting at town meeting $180,000 to replace and upgrade Fire Department Portable/Mobile Radios.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Firefighters take to the ice during Bruins game. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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