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Week of October 16, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Devens, MA Lieutenant Richard Stevens passed away from occupational cancer.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Presho, SD Fire Chief Donald F. Manger, 54, passed away after falling ill at a fire scene.

LODD- Loch Sheldrake, NH Vol Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle, 71, passed away after responding to a call.

LODD- CAL Fire contract Firefighter Garrett Paiz, 38, was killed when the tanker truck he was driving rolled over.

LODD- Hernando County Firefighter Steven R. Perry, 53, passed away after he was found unresponsive at the fire station.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bristol, CT Engine 2- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750/40F
Concord, NH Engine 7- 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750
Hanover, MA Tower 1- 2017 E-One Cyclone 100' RM Twr
Lowell, MA Rescue 1- 2017 E-One Quest heavy rescue
Madison Ambulance, CT Ambulance 803- 2017 Ford E/PL Custom ambulance
New Bedford, MA Engine 5- 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500
New Bedford, MA Engine 9- 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500
Pelham, NH Ambulance 3- 2017 Ford F-550 4X4/Horton ambulance
Reading, MA Rescue 1- 2017 International ambulance
Wells, ME Engine 7- 2016 Pierce Enforcer 1500/1000/F (demo)
Wilton Ambulance, CT Ambulance 512- 2017 Ford F-550/Lifeline ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

East Longmeadow, Mass Fire Department- has on order a Pierce Ascendant 107' RMA.

North Stonington, Connecticut Fire Department- has contracted with New England Fire Equipment to build a new brush truck on a Ford F-550 chassis.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Dresden, Maine Fire Department- has named Gerald Lilly Sr. as Assistant Fire Chief.

Framingham, Mass Fire Department- voters approved funds to build a new Saxonville Fire Station, which is the quarters of Engine 2.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief James McDonald has announced he will retire in January 2018 after 40 years of service.

South Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- Captain Gary Rounds has retired after 47 years of service.

Sudbury, Mass Fire Department- voters approved funds to rebuild Station 2 on Rte. 20.

Warren, Rhode Island Fire Department- has named James Sousa as the new Fire Chief.

Webster, Mass Fire Department- voters turned down a request for funds to purchase a new engine.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Maine- Livermore Falls may share fire truck with Jay. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Mass- Brockton Firefighter heading to the Masters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of October 9, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Arlington, MA Fire Chief Steve Porciello passed away from occupational cancer.

South Berwick, ME Fire Chief George E. Gorman passed away at the age of 75.

Marshfield, VT former Vol Fire Chief Dwight Baker passed away at the age of 74.

Fryeburg, ME Vol Captain Corliss Watson passed away. He had been with the department since 1946 and served 18 years as Chief. He also was awarded the Bronze Star in the Korean War.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Triple Community, NC Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley, 40, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while clearing debis in the road.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Alford, MA Engine 2- 2017 Spartan Metro Star/Darley 1500/1500/40F
Gales Ferry (Ledyard, CT) Ladder 25- 2017 Ferrara 107' RMA
Griswold, CT Engine-Tank 155- 2017 Spartan/Toyne 1500/1000
Hooksett, NH Ambulance 3- 2017 Ford F-550 ambulance
St. Albans Town, VT Tanker 1- 2017 International/E-One 1250/2000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Charlton, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Charles E. Cloutier Jr. has announced he will retire in January after 23 years of service, 11 of them as chief.

Dighton, Mass Fire Department- has named Acting Fire Chief Christopher Maguy as the permanent Fire Chief.

Newport, Rhode Island Fire Department- Brian Dugan has been appointed as the new Fire Chief.

Oakland, Maine Fire Department- moves forward with new fire station design. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Pittsfield, MA Fire Department- Abigail Lemanski becomes the department's first female firefighter. She previously served seven years with the Lenox Fire Department.

Warren, Rhode Island Fire Department- Fire Chief Al Galinelli will retire on October 27 after 29 years of service.

Watertown, Connecticut Fire Department- has promoted Jim DeMarest Jr to the rank of Deputy Chief.

Winooski, Vermont Fire Department- has promoted John Audy Jr. to the rank of fire chief and John Spittle to Battalion Chief.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Charlemont, Mass ponders future of fire service in town. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of October 2, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Ashaway, RI Tanker 415- 2017 Peterbilt/Ferrara 1500/3000
Bristol, RI Rescue 1- 2016 International/PL Custom ambulance
Caribou, ME Engine 1- 2017 Ferrara MVP 1250/1000/35F
Coventry, CT Tanker 108- 2017 Frieghtliner M2/Midwest 1250/3000
Wallingford, CT Medic- 2017 Ford F-550/Frazer ambulance
Westwood, MA Engine 2- 2017 Ferrara Igniter MVP 1750/750/30F
Westwood, MA Engine 5- 2017 Ferrara Igniter MVP 1750/750/30F
Yarmouth, MA Engine 43- 2017 Pierce Dash CF PUC 1500/500/30A/50B

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Randolph Village, Vermont Fire Department- has ordered a Spartan Metro Star/Toyne 2000/1000/30A-CAFS pumper. Delivery is expected in April 2018.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Charlemont, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Doug Annear has announced he will retire at the end of December.

Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department- has been awarded an $11 Million Dollar Federal grant that will allow them to hire 70 firefighters over a three year period.

LifeFlight of Maine- has placed into service a 2017 Agusta 109SP twin-engine helicopter as LifeFlight 2. The helicopter previously assigned as LifeFlight 2 has been reassigned as LifeFlight 4 and moved to the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport.

Methuen, Mass Fire Department- Firefighters promoted and new hires welcomed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Nashua, New Hampshire Fire Department- Effective October 8th Nashua Deputy Fire Chief radio call sign will swap from 01, 02, 03, 04 to C4. His Aide will be 400. The call signs will be:
C1- Chief of Department
C2- Assist Chief
C3- Assist Chief (Vacant)
C4- On-Duty DFC
C5- 1st Called-back DFC
C6- 2nd Called-back DFC
C7- 3rd Called-back DFC

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

Westwood, Mass Fire Department- companies have moved into the new Station 2, which is located at the site of the old station at the corner of Washington and East Streets.

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Week of September 25, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Simsbury, CT Vol Deputy Chief Michael Jepeal, 63, died from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.

Grafton, MA Retired Captain Stephen H. Roney, 68, passed away on September 24th.

Norwalk, CT Retired Fire Chief Sanford "Sandy" Anderson passed away at the age of 85.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Mosinee, WI Firefighter/EMT Matthew Deicher died on September 23rd from complications of the 2003 ambulance crash that paralyzed him.

LODD- Fort Wayne, IN Capt. Eric Balliet, 41, passed away after suffering a medical emergency during training.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Chicopee, MA Engine 1- 2017 Pierce Saber 1250/750
Chicopee, MA Med 1- 2016 Chevy G4500/Road Rescue ambulance
Chicopee, MA Med 4- 2016 Chevy G4500/Road Rescue ambulance
Concord, MA Ambulance 2- 2017 Ford F-450/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Concord, MA Ambulance 3- 2017 Ford F-450/Horton 4X4 ambulance
East Putnam, CT Engine 4- 2017 Spartan/Smeal 1500/750/30F
Everett, MA Ladder 2- 2017 E-One Cyclone Metro 100' RMA
Palmer Ambulance, MA Ambulance 5- 2016 Ford E-450/Medix ambulance
Worcester, MA Rescue 1- 2017 E-One Cyclone heavy rescue

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Avon, Connecticut Fire Department- adds amphibious vehicle to fleet. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department- Town Councilor's have accepted a $200,000 FEMA grant for a new ambulance.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Lincoln, Rhode Island Fire Departments receive $650,000 in Federal funding. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Pepperell, Mass- has pulled out of the regional dispatch pact. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- North Deering Fire Station damaged in fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sandwich, Mass Fire Department- pins 11 new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- has promoted Firefighter's Shawn Connery, Jeff DeGrey, Michael Pereira and Miguel Rivera to the rank of Lieutenant. They also welcomed 3 new firefighter that recently graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy: Nicholas Diaz, Alexander Vazques and Jeffrey Zalewski.

Woonsocket, Rhode Island Fire Department- has been awarded a $1.5 Million Dollar Federal grant to hire 12 additional firefighters.

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Week of September 18, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Wardsboro, VT Vol Firefighter Jesse Parsons passed away on August 29th at the age of 74.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Lieutenant Kenneth Greene Sr passed away after being transported to the hospital from the fire station with a medical emergency.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bridgewater, MA Ambulance 2- 2017 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Meriden, NH Engine 1- 2017 Spartan/Dingee
Middlefield, CT Tanker 5- 2017 Mack/4 Guys ?/2700
Rockport Ambulance, MA Ambulance 1- 2017 Chevy G4500/McCoy Miller ambulance
South Portland, ME Engine 44- 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500/200F
Union Fire Dist (South Kingstown, RI) Ladder 1- 2017 Spartan/Smeal 105' RMA
Woburn, MA Rescue 2- 2016 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance (purch 2017)

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

North Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- has on order a Sutphen SPH-100 mid-mount tower.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Maine- Augusta, Farmingdale, Pittston and Winthrop all have plans for new fire stations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Augusta, Maine Fire Department- expansion/renovation of fire station begins. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Dresden, Maine Fire Department- has named former fire chief Gerald Lilly as Interim Assistant Fire Chief.

New Britain, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Thomas Ronalter has retired.

Sharon, Mass Fire Department- has moved into their new station, which is located at 211 South Main Street.

Winchendon, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal SAFER Grant in the amount of $687,537.00 to hire 3 fulltime FF/Medics.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Pittsfield, MA Fire Department members compete in Josh Billings RunAground in honor of former colleague battling ALS. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Firefighters graduate from Springfield campus of Mass Firefighting Academy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of September 11, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Pawtucket, RI Firefighter David W. Boisclair passed away at the age of 57.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- San Francisco, CA Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel passed away after being found unresponsive in his office.

Retired Amesbury, MA Fire Chief William Frost passed away on September 4th at the age of 69.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Arlington, MA Rescue 1- 2017 Ford F-450/Horton 4x4 ambulance
Berlin, MA Truck 6- 2017 Spartan/LTC 110' RMA
Boston Engine 50- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F
Cranston, RI Engine 3- 2017 Spartan ERV 1500/750/30F
Lakeville, MA Ambulance 2- 2017 Ford F-450/PL Custom 4x4 ambulance
Old Orchard Beach, ME Ambulance 76- 2017 Ford F/Horton ambulance
Westford, VT Engine 710- 2017 International/E-One 1250/1250

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Augusta, Maine Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new pumper and a new ambulance.

Devens, Mass Fire Department- has on order a Ferrara MVP heavy rescue pumper with 2000 GPM pump and 1000 gallon tank.

East Hampton Mass Fire Department- has on order a Ferrara Igniter top mount pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 750 gallon tank.

Northborough, Mass Fire Department- has on order a new Dodge 5500 Chassis that will be used for a new brush truck.

Westwood, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara has completed construction of the (2) new pumpers on order for the department. They will be delivered after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Acton, Mass Fire Department- has upgraded their EMS service to the ALS level.

Nantucket, Mass Fire Department- Will appoint Interim fire chief Stephen Murphy as the permanent fire chief on September 13th.

Northborough, Mass Fire Department- Captain James Houston has retired after 40+ years of service.

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