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Week of January 9, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Mexico, Maine Fire Chief Gary Wentzell passed away from cancer.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Speedwell Engine and Hose Company (Lebanon, PA) Chief Engineer and Firefigher Donald L. “Sarge” Brenner, 67, was found in cardiac arrest inside the fire engine at a motor vehicle accident. Life saving efforts were unsuccessful.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bantam Fire Co (Litchfield, CT) Tanker 33- 2016 Freightliner 114SD/US Tanker 1500/2500 (delivery pending)
Chichester, NH Ambulance 1- 2016 Ford F-550/AEV ambulance
Hadley, MA Engine 4- 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750
Kingston, MA Ambulance 1- 2016 Ford F-450/PL Custom ambulance
Kingston, MA Ambulance 2- 2016 Ford F-450/PL Custom ambulance
Ludlow, MA Ambulance 2- 2017 Chevy/Horton ambulance
Skowhegan, ME Truck 11- 2016 Pierce Ascendant 1500/500/107' RMA
Stratford, CT Engine 1- 2016 HME/Ahrens Fox 1500/1000/30F
Tewksbury, MA Ladder 1- 2016 Pierce Ascendant 107' RMA
York Ambulance, ME Ambulance 5- 2016 Ford Transit/Osage ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Alburgh, Vermont Fire Department- has purchased a 1997 HME/Luverne pumper that previously served Leland Twp, MI.

Brookline, Mass Fire Department- Engine 1's 2006 E-One Cyclone II has returned to the department after being refurbished.

Danielson, Connecticut Fire Department- has on order a Pierce ladder truck with delivery expected in May of 2017.

East Thompson Fire Department (Thompson, Conn)- has retired its 1986 International engine tanker. They have purchased a 1996 Freightliner/4Guys 3000/1000 front mount pumper from West Annapolis Volunteer Fire Company in MD to replace the International.

Pittsfield, Mass Fire Department- funds were approved to purchase a 2014 Pierce demo ladder truck. The 2009 Pierce tower has been down for 6 weeks in need of extensive repairs and the 1995 Spartan/Darley/RK reserve ladder is permanently out of service.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Ansonia, Connecticut Fire Department- has sworn in Edward Adamowski as Fire Chief.

Brockton, Mass Fire Department- becomes 4th fire department in Mass to have an ISO 1 rating. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Deerfield, New Hampshire Fire Department- Fire Chief Mark Tibbetts has announced he will retire at the end of the year.

Hadley, Mass Fire Department- voters approve funds to build a new substation.

Hancock, New Hampshire Fire Department- has named Thomas Bates as the new Fire Chief.

Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- 2 stations to close, 100 firefighters to be hired in deal to return department to 4 platoon system. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Engine 4, Engine 5 and Ladder 4 have been disbanded.

Westport, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury will retire March on 1st and will be succeeded by Assistant Chief Robert Yost. Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar is also scheduled to retire on May 31.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- Engine 2 rear ended during slick road conditions. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of January 2, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Captain Laurent R. Palardy of the Erie #4 Fire Company in Georgetown, Mass passed away on December 25th, 2016 at the age of 66.

Retired Bath, ME Fire Chief Leverett "Tink" Mitchell passed away at the age of 68.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Marion Rural, SC Vol Firefighter Amy Dimmery, 34, was killed in a motor vehicle accident returning home from a call. He husband, also a vol firefighter, was driving their personal vehicle home when it was struck by another vehicle.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Boston Haz/Mat Response- 2017 Chevy 3500 w/ utility
Carlisle, MA Engine 5- 2016 E-One Cyclone II 1500/3500/65F
Hartford, CT Engine 1- 2016 Sutphen Shield 1500/500
Methuen, MA Ambulance 1- 2017 Ford F-450/Braun ambulance
Nashua, NH Engine 4- 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 1250/750
Old Orchard Beach, ME Engine 72- 2017 Sutphen 1500/750

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- Anderson Motors has delivered the new command bus to the department. It will have to be outfitted by the department mechanics and lettered before it will go into service.

Danbury, Connecticut Fire Department- Engine 22 and Engine 23's new Pierce Velocity pumpers have been completed at the factory. Delivery to the department will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Franconia, New Hampshire Fire Department- has purchased an taken delivery of a used Simon-Duplex 100' (ish) RM ladder truck. The unit originally served Swedeland, PA and will be placed into service after outfitting, lettering and training. The unit has a pump and tank, although the sizes and the year of the truck are not confirmed at this time.

Leyden, Mass Fire Department- The Fire Association has purchased Monson, MA's former Engine 3, a 1983 Pemfab/E-One 1250/1000. The intent is to replace Engine 1's 1976 Ford/Middlesex. They have to get Town Meeting approval in 2017 for the town to accept the new engine.

Lisbon, Connecticut Fire Department- has purchased Pomfret's (CT) 1999 Sutphen 1500/300/75' mid-mount tower. Unknown if Pomfret will be purchasing a new aerial to replace the Sutphen.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction on the department's new Ascendent 107' RMA. It will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

Monroe, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a 1989 GMC Topkick/E-One pumper from Saranac Lake, NY.

Narragansett, Rhode Island Fire Department- the new Rosenbauer ladder truck had been completed at the factory and will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

Stow, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2016 Ford F-350 pick up. It is designated Engine 19 and will replace a 1996 pick up.

Waldo, Maine Fire Department- has purchased a 1991 GMC Topkick/Darley pumper from Bloomington, NY.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bourne, Mass Fire Department- moves headquarters operations to Sagamore Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Chicopee, Mass Fire Department- Acting Fire Chief Dean F. Desmarais has been appointed as the permanent Fire Chief.

Concord, Mass Fire Department- firefighters battle fire at their own station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. 2nd article that discusses damage to Engine 4. Engine 8 and an ambulance will be returned to service after being cleaned. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Derby, Connecticut Fire Department- has sworn in Michael W. Goodman as Fire Chief for a 2 year term.

Newton, New Hampshire Fire Department- has donated used equipment to the Dominican Republic. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

North Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- Battalion Chief Of Training and Safety John Silva was sworn in 5-Jan-2017 as the Assistant Chief of Department. Silva is a 27 year veteran of the Department. Chief Silva's son Mark was recently sworn in to the Portsmouth and his father John Sr. (Deceased) was a retired Lieutenant from North Providence.

Stowe Mountain, Vermont Rescue- gets grant for new equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wilton, New Hampshire Fire Department- Fire Chief Raymond Dick has stepped down after 35 years of service.

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Vermont Fire Department struggle to pay new ambulance tax. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of December 26, 2016

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Stratford, CT Firefighter Jason "Jay" Carrafiello, 38, passed away after suffering a medical emergency.

Retired Exeter, NH Deputy Chief Harry Thayer passed away of cancer at the age of 81. The was still active in the Seacoast Chief Fire Officers Mutual Aid District.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Somerset, MI Captain Fred A. Newton Sr, 66, passed away after suffering a medical emergency at the conclusion of his shift.

LODD- Whispering Pines, NC Lieutenant Donald “Reid” Key II, 31, passed away after becoming ill shortly after returning home from a call.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bellingham, MA Rescue 1- 2016 International/Horton ambulance
Cranberry Isle, ME Engine 2- 2016 International/E-One 2 door pumper
Manchester, NH Engine 8- 2016 E-One Typhoon 2000/750
Naples, ME Rescue 7- 2016 Ford F-550/Road Rescue 4X4 ambulance
Presque Isle, ME Med 14- 2016 Ford E-450/Horton ambulance
Readfield, ME Engine 63- 2016 Freightliner M2/E-One 1500/1500
Richmond-Carolina, RI Engine 611- 2017 Smeal Sirius 2000/750/30A/30B
Windsor, VT Tac 22- 2016 Ford F-550/Pierce 200/300 light rescue
Woonsocket, RI Rescue 1- 2016 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Barre, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2002 E-One Typhoon 1250/500 pumper as Engine 1. It previously served at the Mass Firefighting Academy.

Livermore, Maine Fire Department- upon approval from selectmen, will purchase New Portland's 1995 Ford light rescue.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- Engine 7's 1999 E-One 1250/750/50F has returned to the department after being refurbished by Greenwood Emergency Vehicles.

Portsmouth, Rhode Island Fire Department- has placed into service a 2016 Ford F-250 4x4 as Squad 1.

Rhode Island Fire Academy- has placed into service a 1995 E-One Sentry 1250/500. It has previously served in Holbrook, MA.

Southborough, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2017 Ford Expedition as Car 27. Also, the new E-One rescue pumper on order has been completed at the factory and will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Concord, Mass Fire Department- Retired Fire Chief Richard Ryan remembered. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lewiston, Maine Fire Department- 2 fire department vehicles collide on icy road. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lincoln, Maine Fire Department- has updated the apparatus numbering to be in line with the county system. The new numbers are as follows:
Engine 2 is now Engine 532
Engine 3 is now Engine 533
Engine 4 is now Engine 531
Tank 1 is now Tank 534
Ladder 1 is now Ladder 535

Merrimack, New Hampshire Fire Department- proposed budget includes four additional firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- 16 graduate from academy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Newtown Hook & Ladder Co (Newtown, CT)- construction has been completed on the department's new fire station on Church Hill Road.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- asseses stations for possible consolidation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Reading, Mass Fire Department- Captain Kenneth N. Campbell Jr will retire on December 31st after 44+ years of service.

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Week of December 19, 2016

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Wayne Township, OH Vol Firefighter Ruben E. Mast, 43, was killed in an automobile crash while responding to an emergency in his personal vehicle.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Cambridge, MA Engine 6- 2017 Pierce Saber PUC 1250/500/200B
Newton, MA Rescue 1- 2016 E-One Cyclone II Heavy Rescue

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Adams, Mass Fire Department- has a 2016 Ferrara Inferno HD-100 Mid Mount Platform in production. It features an Extruded Aluminum Body, a Hale QMax 1250-2000 GPM Pump, and a 300 Gallon Water Tank.

Bristol, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750/30F pumper. It will be assigned to Engine 2, and will be a twin to the 2015 Enforcer Engine 1.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of the new quint built on an Impel chassis with 107' Ascendant aerial. The unit will be the first Ascendant ladder truck to be delivered in New Hampshire. Derry and Keene have similiar units on order with delivery expected during 2017.

Shelburne, Vermont Fire Department- has received a new 2016 Dodge 3500 utility truck designated TAC 1.

Simsbury, Connecticut Fire Department- has a new pumper on order with 4 Guys to replace Engine 16. Simsbury also is in the process of receiving bids for the replacement of Rescue 15. Bids shall be decided on after the new year.

Tewksbury, Mass Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of the new Pierce Ascendant 107' RMA. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Ashburnham, Mass Fire Department- has named retired Chelmsford Fire Chief John Parow as Interim Fire Chief.

Burlington, Mass Fire Department- is looking to implement ALS services. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- Acting Chief John Alston has been sworn in as the permanent Fire Chief.

Plymouth, Mass Fire Department- has location to build new North Plymouth Fire Station (E7). CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Saugus, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Chief Donald Shea will retire on December 31 after 38 years of service.

Topsfield, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Ronald P. Giovannacci will retired in January after 40 years of service.

Wales, Maine Fire Department- Lieutenant Brandon Siderio named as Firefighter of the Year. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westport, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury will retire on March 1st. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost has been named to assume the post after March 1st.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Sanford and Acton, Maine Firefighters raise funds for therapy dog with cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of December 12, 2016

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Boston EMS Active Duty EMS Manuel Tejeda passed away suddenly on December 13th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Amherst, MA Ambulance 3/R16- 2016 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Dennis, MA Engine 114- 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500/30A/40B
East Kingston, NH Ambulance 1- 2017 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance
Lynn, MA Tower 4- 2016 Seagrave Appollo 105' RM tower
Rochester, MA Rescue 207- 2016 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Brookline, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a Pierce Ascendant 107' RMA demo unit. It will be placed into service as Ladder 1 until the new KME has been built and placed into service. At that time, the Pierce demo unit will be utilized as a reserve ladder. Ladder 1's 1995 Pierce and the 1997 Pierce reserve ladder have both been removed from service due to frame problems.

Manchester, Connecticut Fire Department- moves up fire truck purchases. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Millville, Mass Fire Department- the department's "new" ladder truck is a 2000 American LaFrance 75' RMA. The Seagrave it replaced was sold.

Westport, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 1994 E-One Protector 1250/750/50F as Engine 5. It previously served in Foxboro and Fall River and will be utilized as a spare engine.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Connecticut- KB Ambulance chosen to run regional paramedic program. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Berlin, Connecticut Fire Department- firefighters donate over $1,000 to local veterans. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Brewster, Mass Fire Department- contractor chosen to build new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cumberland, Rhode Island- new site emerges for new public safety complex. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Littleton, Mass Fire Department- construction to begin on new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Manchester, New Hampshire Fire Department- new K-9 starts at fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Massport Fire Rescue (Mass)- Fire Chief Robert Donahue will be retiring. Deputy Chief Joseph DeGrace has been selected to become the new Fire Chief.

Rochester, Mass Fire Department- explores 9-1-1 regionalization. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell has announced he will retire at the end of January.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Spartan has announced plans to acquire Smeal. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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