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Week of March 20, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Watertown, MA Firefighter Joseph Tescano, 54, suffered a fatal medical emergency while working at a fire scene on March 17, 2017.

From North Hampton, NH Fire- It is with deep regret we inform you of the unfortunate passing of former North Hampton, NH Fire Chief Wilbur D. Perkins. Chief Perkins was well known to the New England fire service community as the eponymous owner of WD Perkins Fire Pump Repair Specialist. Chief Perkins passed away on 3/16/17 at the age of 84. He will be sorely missed by all. Rest in Peace, Chief. - Web Administrator's Note: My sincerest condolences to his son Wayne and his family.

Retired Hartford and Glastonbury, CT Firefighter Frank Romano, 87, passed away on March 19th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- FDNY Emergency Medical Technician Yadira Arroyo was killed when a thief stole the ambulance she was assigned to and ran her over.

LODD- Ames, IA Firefighter Steven P. Buser, 51, was found unresponsive at the fire station. He would be pronounced dead at the hospital.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Dayville, CT (Killingly) Ladder 163- 2016 Pierce Ascendant 1500/500/107' RMA
Douglas, MA Engine 3- 2017 KME Panther 1500/1000/25A
East Hampton, CT Ladder 1-12- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 107' Quint
East Hampton, CT Tanker- 2016 Peterbuilt PB348/Pierce 1000/2200
Farmington, CT Engine 4- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1250/500
Farmington, CT Engine 6- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1250/750
Ossipee Corner, NH Rescue 1- 2017 Ford F-550/EVI light rescue

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Amherst, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed into service a 2016 Ford Explorer as Medic 1. This unit is the department's ALS intercept vehicle.

Coventry, Rhode Island Fire Department- has purchased a Smeal demo pumper for Engine 4. No further details at this time.

Danville, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting voted down a request for funds to purchase a new pumper.

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

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

Plaistow, New Hampshire Fire Department- voters approved funds to purchase a new pumper/tanker.

Rindge, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting voted down a request for funds to purchase a new pumper.

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

Windham, New Hampshire- town meeting approved funds to purchase a new quint ladder truck.

Woonsocket, Rhode Island Fire Department- has ordered a new Spartan pumper for Engine 2.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Chatham, Mass Fire Department- has appointed Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick as the new Fire Chief.

Clinton, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Gary Petley will retire on March 31st after 40 years of service.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- anonymous donor pledges $1 million towards new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hudson, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to build a new fire station on Lowell Road. It will replace the current fire station located on Burns Hill Road.

Milton, New Hampshire Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase new portable radios for the department.

Nashua, New Hampshire Fire Department- Captain Rick Conway has retired after 28 years with the department. Rick's a great guy and I know he will be sorely missed. Best wishes to him in his retirement.

Winthrop, Maine Fire Department- council accepts bid for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Connecticut man offers firefighters one last ride after they pass away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of March 13, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Fitchburg, MA Firefighter John F. Mulcahy III passed away from occupational cancer. Wake/Funeral arrangements can be found at the PFFM's website - PFFM.ORG.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Sumrall, MA Volunteer Firefighters Clinton Beasley, 80, and Loretta Sykes, 53, were killed in a hit-and-run.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Andover, NH 31 Rescue 1- 2017 International/Dingee heavy rescue
Henniker, NH Ambulance 1- 2016 Ford F-450/PL Custom ambulance
Jamestown, RI Engine 2- 2017 Ferrara Intruder II 1500/1000/30A
Saxtons River (Rockingham, VT) Tanker 1- 2017 Freightliner/V-Tec 1250/2100
Swansea Ambulance Corps, MA Ambulance 1- 2016 Ford F-550/Life Line 4X4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Alton, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting rejects request to fund new ladder truck purchase. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

North Coventry, Connecticut Fire Department- has purchased a 2001 Pierce 1500/300/105' RMA. The unit had previously served Rocky Hill, CT.

South Hampton, New Hampshire Fire Department- has purchased a 2005 Ford/PL Custom ambulance. The unit previously served Exeter, NH.

Uxbridge, Mass Fire Department- Maintenance 1's 2006 Ford pickup has been refurbished by teachers and studends at the Blackstone Valley Technical Vocational School.

Westwood, Mass Fire Department- has on order two (2) Ferrara pumpers. Delivery is expected to be late fall 2017.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Carroll, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting approved funds to build a new pulic safety/town offices complex.

Hampden, Mass Fire Department- is hoping for funds to hire 3 full-time firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- will be building a new firehouse in West Lynn. When completed, the new station will house Engine 7 and Engine 9. The current Stations 7 and 9 will then be closed due to the conditions of the buildings. At this time, the plan is to also move fire alarm into this new fire station.

New Boston, New Hampshire Fire Department- town meeting voted down the request for funds to build a new Fire/EMS facility.

Newport, Rhode Island Fire Department- city councilors postphone decision on new fireboat. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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

Northampton and Rye, New Hampshire Fire Departments- explorer merging fire departments. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Pawtucket, Rhode Island Fire Department- Station 1 closing temporarily for repairs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Tewksbury, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3 involved in MVA during blizzard. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Village Ambulance (Williamstown, Mass)- maybe become insolvent in May due to budge shortfalls. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Warner, New Hampshire Fire Department- Engine 2 rolled over after encountering servere weather on March 10th. Fortunately, there was only 1 minor injury. The 2011 Spartan MetroStar pumper sustained heavy damage. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department- Deputy Chief named Emergency Manager of the Year. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Concord, Mass Fire Department- has posted an application for Firefighter/EMT on the town website. Deadline is April 4th. CLICK FOR WEBSITE.

Providence, Rhode Island Firefighter to compete on Amazing Race. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of March 6, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Houston, TX Captain Bill "Iron Bill" Dowling passed away from injuries received in 2013 at a fire. Captain Dowling was crushed and severely injured in the Southwest Inn fire that claimed the lives of four Houston Firefighters.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Limerick, ME Ambulance 2- 2017 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Lyndon Rescue, VT Ambulance 94- 2017 Dodge Ram 3500/Demers ambulance
Manchester, ME Engine 41- 2017 Freightliner/E-One pumper/tanker
North Brookfield, MA Engine 1- 2017 Ferrara Cinder 1500/1500/10A
Portland, ME Ladder 31- 2017 Seagrave Marauder II 1500/500/100' RMA

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Charlotte, Vermont Fire Department- voters approved funds to purchase a new pumper.

Chester, Vermont Fire Department- is in the process of ordering an E-One pumper.

Holliston, Mass Fire Department- Osage is building a new ambulance for the department which will be assigned as Ambulance 1. Delivery is expected around fall of 2017.

Poultney, Vermont Fire Department- is in the process of purchasing a new pumper.

Sedgwick, Maine Fire Department- voters approved funds to purchase a new pumper.

Shelburne, Vermont Fire Department- has ordered a Ferrara 77' quint that will replace Engine 2.

Warwick, Rhode Island Fire Department- finance committee denies apparatus request. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Woolwich, Maine Fire Department- voters to consider new pumper at next town meeting. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- Engine 12's new E-One pumper is nearing completion at the factory. It will be delivered to the department after final inspection and outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Chicopee, Mass Fire Department- appoints six new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Conway, New Hampshire Ambulance- budgeteers reverse decision and support renewing ambulance contract. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Dedham-Lucerne, Maine Fire Department- hires new full time firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hallowell, Maine Fire Department- town to reconsider fire station decision after petition signatures validated. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lebanon, Maine Fire Department- fire station falling apart. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Nashua, New Hampshire Fire Department- Firefighter Bill Farrell has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Pawtucket, Rhode Island Fire Department- two civilians injured after their vehicle slams into fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

St. Albans, Maine Fire Department- has begun the process of building a new fire station after accepting a land donation and some funds required for the station. The town hopes to apply for grants that will cover part of the station costs.

Southborough, Mass- voters approved $27 million to build a new public safety complex. The building itself will cost $22.6 million and the land purchase from St. Mark's School will cost $4.5 million.

Westport, Connecticut- town meeting approves funds for new combined fire/police dispatch. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wilbraham, Mass Fire Department- Captain Peter Nothe has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

The U.S. Coast Guard will be decommissioning two 110' Island Class Cutters, Cushing and Nantucket, on Wednesday March 8th, 2017.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence O. Larson, a 154 Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter, is scheduled to be commissioned on March 18th in Cape May, NJ. The Cutter is named after Lawrence O. Lawson, who served with the United States Lifesaving Service in Evanston, Ill. He led the crew of his oar-powered surfboat into icy, stormy waters to rescue the entire crew of the steamship Calumet.




Week of February 27, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Chelmsford, Mass Retired Fire Chief Fred Reid passed away on Saturday February 25th.

Meredith, NH Firefighter Thomas W. Range II, age 47, passed away on February 27th after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He served the past 14 plus years with the Meredith Fire Department and 2 ½ years previously with Sherrodville Ohio VFD.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

Phoenix, AZ Captain Crystal Rezzonico, 56, died on February 25th from injuries she sustained in a major apparatus accident in 2009. She was ejected from Engine 910 in August 2009 when the apparatus was struck by a sedan. Ten cars were involved in the accident.

Oaks, OK Volunteer Firefighter Michael Dale Russell, 68, was killed when the tanker truck he was driving crashed.

West Burlington, IA Firefighter James Franciskovich, 52, was killed when the department pick-up he was in rolled over. 2 other firefighters were injured in the crash.

Milford, MI Firefighter Ron Savage, 63, passed away after suffering a cardiac emergency at a training event.

Spring Valley, WI Volunteer Firefighter and former Fire Chief Terrance “Terry” Edward Shafer, 62, passed away after returning to the station from a call.

Jericho, NY Fire Chief Richard Kaplan, 80, passed away after responding to several calls.

Coweta County, GA Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Norton, 38, passed away from a medical emergency after working a fire scene.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Colebrook Center, CT Engine 1- 2017 Kenworth T370/Toyne 1250/1000
Dover, NH Ambulance 3- 2017 Ford F-450/PL Custom 4X4 ambulance
Harwich, MA Ambulance 72- 2017 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Linwood Ambulance, NH- 2017 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance
Natick, MA Ambulance 1- 2017 Ford F-450/PL Custom 4X4 ambulance
Rocky Hill, CT Engine 3- 2016 Sutphen 75' quint
Rocky Hill, CT Truck 1- 2016 Sutphen 100' MMA quint
Rocky Hill, CT Truck 2- 2016 Sutphen 1500/500/195' MM Tower
Sandwich, MA Ambulance 459- 2016 Ford F-550/Life Line 4X4 ambulance
Tri-Town Ambulance, NH Ambulance 8- 2017 Ford F-550/PL Custom 4X4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Benson, Vermont Fire Department- has on order an Engine/Tanker on a Freightliner chassis built by Peirce.

Boston Fire Department- has put out for bid aerial ladder trucks. The exact number isn't clear, but they would purchased over a 3 year procurement.

Franklin, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new pumper.

Harwich, Mass Fire Department- Ladder 66's 1992 E-One Hurricane 100' RMA has returned to service after being refurbished by M&R.

New Bedford, Mass Fire Department- has ordered two (2) pumpers from Pierce. They are scheduled to be assigned to Engine 5 and Engine 9, although the assignments may change.

Rocky Hill, Connecticut Fire Department- with the delivery of 3 of the 6 new pieces of apparatus taking place, the department has made some changes. The 1988, 1989 and 1990 Pierce pumpers have been retired. The 1997 Pierce Quantum Engine 2 has been reassigned to Engine 1. The 1999 Pierce Quantum Engine 3 has been reassigned to Engine 2. Both units are scheduled to be replaced by Sutphen pumpers on order. Rescue 1's 2007 Kenworth/E-One has been sold and the 1989 Pierce heavy rescue has been reassigned from Rescue 2 to Rescue 3. This until will also be replaced with a Sutphen rescue on order. The department also retired a Ford/E-One forestry unit and a Humvee and placed into service three (3) 2016 Ford F-350 utility trucks.

Sandwich, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2008 Freightliner/2002 Fire-1 300/2500 department built tanker as Tanker 464. They have also placed into service a 2017 Ford F-350 as Car 440.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Augusta, Maine Fire Department- new station nears completion, new ladder truck due in at the end of the month. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Bridgeport, Connecticut Fire Department- Provisional Fire Chief Richard Thode has been appointed as permanent Chief.

Concord, New Hampshire Fire Department- Firefighter Mike Corcoran has retired after 24 years of service.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- fire alarm system to get upgrade. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fitchburg, Mass Fire Department- city demolishes former station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hyannis, Mass Fire Department- site work begins for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Laconia, New Hampshire Fire Department- sells former Lakeport Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lewiston, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Paul LeClair has retired after 36 years of service.

Maine- 3 island fire department may share 2 daytime firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Norwalk, Connecticut Fire Department- swears in new firefighters including first female. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rhode Island- bill seeks funding for fireboat maintenance. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rutland, Mass Fire Department- has appointed Deputy Chief Seth Knipe as Fire Chief.

Wenham, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a 2006 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance to start up the department's first ambulance program. The unit previously served Middleton and will replace the 1997 Freightliner/ Central States rescue truck.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Fire damages artifacts at State Police Museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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