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Week of February 22, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Stoneham, MA Firefighter Gerry Crosby passed away on February 24th.

OUTSIDE OF NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Firefighter John Evans, 56, passed away from complication of COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Beavertown Rescue Hose Co, PA Firefighter Phillip Craig Ginter, 57, became unresponsive while fighting a farm fighter and later passed away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Claremont, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Sutphen/Dingee pumper with 1500 GPM pump, 2000 gallon water tank and 30 gallon foam tank for Engine 4. With the delivery, Engine 1's 2006 E-One and Engine 2's 1980 International will be retired.

Dover, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2021 Ford F-550/PL custom ambulance.

The West Shore Fire District (West Haven, CT)- has taken delivery of a 2019 Ford F-550 4x4/PL Custom re-mounted rescue/ambulance for Rescue 35.

Westfield, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of two (2) 2020 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line 4x4 ambulances for Med 30 and Med 40.

Weymouth, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Pierce Enforcer 189 PUC pumper for Engine 5. Features include a Cummins L9 450hp engine, 1500 GPM PUC pump, 750 gallon water tank, 12V scene lighting, and a Husky 3 foam system.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Auburn, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2021 Ford F-350 4X4 utility vehicle. It will replace a Chevy Tahoe that is used as a supervisor's vehicle.

Hopkinton, Mass Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of the new Enforcer 105' RMA ladder truck. It features a 1500 GPM pump and 600 gallon water tank. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Danbury, Connecticut Fire Department- councilman proposes tax abatement to help retain volunteer firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Greenfield, Mass Fire Department- city council approves funds to replace air packs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Kittery, Maine Fire Department- donation in son's memory helps fire department purchase a rescue boat. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Bedford, Mass Fire Department- firefighters union urges city not to deactivate engine company. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Oak Bluffs, Mass Fire Department- selectment approved fire department restructuring. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Presque Isle, Maine Fire Department- received Federal grant for COVID-19 supplies. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rockland, Maine Fire Department- receives Federal grant for COVID-19 supplies. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

West Stafford, Connecticut Fire Department- celebrates 75th anniversary. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westbrook, Maine Fire Department- receives Federal grant for COVID-19 supplies. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westmoreland, New Hampshire Fire Department- weights 2.7 million dollar bond for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westover ANG Base Fire Department (Mass)- awarded International reaccreditation status. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of February 15, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Cambridge, MA Firefighter and Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts District Vice President John "Spike" Lawless passed away.

Retired Stamford, CT Captain Donald Corrigan, 70, passed away on February 9th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Little Rock, AR Battalion Chief Edward Karriem passed away after he was found unresponsive in his command car following a house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Erskine Lakes Fire Company, NJ Firefighter John Jonker Sr., 80, passed away after suffering a heart attack following a department training exercise. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Zoneton, KY Fire District Battalion Chief Garry Key passed away from complications of COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Barrington, Rhode Island Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Ford F-550/Life Line 4X4 ambulance for Rescue 1.

Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 E-One Cyclone-Metro 100' RMA for Ladder 4. It replaces a 2001 Sutphen.

Torrington, Connecticut Fire Department- has purchased an E-One stock ladder truck. Built on a Typhoon X with long cab, it features a 2000 GPM Hale QMAX pumper, 500 gallon water tank, 78' rear-mount aerial with 750 lb tip rating, and a Cummins ISL 450 HP motor.

Waterville, Maine Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Rosenbauer 101' Cobra aerial platform for Tower 1. It also features a 2000 GPM pump, 400 gallon water tank and 20 gallon Class A foam cell.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Alton, New Hampshire Fire Department- has purchased a 2000 Spartan/Luverne ladder truck for Ladder 1. It features a 1750 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 75' rear-mount aerial. The truck had previously served in Sharpsburg, PA.

Corinth, Vermont Fire Department- has acquired a 1991 Ottawa/Beck pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 1000 gallon water tank for Engine 5. It previously served with the Vermont Technical College and Waterville Valley, NH Fire Department before the college.

Franklin, Mass Fire Department- city council approved the purchase of two (2) E-One demo pumpers.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- city's spending plan calls for two new pumpers and a new ladder truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Scarborough, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2022 and Enforcer PUC 107' Ascendant ladder truck with 1500 GPM pump.

Uxbridge, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Specialty Vehicles, Inc. for a Rosenbauer Avenger Crossfire pumper. The unit will be the first Avenger chassis in New England and feature an extruded aluminum EXT body with 1500 GPM Waterous rear mounted pump, 820/20A/20B tank, Harrison hydraulic generator, Wilburt Profiler light tower, dual Hannay cable reels, rescue style full height/full depth compartments and enclosed storage for ground ladders, pike poles, hard suction and stokes basket.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Massachusetts- Brothers make history as fire chiefs in Lynn and Swampscott. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Massachusetts- Acton and Concord take next steps toward regional dispatch center. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Brunswick, Maine Fire Department- city council approves contract for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

East Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- swears in new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Haverhill, Mass Fire Department- has named Deputy Chief Robert O'Brien as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Norwich, Connecticut- fire service study says to intergrate instead of consolidating the six fire departments. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- Northeast Metro-Tech studends help renovate fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of February 8, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Edgartown, MA retired Fire Chief Antone A. (Tony) Bettencourt passed away at the age of 78. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Sardis, MS Volunteer Captain Guandes "Mook" Smith, 27, passed away from complications of COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Shelby County, TN Training Lieutenant Terry Watts, 51, passed away from complications of COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Billerica, Massachusetts Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 E-One Typhoon eMAX pumper for Engine 1. It features a 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 30 gallons of Class B foam. The current Engine 1's 2018 E-One will be reassigned to Engine 3. The current Engine 3's 1999 E-One will be disposed of.

Charlton, Mass Fire Department- is set to take delivery of a new 2021 Pierce Enforcer pumper for Engine 1. It is equipped with a 1250 GPM pump and 1300 gallon water tank. The new engine replaces a 1994 Simon-Duplex/3D.

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Ambulance (Shelton, Connecticut)- has taken delivery of and placed into service a 2019 Mercedes 4X4 Sprinter ambulance with a 2nd ambulance being delivered shortly. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hinsdale, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2021 International HV507/Unruh Fire brush truck with 750 GPM pump and 800 gallon water tank. Designated Brush 1, it replaces Engine 7's 1990 Ford F-350 brush unit.

Newport, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Ford F-450/PL Custom ambulance for Ambulance 3.

North Hampton, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance for Ambulance 1. The previous Ambulance 1, a 2013 Ford E-450/PL Custom, has been reassigned as Ambulance 2.

Plympton, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Dodge Ram 5500/Horton 4x4 ambulance for Ambulance 1. It will replace a 2007 Ford E-450/Wheeled Coach.

Southington, Connecticut Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Sutphen Monarch Extreme Duty rescue pumper for Squad 1. It features a 1500 GPM pump and 750 gallon water tank. Squad 1's current 2017 Sutphen will be reassigned to Engine 31, replacing a 1999 Pierce.

Strafford, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Ford F-550/Life Line ambulance for Ambulance 2.

Union Fire District, South Kingstown, Rhode Island- has taken delivery of a 2021 Spartan/Rescue 1 20' walk in rescue. Designated Special Hazards 1, it is equipped with a Harrison 20 kw hydraulic generator, Command Light, 4 bottle cascade system w/ a Sierra booster pump, Hannah electrical cord reel, SCBA seating for 6 firefighters, and a small command area.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Andover, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2021 Enforcer pumper. It will be equipped with a 1500 GPM Hale pump, 750 gallons water tank and a stainless steel body. Delivery is expected late 2021.

Littleton, New Hampshire- will be requesting funds to purchase a new fire pumper at the March town meeting. If approved, it will replace their current Engine 4.

Winslow, Maine Fire Department- town council approves purchase of new ambulance. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Woburn, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a heavy rescue built on a 2021 Freightliner chassis. It will feature a light tower and cascade system. A Federal grant in the amount of $545,454.55 provided the funds for most of the cost.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Massachusetts- state awards public fire education grants to 239 departments. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Belmont, Mass Fire Department- selects David DeStefano to be the new Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cranston, Rhode Island Fire Department- has appointed James Warren as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cumberland, Rhode Island Fire Department- department climbs back two years into five year recovery plan. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Deerfield Fire District, Mass- starts up junior firefighter program. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Grafton, Mass Fire Department- Northbridge firefighter Michael Killeen hired to be full time fire prevention officer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

North Conway, New Hampshire Fire Department- construction of new fire station ahead of schedule. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Revere, Mass Fire Department- firefighter injured during back to back fires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ridgefield, Connecticut Fire Department- fire and police propose changes to dispatch to cut response times. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Warwick, Mass Fire Department- Buildings and Energy committe members to make perosnal donations to support fire station project. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of February 1, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Duty Boston Firefighter Michael Ricci, Aide to District 9, passed away from wounds received in a domestic incident.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Craley, PA Chief EngineerEdward Bookmyer passed away after suffering a medical injury working on apparatus after a fire call. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Weirton, WV Lieutenant Brian Ritchie, 50, passed away from symptoms caused by COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- NASA White Sands Test Facility, NM Lieutenant Edward Vasquez passed away from complications of the COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Waynoka, OK Firefighter Tayler Bradford, 28, and Chief Lonnie Bolar, 45, were killed attempting a rescue in a house fire when the roof collapsed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Brookfield EMS, Mass- has taken delivery of a 2020 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance for Ambulance 1. It replaces a 2008 GMC/Horton.

Freetown, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2021 KME Severe Service pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 1000 gallon water tank for Engine 1. The 1994 International/KME will been reassigned to Engine 4 and the current Engine 4's 1985 Ford L-9000/1986 Ranger will be retired.

Lincolnville, Maine Fire Department- has taken delivery of a new 2020 International HV607/E-One pumper for Engine 4. It features a stainless steel body, Waterous 1250 GPM pump, 1000 gallons of water, and CLass One Class A Foam system with 30 gallon tank.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Ashby, Mass Fire Department- Tower 4's 1981 Mack/Baker 75’ Aerialscope is permanently out of service and has been retired.

Livermore Falls, Maine Fire Department- has purchased a 1997 E-One 95' tower that had served with the Jackson Fire District in NJ. The unit will replace a 1988 E-One 100' RMA that has been out of service since 2019. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Mont Vernon, New Hampshire Fire Department- will be requesting funds to purchae a new Sutphen Monarch pumper at the next town meeting.

Quiambaug Fire (Stonington, Connecticut)- with the delivery of the two new KME units, T22's 1987 Spartan/RD Murray 1500/1000, T23's 1990 International/Ranger 1250/1000 and T27's 1997 International/Super Vac rescue have all been retired.

Randolph, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2020 Chevy 2500 4X4 crew cab pickup for Car 3, the shift commander's vehicle (shift Deputy Chief).

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Massachusetts- Ashland, Easthampton, Groveland, Ipswich and Truro to receive Federal grants. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Augusta, Maine Fire Department- names David Groder as new Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- Captain Rob Morrissey of Ladder 1 has retired after 34 years of service.

Chelmsford, Mass- fire and police departments train to administer COVID-19 vaccines. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Haverhill, Mass Fire Department- retiring fire chief to stay on until replacement hired. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Meriden, Connecticut Fire Department- city council approves 2nd deputy chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Millbury, Mass Fire Department- firefighter injured at multiple alarm fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Monroe, Connecticut Fire Department- firefighter injured battling house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Mount Desert, Maine Fire Department- Fire-EMS building plan going to the voters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Britain, Connecticut Fire Department- firefighter hospitalized after working at mutliple fires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Fairfield, Connecticut Fire Department- awarded Federal grant for COVID supplies. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Gloucester, Maine Fire Department- names Jon Kiernan as new Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Reading, Mass Fire Department- firefighters to be honored for heroism. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

South Burlington, Vermont- 158th Fighter Wing welcomes first civilian fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department- hires new deputy chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Windham, Maine Fire Department- local dealership donates hovercraft to fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Groton, VT teen sells wooden flags, gives the procedes to the local fire department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of January 25, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Retired Wareham, MA Firefighter David Wahlstrom has passed away from occupational cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Templeton, MA EMT Tracy Ann Ferrazza, 52, passed away on January 17th from injuries received in an automobile accident. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Laredo, TX Captain Erik Segura, 45, passed away from complications of COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Rancho Santa Fe, CA Captain W. Chris Mertz, 54, passed away on January 20th from complications of COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bath, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Freightliner 2,000 gallon tanker for Tanker 2. It replaces a 1992 International.

Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department- had taken delivery of two (2) 2020 E-One Typhoon pumpers. Each features a 1250 GPM pump, 560 gallon water tank and 30 gallon foam tank. They will be assigned to Engine 2 and Engine 5, replacing a pair of 2003 Ferrara pumpers.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Albion, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Midwest Fire for a pumper/tanker built on a 2021 Freightliner 114SD chasis. It will feature a 1500 GPM pump, 3000 gallon water tank and a 30 gallon foam tank. A Federal grant in the amount of $323,809.52 was used towards the purchase of this truck. Delivery is expected in December 2021.

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Fire Department- Special Town Meeting scheduled for February 3rd to vote on $1.4 million, which would fund a new ladder, new air packs and partially fund a new pumper. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marion, Mass Fire Department- E-One has completed construction of the new pumper/tanker built on a Peterbilt chassis. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Newmarket, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed an order with E-One for a new rescue pumper that will replace Engine 5. Delivery is expected in November of 2021.

Scarborough, Maine Fire Department- is in the process of placing an order with Pierce for a new ladder truck for Ladder 1. It will be an Ascendant quint with 100' rear-mount aerial. Scarborough currently had on order a new Pierce Enforcer stainless steel pumper with 1500 GPM pump. When delivered it will reaplce a 1989 E-One.

Skowhegan, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2021 Enforcer PUC Rescue Pumper. It will feature a 1500 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank.

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2020 Ford F-350 4X4 utility as Squad 1. It will carry a skid unit during the warmer months for brush fires and replaces a 2004 Ford F-350.

Tiverton, Rhode Island Fire Department- seeks funding for new ladder truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Block Island, Rhode Island Fire Department- Bain Transue has been named as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Bourne, Mass Fire Department- has been chosen to take part in a nationwide program with a goal of building a digital tool that will share information on community risk factors. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Clinton, Mass Fire Department- captain honored for saving neighbor's life. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Danby, Connecticut Fire Department- hires Kevin Ford from Yonkers, NY to be Interim Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

East Kingston, New Hampshire Fire Department- awarded grant for turnout gear. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Gorham, Maine Fire Department- Ken Fickett, a 47-year veteran with the department, has been named as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Greenfield, Mass Fire Department- city council approves funds for new radios. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Medfield, Mass Fire Department- faces staffing shortages. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Canaan, Connecticut Fire Department- welcomes two new members. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Prospect, Connecticut Fire Department- firehouse roof in need of repairs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

West Springfield, Mass Fire Department- has promoted Michael Dickson to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- firefighter injured battling fire that displaced 20. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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For anyone interested, my friend Frank San Severino is doing a this day in the history of Arlington, Mass Fire on Twitter. Each day he sends out a post with interesting information about what events took place on that date in the history of the department. He can be followed on Twitter at twitter@franksansev.

Vermont lawmakers seek cancer presumption for firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of January 18, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Dayville, CT Firefighter Gary Cote passed away from symptoms associated with COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Retired Tewksbury, MA Lieutenant Allen J. Hancock, 82, passed away on January 16th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Rocky Top, TN Fire Chief Ronald "Ronnie" Gene Spitzer, 65, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on January 13th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Brownfield, Maine Fire Department- has taken delivery of an HME Ahrens-Fox Mini EVO built on a 2020 Ford F-550 chassis. It features a Hale, 1500 GPM pump, 400 gallons of water, and a Hydraulic Driven 160 CFM CAF system. It has been assigned to Engine 1, replacing a 1988 International.

Chelsea, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Pierce Enforcer pumper for Engine 2. It features a 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gallon water tank and a Cummins L9 motor.

Newton, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 E-One Typhoon with 1250 GPM pump and 780 gallon water tank for Engine 2. It replaces a 2008 Pierce which as been reassigned as reserve Engine 11.

Onset, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 KME Panther with 2000 GPM pump, 750 water tank and 40 gallons of A foam. It has been assigned to Engine 1 and replaces a 1988 Maxim.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bristol, Vermont Fire Department- Utility 1's 1999 Ford F-550/V-Tec light rescue has been sold to the Scotland, SD Fire Department.

Lakeville Fire (Salisbury, Conn)- Marion has completed construction of the new Rescue 400 built on a Freightliner chassis. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Lebanon, Maine Fire Department- has purchased former Hopkinton, NH’s Engine 2, a 1995 Simon Duplex/Valley 1500/1000. It will be designated Engine 143.

Sheffield, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a former Sheffield Police cruiser as Rescue 5. It will be used for EMS responses.

York Beach, Maine Fire Department- construction is nearing completion of Engine 3's new 2020 E-One Typhoon w/ 1250 GPM pump and 1000 gallon water tank. Delivery is expected in February or early March.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Alfred, Maine Fire Department- the department shuts down due to COVID-19 outbreak. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Derby, Connecticut Fire Department- firefighter clipped by car while at fire scene. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hamilton, Mass Fire Department- Lieutenant Andrew Ellison has been promoted to the rank of captain. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Manchester, New Hampshire Fire Department- the following individuals have retired from the department. District Chief James Michael with 35 years of service, Captain Scott Merrill with 36 years of service, Captain Daniel O’Rourke with 35 years of service.

Skowhegan, Maine Fire Department- signs mutual aid agreement with Oakland. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Swanzey, New Hampshire Fire Department- firefighters press for new station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Williston, Vermont Fire Department- promotes Timothy Gerry to Deputy Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Waterville, Maine- firefighter dedicated to training the shrinking number of firefighters the MAINE-IAC way. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new Fast Response Cutter. Press release courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard:
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard will commission the USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia's first Sentinel-class cutter, into service at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, Thursday at 1 p.m. EST.
The Charles Moulthrope is the first of six FRCs planned for service in Manama, Bahrain. The cutter is named after Seaman Charles Moulthrope, remembered for heroic and selfless service as a member of the Revenue Cutter Service Cutter Commodore Perry, patrolling Alaska, when he rescued several of his shipmates who ended up in the sea.
The Coast Guard took delivery of Charles Moulthrope on Oct. 22, 2020, in Key West. They will transit to Bahrain later this year with their sister ship, the Robert Goldman (WPC 1142), delivered on Dec. 22, 2020, and due to be commissioned prior to departure.




Week of January 11, 2021

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

St. Johnsbury, VT Retired Fire Chief Jerald ‘Jerry' Fournier, 78, passed away on January 8th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- San Benito, TX Fire Chief Danny Watkins, 67, passed away from COVID-19 complications on January 12th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Ocean City-Wright Fire Protection District, FL Captain Lloyd Losinger, 60, passed away on January 6th from COVID-19 complications. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Shreveport, LA Firefighter Leonard Coney passed away from COVID-19 complications. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Reading, PA Firefighter Mark Kulp, 52, passed away from COVID-19 complications on January 5th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Warren, OH Lieutenant Don Beauchene, 54, passed away from complications associated with COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- East Sullivan County, TX Volunteer Firefighter Ronald Steven Perry, 57, passed away from complications associated with COVID-19. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a Velocity® 100’ Ascendant Aerial Platform with TAK-4 IRS T3 Rear Suspension. Once delivered, it will be assigned to Ladder 2 in East Cambridge.

Dunstable, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a new 2020 HME Ahrens-Fox 1871-SFO pumper for Engine 1. The pump and roll unit features a 1250 GPM pump, 1000 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam. It replaces Engine 2's 1986 Ford/Boyer 750/500.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2018 Ford F-450/Wheeled Coach 4x4 ambulance as Rescue 7. The unit is a former demonstrator and replaces a 2015 Ford F-550/Horton.

Northwood, New Hampshire Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Dodge 5500/PL Custom ambulance for Ambulance 2. It replaces a 2007 Ford/AEV.

Rumford, Maine Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Spartan ER demo pumper for Engine 2. It is equipped with a Darley LDM 1750 GPM pump and Pro Poly 750 gallon water tank. It also features a Foam Pro 2001 foam system with 20 gallon tank.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- Tower 1's former 2003 E-One 2000/250/95' Mid-Mount Tower has been sold to the Falls City, Nebraska Fire Department.

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Fire Department- fire officials look for options in replacing 1993 ladder truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fitchburg, Mass Fire Department- recently purchased a 1995 E-One Sentry 1000/750 for reserve Engine 3. It had previously served as Engine 4 in Lunenburg.

Hebron, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed into service a 2010 Ford F-550 4x4/Lifeline ambulance as Ambulance 610. The unit previously served with the Bozrah, CT Fire Department and was refurbished before being delivered to Hebron.

Laconia, New Hampshire Fire Department- currently has on order a new Sutphen pumper.

Loudon, New Hampshire Fire Department- currently has on order a new Sutphen custom pumper.

The Massachusetts Fire Academy- has acquired a 1989 Maxim 1500 GPM pumper with 1000 gallon water tank. It has been assigned as Engine 9 and previously served in Palmer as Engine 1.

Meriden, Connecticut Fire Department- the reserve ladder, a 1999 E-One Cyclone II, has changed designations from Truck 101 to Truck 2.

Reading, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter On Probation Joseph Bialecki is the department's newest hire and began working at the start of the month. Joseph is a Paramedic and had previously been with the Middleton Fire Department since 2016.

St. Michael's College, Vermont Fire Department- has ordered a new E-One Cyclone pumper. It will feature a 1500 GPM pump, 1000 gallon water tank, stainless steel body and 8 person cab.

Shelton, Connecticut Fire Department- funds approved to purchase equipment for new tower. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Waterville, Maine Fire Department- Rosenbauer has completed construction of the new Cobra 101’ Platform with 2000 GPM pump, 400 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam tank. Once in service, it will replace a 1999 Smeal 100' tower and will be the first Rosenbauer custom chassis aerial in the state of Maine. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bethel, Connecticut Fire & EMS- names new officers. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- Probationary Firefighter Patrick Morrissey has completed the recruit program at the Mass Fire Academy and will be assigned to Ladder 3. In addition to being a Navy veteran, Patrick is the son of Captain Rob Morrissey of Ladder 1 and the grandson of Firefighter Edward Morrissey (Sr.) of Ladder 2 (deceased).

Central Falls, Rhode Island Fire Department- firefighter injured in fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Chelsea, Mass Fire Department- Captain Michael Thompson has retired.

Cranston, Rhode Island Fire Department- Fire Chief Stephen MacIntosh has retired after 36 years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Danbury, Connecticut Fire Department- Acting Fire Chief Mark Omasta has retired after 36 years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ellsworth, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Richard Tupper has retired after 35 years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Littleton, New Hampshire Fire Department- Mike McQuillen has been sworn in as the new Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, Mass Fire Department- Recently appointed Firefighters Ralph Cacciapaglia and Dylan Conway have successfully completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy 10 Week Recruit Training Program. Dylan is the son of the retired Nashua, NH Fire Captain Rick Conway.

Salem, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Gerry Giunta has announced he will retire on February 26th after 38 years of service.

Somerville, Mass Fire Department- District Chief Jay Keane has retired after 33 years of service.

Tewksbury, Mass Fire Department- Joseph Kearns has been appointed as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Tolland, Connecticut Fire Department- Firefighter/EMT Jack Palozie has been promoted to Lieutenant. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wenham, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Fire Chief in dire need of kidney transplant. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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