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Week of June 19, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Pawtucket, RI Firefighter Michael J. Kean, 51, passed away on June 13th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Mayview, MO Firefighter Jeffrey Sanders, 55, was killed when the fire truck he was in rolled down an embankment.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Middleborough, MA Tanker 2- 2017 Kenworth/Fouts 1000/3000
St. Michael's College, VT Engine 9- 2017 E-One 1500/1000
Sterling, MA Engine 7- 2017 Ford F-550/CET brush truck
West Warwick, RI Engine 4- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1250/750

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Durham, New Hampshire Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new tanker from Marion Fire Apparatus. It will replace Engine 2's 1990 E-One.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bellingham, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $23,311 for Firefighter Emergency Escape Systems.

Belmont, New Hampshire Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $18,843 for Turnout Gear – Washer Dryer Units.

Billerica, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $51,728 for an Air Refill – Compressor System.

Boxford, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $40,000 for Emergency Medical Technician Training.

Bridgewater, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $51,932 for Firefighter Wellness & Fitness.

Brookline, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $292,093 for Technical Rescue Training.

Burlington, Mass Fire Department- Selectmen approve design concept for new Station 2. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Casco, Maine Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $183,667 for 29 - Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Central Coventry, Rhode Island Fire Department- has named Hopkins Hill Fire Chief Frank Brown as the new Central Coventry Fire Chief. He will be Fire Chief for both departments.

Champion Fire Company of South Londonderry, Vermont Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $84,096 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Chelsea, Maine Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $19,810 for 2 – Thermal Imaging Cameras.

Conway, New Hampshire Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $33,334 for an Air Compressor Refill System.

Eddington, Maine Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $10,910 for Training.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $41,449 for Vehicle Extrication Equipment.

Ferrisburg, Vermont Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $76,762 for 13 – Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Freetown, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $39,940 for 2 – Chest Compression Devices.

Fryeburg, Maine Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $230,101 for Firefighter Protective Turnout Gear, Firefighter Breathing Apparatus, and Training.

Lewiston, Maine Fire Department- has appointed Topsham Fire Chief Brian Stockdale as the new Lewiston Fire Chief.

Lime Rock, Rhode Island Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $38,667 for 4 – Thermal Imaging Cameras.

Lime Rock Fire District, Lincoln, Rhode Island- has been awarded a Regional Federal grant in the amount of $388,667 for Radio Equipment for 6 Fire and EMS Departments.

Mashpee, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $45,715 for 3 – Chest Compression (CPR) Devices.

Mendon, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $136,705 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Natick, Mass Fire Department- Probationary Firefighter Thomas J. Brandt has graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

Newton, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $76,091 for Firefighter Emergency Escape Systems.

North Adams, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a regional Federal grant in the amount of $452,900 for 73 Firefighter Breathing Apparatus and 7 – Rapid Intervention Packs.

North Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $168,728 for Chest Compression Devices and Automatic Defibrillators.

Norton, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $29,063 for Firefighting Tools and Equipment.

Norwalk, Connecticut Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $43,619 for 4 – Thermal Imaging Cameras.

Oakland, Maine Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $130,096 for 20 - Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Pepperell, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $57,298 for 27 Pagers, 2 – Chest Compression (CPR) Devices and 2 – IV Pumps.

Saugus, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $30,000 for 3 – Thermal Imaging Cameras.

Scituate, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $95,239 for 2 – Chest Compression (CPR) Devices and 2 – Ambulance Power Stretchers / Loading Systems.

Smithfield, Rhode Island Fire Department has been awarded a Regional Federal grant in the amount of $203,500 for a Firefighter Accountability System for 7 - Fire departments.

Southborough, Mass- voters authorized $27,000,000.00 for the purchase of the St. Mark's Golf Course. 6 acres will be set aside for the construction of a new public safety complex which is included in the money approved. This purchase includes land swaps of the current property the police and fire headquarters sit on, as well as another town lot that abuts St. Mark's school property.

Southwick, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $91,429 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $67,773 for firefighting nozzles and hose.

Stoughton, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $199,010 for 23 - Firefighter Breathing Apparatus and an Air Compressor / Refill System.

Taunton, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $77,455 for 120 Firefighter Face Piece - Masks.

Wells, Maine Fire Department- Wells have approved a $14.25 million dollar bond to replace the 3 current fire stations with 2 new stations and build a new Police Station. The new police station and Wells Corner fire station will be built at the site of the current police and fire stations at Routes 1 and 109. A new fire station will be built on Sanford Rd replacing the current Wells Branch and High Pine fire stations. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

Westfield, Connecticut Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $191,800 for 26 - Firefighter Breathing Apparatus and an Air Compressor / Refill System.

West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $551,194 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus, an Air Refill – Compressor System and Training.

West Springfield, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $135,182 for an Air Compressor / Refill System and Fire Sprinkler System for their Headquarters.

Woonsocket, Rhode Island Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $377,055 for 54 - Firefighter Breathing Apparatus, Air Compressor / Refill System, Rapid Intervention Packs and Accountability System.

Yarmouth, Mass Fire Department has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $191,404 for 4 – Power Lift Stretchers.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Billerica, Mass childrens park dedicated to firefighter killed in 2015. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Mass Firefighting Academy graduates 21. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of June 12, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- North Courtland, AL Volunteer Fire Chief Eddie Harris, 47, fell ill at a training event and passed away from what was determained to be a heart attack.

LODD- Dolton, IL Firefighter Lawrence Matthews, 36, passed away after collapsing at a fire scene.

LODD- Comstock, MI Chief Edward Switalski was struck and killed while responding to an emergency.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Benson, VT Engine 1- 2017 Freightliner/Pierce 1250/1500
Canton, MA Engine 3- 2017 E-One Typhoon E-MAX 1500/750/25A/5B
Chelmsford, MA Engine 2- 2017 Pierce 1500/750
Enosburgh, VT Engine 1- 2017 HME/Ahrens Fox 1750/1000
Falmouth, ME Engine 4- 2017 Sutphen S2 1500/1000/30A
Groveland, MA Ladder 1- 2015 Rosenbauer Cobra 75' MM Twr (demo)
Huntington, VT Engine 1- 2017 Freightliner/E-One
Kensington Fire CO (Berlin, CT) Engine 2- 2017 Pierce Impel pumper
Mt. Vernon, ME Engine 51- 2017 Freightliner M2-106/Darley 1250/1000/25 CAFS
Marblehead, MA Engine 2- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500/500/25F
Medfield, MA Ambulance 1- 2017 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Portland, ME MEDCU 313- 2017 Chevy/Braun ambulance
Portland, ME MEDCU 315- 2017 Chevy/Braun ambulance
Salem, NH Engine 1- 2017 Pierce Impel 1500/1000
Stafford, CT Squad 145- 2017 Spartan MetroStar/4 Guys 1500/1000
Washington, VT Tanker 1- 2017 International/E-One
Whitman, MA Ambulance 249 - 2016 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Berwick, Maine Fire Department- has ordered a pair of 2017 Spartan Metrostar/Toyne 1750/750/30F pumpers. Delivery is expected to be in December.

Brewster, Mass Fire Department- has ordered a 2017 Ferrara Ignitor 1750/750/30F that is scheduled to be delivered in August.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara is loaning the department a 1996 E-One Hurricane 110’ RMA. The rig previously served in Durham, NH and is assigned to Ladder 5 until the delivery of a new Ferrara unit that is on order.

Medway, Mass Fire Department- Engine 1's 2009 International/E-One Tradition 1250/1000/30F has returned to service after being refurbished.

West Weathersfield, Vermont Fire Department- has a Spartan/Dingee pumper under construction.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Amesbury, Mass- will withdraw from the Essex County regional call center. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Bernardston, Mass Fire Department- construction costs estimated at 1.8 million for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Essex, Mass Fire Department- work will begin on June 12th to repair/replace part of the apparatus floor. Damaged section of the floor had been covered with metal plates for the last few months.

Melrose, Mass Fire Department- has sworn in Brent Dobbins, William Holm, and Alessandro Colarusso as the newest firefighters.

Nantucket, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Chief Stephen Murphy has been named Interim Fire Chief.

North Canton, Connecticut Fire Association- Seeks to donate the fire station to the town. To date, the firefighters are municipal but the station is still owned by the Association. The station still has a mortgage on it and the town would have to assume payments for the debt still outstanding. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- has promoted Brian Ryll to the rank of Lieutenant.

Sandwich, Mass Fire Department- Probationary Firefighters Shawn Deane, Dustin Gray, Christopher Leonard, Chad Smith, and Zachary Hammond have all successfully graduated the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

Westport, Connecticut Fire Department- promotes 13 firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department- moves forward with Station 2 renovations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Avon, CT Firefighters help bride and groom reach their reception. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Watertown, Mass Firefighters surprise son of fallen firefighter at high school graduation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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Week of June 5, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired New Milford, CT Fire Chief Harry H. Taylor Jr passed away at the age of 86.

Ansonia, CT Volunteer Firefighter Kirk W. "Mike" Weldon passed away suddenly at the age of 54.

Alford, MA Volunteer Captain Donald "Donny" W. Lawrence Jr passed away at the age of 52.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Lake Station, IN Firefighter David Jatczak passed away of an apparent heart attack after responding to a call on June 1st.

LODD- Los Angeles City, CA Firefighter Kelly Wong passed away after suffering serious injuries in a fall during a training exercise on June 3rd.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bedford, NH Engine 1- 2017 HME/Ahrens Fox 2000/1000
Boston Engine 2- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F
Boston Engine 3- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F
Boston Engine 5- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F
Boston Engine 7- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F (pending)
Boston Engine 41- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F (pending)<
Boston Engine 53- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F
Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills, MA Ambulance 326- 2017 International 4400/Horton ambulance
Essex, VT Tanker 1 or 4- 2017 Kenworth/Pierce 1500/4000
Fairfield, VT Engine 1- 2017 Ford F-550/E-One mini pumper
Northfield, VT Engine 2- 2017 E-One pumper
Tisbury EMS, MA Tango 90- 2016 Ford E-450/2007 Marque ambulance (remount)
Wayne, ME Engine 71- 2017 Freightliner M2/KME 1000/750
Wells River, VT Engine 1- 2017 KME pumper
West Springfield, MA Engine 2- 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/750

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bethel, Vermont Fire Department- has on order a tanker being built by VTEC on a Kenworth chassis.

Brunswick, Maine Fire Department- The Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for July 17 to finance the purchase of a new fire pumper. The purchase would replace a pumper in the fleet that has frame rot and has been deemed to be beyond repair.

Essex, Vermont Fire Department- has sold their 2008 KME to the Unionville, NY Fire Department. It was replaced by a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT.

North Reading, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new pumper to replace Engine 3.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Andover, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved for a study as to how to proceed with the Ballardvale Fire Station. The study will be run by architects to determine whether the firehouse should be renovated or completely rebuilt.

Barnard, Vermont Fire Department- is in the process of building a new fire station.

Bridgewater, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Fire Chief John "Jack" Hennessey Jr retired 32 years of service.

Concord, Mass Fire Department- repairs to the West Concord Fire Station are almost complete and the station could re-open as soon as July 1st. The station was damaged on January 4th when a fire broke out on the apparatus floor. 3 pieces of fire apparatus and 1 ambulance were also damaged during the fire.

Cotuit, Mass Fire Department- Nantucket Fire Chief Paul Rhude has left his post in Nantucket to take the reins in Cotuit.

Durham, New Hampshire Fire Department- has hired Randall Trull as the new Deputy Fire Chief. Deputy Trull had previously served as Fire Chief in Berlin (NH).

Harmony Fire Dist (Gloucester, RI)- has named Captain Richard A. Waterman as the new Fire Chief.

Norwalk, Connecticut Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $43,619 to purchase thermal imaging cameras.

Oxford, Maine Fire Department- has named retired New Gloucester Fire Chief Gary Sacco as the new Chief of the Oxford Fire Department.

Salisbury, Mass Fire Department- Captain Scott Carrigan of the Nashua, NH Fire Department has been named as the new fire chief in Salisbury. He replaces Chief Rick Souliotis who is retiring June 30th.

Watertown, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Mario Orangio has announced he will retire soon after 28 years of service. He has not set a specific date and has cited health reasons for retiring at this time.

Westford, Mass Fire Department- has awarded the bid to construct a new Headquarters Fire Station to Castagna Construction. The building is expected to be completed by May of 2018.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Feature video on the new KME pumper in Wayne, ME. CLICK FOR YOUTUBE PAGE.




Week of May 29, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

St. George, ME Volunteer Firefighter Zach Elwell, 21, was killed when he was ejected from the passenger seat of a motor vehicle.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Kern County, CA Firefighter Brian Massey, 56, passed away shortly after returning home from a 48-hour shift.

Alpharetta, GA Volunteer Firefighter Mark Strow was struck and killed when he tried to aid a motorist having vehicle trouble.

LODD- Memphis, MO Volunteer Firefighter Jesse Ketchum, 33, was killed when the 1974 Chevy fire truck he was driving crashed.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bolton, CT Tanker 234- 2017 Kenworth T800/US Tanker 1500/3064
Charlton, MA Ambulance 1- 2017 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance
Essex, VT Engine 1- 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/1000
Hanson, MA 6-8- 2017 Ford F-350 4x4 125/275 forestry
Milford, CT Squad 1- 2016 Ferrara Inferno MVP 1250/500/30F
Norwell, MA Ambulance 9- 2016 Ford F-450/PL Custom 4X4 ambulance
Rutland Town, VT Engine 1- 2017 Spartan Metro Star/Toyne 1500/1500
Scituate, MA Rescue 1- 2016 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Wolcott, VT Engine 1- 2017 Freightliner/Toyne 1500/1250

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Boston Fire Department- new 2017 Chevy Tahoe's have arrived for the District 4 and District 8 chiefs.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Arundel, Maine Fire Department- a drunk driver crashed into the side of the fire station on May 25th. The driver was extricated and transported to the hospital. Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000.

Barrington, Rhode Island Fire Department- voters approved the hiring of 4 additional firefighters that will bring the staffing total to 29.

Oakland, Maine Fire Department- has been awarded a $130,096 Federal grant to purchase new air packs.

Reading, Mass Fire Department- Captain Philip Boisvert has retired after 34 years of service.

Rhode Island Fire Academy- opens new training facility in Exeter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ridgefield, Connecticut Fire Department- has named Acting Fire Chief Jerry Myers as the new permanent fire chief.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- Fire Chief Norm Sanborn has retired after 42 years of service.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

North Carolina fire station hit by tornado. Fire station and 3 trucks destroyed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.