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Week of February 12, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Duty Winchester, MA Lieutenant David W. Hall passed away on February 12th at the age of 64.

LODD- Pascoag Fire Dist (Burrillville, RI) Vol Lieutenant Richard Jenks, 72, died after collapsing while fighting a fire on February 14th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Lawrenceburg, TN Firefighter Jason Dickey, 38, was killed at a house fire when the structure collapsed.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Lowell, VT Tanker 1- 2017 Freightliner/Helie 3000 gallon
Missisquoi Valley Rescue (Swanton, VT)- 2017 Ford F-350/Wheeled Coach ambulance
Pawtucket, RI Engine 4- 2018 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750
Pembroke, MA Squad 5- 2017 Ford F-550/HME Mini Evo 1500/? light rescue

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Boston Fire Department- Engine 55 has been assigned a 2010 KME 1250/750 that had previously served with Engine 7 and Engine 42.

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- Engine 2's 2003 E-One/LTI 1500/400/75' RMA and Engine 6's 1992 Pierce Lance 1500/750 have been removed from service and will be sold off now that the new Engine 1 and Engine 2 are in service. Former Engine 1's 2003 E-One pumper has been reassigned to Engine 6.

Chicopee, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new pumper. It will be similiar to the new 2017 Pierce that was put into service with Engine 1.

Hancock, New Hampshire Fire Department- requests funds for new engine. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lakeville, Mass Fire Department- Engine 1's new Smeal 1500/1000 pumper has been completed at the factory. It will be delivered to the department after final inspection and outfitting at the local dealer.

Orange, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed an order with Smeal for a 79' RM ladder truck built on a Spartan chassis. It will feature a 1500 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank. Delivery is expected in December of 2018.

Quincy, Mass Fire Department- Engine 6 has been assigned former Engine 1's 2005 E-One Typhoon and Engine 7 has been assigned former Enigne 5's 2005 E-One Typhoon.

JOB OPENING

The Town of Southwick Fire Department - a progressive Fire Department located in Southern Western Massachusetts is accepting applications for a full time Captain - Firefighter/Paramedic. This is a working Captain position responding to fire and EMS calls in addition to the day to day operations of the fire department under the direction of the Fire Chief. Requirements: HS diploma or equivalent, valid MA driver’s license, possess and maintain Massachusetts Paramedic certification. Candidate must have Firefighter I/II certification. A minimum of 7 years structural firefighting preferred. 911 Paramedic experience preferred. 5 + years in a fire service supervisory role preferred. ALS or EMS coordinators experience a plus. Consideration given for balance of experience, service volume, and qualifications.

Finalist will be required to complete a medical examination/drug screening, CORI, and extensive background check including psychological test, and other assessments as deemed necessary. Successful candidates shall be financially responsible in passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts fire physical abilities test (PAT) prior to start of work.

Southwick Fire Department currently works a 12 hr. / 4 on 4 off schedule.

The Town of Southwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Open until filled.

Please submit a resume cover letter and application to Southwick Fire Department, Chief Russ Anderson, 15 Depot Street Southwick MA 01077.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Braintree, Mass Fire Department- mayor proposes $1 million renovation of Fire Headquarters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Burlington, Mass Fire Department- bid for new Station 2 awarded. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cheshire, Connecticut- Elim Park Retirement Community presented police and fire departments with $360,000 donation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- District Chief Stephen Archer has been sworn in as the new Chief of Department.

Manchester, Vermont Fire Department- Fire Chief Philip Bourn will retire this month after 40 years of service.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine Fire Department- firefighters to get ballistic vests. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- report says five fire stations should be rebuilt. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rutland Town, Vermont Fire Department- fire station to be replaced due to contamination. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sangerville, Maine Fire Department- firefighter remembered after fatal snowmobile crash. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Torrington, Connecticut Fire Department- has named David Tripp as the new Deputy Fire Chief.

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Week of February 5, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Torrington, CT Retired Deputy Chief Joseph R. "Bob" Bozenski, 97, passed away on February 2nd. He also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Loudon, NH Firefighter Charles L. Byrne, 78, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. A proud Army veteran, he was a 40 year member of the NH Army National Guard, a 30 year member of the Pembroke NH Fire Department, and a 21 year member of the Loudon Fire Department. Charlie was very active with the Loudon FD, and will be sorely missed.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Longmeadow, MA Engine 2- 2017 E-One Typhoon E-Max 1500/1280/30F
Winchester, MA Engine 2- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Ashland, New Hampshire Fire Department- has ordered a Spartan Metro star/Toyne 1500/1000. Delivery is expected in May of 2018.

Beacon Falls, Connecticut Fire Department- Selectment reject fire truck bids for 2nd time. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Georgetown Fire Dist (Redding Conn)- has ordered a Spartan Metro Star/Toyne 1500/1000/30F. Delivery is expected in April of 2018.

Jefferson, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order a Freightliner SD Toyne 3000 gallon tanker. Delivery is expected in June of 2018.

JOB OPENING

The West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department is accepting applications for firefighter/paramedic. Deadline is Friday February 23. CLICK FOR PDF FILE WITH FULL DETAILS.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Berlin, New Hampshire Fire Department- Captain John Lacasse has been appointed as the new Fire Chief. Posted in February.

Boston Fire Department- Engine 5 and District 1 have been relocated to Engine 9/Ladder 2's quarters while work is done on the fire station. The work is expected to take approximately 4-6 months. Bourne, Mass Fire Department- planning has begun for new substation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cumberland, Rhode Island Fire District- commissioners in favor of re-building Station 2. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Durham, Maine Fire Department- has named Joseph Moore as the new Fire Chief, effective March 1. The new chief has served 22 years with the Rockland Fire/EMS as a Firefighter, EMT and Paramedic. He also is a flight medic with Lifeflight of Maine.

Johnston, Rhode Island Fire Department- has named Peter Lamb as the new Fire Chief.

Lawrence, Mass Fire Department- Lieutenant Kirk Scanlon has retired after 31 years of service.

Marion, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a SAFER grant for implementing programs to keep seniors and students safe in the community.

New Boston, New Hampshire Fire Department- residents to consider bond for new fire station at town meeting. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orleans, Vermont Fire Department- dispatching duties to be handled by Newport Police. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

South Portland, Maine Fire Department- substation requires $1.3 million in repairs and mole removal. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stamford, Connecticut Fire Department- off duty firefighter helps save man having a heart attack. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Stamford, Connecticut Fire Department- has promoted Matthew Palmer and Thomas Gloersen to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief.

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Week of January 29, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Millbury, MA Captain Michael P. Krumsiek passed away at the age of 72.

Retired Hopkinton, Mass Fire Chief Richard Macmillan passed away at the age of 71.

Shirley, Mass Deputy Chief Joseph Hawthorne passed away at the age of 69 on January 23rd.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- U.S. Virgin Islands Driver/Operator Dwayne Thomas passed away after suffering an apparent heart attack during a fire on January 24th.

LODD- Hardy's Chapel, TN Volunteer Firefighter Derrick R. Webb, 31, passed away after becoming ill at a training event on January 17th.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Andover, MA Ambulance 1- 2018 International/Horton ambulance
Bedford, MA Engine 4- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1250/760/20F
Belchertown, MA Ambulance 2- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
Concord, NH Ambulance 4- 2018 Ford F-550/PL Custom ambulance
Concord, NH Ambulance 5- 2018 Ford F-550/PL Custom ambulance
Essex Rescue, Vermont Rescue 2- 2018 Ford F-450/Braun ambulance
Massport-Logan Airport Truck 1- 2017 Rosenbauer Commander 2000/300/100B 101’ RM Tower
Wellfleet, MA Ambulance 99- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
Yarmouth, MA Rescue 56- 2018 Dodge/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Vergennes, VT Fire Department- City Council puts $500,000 on ballot for new fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- regional dispatch on March ballot. CLICK FIRE ARTICLE.

Cranston, Rhode Island Fire Department- chemical fire sends 14 firefighters to the hospital and ruins $150,000 worth of gear. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Deerfield, New Hampshire Fire Department- as of January 1st, Deerfield Fire and Deerfield Rescue merged into one department.

Easton, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter John Beltramini has retired after 31 years of service.

Harpswell, Maine Fire Department- hires its first paid firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hudson, New Hampshire Fire Department- construction of new station on schedule. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Keene, New Hampshire Fire Department- city poised to take back long time home of West Keene Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lebanon, Maine Fire Department- has named Steve Merrill as the new Fire Chief. Steve served with the Saco Fire Department for 28 years before being selected as the new chief.

New Bedford, Mass Fire Department- receives two fire prevention and education grants. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Plymouth, Mass Fire Department- Plymouth Firefighters become first in the state with personal thermal imaging cameras. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rhode Island- Johnston Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin has been named as the new state Fire Marshal.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- have promoted Lieutenant Mike George to the rank of Captain and Firefighter Jarrod Wheeler to the rank of Lieutenant.

Saugus, Mass Fire Department- has promoted Firefighter Bill Cross to the rank of Lieutenant.

South Hadley, Mass Fire Department- purchased bullet proof vests for active shooter incidents. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- Firefighters Joshua Kenniston, Peter Cubilette, Jonathan Shea and Ryan Wilkie have graduated the Mass Fire Academy and joined the ranks of the department.

Sudbury, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief William Miles retires this week after 36 years of service.

Unity, Maine Fire Department- Captain Blaine Parsons has been promoted to Chief of Department.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

New Hampshire bill aims to help first responders with PTSD. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Boston, NH fire leaves member of department homeless. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Former Rutland, VT Fire Chief hired as new town manager in Castleton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of January 22, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Blanford, MA Squad 2- 2016 Ford F-550/Darley 1500/300/30F (demo unit)
Cranston, RI Rescue 4- 2018 Dodge Ram/Frazerbilt ambulance
Fairhaven, MA Medic 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
Halifax, MA Ambulance 2- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance
Johnston, RI Engine 2- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Johnston, RI Engine 3- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Keene, NH Ladder 2- 2018 Pierce Ascendant ?/500/F/107' RMA
Mashpee, MA Ambulance 363- 2018 Ford F-450/Life Line ambulance
Stamford EMS, CT Ambulance- 2018 Ford F-350/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bethany, Connecticut Fire Department- Rosenbauer has completed construction on the new pumper. Delivery pending after outfitting at the local dealer.

Haverhill, Mass Fire Department- KME has completed construction of the new pumper and it is in the process of being outfitted. After delivery, it will be assigned to Engine 1. Engine 1's current pumper will be reassigned to Engine 4 and that piece will become a spare.

Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- has placed into service a used 1997 E-One tower-ladder as Tower-Ladder 1. The unit originally served in Falmouth, Maine.

West Barnstable, Mass Fire Department- Rosenbauer has completed construction on Engine 294's new pumper. Delivery is expected within the next 2 weeks to the department.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bristol, Connecticut Fire Department- two firefighters honored for saving woman's life. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- Chief supports regional dispatch. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Caribou, Maine- council approves funds for study for new Public Safety Building. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Chilmark, Mass Fire Department- proposes merger with Aquinnah and West Tisbury Fire Departments. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Concord, Mass Fire Department- has appointed Interim Fire Chief Tom Judge as the permanent Fire Chief.

Cumberland, Rhode Island Fire Department- officials look to rebuild Station 2. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Essex, Massachusetts- public to weigh in on options for new fire and police stations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- awarded state grant money to fund fire and police positions. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Greenwich, Connecticut Fire Department- driver crashes into Glenville Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lisbon, Connecticut Fire Department- hopes to triple station size. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Litchfield, New Hampshire Fire Department- residents to vote on scaled-down fire station proposal in March. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lowell, Mass Fire Department- Lieutenant Eugene "Geno" LaFerriere has retired from the department.

Rehab Five, Massachusetts- has on order from the factory a 2018 GMC HD2500. The build date from the factory is February 14 and they expect delivery a few months later. It will then be upfitted by AllComm and have a full slide out bed under a custom cap. This unit will be assigned Rehab 5-0 and will replace the Subaru which will be sold as surplus.

Rockland, Maine Fire Department- Firefighter Patrick Lowe has been promoted to Lieutenant.

Sherman, Connecticut Fire Department- residents to vote on new radio system. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Somerset, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Chief Paul Paquette has retired. Jason Phillips has been promoted to Deputy Chief.

Somersworth, New Hampshire Fire Department- has received two Federal grants. The first, for $99,068, will be used for training and outfitting 10 new call firefighters. The 2nd, in the amount of $250,000, will be used to purchase a combination SCBA air supply unit and rehab unit. According to the fire chief, this will be the first custom built rig to peform both functions.

Somerville, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Pat Sullivan has retired after 32 years of service. Deputy Chief Charlie Breen has been made Acting Fire Chief.

South Windsor, Connecticut Fire Department- donates fire truck to Enfield school. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- has named Bernard "B.J." Calvi as the new Fire Commissioner.

Swanzey, New Hampshire Fire Department- voters to decide if funds set aside for new station should be used to repair existing stations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Whitman, Mass Fire Department- Firefighters Jerry Thompson, Russell Lucas, and Zachary Baldwin have graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

Wilmington, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Rick McClellan has retired after 35 years of service.

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Dover, NH Firefighters celebrate young hero. CLICK FOR ARTICLES.

HME ramps up production due to demand. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of January 15, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired East Greenwich, RI Firefighter Joseph Eugenio passed away on Jan 15, 2018 at the age of 103.

LODD- Weymouth, MA Lieutenant Eugene Campbell passed away from occupational cancer.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- West Felicianam CA Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, 48, was struck and killed while working at a motor vehicle crash.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Goodwin Mills, ME Ambulance 86- 2017 Ford F-550/LifeLine ambulance
Middlebury, VT Ladder 1- 2017 HME Ahrens Fox 111' RMA
Woonsocket, RI Ladder 1- 2017 E-One Cyclone 110' RMA

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Beacon Falls, Connecticut Fire Department- board reviews bids for new fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Cromwell, Connecticut Fire Department- Rescue 1's 1991 Simon-Duplex/Saulsbury Rescue has been retired. The rescue equipment has been moved to Engine 4's 1997 KME, which has changed designations to Tac 4. A new rescue truck is planned, but it is not known when if/when the new vehicle will be ordered.

South Portland, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2018 Arrow XT for Ladder 45. The truck will feature a 107' steel aerial, 1500 Hale Q max pump, 500 gal water, 30 gal Foam cell, and 5K generator. Delivery is expected late summer 2018.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Exeter, New Hampshire Fire Department- calls for town to hire more firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Holden, Mass Fire Department- Russ Hall has been sworn in as Fire Chief and Sean Smith has been sworn in as Deputy Chief.

Kensington Fire Company (Berlin, Conn)- Fire Chief Mark Lewandowski has retired after 24 years of service. Former Captain Jeff Pajor has been named as the new Fire Chief.

Litchfield, Connecticut Fire Department- budget committee opposes $5.5 million bond for new station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Livermore Falls, Maine Fire Department- board ok's changes to fire station renovation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lynn, Mass Fire Alarm- Senior Fire Alarm Operator Rick Cutts has retired after 25 years of service.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- receives $14,000 in state funds for fire education. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sherborn, Mass Fire Department- former Titan now fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

South Portland, Maine Fire Department- has promoted the following individuals: 3 Firefighters promoted to Lieutenant. FF/Parmaedic Jon Perry, FF/Paramedic Seth Hagar and FF/Advanced Brian Smart. 2 Lieutenants promoted to Captain. Lt. Robb Couture, Lt. Chris Copp. 4 new Deputy Chiefs. Capt Mike Williams, Lt. Phil Selberg, Lt. Paul Salway and Lt. William Collins promoted to Deputy Chief. Congratulations to all!!

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- Chief looks to build new station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Taunton, Mass Fire Department- swears in four officers. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westport, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Robert Mooney has retired from his post as volunteer chief after 25 years of service, 11 of which was as chief.

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Week of January 8, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Fairhaven, Mass Firefighter/EMT Frank Cruz passed away on January 8th after a lengthy illness. FF Cruz served for over 30 years.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau, 42, was killed after he was trapped by debris from by structural collapse.

Thomas "Tim" J. McCue Jr. of New Kent, VA passed away on December 27, 2017. He was the Fire Chief at the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, NJ and was know for his modeling column in Fire Apparatus Journal.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Cambridge, MA Squad 2- 2017 Ford F-450/Fire 1 paramedic unit
Farmingdale, ME Engine 12- 2017 HME/Ahrens Fox 1250/1000/30F

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Billerica, Mass Fire Department- has named Deputy Fire Chief Robert Cole has been named as Interim Fire Chief.

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3 became the city’s 2nd Paramedic Engine company on January 11th. This move was made to meet the demands of the rapidly expanding Northpoint and East Cambridge areas. This is the fifth Fire department medic unit. All transporting continue to be done by Professional Ambulance.

Dennis, Mass Fire Department- swears in 9 new firefighers. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Epping, New Hampshire Fire Department- proposes to make old fire station into museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Litchfield, New Hampshire- proposed $5.5 million fire station to be considered. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- has named District Chief Stephen Archer as the new Fire Chief.

Marlow, New Hampshire- has its ambulance service back. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Natick, Mass Fire Department- has named Deputy Chief Michael Lentini as the new Fire Chief.

Somerville, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan will retire this month.

South Meriden, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Keith Gordon has retired after 27 years of service. Deputy Chief Steve Legere will become the new Fire Chief.

Wilmington, Vermont Fire Department- long time firefighter Scott Moore has been appointed as the new Fire Chief.

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