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Week of June 29, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District, MO Lieutenant Ron Wehlage, 40, was found dead at home after finishing a shift at the fire station.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Edgartown, MA Squad 230- 2020 Ford F-550/Bulldog/CET Utility 4x4 250/300/10F
West Hartford, CT Ladder 4- 2020 Pierce Impel-Ascendant 1500/500/107' RMA
Worcester, MA Engine 3- 2020 E-One Cyclone 1500/500/30F

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Broad Brook Fire (East Windsor, CT)- Engine-Tank 339's 1991 Mack MC/Ranger 1250/1000/40F has returned to service after being refurbished by Fleetmasters.

Eastford, Connecticut Fire Department- has on order a Spartan MetroStar/Toyne 1500/1000 pumper.

Gaylordsville, Connecticut Fire Department- has on order a 4-Guys Elliptical tanker. It will carry 3000 gallons on an International chassis. Delivery is expected in September 2020.

Goodwin Mills, Maine Fire Department- recently acquired a 2006 Ford F-550/Toyne 500/200 for Forestry 87.

Gorham, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order a Freightliner M2/Midwest 1000/2000 pumper/tanker. Delivery is expected in January 2021.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order an E-One 100' tower. Delivery expected in early 2021.

Whittingham, Vermont Fire Department- has placed into service a 1997 Freightliner/E-One 1250/1250 as Engine 1. It previously served in Rawlings, MD and was refurbished prior to being placed into service in Whittingham.

Williamstown, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new 2600 gallon tanker truck.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Coventry, Connecticut- fire departments merged into one unified agency. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Gorham, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre has retired after 36 years of service.

Hopkinton, New Hampshire Rescue Squad- The Hopkinton Rescue Squad has ceased operations.

Keene, New Hampshire Fire Department- Captain Art Johnson has retired after 31 years of service. Posted in July.

Lawrence, Mass Fire Department- Lieutenant Jimmy Flynn has retired after 35 years of service.

Mattapoisett, Mass Fire Department- ground broken on new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orrington, Maine Fire Department- has moved into their new fire station at 271 Center Drive. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Pawtucket, Rhode Island Fire Department- Engine 3 has been reactivated and will run out of it's former station on Columbus Ave. To facilitate the manpower, Ladder 1 and Ladder 2 will now run with a crew of 2 instead of 3. Rescue 1 has been relocated from Station 6 to Headquarters.

Poquonnock Bridge, Connexticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Joseph Winski has retired after 50 years of service.

Westminster, Vermont Fire Department- announces the following promotions: Firefighter/EMT Jay Gagne has been promoted to Lieutenant (C6) and Lieutenant Gary Cobb has been promoted to Safety Captain (C5).

Winslow, Maine Fire Department- the fire department has begun providing BLS ambulance service with a GMC ambulance that was recently purchased. Delta Ambulance will provide ALS and ambulance back-up.

Woburn, Mass Fire Department- state approves land swap for new department headquarters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Woburn, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Steve Adgate has announced he will retire in November.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- has made the following promotions:
Captain Kurt Richard to District Chief
‪Lieutenant David Anger to Captain
‪Lieutenant Andrew Robinson to Captain
‪FF Michael McTigue to Lieutenant
‪FF Jason Charest to Lieutenant

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Week of June 22, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Iaeger, WV Volunteer Firefighter Russ Roberson died from injuries he suffered trying to prevent a civilian from going back into a burning home on June 21st.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Goffstown, NH Ambulance 2- 2020 International/Road Rescue ambulance
Rutland, MA Engine 3- 2019 Ford F-550/CET 4x4 250/350/10F
Templeton, MA Rescue 2- 2020 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Boston Fire Department- has awarded the contract for six (6) new aerial ladders to E-One. They will be on 2021 Cylone six wheel chassis' and have a 100' LTH (Metro) aerial, which is the spec as their current E-One Metro ladders.

Lawrence, Mass Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of Engine 7's 2020 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750 pumper. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Falmouth, Mass Fire Department- funding authorized for additional firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rowe, Mass Fire Department- voters approved extra shift. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Somersworth, New Hampshire Fire Department- plans advance for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of June 15, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Mansfield, MA Firefighter Michael McLaughlin passed away from occupational cancer.

Retired Northampton, MA Firefighter Andrew Morini passed away.

Sunapee, NH Fire Ladies Auxiliary founding member Judith E. (Buttrick) Sargent passed away suddenly on June 5th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Little Falls, NJ Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Cordero, 61, passed away from COVID-19.

LODD- Southeast Caldwell County, TX Volunteer Firefighter Klayton Manning, 18, was shot and killed while operating a department ATV.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Boothbay Harbor, ME Engine 3- 2020 International/E-One 1500/500/30A 4X4
East Providence, RI Rescue 1- 2020 Ford F-550/PL Custom 4X4 ambulance
Georgetown, MA Engine 2- 2020 KME Panther 1500/750/30A
Peabody, MA Engine 1- 2020 KME Severe Service 1500/750
Sharon, MA SA-2- 2020 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Stoughton, MA Engine 2- 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC 1500/750/30A
Warren, RI Rescue 2- 2020 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Woburn, MA Engine 5- 2020 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Errol, New Hampshire Fire Department- has acquired a 1980 GMC/E-One 1000/2000 tanker. It had previously served in Mashpee, Mass and will be desiganted Engine 2.

Littleton, Maine Fire Department- receives new vehicle with FEMA grant. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a 2020 Chevy Tahoe 4X4 for the shift commander (Car 5).

Quincy, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a 2020 Chevy Silverado 4X4 as Car 2 (shift deputy).

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Colchester, Vermont Fire Department- the new unified department began operations on June 1st with the three full time firefighters starting their schedule. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Falmouth, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Michael Small will retire in July after more than 30 years of service.

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The IFBA convention has been rescheduled to October 27th thru November 1st in Nashville. This will coincide with the Firehouse Expo and registration for the IFBA Convention will include entrance to Expo events with transportation provided from the IFBA hotel to the Expo.




Week of June 8, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Boston Lieutenant Tom "Boots" McCann passed away on June 9th. (I knew Boots personally as did many firefighters and buffs in the Boston area. He was a true firefighter's firefighter and will be sorely missed. RIP Boots.)

Retired Provincetown, MA Firefighter John Joseph Laffin, 95, passed away on May 30th.

Retired Lawrence, MA Captain William J. “Will” Diodati, 94, passed away on June 6th. He was also a Marine Corps veteran and served during WWII.

Retired Plymouth, MA Firefighter Alan Ferazzi has passed away.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Firefighter Eric Gore passed away from symptoms of COVID-19.

LODD- CO Firefighter Injured in 2016 Dies from Surgery Complications Berthoud, CO Fire District Fire Investigator Joshua MacDonald, 34, was injured investigating a fire scene in 2016, passed away from surgury complications related to his injuries.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bellows Falls, VT Rescue 1- 2020 International CV/Boise Mobile Equip light rescue
Bennington Rescue, VT Ambulance 6- 2020 Ford F-450/2010 Osage box remount
Chelmsford, MA Engine 1- 2020 Pierce Saber 1500/750
Holliston, MA Engine 1- 2020 Pierce Saber 1500/750
Pepperell, MA Ladder 1- 2019 Spartan/Smeal 1500/500/20F 105” RMA
Portland, ME Medcu 4- 2020 Ford E-450/Braun ambulance
Westport, MA Rescue 1- 2020 Dodge Ram 5500/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Wilton, CT Engine 2- 2019 Pierce Saber 1500/1000
Wilton Ambulance, CT Ambulance 511- 2019 Ford F-550/Life Line ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Manchester, Vermont Fire Department- has ordered a 2020 Freightliner M2-106 / Boise Mobile Equip non walk thru Heavy Rescue.

North Branford, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed an order with E-One for a Typhoon pumper with 1500 GPM pump, 1000 gallon tank and 450 HP motor. Delivery is expected in late spring of 2021.

Orleans, Vermont Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 1500 GPM Saber pumper.

Poquonnock Bridge, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed an order with Marion for a new pumper.

Waterbury, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed an order with E-One for a Metro ladder truck with 100' LTH aerial. Delivery is expected in the summer of 2021.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Massachusetts- 11 fire departments enter agreement that allows them to exchange personnel if needed during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The departments of Athol, Barre, Erving, Gardner, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton and Wendell may share manpower if necessary due to members falling ill or having to quarantene from the COVID-19 virus.

Billerica, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3 has been temporarily relocated to 6 Grove Street while the new Pinehurst fire station is under construction.

North Conway, New Hampshire Fire Department- voters back funding for new fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- has completed a switch over to all new air packs and breathing equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

York Beach, ME Fire Department- Captain Mark Gay has retired after 48 (yes 48) years of service.

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Press Release: Ferrara Fire Apparatus Adds Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus To Dealer Network. CLICK FOR OFFICIAL RELEASE.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new cutter: Courtesy of the U.S.C.G. public relations:
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard held a commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson, the service's 37th fast response cutter, at Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas, Friday. Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, presided over the ceremony, along with Lt. Katie Shveda, Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson commanding officer.
Edgar Culbertson, the cutter’s namesake, was a Coast Guard petty officer 1st class and Coast Guard Medal recipient who died April 30, 1967, while attempting the rescue of three brothers during a storm in Duluth, Minnesota. Culbertson and two other Coast Guardsmen, Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Callahan and Fireman Ronald Prei, volunteered to attempt the rescue. After arriving at the pier they tethered themselves together and searched the pier with lanterns in an attempt to locate the missing Halverson brothers. As the heroes searched for the boys, a large wave crashed over the wall, knocking Culberston over the side.
Culbertson was a 31-year-old native of Ferndale, Michigan, a veteran of the Korean War and had served in the Coast Guard since 1952.
The Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson’s patrol area will encompass 900 miles of coastline for the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, from Carrabelle, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas. Fast response cutters are named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes and will replace the service's 110-foot patrol boats. These vessels feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment.




Week of June 1, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

West Haven, CT Retired Fire Chief William "Wiggy" Johnson Jr. passed away.

Morrisville and Wolcott, Vermont Retired Assistant Chief Arlo “Duke” Sterner passed away on May 28th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

Newport Twp, PA Firefighter Joe Nealon passed away on June 1st after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Amesbury, MA Ambulance 2- 2019 Ford F-450/Osage 4x4 ambulance
Methuen, MA Ambulance 1- 2020 Ford F-450/Braun 4x4 ambulance
Pembroke, MA Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750
Pembroke, MA Engine 4- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750
Portsmouth, NH Engine 1- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/500
Southington, CT Tanker 2- 2020 Kenworth/?? pumper/tanker
Southwick, MA Engine 2- 2020 Ford F-750/Alexis 1250/600
UMass Worcester EMS, MA 2669- 2019 Ford F-450/Horton 4x4 ambulance
UMass Worcester EMS, MA 26610- 2019 Ford F-450/Horton 4x4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bow, New Hampshire Fire Department- Rosenbauer has begun production of the department's new rescue pumper. It is being built on a Commander chassis with a Hale 1500 GPM pump, 1500 gallon water tank and a 30 gallon Class A foam cell. Delivery expected sometime this summer.

Dudley, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a 1988 Hummer as Forestry 3 and a 2019 Zodiac inflatable as Marine 1.

Keene, New Hampshire Fire Department- Production has begun on the department's new Rosenbauer Cobra 2000/300/100' Mid-Mount Tower Ladder. The truck is expected to be completed in mid to late July and will be delivered sometime in August or early September.

Webster, Mass EMS- Paramedic 2's 2016 Ford F-450/Medix 4x4 ambulance was totalled after being involved in an MVA. A new 2019 Ford F-550/Gen-T GT-171 4x4 is being delivered this week.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Barre, Mass Fire Department- has hired Call FF/EMT Christina Gustafson as the department's newest full time Firefighter.

Fitchburg, Mass Fire Department- Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo Jr. has been selected to be the new Fire Chief.

South Fire District (Middletown, CT)- has received a $27,000 grant for equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of May 25, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Stoneham, MA Firefighter Bill Kelley passed away on May 25th.

Cromwell, CT Fire Marshal Todd Gray Gagnon, 58, passed away on May 22nd. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

Retired Brandon, VT Fire Chief Roman Wdowiak, 68, passed away on May 22nd.

Retired Pelham, NH Fire Chief E. David Fisher passed away on May 26th.

Retired Brookline, MA Deputy Chief John F. Spillane has passed away.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bridgewater, MA Engine 4- 2020 Ferrara Igniter 1500/750
Colrain EMS, MA Ambulance 1- 2019 Ford F-550/PL Custom 4x4 ambulance
Cranberry Isles, ME Tanker- 2020 International HV607 4×2/E-One PM100 Vacuum pump/2500 gal
Orwell, VT Engine 1- 2020 Kenworth T370/HME Ahrens Fox 1500/1200/30F
Shelburne, MA Tanker 1- 2019 Freightliner/Dingee 500/2200
Westbrook, ME Engine- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/780/30F
Windham, VT Engine 1- 2019 International/Dingee 1250/1500

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Gill, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a Tanker 1 - 2010 Freightliner/Rosenbauer 750/2000/30A.

Hancock, Maine Fire Department- has acquired a 2005 Freightliner/E-One 1250/1000/20F and assigned it as Engine 4.

Shelburne Falls, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a 1989 Pierce Arrow 1250/300 75’ RMA ladder truck that had previously served in Southwick.

Sherman, Connecticut Fire Department- has on order a tanker being built by Marion.

West Burke, Vermont Fire Department- has acquired a Spartan/Smeal pumper and assigned it as Engine 2. No further info about the pumper.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Falmouth, Mass Fire Department- voters approved an override that will allow the hiring of 8 firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Gorham, ME Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre will retire in July after 36 years of service.

Greenwich, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Peter Siecienski will retire on May 29th after 40 years of service.

Naugatuck, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Ellen Murray will retired in June after 32 years of service. Chief Murray was the first female career firefighter in the state of Connecticut.

Oak Bluffs, Mass Fire Department- has named Assistant Fire Chief Manuel "Manny" Rose as the permanent Fire Chief.

Oakham, Mass Fire Department- effective July 1, 2020 Rutland Fire will provide ambulance coverage for the town due to a lack of members available to respond. Current plans call for the current Oakham ambulances to be traded in towards a new ambulance that will service Oakham.

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The NESVFL has cancelled all hand tub musters for 2020.
From Jim Hoffman, president of the NESVL:
It is with a heavy heart we announce that the New England State Fireman’s League 2020 muster season has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. This is not the first time the NESVFL has been forced to cancel the season. The last time was during World War 2. It is unfortunate that this word wide pandemic has had the same effect on this year’s season. However as in the past the league will rise to the challenge. As always, the Vice Presidents are standing by to assist any organizations or members. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.




Week of May 18, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Newton, MA Firefighter Albert J. Comeau, 93, passed away on May 10th.

Retired Winthrop, MA Fire Chief Paul Ford passed away on May 19th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Chicago, IL Firefighter Edward Singleton, 55, passed away from symptoms related to COVID-19.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Andover, MA Ambulance 1- 2020 International/Horton ambulance
Dover, MA Ambulance 1- 2020 Ford F-550/Osage 4X4 ambulance
Medway, MA Brush 1- 2020 Ford F-550/Specialty Vehicles/CET 4x4 300/300
Milford, ME Engine 802- 2020 Freightliner M2-112/E-One 1500/2000/F
Somers, CT Ambulance 746- 2020 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line Super Liner ambulance
T.F. Green Airport, RI Rescue 303- 2020 Rosenbauer Panther 4X4 2100GPM/1598W/210B/500PKP/460Halotron ARFF
Westborough, MA Truck 1- 2020 Seagrave Marauder 95' MM Tower

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Barnstable, Mass Fire Department- recently placed into service a 1997 Stewart & Stevenson LMTV 6x6 125/500 as Forestry 211.

Candia, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 1500 GPM pumper built on a Saber chassis. Posted May 2020.

Central Falls, Rhode Island Fire Department- the spare ladder (1992 E-One 110' RMA) has been permanently taken out of service due to mechanical issues.

Cumberland, Rhode Island Fire Department- spare Truck 1 (2000 KME 1500/500/75' RMA) has been permanently taken out of service due to mechanical issues.

Hawley, Mass Fire Department- has purchased a 1996 E-One pumper that previously served in Platsburgh, NY.

Richmond Carolina Fire District, Carolina RI- has on order a 2020 Freightliner M2 112 2 Door/Toyne Stainless Steel Tanker. It will feature a Hale QMax Xs 1500 GPM midship pump and 2000 Gallon UPF tank. Delivery March 2021. Sold by Mike LeClair of C&S Specialty, Inc.

Stoughton, Mass Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of the new Enforcer 1500 GPM pumper. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Troy, Vermont Fire Department- recently placed into service a 1998 Pierce Saber heavy rescue. It has previously served in East Northpoint, NY and Carl Junction, MO.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Milton, Vermont Fire Department- town appoints new public safety director. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Nantucket, Mass Fire Department- has occupied their new fire headquarters at 4 Fairgrounds Road.

Quincy, Mass Fire Department- 35 new firefighters graduate academy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Salem, New Hampshire Fire Department- Captain John Judson has retired after 33 1/2 years of service.

Sherman, Connecticut Fire Department- placed into service a new fireboat. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Tisbury, Mass Fire Department- has promoted Assistant Fire Chief Gregory Leland to Fire Chief. This will take effect on July 1st.

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