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Week of November 23, 2020
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DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Augusta, ME retired Lieutenant Albert Joseph Harrington, Sr., 89, passed away on November 14th.

Former Skowhegan, ME Fire Chief Tom Keene, 66, passed away after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

Former Mystic, CT Fire/Police member James H. Hoffman, 92, passed away on November 13th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Grant Township, MI Firefighter Michael Buitendorp suffered a medical emergency while driving a piece of apparatus to a fire scene. He went into cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived.

LODD- Kansas City, MO Captain Robert Rocha, 60, died on November 21st after becoming infected with COVID-19.

LODD- Harrison Township, IN Firefighter/EMT Robert Cree, 72, suffered a fatal heart attack on November 22nd after returning home from an emergency call.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

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Gaylordsville VFD (New Milford, CT)- has taken delivery of a 2020 International/4-Guys tanker. It features a 1000 GPM Darley pump, 3000 gallon elliptical tank and 10" square dumps on rear and both sides. It will be assigned as Tanker 4-4, replacing a 1990 Mack/S&S tanker.

Tolland, Mass Fire Department- has taken delivery of a 2020 Spartan MetroStar/4-Guys pumper. It features a Waterous 2000 GPM pump, 1250 water tank and 20 gallon foam tank. At the time of this writing, it is not confirmed as to what engine number this will be lettered as.

West Thompson (Thompson, Conn) Fire Department- has taken delivery of a new tanker built by Alexis on a 2020 Freightliner chassis. It features a pump and 3000 gallon tank and has been assigned to Tanker 128, replacing a 1990 Pierce Lance.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Belmont, Mass Fire Department- has on order a 2021 E-One Typhoon pumper for Engine 2. It will feature a 1250 GPM pump and 530 gallon water tank. Delivery is expected in the spring of 2021.

Foxborough, Mass Fire Department- vintage fire engine makes its way home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hopkinton, New Hampshire Fire Department- Engine 3's 1995 Simon Duplex/Valley 1500/1000 has been retired and permanently removed from service.

Oakham, Mass Fire Department- has converted former Ambulance 2's 1997 Ford F-350/E-One into a special operations unit, designated Squad 1.

Sheffield, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 4X4 Enforcer PUC 1500 GPM pumper. Additional features include full-depth compartment to carry specialized rescue and Haz-Mat equipment, EZ-Trac hydraulic all-wheel-drive and 750 gallon water tank.

Simsbury, Connecticut Fire Department- has awarded 4-Guys the contract for a new custom pumper. Estimated delivery is December 2021.

Sturbridge, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for an Enforcer PUC 1500 GPM pumper. Features include a 1000 gallon water tank and extensive compartmentation.

Windham/Gorham, Maine- has purchased a 2000 Ferrara Inferno 1500/400/75' RMA that will serve both departments. It previously served in Cumberland and replaces a 2003 E-One tower that has been permanently removed from service.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Carrabassett Valley, Maine Fire Department- construction has been completed on the new Mountain Fire Station, located at 5002 Backburn Way. An open house is scheduled for November 28th.

Chelmsford, Mass Fire Department- Engine 2 may run out of the Department of Public Works while new North Station is under construction. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

East Greenwich, Rhode Island Fire Department- 60 percent of the department tests positive for COVID-19, forcing closure of 1 station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Foxborough, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief named interim health director. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of November 16, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

OUTSIDE OF NEW ENGLAND

Oakland, CA interim Assistant Fire Chief Sean Laffan, 42, collapsed and died while on duty on November 16th.

LODD- Blissfield Township, MI Firefighter Joseph Todd Gallo, 34, died in a motor vehicle accident after losing control of his vehilce while responding to a fire.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Ashland, MA Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Danville, NH Engine 1- 2020 Sutphen Monarch 1500/1000/30F
Hampstead, NH Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon e-MAX 1500/1000/30F
Hartford, CT Tac Unit- 2020 Spartan/Marion heavy rescue
Swanzey, NH Brush 1- 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4X4

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Hiram, Maine Fire Department- 83 year old fire truck still going strong. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Augusta, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Roger Audette is set to retire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Foxborough, Mass- new regional dispatch center opens. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Newington, Connecticut Fire Department- Volunteer Deputy Chief Jeffrey Trommer has been appointed as the new Fire Chief.

Norridgewock, Maine Fire Department- hires first full time firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Plainville, Connecticut Fire Department- names new fire chief after current chief reaches maximum term limit. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Saylesville (Lincoln, Rhode Island)- Fire Wardens Board asks for merger with Albion. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- firefighters honor Lt Jason Menard on 1 year anniversary of death. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of November 9, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Easton Township, KS Volunteer Firefighter Johnny Ivison Jr., 23, was killed in a traffic accident while responding to a structure fire.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Hull, MA Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Mendon, MA Engine 2- 2020 Spartan/Toyne 1500/1000/25A
Pittsfield, VT Tanker 1- 2020 Kenworth/V-Tec
Taftville (Norwich, CT) Rescue 2- 2020 International/EVI rescue
Woonsocket, RI Rescue 1- 2020 Ford F-550/Life Line 4X4 ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Georgia, Vermont Fire Department- has removed the body of their 1999 Ford/E-One brush truck and mounted to a new 2020 Ford F-550 chassis. It has been converted into a light rescue and is designated Rescue 1.

Norway, Maine Fire Department- to purchase new command vehicle. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- has changed the designation of Engine 7 to Tanker 7.

Ryegate, Vermont Fire Department- recently placed into service a 1988 Sutphen 1000/1000 as Engine 6. It previously served in Passadumkeag, ME.

Temple, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed into service a 2006 American Lafrance 1500/750 as Engine 1.

Winchester, New Hampshire Fire Department- recently placed into service a 2011 International 7400 SBA/M&W rescue as Rescue 1. It previously served with the Falls Church, VA Fire Department.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Acton, Mass Fire Department- Captain Anita Arnum has been selected to be the new Deputy Chief.

Cromwell, Connecticut Fire Department- has appointed Jason Brade as Acting Fire Chief and William J. Stacy as Acting Assistant Fire Chief.

Fort Fairfield, Maine Fire Department- 15 year old accused of stealing and crashing fire department vehicle. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Jay, Maine Fire Department- to try on-call system for weekdays. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Levant, Maine Fire Department- $2.5 millon bond fails at town meeting that would have purchased new apparatus and equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Nahant, Mass Fire Department- has appointed Acting Fire Chief Dean Palombo as permanent Fire Chief.

Winthrop, Maine Fire Department- four sets of father/son firefighters define service to community. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of November 2, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Hamilton & Wenham, MA Firefighter Tom Raymond past away unexpectedly on November 3rd.

Retired Westbrook, ME Fire Chief Byron Elwyn Rogers Jr., 87, passed away on November 1st.

Danbury, NH Retired Deputy Chief Richard "Rick" "Grump" A. Swift, 73, passed away on November 1st.

Retired Fairfax, VT Fire Chief James A. Field, 79, passed away on October 30th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Monroe County, GA Emergency Services Firefighter Harold Boone, 49, passed away from COVID-19.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Ayer, MA Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Easton, CT Engine 4- 2020 Spartan MetroStar/Marion 1500/1000
Haverhill, MA Rescue 1- 2020 Pierce Impel heavy rescue
Hull, MA Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30B
New Boston, NH Engine 1- 2020 E-One Typhoon eMAX 1500/1000/30F
Plainville, CT Engine 2- 2020 KME Predator XLFD 1500/1000
Plainville, CT Tower 1- 2020 KME Predator 2000/300/102' RM Twr
Springfield, MA Engine 4- 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC 1500/750
West Bath, ME Engine 8- 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Winslow, ME Ladder 7- 2020 Pierce Enforcer-Ascendant PUC 1500/500/107' RMA

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Amherst, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order a 2021 Spartan MetroStar/Toyne 1500/1000 pumper. Delivery is expected around May of 2021.

Auburn, New Hampshire Fire Department- Forestry 2's 1982 AM General 10WD 500/1000 has been retired. Engine 1 has been re-designated Ladder 1.

East Bridgewater, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Rosenbauer for a 100' mid-mount tower built on a Commander chassis. It will also feature a 2000 GPM Waterous pump and 300 gallon water tank.

Enfield, Connecticut Fire Dist 1- voters approved funds to purchase a new ladder truck.

Goodwins Mills, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a new pumper/tanker that will replace Engine 81 and Engine 84. They also were approved for funds to purchase a new Ford ambulance for Ambulance 85.

Northfield Fire (Litchfield, Conn)- has on order a 2021 Spartan MetroStar/4-Guys Walk Around Heavy Rescue w/16' Box. Delivery is expected around May of 2021.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- has on order a 2021 Freightliner M2-106/Toyne Walk Around Heavy Rescue w/ 19' Box. Delivery is expected around April of 2021.

Rutland Town, Vermont Fire Department- has placed an order with Rosenbauer for a pumper built on a Commander chassis. It will feature a Cummins Inc Inc L9 450HP motor with 3000EVS Allison Transmission, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank and Foam Pro 30 gallon Class B foam system. Delivery is expected in winter of 2021.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Barnstead, New Hampshire Fire Department- Captain Gary Doucette has retired after 18 years with the department. Prior to Barnstead, Captain Doucette served with the Pittsfield, NH Fire Department.

Berwick, Maine Fire Department- has moved into their new fire station located at 3 Public Safety Way.

Corinth, Vermont Fire Department- construction is complete on the new fire station located on Fairgrounds Road.

Skowhegan, Maine- voters to use ranked choice voting for decision on new fire and police stations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- has sworn in Dominic DeSimone as the newest firefighter.

Vernon, Vermont Fire Department- has named Alex Dunklee as the new Fire Chief.

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New Bedford, MA Firefighter writes a children's book to insprire young girls. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of October 26, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Duty Manchester, NH Firefighter Firefighter James A. McNeil passed away suddenly at the age of 49.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bow, NH Engine 2- 2020 Rosenbauer Commander 1500/1500/30A
Boxford, MA Rescue 2- 2020 Ford F-550/Rosenbauer 4x4 Light-Duty rescue
Colchester, VT Engine 2- 2020 E-One Typhoon
Farmington, ME Engine 1- 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC 1500/750
Oakland, ME Rescue 4- 2020 Ford F-550/Greenwood 4X4 light rescue
New Haven, CT Engine 10- 2020 Seagrave Marauder 1500/750
New Haven, CT Engine 15- 2020 Seagrave Marauder 1500/750
Peabody, MA Engine 3- 2020 KME Severe Service 1500/750
Rye, NH Ladder 1- 2020 E-One Cyclone-Metro 100' RMA Quint
Shelton, CT Truck 3- 2020 Pierce Accendant 2000/300/100' MM Tower (demo)
Winslow, ME Engine 7- 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC 1500/750/CAFS

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Ashland, Mass Fire Department- Engine 2's new 2020 E-One Typhoon 1500/780/30F has been completed and will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

Brockton, Mass Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction of teh three (3) Enforcer pumpers with 1500 GPM pumps. They will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

Chelsea, Mass Fire Department- construction has begun on the new Pierce pumper. Delivery is expected in early 2021.

Falmouth, Mass Fire Department- has on order a Pierce ladder truck. Construction has begun and delivery is expected in late 2020 or early 2021.

Haverhill, Mass Fire Department- Pierce has competed construction of the new heavy rescue. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Medford, Mass Fire Department- has on order with Seagrave (2) two ladder trucks. One will be a 100' rear-mount aerial and the other will be a 100' tractor-drawn aerial. Both on Marauder chassis.

Melrose, Mass Fire Department- has on order with Seagrave a Marauder pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 750 gallon water tank. They also have on order a 100' tractor-drawn aerial lader truck.

Reading, Mass Fire Department- has on order a Seagrave Marauder pumper with 1250 GPM pump and 750 gallon water tank. It will replace Engine 4.

Smithfield, Rhode Island Fire Department- has purchased North Scituate's former Special Hazards, a 2004 Peterbilt/1985 Frontline rescue.

Wakefield, Mass Fire Department- had on order a Seagrave Capitol pumper with 1250 GPM pump and 750 gallon water tank. It will replace Engine 4's 1996 Seagrave, but will be assigned to Engine 2 in Greenwood. Engine 2's current piece will then be assigned as reserve Engine 4.

Winslow, Maine Fire Department- Pierce has competed construction of the 2020 Enforcer 107' Ascendant 1500 GPM PUC Quint. Delivery will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bartlett, New Hampshire Fire Department- Jeff Currier has been named as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Boston Emergency Medical Services- Deputy Superintendent Ed Hassan has retired after 32 years of service.

East Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- promotes new Battalion Chief and swears in six new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Gardiner, Maine Fire Department- has appointed Interim Fire Chief Rick Sieberg as the permanent Fire Chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Harrison, Maine Fire Department- annonymous person donates funds for extrication equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hartford, Vermont Fire Department- to temporarily staff Quechee Fire Station as part of study. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Plainville, Connecticut Fire Department- Thomas Moschini has been appointed as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Springfield, Mass Fire Department- swears in eight new firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of October 19, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Monterey, MA Volunteer Warren Thomson, 59, died in a railroad accident where he worked.

Retired Essex, MA Firefighter/EMT Jack Good passed away at the age of 77.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Houston, TX Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce, 44, was shot and killed during an arson investigation.

LODD- Camilla, GA Captain Keith Obrian Williams, 54, was found unresponsive by his fellow firefighters while on duty.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Canton, MA Ambulance 1- 2020 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Foster Ambulance Corps, RI Rescue 2- 2020 Dodge Ram 4500/Demers 4x4 ambulance
Kingston, MA Ambulance 3- 2019 Ford F-550/PL Custom 4x4 ambulance
Nantucket, MA Ambulance 1- 2020 Ford F-550/Life Line 4X4 ambulance
Ridgefield, CT Tanker 4- 2020 Spartan Gladiator/4-Guys 1500/2500
Sherman, CT Tanker 1- 2020 Spartan Gladiator/Marion 1250/3000
Somersworth, NH Forestry- 2020 Ford F-450 4X4 brush truck
Wallingford, CT Engine 3- 2020 Sutphen 79' RM quint

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Acton, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Excellence for a new ambulance.

Merrimack, New Hampshire Fire Department- has ordered 2 Pierce Saber 1500/750 pumpers. They are due to be delivered sometime in 2021.

Tyngsborough, Mass Fire Department- has acquired a 1989 AM General Humvee 100/225 for use as a brush/forestry unit. It is military surplus and has been designated Forestry 1.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Acton, Mass Fire Department- Lieutenant James Byrne named as Public Safety Employee of the Year. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Chelmsford, Mass Fire Department- town meeting approves new North Chelmsford Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Greenville, New Hampshire Fire Department- Captain Gregg Eastman has been appointed as the new fire chief.

Milbridge, Maine Fire Department- Fire Chief Peter Sawyer has retired after 61 (yes 61) years of service.

Mount Desert, Maine Fire Department- new fire station plan put on hold. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Webster, Mass Fire Department- effective November 1st, Webster Fire will have the station staffed 24/7 for the first time ever. 7 new positions were created through a Federal grant and will bring the career staffing up to 10.

West Warwick, Rhode Island Fire Department- Lippitt Station closed until further notice. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of October 12, 2020

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Marshfield, MA Captain Gerard Thomas Cashman, 68, passed away on October 12th.

Retired Searsmont, ME Volunteer Assistant Chief Norman Herbert Roberts, 73, passed away on October 9th.

Retired Effingham, NH Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Gerald J. Pellerin, 79, passed away on October 8th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Lyme, NH Engine 1- 2020 E-One Typhoon 4X4 1500/1030/30F
Norton, MA Engine 45- 2020 E-One Quest 1500/750
Sebago, ME Tank 2- 2020 International HV607/E-One 750/3000
Shelburne, NH Engine 1- 2020 HME/Ahrens-Fox 2000/1020

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Marshfield, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2000 E-One Cyclone 1250/750 as reserve Engine 4. It has previously served in Norwood.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Billerica, Mass Fire Department- breaks ground on new Pinehurst Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Bridgewater, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Thomas Levy has retired after 36 years of service.

Manchester, New Hampshire Fire Department- memorial unveiled for fallen Firefighter Mason Murphy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Canaan, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Marshal Fred Baker retires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

North Conway, NH Fire Department- Topping off ceremony held at new fire station under construction. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Worcester, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter Robert O'Connor has retired after 40 years of service.

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