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U.S. Coast Guard- the Coast Guard has commissioned two new National Security Cutters - the USCGC Kimball (WMSL-756) and USCGC Midgett (WMSL-757). CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new Fast Response Cutter: (Article courtesy of U.S. Caost Guard)
The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Doyle (WPC-1133) was commissioned into service Saturday during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Joseph Doyle is the thirty-third Fast Response Cutter FRC to be commissioned in the Coast Guard and the seventh to be assigned to Sector San Juan and homeported in Puerto Rico.
The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) are designed to conduct maritime drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue, national defense, homeland security, living marine resource protection and other Coast Guard missions. This class of patrol boat is capable of deploying independently to execute Coast Guard missions and prevent potential threats from approaching that nation’s shores and offers vastly improved capabilities over the aging 110-foot Island-class patrol boats it replaces.
Each FRC is named for a Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. The namesake of today’s commissioned cutter is Coast Guard hero Captain Joseph O. Doyle. Doyle was born in 1836. On July 11, 1878, he was appointed keeper of the Charlotte, New York Life Saving Station. During 1878, he achieved two impressive rescues. The first was the wreck of the schooner B.P. Dorr of Chicago, which was discovered September 11, 1878. At 9:30 p.m. the ship stranded about one mile west of Doyle’s station. The vessel was visible by the flare of a strong torch on board despite the rain. With the six men and the women on board, the vessel safely and swiftly was returned to the beach under the steady oar of the keeper. The second rescue in which Doyle showed his great skill and bravery involved the wreck of the schooner Star of Millpoint, Ontario Canada on Oct. 23, 1878. Captain Doyle was awarded the Gold Life Saving Medal for his heroic actions in the conduct of both rescues.

University of Maine students build "station" for antique fire engine. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in May.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new cutter. Press release courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard:
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard commissioned the newest California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter in San Diego, Wednesday.
The Benjamin Bottoms is the fourth Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach.
While these ships will be based in San Pedro, they will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America.
"Radioman First Class Benjamin Bottoms is a Coast Guard hero," said Adm. Charles Ray, the Coast Guard vice commandant. "He was the embodiment of honor, commitment and sacrifice — the motto of this new cutter." FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue.
To date, the Coast Guard has accepted delivery of more than 30 FRCs. Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative.
FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters.

Barnstable County, Mass suspends use of water at fire academy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in April.

Fire towers in Massachusetts keep firefighters on top of brush fires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Maine ambulance dedicated to fallen Somerset County Sheriff's deputy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in April.

Pierce recalls more than 800 vehicles. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in March.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new Fast Response Cutter. Press release provided by U.S. Coast Guard:
The Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne (WPC-1131), a California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter (FRC), was commissioned in San Pedro, Friday.
The Terrell Horne is the third FRC to be homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach and will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off Mexico and Central America.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was killed by suspected drug smugglers who intentionally rammed the boat he and fellow Coast Guardsmen were aboard during law-enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast in December 2012. Horne pushed one of his shipmates out of the way of the oncoming vessel attack and sustained fatal injuries.
FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters.
Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative.
FRCs are named in honor of Coast Guard enlisted leaders, trailblazers and heroes. Posted in March.

Hamden, CT First Responders to renovate veteran's home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in March.

The U.S. Coast Guard and commissioned it's newest 154' Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter. The USCGC Robert Ward (WPC-1130) was commissioned in a ceremony on Saturday March 2nd and will call Los Angeles, CA it's home port. According to the Coast Guard press release, "FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue." The cutter is named after Coast Guardsman Robert Ward who operated beach-landing boats during the Normandy invasion. He landed his craft on the Cotentin Peninsula and rescued two stranded boat crews in the face of a heavily fortified enemy assault. Information courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard 11th District. Posted in March.

Peabody resident (Roger Baker, Rehab Five) makes career out of assisting firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in February.

Mass Firefighters Union concerned over poor condition of many fire stations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in February.

Off duty Milford, MA dispatcher helps save residents from apartment fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in February.

Raynham, Mass Fire Chief looks back on 49 year career. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Vermont Firefighters' gear will outfit Tazmanian City. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Badge with sentimental value stolen from firefighter's car while on duty in Cambridge. CLICK FOR FACEBOOK POST. Posted in January.

East Haven, Connecticut Firefighters collect goods for Coast Guard members not getting paid during shut-down. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Connecticut- Fire Stations across the state face serious shortage of volunteer firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Rochester, New Hampshire Firefighter returns to work after battling cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

York County, Maine Firefighters collect patches for young boy with brain cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Sanford, Maine Firefighters shave heads in support of assistant chief with cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Stoneham and Winchester, Mass receive state funds for S.A.F.E. programs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Off Duty Oak Bluffs, Mass Firefighters aid state trooper. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Hermon, Maine live in fire students learn tricks of the trade. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

"Worcester's Bravest" beer created to help daughter of fallen Worcester Firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Boston Lieutenant Kevin Kelley 10 year anniversary of Line of Duty Death. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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