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Week of April 8, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Ascutney, VT Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding passed away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Boston retired Captain John "Jack" McKenna passed away. He was also past president of the Boston Firefighters Union, Local 718.

Retired Hull, MA Firefighter Gary Charles 'Sparky' Fleck passed away on April 6th at the age of 79. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Groton, CT Submarine Base retired Fire Chief Douglas Say passed away on April 6th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Rostraver Township, PA Safety Officer John “Billy” W. Bunardzya, 73.
On Saturday, April 6, 2024, Safety Officer John “Billy” W. Bunardzya responded to trees down on the roadway. He assisted in cutting the debris and moving it off of the street. He then returned home. He went to bed and passed away in his sleep from an apparent heart attack.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MAINE

Corinna Fire Department has placed an order with Greenwood EV for an E-One pumper built on a commercial chassis.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Tilton-Northfield Fire Department has placed an order with Greenwood EV for a Ford F-550/Horton ambulance.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

MASSACHUSETTS

Cambridge Fire Department is set to take delivery of a 2024 Pierce Enforcer 1250/500 for Engine 5. The current 2019 Pierce will be reassigned when the new pumper is in service.

Fall River EMS has taken delivery of a 2024 Ford F-550/Braun 4x4 ambulance for Medic 6 and a 2023 Chevrolet G3500/Crestline ambulance for Medic 7.

Milford Fire Department has placed into service a 1975 AM General 6x6 300/1200 as Tanker 2. It previously served in Hopedale.

Millis Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Pierce Enforcer PUC 1500/750 for Engine 1.

Pembroke Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance for Ambulance 2.

Springfield Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Pierce Enforcer Ascendant 100’ MMA Tower for Truck 2. The current Truck 2 will be reassigned to Truck 4.

Townsend Fire Department has placed into service a 1999 Freightliner/KME rescue. It previously served in Lake Huntington, NY.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Cambridge Firefighter Howard "Howie" T. Smith has retired from the department.

Mass Fire Academy holds Springfield Campus graduation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Monson Fire has retired Engine 1's 1995 Freightliner/E-One 1250/1000. The truck will not be replaced.

Spencer Fire Department hires 4, allowing them to staff 2 firefighters 24/7. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hooksett Tanker 1's 2012 International/HME 1250/2500 has been retired after damage received in a motor vehicle accident late in 2023.

Keene Announces Hiring of Fire Marshal. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Providence Fire EMS Bike Unit adds more cyclists and expands service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

East Burke Tanker 8's 1998 Ford 1250/3000 has been sold to a department in Kansas.

Newport City Fire Department upgrades extrication equipment, enhances rescue capabilities. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Fire engulfs home in Bridgeport, 8 to 10 people displaced. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Garage fire spreads to house in Clinton; one firefighter injured. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Person hospitalized after East Hampton house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews battle house fire in Hartford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman found dead during mobile home fire in Vernon. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Family displaced, several pets missing after Willimantic fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Driver Smashes Through Telephone Pole, Careens into Riverbed in Avon. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews respond to fire at market in Buxton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Historic barn destroyed and animals lost in Millinocket fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired Bangor firefighter saves family during devastating blaze in Palermo. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Raymond firefighters battle house blaze. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Generator believed to be cause of West Gardiner house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Safety standdown at Boston tower under construction after fire. CLICK FOR ARTICE

Fire displaces 15 people, including 2 children, in Boston. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Several MIT buildings evacuated in Cambridge after release of potential hazardous material. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Driver dead after truck crashes into Devens behavioral health center, catches fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fairhaven shed causes as much as $10k in damage. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters in Fall River extinguish residential fire that displaces pets, 3 families. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire breaks out at hotel in Gloucester. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire causes significant damage to Hampden home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews respond to fire in Hanover apartment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews quickly put out structure fire in Longmeadow. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Quick work by firefighters saves church in Northborough. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Plow truck catches fire in South Deerfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews battle bedroom fire in Springfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Heavy fire burns at million-dollar home in Sudbury. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

10-year-old boy stuck in chimney of Whitman home saved by firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Fire destroys Canaan barn. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Claremont fire crews quickly extinguish blaze at grandstand. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman killed, child taken to hospital after house explosion in Derry. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews from over a dozen communities battle barn fire in Gilford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Fire breaks out at Providence scrap metal yard. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire breaks out at multi-family home in North Providence. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Chlorine leak reported at water treatment plant in Scituate. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Suspect arrested in arson at Senator Bernie Sanders' office in Burlington. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Train hits parked cars in Barton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

CONNECTICUT

Street corner outside New Haven firehouse to be named for fallen firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

As OSHA proposes new firefighting standards, Maine departments push for flexibility. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of April 1, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Duty Gloucester, MA Firefighter Sander Shultz passed away. He was a 26 year veteran of the department and a Coast Guard veteran.

Retired Norwood, MA Firefighter Martin Collins passed away.

Retired North Andover, MA Firefighter John Joseph Driscoll passed away on March 30th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Dennis, MA retired Firefighter/Paramedic Nancy Moyer passed away from occupational cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Clinton, SC Firefighter Michael Vinson, 27.
On Sunday, March 31, 2024, Firefighter Michael “Mike Mike” Vinson and another firefighter were responding to a service call in a fire apparatus. The fire apparatus and another vehicle collided at an intersection. Firefighter Michael “Mike Mike” Vinson was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other firefighter in the apparatus was flown to the Spartanburg Regional Hospital and has since been released. The civilian involved in the crash was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash is currently under investigation. Firefighter Vinson was also a member of the Laurens County Fire Service.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: South Bound Brook, NJ Deputy Chief Craig Matthew Konkle, 54.
On Saturday, March 23, 2024, Deputy Chief Craig Matthew Konkle responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He assisted at the crash site until the vehicle was removed and the scene was terminated. He then returned home. At approximately 2 p.m. that same day, he suffered a medical emergency. 9-1-1 was immediately called and he was rushed to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Virginia Department of Forestry, Charlottesville, VA Firefighter James C. Ward, Jr. , 49.
On Saturday, March 30, 2024, Firefighter James Ward, Jr. was at the scene of a three-acre wildfire in Virginia when he collapsed while working with a hand crew. CPR was initiated and Firefighter Ward was then transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he was pronounced deceased. The fire was contained by Saturday evening.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

NOTHING TO REPORT THIS WEEK

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

CONNECTICUT

Southington Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Sutphen Monarch Extreme Duty SPH100 2000/440/100' tower ladder MM Tower for Truck 1.

MAINE

Buxton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Freightliner/Pierce 1250/750 for Engine 417.

Portland Fire Department has acquired a 2007 Spartan/Hackney rescue for HazMat 1. It previously served in Brunswick.

MASSACHUSETTS

Carver EMS has taken delivery of a 2024 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance for Ambulance 1.

Florida Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Spartan/E-One 1250/2000 for Engine 2.

Hopedale Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F for Engine 3.

Lynnfield Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance for Rescue 3.

Milford Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 International HV507/Bulldog 600/1250/30F for Tanker 1. Milford also has acquired Medway's former Brush 2, a 1996 Ford F-350 250/350.

North Andover Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 International CV/Road Rescue ambulance for Ambulance 2.

Northborough Fire Department recently placed into service a 2022 Chevrolet 3500 4x4 as Car 3, the shift commander's vehicle.

Walpole Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance for Ambulance 2.

West Barnstable Fire Department has acquired a 2001 Freightliner FC80/Ferrara 1250/500 for Engine 297. It previously served in Provincetown.

Westport Fire Department has placed into service two (2) 2022 Ford F-350 4x4 utililty vehicles as Squad 1 and Squad 2.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hebron Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Life Line ambulance for Ambulance 1.

New Hampshire Fire Academy has taken delivery of a 2024 International/Rosenbauer 1250/750 for Engine 1.

Wilton Fire Department has acquired a 2007 Spartan/Crimson 1500/500/103’ RMA. It previously served in Dublin, GA.

VERMONT

Burlington Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 E-One Typhoon 1500/400/75’ RMA for Ladder 4.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Lawrence Firefighter Mike Swarbrick has retired from the department after 20+ years of service.

Mass Fire Academy graduates 34. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Millbury Fire Department has opened their new Headquarters Station located at 130 Elm Street.

VERMONT

Putney Fire Department inactive while "in transition"; area departments to cover emergencies. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

South Burlington bolsters dispatch center. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Explosion At East Granby Business Heard As Far As Simsbury. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire damages barn in Guilford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

One treated for smoke inhalation after fire in Hamden. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 adult, 2 children displaced after fire at Hartford home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Wind causes challenges for crews battling multi-family Hartford house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car's Front End Blows Up In Manchester. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire At New London Home Under Investigation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car Crashes Into Building In Trumbull. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

At least 10 people displaced after Waterbury apartment fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

School bus in Bath snags low-hanging live power line. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Deputies investigating Dixmont crash that injured three. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car destroyed in Jonesport wildfire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters from Kittery aid New Hampshire crews with massive house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Multiple fire crews sent to commercial building fire in Bondsville (Palmer). CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Deadly house fire in Carver started in kitchen, victim identified. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

One dead, child injured in massive fire in East Boston. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Residents at Lynn apartment building displaced after scorching blaze; one firefighter injured. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire crews called to motor-vehicle accident in Monson. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters battle ‘20-foot-high' flames on warehouse roof in Norton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Orange Fire Department crews respond to brushfire caused by downed wires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Home destroyed by intense fire in Orange. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

11 people without a home after fire in Springfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

43-year-old killed in fiery Wayland crash. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Exeter fire crew assists in Greenland structure blaze. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Hoverboard charging at Jaffrey apartment catches fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Nashua Fire Responds To Fire In Homeless Camp That Injures Man. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters battle house fire in Rye. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews battle house fire in Stratford; nearby barn is total loss. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Several displaced after fire at Providence home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Plane with 2 aboard crashes off coast of Quonset Point. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Warwick fire chief eyes relocating fire dispatch to Potowomut with EOC funds. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Crews battle Highgate barn fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MASSACHUSETTS

A decade after deaths of 2 Boston firefighters, senators pass bill to toughen oversight. CLICK FOR ARTICE




Week of March 25, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Active Boston Firefighter John Maguire has passed away at the age of 64. He was assigned as a District 10 Chief's Aide. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Cambridge, MA Firefighter Johnny Rocca has passed away. He was also a PFFM Trustee Emeritus and a World War II veteran.

Retired Londonderry, NH Fire Lieutenant Gary Dion has passed away.

Former Dover, NH Assistant Chief Richard D. Hughes, “Digger,” passed away on March, 21st.

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Southborough has approved funds for the fire department to order a new ambulance and a ladder truck.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

MASSACHUSETTS

Belchertown Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Kenworth T880/Pierce 1500/2500 for Tanker 1.

Essex Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Spartan/E-One 1500/500 75' RMA for Ladder 1.

Lakeville Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Spartan/Smeal 2000/400/100' MM Tower for Tower 1.

Norwood Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 E-One Typhoon 1500/730/50F for Engine 6.

Southborough Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Ford F-550/Braun ambulance for Ambulance 29.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MAINE

Norway former fire chief retires after 50 years with department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Peabody Fire will be rebuilding Station 5. They are also applying for grant to staff Ladder 2 full time and looking into the possibly of adding another station in the Industrial Park section.

Springfield firefighters awarded funds for protective gear. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

West Springfield uses ARPA funds to equip firefighters with second set of gear. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Swanton Village Fire Department gets amphibious vehicle donation from local organizations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Seven displaced after fire in Meriden. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Pickup truck causes significant damage after crashing into building in Milford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Multi-family home vacant at time of fire, New Britain officials say. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

3 taken to hospital after house fire in New Fairfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

11 people displaced in New Haven fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire crews respond to roof fire at former restaurant building in Wilton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Fire destroys apartment building in Sanford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys residence in Searsmont. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Investigation underway into fatal fire in St. George. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Warren fire takes toll on already burdened house. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Crews battle multi-alarm fire at home in Brockton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighter injured battling 2-alarm fire in Charlton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters called to scene of well involved cottage in Eastham. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Person rescued from vehicle after serious crash in front of Hanover Police Department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

One person escapes house fire with their dog in Millville. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man dies in Newton house fire; cause still under investigation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man seriously injured after heavy fire breaks out in North Attleborough home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 displaced after house fire in Norwell. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

11 displaced after house fire in Plainville. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Truck Driver Careens Off I-93 In Concord, Crashes Into 14 Vehicles. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man dead after tent catches fire in Gilford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Litchfield crews tame brush fire fanned by high winds. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

2 families displaced by Providence fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Providence Homeless Encampment Hit by Fire, Possible Arson. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Gas pump and car severely damaged after gas station fire in Brattleboro. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

No injuries in Essex Junction house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Newfane fire destroys apartment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire Consumes Garage in Newport. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MAINE

Struggling emergency medical responders still awaiting $31 million in funds approved last year. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LifeFlight makes significant investment in strengthening EMS and hospital partnerships. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Rockland agrees to 'absorb' Knox County dispatch. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

First National Bank Boosts Boothbay Region Ambulance Service with $30K Contribution. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

North Haven Island EMS Explorers teach CPR at school. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Firefighters are responding to more medical calls. Why that has fire chiefs worried. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Falmouth: 'Complete and total risk to public safety.' Falmouth union fights forced dispatcher shifts. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Natick: How historic former firehouse has become heartbeat of Massachusetts town. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Never Forget: 10 years since deadly Back Bay fire took the lives of 2 Boston firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Canaan: Community members urge Canaan Selectboard to reinstate fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

9 Rhode Island Cities, Towns Awarded Grants For Public Safety Building Projects. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Waitsfield: Challenges loom as Mad River Valley Ambulance Service handles record call volume. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

US COAST GUARD

The U.S. Coast Guard has commissioned the newest Fast Response Cutter, Melvin Bell (WPC-1155), in New London, CT on March 28th. The USCGC Melvin Bell is the 6th and final FRC to be assigned to Boston.




Week of March 18, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

West Newbury, MA Lieutenant Lisa Duxbury, 50, passed away on March 15th after an extended illness. She also served with the Newbury Fire Department, Salem Police Dispatch, Federal Law Enforcement and Atlantic Ambulance Service.

Lifelong Presque Isle, ME Firefighter Robert D. Jackson, 78, passed away on March 17th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Manchester, NH Captain James Michael McGrevey, 95, passed away on March 14th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Olive Hill, KY Route 504 Volunteer Captain Roy Franklin Whitt, 72.
On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Captain Roy Franklin Whitt was on his way to escort the body of Elliott County EMS EMT Drake Adams, who died earlier in the day, to a funeral home. Captain Whitt was driving a fire department apparatus southbound on Route 504 when he lost control of the vehicle. He hit a guard rail and traveled down an embankment to the edge of a river. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Age: 72

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Nantucket Fire Department has placed an order with New England Fire Equipment for a 2025 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 2250/1000 pumper.

Plymouth Fire Department has placed an order with Greenwood Emergency Vehicles for an E-One custom pumper.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

CONNECTICUT

Clinton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Spartan Gladiator/4 Guys 1000/2500 for Tanker 962.

Milford Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 E-One Typhoon 1500/750 for Engine 7.

MAINE

Lisbon Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Chevy 3500/Road Rescue 4X4 ambulance for Medic 8.

Rumford Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Dodge Ram 5500 4X4 light rescue for Rescue 1.

MASSACHUSETTS

Charlton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Spartan FC-94/4 Guys 1000/2500 for Tanker 2.

Leominster has taken delivery of a 2023 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/675 for Engine 3.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Goffstown Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Pierce Enforcer 1500/1000 for Engine 2.

Greenville Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2022 HME Ahrens Fox 1500/1200 for Engine 2.

RHODE ISLAND

Bristol Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Freightliner M2/PL Custom ambulance for Rescue 4.

Lincoln Rescue has taken delivery of a 2023 Dodge Ram 5500/PL Custom 4x4 ambulance for Rescue 2.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

CONNECTICUT

New Canaan Firefighter Harry Russell Sworn In at Town Hall Ceremony. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Southington Fire Department Acquires New Life-Saving Tools. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

South Portland's Thornton Heights Engine Company 6 celebrates a century of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Foxborough Fire Department Becomes First Accredited Department In The State. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Northborough's Maxim fire engine celebrates 100th birthday. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Lincoln Squad 2's 2005 Pierce heavy rescue has returned to service after being refurbished.

VERMONT

Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Department receives turnout gear laundry grant. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Over thirty people displaced following fire at East Windsor hotel. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Person found inside Cromwell home during fire taken to hospital. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two families displaced after Hartford house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 taken to hospital after New Britain house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Southbury Crews Respond 3 Times in 30 Minutes For Appliance Fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Trumbull man alerts sleeping homeowners to fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

29 people rescued after high school rowing team capsizes in Westport. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

House fire in Bangor leaves one man hospitalized with life threatening injuries. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Bangor School Closes After Electrical Fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Large fire burns popular event venue in Gray. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Small plane flips over at Portland International Jetport. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys home and sheds in Troy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Man hospitalized after tractor-trailer rollover at Boston Logan Airport. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire causes major damage to multi-family home in Boston. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

9 people displaced after fire in Boston; 1 firefighter injured. CLICK FOR ARTICE

Fire at Boston VA Medical Center damages MRI equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire breaks out in basement of Boston church, creates heavy smoke. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 man killed, 2nd injured in Carver fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters able to keep van fire from spreading in Dennis. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Residents escape fire at Dracut apartment building thanks to quick actions of firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two people in the hospital after collision in Deerfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

One dead, one injured after house fire in Lowell. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Norwood crane collapse prompts large emergency response. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 displaced after lawn mower fire damages home in Randolph. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

5 people displaced following house fire in Springfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car fire snarls traffic along I-291 in Springfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Atkinson home demolished after firefighters called twice on report of flames. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Burning Barrels Cause Smoke Condition In Concord. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Concord Fire, Police Sent To Fire At Former State Police Radio Tower Site. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire at Manchester auto body shop causes $100K in damage. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Brush fire in Charlestown burns about 10 acres. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crash that hit house in Cranston causes gas leak. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Investigation into Cranston house fire shows evidence of arson, suicide. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire damages Little Compton home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

20+ displaced by Providence fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Derby Line Firefighters Respond to Attic Fire Just in Time. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MAINE

South Portland Fire Department hiring announcement.

VERMONT

State program allows high-schoolers to pick up paramedic certification. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of March 11, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Westbrook, ME Fire Inspector Robert Allen Young, 92, passed away on March 5th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Fritch, TX Chief Zeb Smith, age 40.
On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Chief Zeb Smith was the first to arrive at the scene of a residential fire. He entered the home to check on any occupants but did not exit. Fellow firefighters found him unresponsive and immediately began medical treatment. He was then transported to the Golden Plains Community Hospital where he later died. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Fall River Fire Department has placed an order with New England Fire Equipment for a Spartan/Smeal pumper and a Spartan/Smeal 105' TDA.

Quincy has approved funds to purchase an additional 2 engines and 1 ladder to the 1 engine and 1 ladder currently on order.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Newington Fire Department has placed an order with Allegiance Fire/Rescue for a Road Rescue ambulance built on a Chevy 5500 chassis.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

MAINE

Scarborough Fire Department has placed into service a 2023 Ford F-150 XL as Car 7, the shift commander's vehicle.

MASSACHUSETTS

Andover Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 International MV/Horton ambulance for Ambulance 1.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Plaistow Fire Department has placed into service a 2022 Chevy 5500HD/Road Rescue Ultramedic ambulance as Ambulance 1.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Mass Fire Academy graduates 57. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Manchester Fire has reassigned Truck 3's 2020 E-One to Truck 6. Truck 6's 2019 E-One/Bronto has been reassigned to Truck 3 and will run from Station 9.

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

5 people, 4 dogs displaced after house fire in Enfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire Displaces 24 Residents In Stamford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys vacant school in Waterbury. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Large fire heavily damages Watertown building with businesses, storage units. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

5 people displaced after West Hartford house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Crews respond to vacant commercial building fire in Millinocket. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Owls Head barn burns to the ground. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

First responders grieve with town after Rumford crash kills 8-year-old boy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys South Berwick school building. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Automatic sprinkler saves student services building at South Portland community college. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Athol home significantly damaged by fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

No injuries reported after first floor of Carver home collapses during house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man rescued from Connecticut River in Holyoke. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Explosion at Hudson auto body shop under investigation. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters pull driver from serious car crash on Lowell lawn. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Heavy flames tear through $1.5 million home in Lynnfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Marlborough firefighters battle apartment fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

7 displaced after New Bedford fire at multi-family home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire breaks out in vacant house in Orleans. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

3 Crashes Keep Concord First Responders Busy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

3 injured in fire at Coventry apartment building. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. CLICK FOR FOLLOW UP ARTICLE

Fire engine crashes through West Warwick station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Solar panels cause secondary house fire in Warwick. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

I-89 northbound closed following Bethel crash involving trooper. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two seriously injured in tractor trailer crash in Johnson. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

No injuries in South Burlington house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car fire forces evacuations at South Burlington apartment complex. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

CONNECTICUT

Retired Milford Fire Battalion Chief Springs Into Action To Save Life. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

First responders climb nearly 800 stairs to top of Boston high-rise to raise money. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company prepares for 100th anniversary in Warwick. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of March 4, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired North Reading, MA Fire Chief Nelson C. Harris, 91, passed away on February 20th.

Retired Gloucester, MA Firefighter Fred Nasser passed away on March 1st.

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration has announced the following Line of Duty Death: Kill Devil Hills, NC Assistant Chief Tommy Lee, age 82.
On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Assistant Chief Tommy Lee was participating in departmental physical fitness training. After the training, he returned home. At approximately 4:00 p.m., Assistant Chief Lee was found unresponsive on the garage floor. 9-1-1 was immediately called. EMS responded but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced deceased at his residence from an apparent heart attack.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Cambridge Fire Department has placed an order with Allegiance Fire/Rescue for a Pierce Enforcer 100' RM ladder truck.

Winthrop Fire Department has placed an order with Greenwood Emergency Vehicles for an E-One custom pumper.

VERMONT

Charlotte Fire Department has placed an order for a Braun ambulance built on a Ford F-550 chassis.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

CONNECTICUT

Canton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Spartan/Marion walk-in rescue for Rescue 5.

MASSACHUSETTS

Hingham Fire Department has placed into service a 2024 Chevy Silverado 4-door with cap as Car 3, the shift commander's vehicle.

Hopkinton Fire Department has taken delivery of two (2) 2024 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750/20F pumpers for Engine 1 and Engine 2. They also have placed into service a 2023 Ford F-350 4X4 as Squad 1, the shift commander's vehicle.

Medford Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Chevy Silverado pickup with cap for the shift deputy's vehicle, Car 2.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Ossipee Corner Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Spartan MetroStar/Alexis 1500/1250/30F for Engine 1.

RHODE ISLAND

Smithfield Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 E-One Typhoon 2000/300 100’ RM tower for Tower-Ladder 1.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MAINE

Skowhegan Fire Department moves into new Public Safety Center. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Gardner Fire Station loses part of roof during wind gusts. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Merrimac Fire Chief named to lead state fire prevention board. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bethlehem's fire and EMS training facility receives state funding for upgrades. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Exeter Fire Chief Eric Wilking set to retire after 40+ years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Driver dead after car crashes into tree, catches fire in Avon. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Roof collapses in on garage after fire in Chaplin. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Oil truck catches on fire inside garage of East Haven home heating company. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Home uninhabitable after fire in Manchester, CLICK FOR ARTICLE

12 units displaced after 2nd-alarm fire at condominium complex in Middletown. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

60 CCSU students forced out of rooms by dorm fire in New Britain. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 firefighters injured battling blaze in New Haven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Dog dead after fire at Watertown home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire in West Hartford apartment forces residents from homes. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 people hospitalized after being pulled from fire in West Haven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Carmel home deemed a total loss in fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews respond to fire in Carmel. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys Madison home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys New Gloucester home. CLICK FOR ARTICE

From e-bike fire in a hotel to elevator rescue and a gas leak, Portland firefighters have busy day. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 hospitalized after camper catches fire in West Gardiner. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Belchertown crews respond to structure fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Boston school evacuated, 19 treated after boiler malfunction. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Boston firefighters battle two multi-alarm house fires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire tears through garage in Bourne. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Five residents displaced after blaze in Canton two-family home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters rescued after mayday call as intense blaze engulfs triple-decker homes in Chelsea. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

One dead after fire at three-family home in Chicopee. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Garage, vehicles destroyed in fire at Easton business. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Marblehead 2-Alarm Fire Damages Home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 injured in New Bedford fire; 11 displaced. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Roof collapses as raging fire tears through historic Northbridge manor. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

No injuries reported, 4 displaced in smoky Stoneham house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Ice Rescue Request Sends Concord Firefighters To Goodwin Point . CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Maine firefighters help battle fire that destroys ranger station, campground office in Milton. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

6-unit residential building destroyed in Thornton fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

East Greenwich restaurant ‘closed indefinitely' after fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Providence fire crews respond to blaze. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Eight people displaced by structure fire in Providence. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighter injured while battling Providence fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Fire destroys Bakersfield home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Structure fire in Brattleboro leaves residents displaced. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

No injuries in Burlington apartment building fire that displaced residents. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man dies in rollover crash in Rupert. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Waterbury structure fire considered 'accidental' according to police. CLICK FOR ARTICE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MAINE

‘A true hero': Maine marks 5 years since Berwick fire captain Joel Barnes died in the line of duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of February 26, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Lunenburg, VT Fire Chief Robert J. Shaw Jr. passed away on February 18th at the age of 58. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Philadelphia, PA Battalion Chief John Garrow, ag3 60.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, Battalion Chief John Garrow suffered a medical emergency while on-duty. He was immediately transported to the Temple University Hospital. While in the hospital he suffered a cardiac arrest and was put on a ventilator. He passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, from complications suffered from the heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Youngsville, NC Safety Officer Louis Dunston, age 79.
On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Safety Officer Louis Dunston was participating in departmental training. The training ended at 10:00 p.m. After the training, he went home. At approximately 9:58 p.m. the next evening, he was having a cardiac event and 9-1-1 was immediately called. EMS responded but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced deceased at his residence from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Burnsville, MN Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth, age 40.
Incident Description: In the early morning hours of February 18, 2024, Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was shot and killed while on the scene of a call relating to a domestic disturbance. Two police officers were also shot and killed. A third police officer was injured and taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect involved in the incident also shot and killed himself.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Sterling, VA Firefighter Trevor Brown, age 45.
At approximately 7:38 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an odor of gas outside of a residence. Upon arrival, units from Sterling, including Firefighter Trevor Brown, located an underground propane tank with a leak on the side of the residence and requested the Loudoun County’s Hazardous Materials Response Team, as well as additional units from Sterling and South Riding. A short time later, units on scene reported a catastrophic explosion concurrent with multiple maydays from firefighters inside the residence. A Rapid Intervention Task Force and a second alarm were requested, bringing additional units from Fairfax County and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. Upon receiving the multiple maydays and calls for help, fire and rescue crews worked to locate and rescue the trapped members from the debris. Ultimately, Firefighter Trevor Brown passed away from the injuries he sustained in the explosion.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Cambridge Fire Department has placed an order with Allegiance Fire/Rescue for a Pierce Enforcer 1500/500 pumper.

VERMONT

Milton Rescue has placed an order for a Braun Chief XL Type 1 ambulance built on a Ford F-550 4X4 chassis.

Springfield Fire Department has placed an order with Desorcie Emergency Products for a Ford Transit/Osage ambulance.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

CONNECTICUT

Beacon Hose Co #1 has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-450/AEV ambulance for BH-7.

Mashantucket Pequot Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 HME/US Fire Apparatus 2000/750 for Engine 2.

Newtown Hook and Ladder has placed into service a 2023 Ford F-350/Swab utility as Squad 1.

MAINE

Acton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Mack/Rosenbauer 1500/3000 for Tanker 3.

Windsor Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Freightliner M2-112/E-One 1000/3000 tanker for Tanker 3.

MASSACHUSETTS

Fall River EMS has taken delivery of a 2022 Ford F-550/Wheeled Coach 4x4 ambulance for Medic 2.

Sandwich Fire Department recently acquired a 2012 Chevrolet G4500/Horton ambulance and designated it Ambulance 6. The unit previously served with Nantucket Fire and will be a spare ambulance shared with Joint Base Cape Cod.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Candia Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2022 Ford F-550/Braun ambulance for Ambulance 2.

Center Conway Fire Department has purchased a 2012 Chevy G4500/PL Custom ambulance for Ambulance 1. It previously served in Fryeburg, Maine.

RHODE ISLAND

Central Falls Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F for Engine 2.

Hope Valley Ambulance has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford E-450/Road Rescue ambulance for Ambulance 311.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Fire Academy celebrates 30 years. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Greenville Fire Department receives grant for air packs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Andover has named Kyle Murphy as the new fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Londonderry Fire Department Holds Promotion Ceremony. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Cockloft fire under investigation in Bridgeport. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman, dog die in Bristol house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

9 adults, 9 kids displaced by Hartford apartment fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 dead after house fire in New Britain. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2-Alarm Fire Extinguished In West Haven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

7 displaced after fire in New Haven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews battled house fire in North Haven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Barn goes up in flames in Farmington. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys home in Holden. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters respond to South Thomaston kitchen fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Firefighters respond to blazing house in Chicopee. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

5 hospitalized after Foxborough ambulance crash, including EMTs, patient and child. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters battle large fire in Medford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

11-year-old girl killed, 3 injured in Middleborough house fire, officials say. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Officials investigating 2 separate fires at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth County. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman and dog rescued from ice in Northborough. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire spreads from tractor-trailer to house in Quincy neighborhood. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Concord dentist office basement fire quickly extinguished. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Another Concord Homeless Camp Fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Single-engine plane crashes at Moultonborough Airport, no injuries are reported. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Rescue crews called to fire at commercial building in East Providence. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman jumps from burning house in Lincoln. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Rapid brush fire threatens Bennington solar farm, nearby factory evacuated. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys Chelsea home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MAINE

Aroostook County commissioners approve nine dispatch contracts. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of February 19, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Onset Fire Department has placed an order with Specialty Vehicles for a Rosenbauer Commander 1500/750/40A pumper.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hopkinton Fire Department has on order a new tanker that will replace both Tanker 1 and Tanker 2. No manufacturer or spec info at this time.

Windham Fire Department has placed an order with Greenwood Emergency Vehicles for a Horton ambulance built on a Ford F-550 chassis.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

MAINE

Kittery Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 KME Severe Service heavy rescue for Rescue 3.

West Gardiner Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Freightliner/E-One 1250/2000 with 2-door cab for Engine 1.

MASSACHUSETTS

Stoneham Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Seagrave Marauder 1500/750 for Engine 4.

Wareham Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 Rosenbauer Commander 1500/750/30A for Engine 5.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hopkinton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 brush truck for Forestry 2.

Jefferson Fire Department has taken delivery of a light rescue/mini pumper for Engine 3. The light rescue body with rear mount pump was built by NY Plow and Truck Body in Latham, NY and mounted to a 2023 Dodge Ram 5500 chassis with 2 door cab.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Mattapoisett fire station now has 19th century hose cart on display. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

East Greenwich Fire Department receives grants for equipment upgrades. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Person taken to hospital after structure fire in Killingly. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Manchester house fire sparks power outage, affects 500 homes. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Person hospitalized after being rescued from fire in New Britain. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Ice Slams Through Vehicle In Southington. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 Injured, Building Evacuated In Kitchen Fire At Westport Apartment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Residents survive gas grill explosion at Gorham home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Lisbon firefighters battle pair of blazes. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire crews quickly contain small fire at potato house in Presque Isle. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Rumford home destroyed by flames. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two people hospitalized after escaping fire in Skowhegan. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Family displaced after fire in Winn. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

One Injured in Adams House Fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

2 rescued from burning home, firefighter and resident hospitalized after intense Boston blaze. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Buses replace some MBTA service after flames spotted under train in Cambridge. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire breaks out in Canton home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Granby crews respond to fully involved barn fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters pull woman to safety during ‘extreme fire conditions' at Lowell home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two injured after fire in Ludlow involving medical oxygen. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 person dead, 3 others hospitalized after fire tears through large Sudbury home, chief says. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Turners Falls fire damages multi-family home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Driver killed when pickup truck crushed under tractor-trailer on highway in Westford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Four cars catch fire in parking lot of high school in Dover. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Barn And House Fire In Dunbarton Goes To 4 Alarms. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighter collapses while battling fire at Kingston farmhouse. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

1 dead after fire breaks out at Litchfield home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys Manchester home; 1 cat rescued and revived, 1 cat perishes. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Firefighters battle blaze at North Providence home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

13 people, three families displaced after Pawtucket fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Child hospitalized following Lake Memphremagog ice rescue. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Nearly a dozen crews called to house fire in Putney. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Strafford resident dead following house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MAINE

Business donates $150,000 to Lewiston Fire Department to buy bulletproof vests. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Greater Gardner fire departments receive state funding for new safety equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

State bill would give volunteer firefighters and EMTs protections to miss day jobs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of February 12, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Boothbay Harbor, ME Firefighter Harry L. Pinkham, 96, passed away on February 8th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Nashua, NH Fire Commissioner Paul Andre Garant, 75, passed away on February 6th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration has announced the following Line of Duty Death: Selma, CA Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Nelson, age 55.
On February 8, 2014, Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Nelson was injured and paralyzed during an incident while participating in training on duty. On February 8, 2024, Firefighter-Paramedic Nelson passed away from the injuries he sustained in the incident.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

CONNECTICUT

Colchester Fire Department has canceled its order with Marion for a tanker and ordered a Freightliner/Pierce 3000 gallon stock tanker. Delivery is expected in May/June of this year.

Long Hill Fire in Trumbull has placed an order with Hudson Valley Fire Equip for a Seagrave Marauder 1500/750 pumper.

MAINE

Rockport Fire Department has placed an order with Greenwood Emergency Vehicles for a Horton ambulance built on a Ford F-550 chassis.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Wolfeboro Fire Department currently has in production a 2023 Seagrave Marauder 1500/750. This was the pumper canceled by Lowell, Mass. Delivery is expected in later winter or early spring.

VERMONT

Milton Fire Department has placed an order with Desorcie Fire Equip for an E-One rescue-pumper.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

CONNECTICUT

New London Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2024 E-One Typhoon 1500/750 for Engine 3.

North Stonington Fire Department has purchased Colchester's former Ladder 128, a 1996 Simon-Duplex/LTI 1500/500/75' RMA.

MAINE

Woodstock Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Freightliner/Midwest 4X4 1250/1250/20F for Engine 1.

MASSACHUSETTS

Hopedale Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Horton 4x4 ambulance for Ambulance 1.

Lowell Fire Department has purchased a 1999 E-One 110' RMA ladder truck for use as a spare. It previously served in Marlbourough, MA.

Randolph Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Dodge Ram 5500/BRAT 4x4 250/300/20F for Squad 2.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Antrim Fire Department has placed into service a 2009 Pierce Velocity PUC 1500/1000 as Engine 2. It previously served in Casco, Maine.

RHODE ISLAND

Johnston Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Spartan/Smeal 105' RMA for Ladder 1.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MAINE

Mount Desert to buy new water rescue boat. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Brewster Fire Department participates in high school intern program. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Dennis Fire Department awarded $19,000 Grant for Ballistic Protection For Active Shooter Response Teams. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fall River Fire Department Administrative Assistant Richard Levesque retires after 30 years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

North Adams Swears in New Firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Northbridge Fire Department is set to occupy their new Headquarters station located at 1681 Providence Street. This will combine the companies from both the previous headquarters and Station 2 in to 1 building.

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

1 dead after house fire in Bloomfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire destroys home in Chaplin. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Danbury Firefighters Brave Intense Blaze. CLICK FOR ARTICE

Firefighter injured, several people displaced after New London fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman, dog found dead when crews extinguish Plainfield house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Apartment fire in Rocky Hill displaces twelve. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Multi-family home in Vernon likely uninhabitable after fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Road closures lifted after fire in Auburn. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Baldwin home a total loss after fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two hospitalized in serious Eustis collision, road conditions suspected to play a role. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

State fire marshal's office investigating Gray house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car fire brings emergency crews to sharp Lincolnville curve. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Sheriff's deputy shot before fire set at home in Minot. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Smoke alarm saves lives of family as fire tears through Ashburnham home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighter injured after battling blaze in Boston. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Canton restaurant evacuated as crews battle fire inside. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

3 large snowplow trucks destroyed in fire at Hudson's DPW fleet garage. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Ambulance narrowly avoids crash with car that rolled across I-95 in Peabody. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Five without a home after apartment building fire in Randolph. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Five people, three pets without a home after fire in Springfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire Hits Wakefield Home; 1 Firefighter Transported. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Whitman firefighters help rescue 1,000-pound elderly horse unable to get up. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Woman found dead after fire in Yarmouth. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Concord Basement, House Fire Goes To 2 Alarms. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters battle 3-alarm fire at Hopkinton home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Pittsburg Snowmobile Crash Causes Injury. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Fire crews respond to Coventry house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Three families impacted by Cranston house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Cumberland house damaged by fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

East Providence crews respond to duplex fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Dog perishes in Little Compton fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

North Providence temple fire being investigated as arson. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Residents evacuated after Warwick apartment fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

SUV bursts into flames at Brandon gas station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two injured in Fairfax crash. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Two injured in fog-related crash on I-91 near Thetford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

CONNECTICUT

Grant helps Connecticut fire departments safely remove foam containing toxic chemicals. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Killington library celebrates history of Sherburne Volunteer Fire Department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




Week of February 5, 2024

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Avon, CT retired captain and former department president Maurice "Dutch" Dutcher has passed away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LODDs

The US Fire Administration has made the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Lawrence Mill (Fayette, AL) Volunteer Captain William "Tony" Anthony Baumgartner, age 70.
On Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, Captain William “Tony” Anthony Baumgartner was returning to the station from a residential structure fire when the apparatus he was driving left the roadway. He was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING AND ORDERS

 

CONNECTICUT

Cromwell Fire Department has placed an order with New England Fire Equipment for a PL Custom ambulance built on a Ford F-550 4X4 chassis.

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston has placed an order with Greenwood Emergency Vehicles for 9 E-One Typhoon pumpers. As with the previous order, E-One will construct 3 pumps per year for a 3 year period.

VERMONT

Barre Town Fire Department has placed an order with New England Fire Equipment for a Spartan MetroStar/Alexis 1500/600 pumper.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES (New and Used)

CONNECTICUT

Winsted Fire Department in Winchester has taken delivery of a 2023 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1500/1000 for Engine 14.

MAINE

Westbrook Fire-Rescue has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance.

MASSACHUSETTS

Acushnet Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Kenworth TK480/Fouts Bros 1000/3000 for Tanker 1.

Bolton Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Fouts F.O.U.R. 4x4 1500/300/15F for Engine 74.

Sharon Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance for Ambulance 1.

RHODE ISLAND

East Greenwich Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Life Line 4x4 ambulance for Rescue 1.

VERMONT

Hardwick Rescue recently took delivery of a 2023 Ford F-450/Demers 4X4 ambulance for Ambulance 2.

Poultney Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Alexis 4X4 1500/300 for Engine 551.

Richmond Rescue recently took delivery of a 2023 Ford F-550/Braun 4X4 ambulance for Ambulance 1.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Reading Fire Department has promoted Captain Rick Nelson to Assistant Fire Chief.

FIRE & INCIDENT NEWS

CONNECTICUT

Vacant building's roof collapses in Ansonia fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews battle fire at fuel tank farm in East Haven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighter taken to the hospital after battling blaze in Meriden. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

One injured in Milford fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighter hurt in Norwich house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

4 adults, 1 child displaced in Stratford structure fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MAINE

Fire damages greenhouse at Bangor nursery. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Lincoln firefighters save two from burning home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Orono home damaged by fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Conveyor belt catches fire at mill in Skowhegan. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Building destroyed by fire in Waterville. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

MASSACHUSETTS

Surveillance video shows Boston gas pump burst into flames during crash. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

4 people escape fire that destroyed East Bridgewater home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire crews respond to boat fire in Fairhaven. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Amazon delivery van crashes into building at Georgetown apartment complex. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Multiple crews put out grass fire in Gill. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Crews respond to heavily involved garage fire in Greenfield. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Investigation underway after worker killed in foundation collapse in Hanson. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Car drives off Lynn pier, plunges into ocean. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Heat Gun Sets Off Fiery ‘Explosion' at New Bedford Mill. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Neighbors credited with helping fight house fire in New Bedford. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Fire crews in South Deerfield respond to chimney fire; mutual aid called in to assist. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Clarksville snowmobile crash injures two men. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Porsche Driver Crashes Into Pole In Concord; Car Nearly Cut In Half. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man and his dog escape vehicle fire in Epping. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Man dead after firefighters find fire in Littleton home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

RHODE ISLAND

Johnston garage engulfed in flames. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Joint rescue operation saves Narragansett fishing vessel. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Firefighters rescue cat from Tiverton fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

VERMONT

Multiple crews battle fire at apartment building in Barre City. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Burlington Fire Department puts out small house fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Highgate family escapes fire, no injuries reported. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Four displaced after fire at Jericho duplex; firefighter suffers hand injury. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Home burns to the ground in Middlesex. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MASSACHUSETTS

100 years of infamous Bourne fires: Great Sagamore Marsh to Grover Cleveland's summer White House. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Over 300 fire departments in Massachusetts awarded funds for safety equipment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

U.S. COAST GUARD

The U.S. Coast Guard has decommissioned the 210' medium endurance cutter USCGC Steadfast WMEC-623 after 56 years of service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE




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