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Week of October 15, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Steven Heights, CT Captain Ralph P. Cocco passed away on October 14th.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Hanover County, VA Lieutenant Brad Clark, 43, was killed and two firefighters badly injured when a tractor trailer struck their apparatus at a crash scene.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Canton, MA Engine 4- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1500/755/25A
Marlborough, MA Engine 1- 2018 Pierce Impel 1500/750
Marlborough, MA Engine 3- 2018 Pierce Impel 1500/750
New Salem, MA Engine 3- 2018 International/KME 1250/2000
North Berwick Rescue, ME Ambulance 2- 2018 Ford F-550/Life Line ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Groton, Mass Fire Department- Ladder 1's new 2018 Spartan/Smeal 2000/400/20F/109' RMA is set to be delivered in the next few weeks.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Chelmsford, Mass Fire Department- study to bring ambulance service in house rejected. .

Hampton, New Hampshire Fire Department- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $77,444 for new radio equipment.

Lenox, Mass Fire Department- has selected Deputy Chief Chris O'Brien to be the new Fire Chief.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- has received a new rescue boat through donations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New London, Connecticut Fire Department- Promotes three. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Waltham, Mass Fire Department- new Moody Street fire station project moves forward. .

West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department- holds ceremony for new hires and promotions. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of October 8, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- El Dorado Springs, MO Volunteer Firefighter Russ Hayes, 62, was killed in a motor vehicle accident when the pumper he was driving rolled over. He was taking it to have it's annual test done at the time of the crash.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Block Island, RI Rescue 3- 2018 Ford F-450/PL Custom ambulance
Boston Technical Rescue TSU-2- 2018 Freightliner/Hackney rescue
Falmouth, ME Ambulance 2- 2018 Ford E-450/Life Line ambulance
Fort Kent, ME Squad 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Dingee 1000/300 light rescue
Marshfield, MA Paramedic 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Salisbury, NH Tanker 1- 2017 International/Dingee 1250/1800

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

West Frankfort, Maine Fire Department- fire truck rolls over responding to fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bourne, Mass Fire Department- moves forward with proposal for new South Side Fire Station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Bow, New Hampshire Fire Department- gets approval to hire additional full-time firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Nasonville Fire (Burrillville, Rhode Island)- volunteers resign after full time firefighters are laid off. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orrington, Maine Fire Department- opens new training facility. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Ridgefield, Connecticut Fire Department- has named Guy Miglinas as the new Fire Marshal.

Salem, Mass Fire Department- Acting Fire Chief John "Gerry" Giunta has been appointed as the permanent fire chief.

Uxbridge, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief William T. Kessler will be leaving the department to assume the fire chief's position in Mendon (Mass).

Winter Harbor, Maine Fire Department- adds ambulance service. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of October 1, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Sandy Hook (Newtown, CT) Former Fire Chief Michael Lucas passed away at the age of 92.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Bath, ME Engine 6- 2018 E-One Quest
Boston, MA Decon 2- 2018 Freightliner/Hackney decon unit
Bradley International Airport, CT Engine 14- 2018 Oshkosh ARFF
Dartmouth, MA District 1 Engine 2- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/1000/25F
Derry, NH Ambulance- 2018 International/Horton ambulance
Durham, NH Engine 2- Spartan Metro Star/Marion 1500/750/40F
Marlborough, MA Rescue 1- 2018 Pierce Impel heavy rescue
Salem, NH Rescue- 2018 International 4300/Horton ambulance
Saugus, MA Engine 3- 2019 Pierce Enforcer 1250/750
South Portland, ME Ladder 45- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500/30F/107' Ascendant RMA
Stratham, NH Ambulance 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Belchertown, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a new pumper built on a Saber chassis.

Bristol, Connecticut Fire Department- Pierce has completed construction on Engine 4's new 2018 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750/40F. It will replace a 1997 Pierce Lance and is expected to be delivered to the department by late October.

Chicopee, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a new pumper built on a Saber chassis.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine Fire Department- to replaced lifeguard vehicle. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orange, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for an Enforcer PUC pumper.

Quincy, Mass Fire Department- has planced an order with KME for a Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder truck. They have also placed an order with KME for a heavy rescue, which will be paid for with money awarded in a Federal grant. Both units are due sometime in 2019.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed an order with Eastern Fire Apparatus for a 2019 Spartan/Toyne Rescue/Pumper that will replace Engine 4’s 1994 E-One. Delivery is expected in the Summer of 2019.

Sheffield, Mass Fire Department- has Placed an order with Pierce for an Enforcer PUC pumper.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Avon, Connecticut Fire Department- has been awarded a $277,286 Federal grant to purchase new air packs.

Nasonville Fire Department (Burrillville, RI)- has laid off the paid firefighters and is now an all volunteer department. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Oakland, Maine Fire Department- officials hear public’s response to proposed fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Southington, Connecticut Fire Department- has promoted Captain Eric D'Arcy to the rank of Battalion Chief.

Warwick, Rhode Island Fire Department- has received a Federal grant to purchase a new heavy rescue. .

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Week of September 28, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Memphis, MI Volunteer Firefighter Robert James Phillips III, 62, passed away after being found unresponsive at home. He has responded to a call within the previous 24 hour period.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Boston W-25- 2018 Ford F-550/Wheeled Coach 4x4 Fireground Rehab Unit
Edgartown, MA Engine 2- 2018 KME 1500/720/20F
Merrimack, NH Ambulance 2- 2018 Ford F-450/AEV ambulance
Richmond, MA- 2018 Ford F-550/HME Ahrens-Fox Mini EVO 1500/300/15A
Sandy Hook (Newtown, CT) Tanker 9- 2018 Spartan Gladiator/4 Guys 1000/3000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Falls Village (Canaan, CT) Fire Department- has placed into service a 1986 Kenworth/E-One tanker. The unit previously served with the Sandy Hook Fire Department in Newtown.

Turners Falls, Mass Fire Department- Voters approved funds to purchase a 2018 Pierce Ascendant 2000/500/20A/107' RMA that had been used as a demonstrator.

Weare, New Hampshire Fire Department- has permanently removed their 1990 Seagrave ladder truck from service after it failed inspection. Unknown at this time if they will look to replace it.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Ashburnham, Mass Fire Department- has received a Federal grant for $90,000 , that will be used to help bolster and retain call and volunteer firefighters.

Athol, Mass Fire Department- Joseph P. Guarnera has been named as the new fire chief. He previously served with the Berlin and Revere (Mass) Fire Departments.

Farmingdale, Maine Fire Department- bids for new fire station come in $500,000 higher than anticipated. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Hyannis, Mass Fire Department- firefighters say good bye to the old station as they move into their new quarters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lakeville, Mass Fire Department- has selected Michael O'Brien to be the new Fire Chief.

Manchester, New Hampshire Fire Department- cancels annual fire prevention parade. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Manchester, New Hampshire Fire Department- cuts shift staffing from 45 to 37. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Middleborough, Mass Fire Department- Lieutenant Laurence Fahey was nominated for the Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award at the 24th Annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference in Southbridge. Lieutenant Fahey was one of five nominees that were recognized at the conference in front of two hundred firefighter-educators, classroom teachers, elder service workers and injury prevention professionals.

Portland, Maine Fire Department- Interim Fire Chief Keith Gautreau has been named as the permanent fire chief.

South Fire District (Middletown, Conn)- has received a Federal grant in the amount of $145,381 that will be used to purchase new air packs.

Westminster, Mass Fire Department- Captain Kyle Butterfield has been selected to be the new Fire Chief.

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New Hampshire Firefighters return home after helping in North Carolina. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of September 17, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Warren, RI Lieutenant Matt Harris passed away at the age of 38. Described as one of their most popular and beloved members, he will be sorely missed.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Berlin, MA Ambulance 2- 2018 Ford F-450/PL Custom 4x4 ambulance
Cambridge, MA Ladder 1- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 107' Ascendant RMA
Chicopee, MA Tower 1- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/300/100' RM Twr
Epsom, NH Ambulance 1- 2018 Ford F-550/AEV 4X4 ambulance
Hudson, MA Engine 4- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1500/1000/30B
Sanford, ME Ambulance 1- 2018 Ford F-550/Life Line 4X4 ambulance
Sanford, ME Truck 37- 2018 Pierce Velocity 2000/300/95' MM Twr
Southborough, MA Ambulance 28- 2018 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Townsend, MA Tanker 1- 2018 HME Ahrens-Fox 1500/2500/30F

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bradley International Airport, CT Fire Department- has placed an order with Sutphen for a 2019 pumper with 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam cell.

Gardner, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant to purchase a new pumper.

Harwich, Mass Fire Department- SVI has completed construction of the urban interface pumper. The rig is built on a Freightliner M2 4X4 chassis and has a 1000 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam cell. Delivery is expected to take place sometime in October.

Salisbury, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant to purchase a new Quint ladder truck.

South Portland, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Braun for a new 2019 Ford E-450 gasoline ambulance for Ambulance 41. Delivery expected Spring 2019. Also, Ladder 45's new 2018 Pierce Arrow XT has been completed at the factory and will be delivered soon.

Southwich, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order with Sutphen for a SP70 Aerial Platform. It will feature a 2000 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank, 25 gallon foam cell and a 70' boom.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Hartford, Vermont Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant that will be used to install a vehicle exhaust system in the fire station.

Holden, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a $926,818 Federal grant that will allow them to hire six additional firefighters over a three year period. Posted in September.

Hyannis, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter Pete Nagorka has been promoted to Lieutenant.

Mariaville-Otis, Maine Fire Department- voters approved funds to build a new fire station.

Milford, Connecticut Fire Department- Firefighter Greg Carman has retired after 30 years.

New London, Connecticut Fire Department- Thomas Curcio has been appointed as the new Fire Chief.

North Lakes, Maine Fire Department- has been awarded a $52,000 Federal grant to purchase 3 thermal imaging cameras.

North Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- Interim Fire Chief John Silva III has been made permanent chief.

Orrington, Maine Fire Department- town looks to build new public safety building. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Pawtucket, Rhode Island Fire Department- Station 1 remains closed due to mold. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department- Fire Captain paralyzed in motorcross accident. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Sandwich, Mass Fire Department- has received a state grant that will allow them to purchase new hoses and nozzles.

Windsor, Vermont Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant that will be used to install a vehicle exhaust system in the fire station.

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"Maxim Guy" Howie Smith named Historian of the Industry. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of September 10, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Retired Bedford, MA Firefighter Kevin E. Lorrey, 56, passed away from cancer.

Ashaway, RI Fire District Commissioner Brian Steverman passed away at the age of 71.

Merrimack, NH Volunteer Firefighter Paul Mondoux, 63, died from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Sturgis, SD Assistant Chief David Fischer, 43, was killed in a propane takn explosion.

LODD- Oregon Firefighter Eric Aarseth, 20, died after developing pneumonia which became septic upon returning from a wildfire in Washington.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Cranston, RI Engine 2- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30A
Cranston, RI Engine 5- 2018 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30A
Lincoln, ME Engine 532- 2018 HME 1871 1500/1080
Winchendon, MA Engine 1- 2018 KME 1500/1250

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Deering, New Hampshire Fire Department- has placed into service a 1996 Stewart & Stevenson 4X4 as Forestry 1.

Fall River, Mass Fire Department- a new tiller has entered production at the Ferrara plant. Delivery is expected in late 2018.

Gray, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order for a Seagrave Apollo II 105' tower-ladder with 1500 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank. Delivery is expected in September of 2019.

Hawleyville, Connecticut Fire Department- has purchased a used ladder truck that had previously served in Monroe. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Kennebunk, Maine Fire Department- has on order a new Sutphen pumper to replace Engine 4. Delivery is expected in early 2019.

Smithfield, Rhode Island Fire Department- has purchased North Providence's 1995 E-One 1250/750 (Engine 5). It has been sent out to be refurbished and will be placed into service as a reserve engine upon it's return.

Swampscott, Mass Fire Department- considers blue as color of new fire truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Three Rivers Fire Department (Palmer, Mass)- has placed into service a 1994 KME 1500/750 as Engine 2. It had previously served in Easthampton.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Brandon, Vermont Fire Department- has been awarded a $160,477 Federal grant to purchase new airpacks.

Cornwall, Vermont Fire Department- fire engine involved in fatal crash. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Dracut, Mass Fire Department- Voters approved by ballot, funds to construct a new Station 3. It will replace the current Station 3 and expected completion is the Spring of 2020.

East Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- has been awarded a $328,000 Federal grant to purchase new airpacks and a compressor to fill the bottles.

Harwich, Mass Fire Department- has received a $70,866 Federal grant to purchase nozzles and other equipment and for training.

Hudson, New Hampshire Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal SAFER grant that will allow them to hire 4 additional firefighters.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- has been awarded a $700,566 Federal SAFER grant that will allow them to hire 4 additional firefighters.

New London, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Henry E. Kydd Jr has retired from the department after 40 years of service.

Otis, Maine Fire Department- voters approved funds to build a new fire station.

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal SAFER grant that will allow them to hire 4 additional firefighters.

Westport, Connecticut Fire Department- fire chief returns after helping to battle Montana wildfires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Westport, Connecticut Fire Department- has been awarded a Federal grant in the amount of $28,814 to purchase personal escape systems.

Winslow, Maine Fire Department- has hired Ronald Rodriguez, a Battalion Chief in Fairfax County, VA, as the new fire chief.

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