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Week of January 15, 2018

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Goodwin Mills, ME Ambulance 86- 2017 Ford F-550/LifeLine ambulance
Woonsocket, RI Ladder 1- 2017 E-One Cyclone 110' RMA

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

South Portland, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2018 Arrow XT for Ladder 45. The truck will feature a 107' steel aerial, 1500 Hale Q max pump, 500 gal water, 30 gal Foam cell, and 5K generator. Delivery is expected late summer 2018.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Exeter, New Hampshire Fire Department- calls for town to hire more firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Holden, Mass Fire Department- Russ Hall has been sworn in as Fire Chief and Sean Smith has been sworn in as Deputy Chief.

Lynn, Mass Fire Alarm- Senior Fire Alarm Operator Rick Cutts has retired after 25 years of service.

Sherborn, Mass Fire Department- former Titan now fire chief. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

South Portland, Maine Fire Department- has promoted the following individuals: 3 Firefighters promoted to Lieutenant. FF/Parmaedic Jon Perry, FF/Paramedic Seth Hagar and FF/Advanced Brian Smart. 2 Lieutenants promoted to Captain. Lt. Robb Couture, Lt. Chris Copp. 4 new Deputy Chiefs. Capt Mike Williams, Lt. Phil Selberg, Lt. Paul Salway and Lt. William Collins promoted to Deputy Chief. Congratulations to all!!

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- Chief looks to build new station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Taunton, Mass Fire Department- swears in four officers. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

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Week of January 8, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Fairhaven, Mass Firefighter/EMT Frank Cruz passed away on January 8th after a lengthy illness. FF Cruz served for over 30 years.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau, 42, was killed after he was trapped by debris from by structural collapse.

Thomas "Tim" J. McCue Jr. of New Kent, VA passed away on December 27, 2017. He was the Fire Chief at the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, NJ and was know for his modeling column in Fire Apparatus Journal.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Cambridge, MA Squad 2- 2017 Ford F-450/Fire 1 paramedic unit
Farmingdale, ME Engine 12- 2017 HME/Ahrens Fox 1250/1000/30F

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Billerica, Mass Fire Department- has named Deputy Fire Chief Robert Cole has been named as Interim Fire Chief.

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3 became the city’s 2nd Paramedic Engine company on January 11th. This move was made to meet the demands of the rapidly expanding Northpoint and East Cambridge areas. This is the fifth Fire department medic unit. All transporting continue to be done by Professional Ambulance.

Dennis, Mass Fire Department- swears in 9 new firefighers. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Epping, New Hampshire Fire Department- proposes to make old fire station into museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Litchfield, New Hampshire- proposed $5.5 million fire station to be considered. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Lynn, Mass Fire Department- has named District Chief Stephen Archer as the new Fire Chief.

Marlow, New Hampshire- has its ambulance service back. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Natick, Mass Fire Department- has named Deputy Chief Michael Lentini as the new Fire Chief.

Somerville, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan will retire this month.

South Meriden, Connecticut Fire Department- Fire Chief Keith Gordon has retired after 27 years of service. Deputy Chief Steve Legere will become the new Fire Chief.

Wilmington, Vermont Fire Department- long time firefighter Scott Moore has been appointed as the new Fire Chief.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST




Week of January 1, 2018
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Wamego, KS Firefighter John Randle, 67, passed away after falling off a piece of fire apparatus.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Biddeford, ME Ambulace 10- 2017 Dodge 4500/PL Custom ambulance
Brookline, MA Ladder 1- 2017 KME Severe Service 109' RMA
Buxton, ME Ambulance- 2017 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance
Canton, CT Ambulance- 2017 Ford F-450/? ambulance
Dartmouth, MA Dist 3 Engine 2- 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/1000
New Durham, NH Ambulance 1- 2017 Dodge 4500/PL Custom ambulance
Nottingham, NH Ambulance 1- 2017 Dodge 4500/PL Custom ambulance
Sanford, ME Engine 5- 2017 International/Pierce 1000/500
Scarborough, ME Rescue 1- 2017 Ford E-450/PL Custom ambulance
Southwick, MA Ambulance 1- 2017 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line 4x4 ambulance
Standish, ME Tank 2- 2017 Freightliner/Pierce 1500/2000

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Ashburnham, Mass Fire Department- Engine 3's 2017 E-One Cyclone was involved in a crash when it slid on ice and collided with a guardrail. No injuries were reported. Damage was sustained to the passenger side rear of the truck. No estimate for how long the apparatus will be out of service.

Brewster, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara has completed construction on the new Igniter MVP pumper. It features a Hale 1750 GPM pump, 750 gallon water tank, and Foam Pro 2002 system with 30 gallon tank. Delivery to the department will take place after outfitting at the local dealer.

Chicopee, Mass Fire Department- funds have been approved to purchase a new Tower-Ladder to replace the 1995 Pierce.

Hopkinton, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara is nearing completion of the department's new heavy rescue. Once final inspection is completed, the rig will be delivered to the local dealer for outfitting.

New London, Connecticut Fire Department- Ferrara is nearling completion of the department's new Igniter pumper. Once final inspection is completed, the pumper will be delivered to the local dealer for outfitting.

Salem, Mass Fire Department- Ferrara has completed construction of the new Igniter pumper. It is 96” wide and has a 169” wheel base. It also features a Hale Q max 1500 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank. It will be delivered to the department and assigned to Engine 5 after outfitting at the local dealer.

Williamstown, Vermont Fire Department- Select Board meeting rejects funds for new/used pumper. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Billerica, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Thomas Conway will retire on Friday January 5th after 34 years of service.

Corinth, Vermont- Corinth Fire and East Corinth Fire have merged into one Corinth Fire Department.

Greenwich, Connecticut Fire Department- Firefighter John Kiernan has been named as Deputy Fire Marshal.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- voters to consider new station expasion plan. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Marlborough, Mass Fire Department- committee examines sites for new westside station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST




Week of December 25, 2017
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Noroton Heights, CT Fire Chief Wayne F. Karl passed away at the age of 82.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Haddonfield, NJ Vol Firefighter Craig Maull, 71, passed away from a heart attack after leaving the station.

LODD- New Milford, NJ Vol Firefighter Frank Matagrano, 75, passed away after falling ill at an incident scene.

LODD- Kansas City, KS Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Garrett, 46, was found dead in his bunk at the fire station.

LODD- Oklahoma City, OK Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White passed away after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Brewer, ME Engine 302- 2016 Pierce Saber 1500/750
Center Groton, CT G-72- 2017 Freightliner/Toyne 1500/3000
Manchester, CT Engine 4- 2017 Spartan Gladiator/Marion 2000/500
Stowe, Vermont Rescue Squad Ambulance 2- 2017 Ford F-450 4x4/Osage ambulance
Thomaston EMS, ME Ambulance- 2017 Ford E-450/AEV ambulance

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Brattleboro, Vermont Fire Department- has placed an order with Pierce for a 2018 Saber rescue/pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 1000 gallon water tank. The unit will replace Engine 2 and Rescue 2.

Chester, Vermont Fire Department- has an E-One Typhoon pumper on order. Delivery is anticipated in late March /early April.

Dexter, Maine Fire Department- Engine 472's E-One pumper has returned to the department after being refurbished by Greenwood Emergency Vehicles.

East Haven, Connecticut Fire Department- has on order a Spartan/Marion rescue/pumper with 1500 GPM pump and 750 gallon water tank. Delivery is expected in late January/eary February 2018 and will replace Engine 1.

Keene, New Hampshire Fire Department- Ladder 2's new Pierce Ascendant has been completed and will be delivered to the department after outfitting at the local dealer.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- Truck 1's 2001 Pierce 100' Tower has returned to the department after being refurbished.

Richmond, Vermont Fire Department- has a 2018 Freightliner/Toyne 1250/2000 pumper-tanker on order.

Rutland City, Vermont Fire Department- has a 2018 Pierce Saber engine on order.

Sanford, Maine Fire Department- pumper damaged in motor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stafford, Connecticut Fire Department- has placed into service a 2008 Ford F-350 former ambulance as Service 145. The unit was refurbished, repainted, and converted into a dive unit.

Wallingford, Connecticut Fire Department- Sutphen has completed construction of a Monarch 1500/750 pumper for Engine 2. Delivery is expected in January or early February of 2018.

Waltham, MA Fire Department- Spare Engine 9's E-One pumper was severly damaged after sliding on ice and colliding with a pole. Although there were injuries to the crew, they were reported to be minor.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Bridgewater, Mass Fire Department- congratulations to the following on their promotions: Deputy Chief MacDermott, Captain Luckman, Captain Schlatz and Lieutenant Leurini.

Cambridge, Mass Fire Department- Cambridge Engine 3 will be come the department's 5th Paramedic Unit in January. This is to better serve the rapidly expanding East Cambridge area and to lighten the load on Squad 2.

Charlton, Mass Fire Department- has named Interim Fire Chief Ed J. Knopf as the permanent Fire Chief.

Concord, New Hampshire Fire Department- Lieutenant Thomas Freire will retire at the end of December after 30+ years of service.

Wilmington, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Rick McClellan will retire from the department on January 12, 2018 after 35 years of service.

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Week of December 18, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Tallahassee, FL Firefighter Jeffery Atkinson, 43, passed away at the fire station while on duty.

LODD- Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire Authority Engineer Cory Iverson, 32, died battling the Thomas Fire near Filmore on December 14th.

LODD- Nyack, NY Firefighter David Jahnes, 58, passed away after falling ill while on a call.

LODD- Brazoria, TX Captain Dene Barber passed away after falling ill at a structure fire.

LODD- Hamilton Township, IN Vol Firefighter Jeffery A. Blackmer, 42, fell ill and then passed away several hours after fighting a fire.

LODD- Mayer, MN Captain Jeff Vollmer, 40, passed away from a heart attack after participating in a training exercise.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Essex, VT Rescue Essex 2- 2017 Ford F-450/Braun ambulance (delivery pending)
Framingham, MA Tower 1- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/300/100' RM Twr
Mashpee, MA Engine 352- 2017 E-One Typhoon E-Max 1500/530/30F
Missisquoi Valley Rescue (Swanton, VT)- 2018 Ford F-350/Wheeled Coach ambulance
North Coventry, CT Engine-Tank 211- 2017 Spartan MetroX Legend 1500/1000
Rollinsford, NH Engine 2- 2017 Spartan/Toyne pumper
Shelburne, VT Engine 2- 2017 Ferrara 77' RMA
Waterbury Ambulance, VT Ambulance 1- 2016 Chevrolet Duramax/Osage

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Bowdoinham, Maine Fire Department- has placed an order for a 2018 F-550/Danko quick attack unit from New England Fire Equipment & Apparatus. Features include a Crew Cab, 10' Aluminum fire body, Rear mounted 125 GPM Waterous Pump, 300water/12A tank, and a custom front bumper mounted grille guard w/ 15k lb winch.

Burlington, Vermont Fire Department- has on order a 2017 Ford F-450 4x4/Osage ambulance.

Leicester, Mass Fire Department- has acquired a 2006 International/2007 Marion rescue that had previously served Upton and Oxford.

Manchester, Vermont Rescue Squad- has on order a 2017 Ford F-350 4x4/Osage ambulance.

South Hero, Vermont Rescue- remounted the 2008 Osage ambulance body to a new 2017 Ford F-450 4x4 chassis.

Stowe, Vermont Rescue Squad- has on order a 2017 Ford F-450 4x4/Osage ambulance.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Ashland, MA Fire Department- Fire Chief Scott Boothby will retire on December 22nd after 30 years of service.

Berwick, New Hampshire Fire Department- fire station project moves forward. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Heath, Mass Fire Department- Colrain Fire Chief Nicholas Anzuoni has been hired by Heath to serve as Interim Fire Chief from January 1st through June 30th.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Fire Department- seeks station expansion. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Meriden, Connecticut Fire Department- Lietuenant Danny Torres and Lietuenant Mike Fisette have both retired from the department.

North Kingstown, Rhode Island Fire Department- Fire Chief pushes for Quonset Point fire station. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- firefighters return home from military deployment. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stoneham, Mass Fire Department- Firefighter Dave Eastman recently returned home from an overseas military deployment. Firefighter Sean Fitzgerald is due home from his military deployment in the first quarter of 2018.

West Bridgewater, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief Len Hunt will retire effective January 1st. Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth May has been named as his successor.

Weymouth, Mass- South Shore Hospital will assume the ambulance contract effective July 1, 2018. Fallon Ambulance currently provides the contract and will continue service until July.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Medfield, Mass accepting applications for Fire Chief. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

Lawrence, Mass retired Fire Captain praises firefighters for saving his son. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Augusta Maine's first motorized fire truck to be on display at museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Maine Maritime Academy to build $2.5M firefighting training facility. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

7 year old becomes honorary fire chief in Chatham, Mass. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




Week of December 11, 2017

DEATH NOTICES

WITHIN NEW ENGLAND

Former Kittery, ME Firefighter Peter "PJ" Johnson, 50, was killed in an automobile accident.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND

LODD- Bowie Rural, TX Vol Firefighter Charles Patterson passed away after suffering a medical emergency at a fire scene.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES

Berwick, ME Engine- 2017 Spartan Metrostar/Toyne 1500/1200
Brimfield, MA Tanker 1- 2017 Freightliner/Spartan/C&S 1250/3000
Central Falls, RI Engine 1- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1500/750/30F
Nantucket, RI Ambulance 2- 2017 Ford F-550/Horton 4X4 ambulance
Newfield, ME- 2017 International 7500/Metalfab 1500/2500
Topsham, ME Engine 1- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1500/1000
Wayland, MA Ladder 1- 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500/500/105' RMA

APPARATUS/VEHICLE FUNDING, ORDERS AND NEWS

 

Brattleboro, Vermont Fire Department- mulls over need for new ladder truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Holliston, Mass Fire Department- 2 pieces of apparatus out of service pending repairs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Leicester, Mass Fire Department- has placed into service a 2006 Spartan 95' Aerialscope designated Tower 53. It previously served at a department in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Lenox, Mass Fire Department- has placed an order for a 2018 Seagrave Marauder II stainless steel pumper with 1500 GPM Triton single stage pump, 750 gallong water tank, and Cummins L9 450 HP engine. Delivery is expected in summer of 2018.

Otis, Mass Fire Department- Rescue 1's 2013 International/KME rescue was severly damaged in an MVA while responding to Sandisfield to help with a structure fire. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.

Rochester, New Hampshire Fire Department- Fire Chief's vehicle catches fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Claremont, New Hampshire Fire Department- Fire Chief Richard Bergeron has announced he will retired at the end of December after 40 years of service.

Ipswich, Mass Fire Department- has named retired Chelmsford Fire Chief Jack Parow as Interim Fire Chief.

Lebanon, Maine Fire/EMS- announce promotions. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

New Sharon, Maine Fire Department- voters rejected a request for $1.8 million dollars to construct a new fire station and town office. Residents who voted against the proposal cited struggles to pay bills and not being able to afford a tax increase.

Sudbury, Mass Fire Department- voters turned downed an article that requested funds to rebuild Station 2. Voters that spoke out were not entirely against a new station, but more the $7.1 million dollar price tag. Other voters were also against the debt exclusion would have raised taxes for 20 years, feeling that there should be a different way to pay for the project.

Sudbury, Mass Fire Department- Fire Chief William Miles will retire in January after 36 years of service.

ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST

JOB POSTING:
The East Thompson (CT) Volunteer Fire Department is currently seeking applications for part-time paid medical technicians to staff the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP). The East Thompson Volunteer Fire Department has been providing fire/rescue/EMS services to the TSMP (formerly known as the Thompson International Speedway) for over 35 years. The TSMP opened a 1.7-mile road course which will be operating at the speedway grounds approximately 160 days of the year (May thru November). These positions for paid medical technicians ONLY apply for road course events, track rentals and racing schools.
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