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Monday, April 23, 2018

Chief: Freetown fire station too small for firetrucks, ambulances

Selectmen this week heard requests on renovations for the fire station, the need for a new library and the final proposed school budget. Fire Chief Gary Silvia discussed much-needed investments for two of the three fire stations. Station 1's truck entrances are too small for most fire trucks and ambulances to enter, he added. The station was built in the 1940s and emergency vehicles were much smaller then. Selectman Charlie Sullivan confirmed this by saying, “No truck from Freetown can fit into station.” Because trucks can’t fit through the archway entrances, there are almost never any trucks parked at Station 1, on Elm Street, which can delay any needed fire prevention in that area. Silvia brought up that the only truck that can fit at Station 1 was custom built in 1994 for that station. He stated the truck is antiquated.
Taunton Daily Gazette

Haverhill veteran/firefighter Cinelli runs Run for Troops 5K in full gear

Few finishers Sunday at the Run for the Troops 5K drew stronger cheers — or more fascination — than Greg Cinelli. The Haverhill resident ran the race in his full Saugus Fire Department uniform, including jacket, helmet, and full air tank on his back. “I am a combat veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan and I wanted to run in my gear for my brothers and sisters who are dealing with physical and mental injures from war and can’t run on days like this,” said Cinelli, who finished in 28:56, 94th in the 40-49 age division. “I also ran for the first responders who are serving today and protecting our communities and can’t be here to run.” It was a busy weekend for Cinelli. On Saturday, the Melrose native competed in the New York Spring International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship. “I won the Jiu-Jitsu tournament and didn’t get home until 2 a.m.,” he said. “Then I got up this morning and threw on my gear. I’m a little bruised, but I’m not broken. I got so much support from the veterans here.”
Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Follow Up: Couple thankful to be alive after fire destroys their home in Malden

A Malden home was destroyed by fire earlier this week, but the residents all got out safely thanks to a pair of police officers who saw the smoke from several blocks away. Eighty-Six-year-old Midge Hammersley was inside with her daughter, grandson and great-granddaughter at the time. “My daughter come up the stairs and she said ma get out there’s a fire,” Hammersley said. One of the police officers, a rookie, helped pull the octogenarian to safety. “She said we have to get out because there’s a fire and we have to get out now,” Hammersley said. As she grabbed her coat and pocketbook, her 86-year-old husband Arnie, a retired Malden firefighter, was just coming back from the store and saw the fire. “I was so excited, I seen the house and it was mine. It was awful,” he said. “They were all out, but I didn’t know that.” The couple, married 61 years was reunited and everyone got out safely.
WFXT-TV Fox 25 Boston

’Indebted to their courage’: 4th annual Blue Mass pays tribute to first responders in Pittsfield

On Sept. 11, 2001, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were thrust into the war on terrorism. The attack on New York City alone killed 412 emergency personnel with dozens more dying since 9/11 from health issues related to the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Public safety professionals suddenly on the front lines protecting Americans is something Air Force veteran the Rev. Peter Gregory can appreciate. "Every day, police, fire and EMTs are leaders when they go on calls. We have to honor that courage because they have earned it," he said. The Catholic priest and chaplain for the Pittsfield Fire Department gave high praise for first responders following Sunday's fourth annual Berkshire County Blue Mass at St. Joseph's Church. "We're indebted to their courage, friendship and service," said Monsignor Michael Shershanovich at a reception in the church community center.
Berkshire Eagle

Children playing with matches spark Lowell fire

Children playing with matches sparked a fire that spread from a garbage pile to a three-story apartment house on Central Street late Saturday afternoon. Residents were forced to evacuate the building at 1007-1011 Central St. around 5:30 p.m. while crews attacked the fire, which was initially thought to have been confined to the garbage pile. Lowell fire Deputy Chief Mark McGuane said a pair of children, believed to be ages 11 and 8, were using a cardboard box to cook hotdogs while playing house in the backyard. The box ignited a trash pile on the other side of the fence the apartment building shares with Johnstone Supply, located on Gorham Street. "Embers got up into the building, so we had to take a lot of the siding off the back," McGuane said. "It turned into a little bit more than kids' play." Cornell Grinkley, who lives next door, said he noticed the fire when he heard a commotion outside. "It sounded like a fight," he said.
Dispatch News

Friday, April 20, 2018

No days off: Nahant’s fire chief saved a man’s life during a ski trip

Fire Chief Michael Feinberg revived a man in cardiac arrest while skiing with his wife and two of his children earlier this week. Feinberg was vacationing in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire when a skier in line for the lift collapsed from cardiac arrest. Feinberg put his training to use to help save the man’s life. “The gentleman in front of me had moved forward to get on the lift and collapsed,” said Feinberg. “I immediately went over to him and he had no pulse so I started CPR.” Off-duty nurses, who were also skiing, assisted Feinberg in reviving the man. He used an automatic defibrillator and resumed CPR until his condition approved. Meanwhile, Feinberg’s 13-year-old children watched as he stepped into action. “We assessed him and about a minute later, he had a pulse again,” said Feinberg. “By the time the ambulance arrived, he was awake and talking to us.” The 43-year-old man was airlifted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he is continuing to recover.
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Chiefs offering tours of Essex stations

Residents with questions about the need for a new fire station and revamped police station as called for by current town plans have several opportunities in the coming days to get answers and view the "evidence" themselves. For the next three Saturdays, April 21 and 18, and May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, residents are invited to tour the Memorial Building, which is Essex's police and fire station. Both fire Chief Daniel Doucette and police Chief Peter Silva will be giving the tours and answering questions this Saturday. "Residents can come in and see the stations," Doucette said. "It's nothing fancy, but we'll probably have coffee. "This will allow residents the opportunity to see the facilities if they haven't before, and ask questions," he said. "People can get the information they need to make an educated decision." Plans call for the town to purchase the Village restaurant property at the corner of Main and Martin streets and build a new fire station there. The Memorial Building, 24 Martin St., would then be renovated for the Police Department's sole use.
Gloucester Daily Times

Bernardston may use Northfield EMS ambulance service

Representatives from Medcare, Bernardston’s current ambulance service provider, are making plans to meet with members of the Bernardston Board of Fire Engineers after learning last week that Bernardston is considering switching to the Northfield EMS ambulance service. “We are still trying to find out exactly what’s going on,” said Danielle West, Operations Manager and Communications Supervisor for Medcare’s Greenfield division. “We have no complaints from Bernardston about service. This is news to us. … We hope to remain their (Bernardston’s) primary 911 provider.” Medcare has provided EMS ambulance service to Bernardston for over 20 years, West said. Until 2010, it was the primary provider of ambulance services to Northfield too. Northfield’s own ambulance services have existed in various capacities since the 1980s, said Northfield EMS Chief Mark Fortier, but only as a secondary “backup” to some other company’s service.
Greenfield Recorder

Progress Being Made on new Hyannis Fire Department Headquarters

The Hyannis Fire Department has been waiting in anticipation for their new fire station since construction began during the winter. Owner’s Project Manager Paul Griffin says progress is being made as they close in on completion of Phase 1. “It’s certainly coming along. We were hoping to have the first phase complete by July 1. Right now, we’re looking that it may get delayed by a few weeks,” said Griffin. He said weather and a delay in getting some material from overseas are the reasons for the slow down. The new $18.5 million station is located between the CVS Pharmacy and the old fire complex on High School Road between North and Stevens Streets in Hyannis. Griffin said the new station be based on a double entrance layout that will include seven apparatus bays.

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