A federal public safety program that has delivered nearly $800,000 to Gloucester over the last two years is poised to bring the city $321,818 more.
The money will go toward buying an ambulance and covering the cost of equipment and training, city Fire Chief Eric Smith said Monday.
But there's a catch: The city must be willing to kick in $32,181, a 10 percent match, to receive the grant. The City Council will be asked to consider the match by referring it to its Budget and Finance Subcommittee on Tuesday night.
The award is coming through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters grant project, which provided the department with $323,091 for 45 new sets of emergency breathing apparatus in 2016, then $469,900 for the city to acquire new communications equipment last year.
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The town needs to find funds to correct structural issues in the Fire Station roof that caused a recent ceiling collapse.
Selectman Edmund St. John IV told the board last week that the fire station roof is in worse than anticipated condition and the town will likely have to expend nearly $95,000 to make necessary repairs.
"We have to repair that portion of the roof. It does not propose an immediate threat but long term it needs to be replaced," he said. "We have to figure something out because that is a lot of equipment plus it is a safety issue. If there is a call you can't come into a smashed truck."
The town hired Wooliver to make repairs to a portion of the roof over the kitchen area but extensive rote was found when the roof was removed. Work was stopped and the site covered.
Two weeks ago, a portion of the ceiling collapsed over the women's bathroom and over the chief's office.
"They exposed a significant amount of rot," St. John said. "After they found that they stopped the work and covered it and about two weeks ago there was partial ceiling collapse."
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The Swampscott Fire Department has been awarded a $121,319 federal grant, which will be used to replace their outdated breathing equipment allowing firefighters to more safely enter burning buildings.
With the Assistance to Firefighters Grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Swampscott Fire Department will be able to replace its entire stock, or 16 pieces, of 13-year-old self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
In May, Town Meeting approved $100,000 in funding for the purchase of the new equipment, but after being awarded the grant, the town’s share of the bill drops to $6,065, according to Fire Chief Kevin Breen.
“Very few things in equipment that a firefighter uses are as important as personal protective equipment and an important component of that is self-contained breathing apparatus,” Breen said.
Glenn Pelrine said he immediately knew it was gone.
It was a warm summer day in 1973, and Pelrine was waterskiing on a lake in south Middleboro when the gold ring slipped off his finger.
“The tow rope pulled it right off,” Pelrine recalled. “And that was it. It was gone.”
Pelrine was devastated. It was his gold class ring, complete with his engraved signature, from the Franklin Institute in Boston. He had only received it two years earlier, when he graduated in 1971 with a degree in civil engineering.
The Weymouth native spent the next few hours snorkeling and searching for the ring — hoping, he said, to catch it sparkling in the sunlight.
No dice. It was gone. And for 45 years, it remained lost.
Until it was found.
Enter the second character in this ring-reunion story: Carl Reed Jr.
Reed, a retired Middleboro fire captain, had picked up metal detecting about two years ago. He’d had a little luck here and there in Middleboro, but never found gold before.
An early-morning fire caused extensive damage to a vacant house that the owners were fixing up to sell.
The cause of the two-alarm fire at 32 West Dudley Road has not been determined, but Fire Chief Dean Kochanowski said it was not of suspicious origin. The house is owned by an elderly woman who does not live there, he said.
Chief Kochanowski said firefighters called to the house about 5:45 a.m. Monday found flames along the roof line.
The chief said the Fire Department initially had trouble getting water to the fire because the house is outside the water district. He said the town received help from area fire departments.
The fire was brought under control in about a half hour.
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