Fall River will receive $916,000 in state grant money to retain or hire police officers and firefighters, and to pay for overtime expenses to help the city’s police and fire departments maintain appropriate staffing levels.
State officials announced Thursday that 14 municipal police and fire departments have received a total of $3.015 million in grants to maintain public safety and emergency response core services. The Fall River Police Department is receiving $476,000 while the Fall River Fire Department is slated to receive $440,000.
Fall River is receiving the most public safety grant money of any other other municipality.
“The public safety staffing grants will ensure Fall River’s dedicated police officers and firefighters have the resources they need to protect and serve our community,” State Sen. Michael J. Rodrigues, D-Westport, said in prepared remarks.
Fall River Herald News
Fire and police departments promote from their ranks, including second in command for both units.
The top ranks, second in command:
Jason Phillips, to fire department deputy chief on Feb. 18, replacing Paul Paquette the day after he retires.
Background highlights: Phillips three months ago joined group of five ranking officers promoted as first captains of the department.
He joined nearly 23 years ago, promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and to shift commander in 2012; Bristol County Technical Rescue Team squad leader; paramedic St. Anne’s Hospital; recent fire science associate’s degree, 4.0 GPA.
Chief’s comment: “Very dependable, smart. Has the proper people skills.”
Glenn Neto, to police department captain, effective Jan. 21 with other police promotions by Board of Selectmen vote of approval Wednesday.
Background highlights: A return to the captain’s ranks for Neto.
Fall River Herald News
A truck driver was credited with dousing a car that caught fire with a couple trapped inside after a head-on collision on Route 1 Thursday afternoon.
Wrentham Fire Chief Jay McMorrow said the truck driver, whose name was not available, put the fire out with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived, averting a potential for tragedy.
“I don’t think they would have been able to self extricate,” McMorrow said. “The potential was there for a lot worse results.” The couple was conscious and suffered serious injuries. They were taken by Wrentham ambulances to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, the fire chief said.
The driver was identified by a state police spokesman as a 59-year-old North Attleboro man.
They collided head on with a flat-bed tow truck with a car on it around 2:20 p.m. on Route 1, north of Hawes Street.
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
At approximately 12 noon on Thursday, Tisbury firefighters responded to a call of flames coming from the service garage at Brickstone Construction, 461 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.
The fire was quickly contained but thick smoke was still billowing out of the building at 12:30. The building had been evacuated.
Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling said the fire was accidental, and specific cause is still under investigation. There were no injuries reported.
The Oak Bluffs Fire/EMS Department and Edgartown Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene.
Because the fire hydrants were on the opposite side of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, the road was closed and traffic was detoured for over an hour.
Martha's Vineyard Times
Firefighters knocked down a fast-moving blaze Thursday that destroyed a garage and caused heavy damage to an attached breezeway at a single-family home on Fairbanks Road in Raynham.
At approximately noon, the Raynham Fire Department received a call from a homeowner who said her garage was on fire at 20 Fairbanks Ave, a two-story, wood-frame structure, according to a press release issued by the department.
The fire, which originated in the garage, is believed to be accidental and the cause appeared to be electrical, said Raynham Deputy Fire Chief Bryan LaCivita. Firefighters were able to “quickly” extinguish the flames, the press release said.
When reporters and photographers arrived on scene at around 12:15, the flames were already extinguished.
Taunton Daily Gazette