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Friday, January 19, 2018

Fall River getting most public grant money to pay for police, firefighters


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

Somerset: Both fire and police will change second in command as four officers are promoted


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

Three hurt after head-on collision on Route 1 in Wrentham


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

Garage catches fire in Tisbury


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

Cat killed in Raynham garage fire, house saved, dog rescued


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


Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Bedford woman dies after apartment fire despite dramatic effort to save her


A 56-year-old New Bedford woman died Thursday morning after being pulled from an apartment fire Wednesday, despite efforts to revive her and the use of a drug that treats smoke inhalation, the fire chief said. Firefighters found the woman, 56, unconscious on the floor of a second-floor bedroom when they arrived at 282 Tinkham St. at 1:46 a.m. Wednesday, said New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes. She didn’t have a pulse when they arrived, Gomes said. Paramedics attempted initial life support efforts on the sidewalk, but immediately transported her to St. Luke’s Hospital. In the ambulance, they performed defibrillation and advanced life support measures, but both efforts failed, Gomes said.
Boston Globe and Boston.com - Metered Site

Burning vehicles draw firefighters to UMass Medical garage in Worcester


A quickly spreading car fire damaged 10 cars in a parking garage at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus on Wednesday afternoon. Patrick L. Muldoon, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, said Wednesday night there were no injuries, and staff and patients in the Ambulatory Care Center, which is attached to the garage, were briefly evacuated. Mr. Muldoon said that around 4:30 p.m. a smoke alarm went off, and officials quickly located a car fire on the third floor of the garage off Lake Avenue. The fire spread to other cars, and smoke started to infiltrate the Ambulatory Care Center’s air handling unit. The air handling system shut down, and the building was evacuated, with staff and patients getting out safely, he said. The center is firewalled off from the garage, Mr. Muldoon said, and at no point was the center in danger.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Fire tears through 2-family house in Leicester


Fire heavily damaged a two-family house on Foster Street Wednesday night. There were no injuries, and a family dog that initially was missing in the three-alarm fire was later found, according to Assistant Fire Chief Matt Tebo. He said the first arriving firefighters at 1-3 Foster St. encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the right-side unit. He said firefighters mounted an aggressive interior and exterior attack, but said the attic, full of blown-in insulation, proved a challenge. The fire was first reported around 7:45 p.m. Firefighters from several area towns, including Paxton, Spencer, Charlton, Auburn, Oxford and Rutland, also responded. Assistant Chief Tebo said the American Red Cross was on its way to Foster Street Wednesday night. He said two people in one unit and four people in the other were displaced.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Lynn firefighters say goodbye to their retiring ’man behind the curtain’


The fire dispatcher, who takes the call when your house is on fire and directs firefighters to the scene, is never seen by the public, but holds a key job. “He’s the man behind the curtain, like the Wizard of Oz,” said Fire Chief James McDonald. “They experience the same tension we do, between the phone callers and dispatching the apparatus, they are under lots of stress.” One person who has proved his worth under those circumstances has retired from the department after 25 years. Richard Cutts, 65, fielded his last call Friday as fire alarm supervisor at the dispatch center on Baldwin Street. While he worked as a hotel manager in his early 20s, his ambition was to join the Fire Department. He took the civil service exam and began his second career as a fire alarm operator in 1993.
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