Maine News

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Topsham seeing relief with EMS agreement after responding to Bowdoinham calls

After responding to a string of mutual aid calls to Bowdoinham, Topsham will now get reimbursed if it has to go to Bowdoinham. The action was spurred in response to Bowdoinham entering into a $25,000 contract with the for-profit North East Mobile Health Services in July. “We were being a good neighbor and assisting Bowdoinham,” said Topsham fire Chief Chris McLaughlin. “Once the contract kicked in, that sort of changed how we looked at it.” In the first month of the contract between North East and Bowdoinham, McLaughlin said Topsham still responded to 13 of 36 calls, prompting McLaughlin to have what he described as cordial discussions with representatives from North East. North East has agreed to pay Topsham $250 for every time it responds to a Bowdoinham call. The company’s CEO assured McLaughlin that North East’s management would push to better cover Bowdoinham.
Brunswick Times Record

Voters approve new Mariaville-Otis fire station

Mariaville residents packed their town office Tuesday night to vote on a possible new fire station. Voters came out in favor of the move, with 49 votes for and 13 votes against building a new station. Mariaville shares their fire station and volunteer department with the nearby town of Otis. Fire officials said their current station, built in the 1970's, has no running water and no room to fit the larger fire trucks of today. "Having a new firehouse - we're hoping that would aid in recruiting new personnel," said Craig Noble, the third selectman for Mariaville and a firefighter for the town, "because our volunteer fire department just like all volunteer fire departments and most organizations, we need more members." In total, the cost of the new fire station will be $750,000, which Mariaville and Otis will split evenly. Otis residents voted to build and fund a new station last week. We ran a story on that vote.
WVII-TV ABC 7 & Fox 22 Bangor

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Crews respond to house fire in Windham

Windham firefighters responded to a house fire on Vista Drive Monday afternoon. The Windham fire chief says the homeowners were working on a plumbing project when they smelled smoke. They discovered more smoke in the basement and floor joists. They called 911, and firefighters responded very quickly. Thankfully no injuries were reported. Since the smoke was contained to the crawl space underneath the home, the family can stay there while they continue to clean up.
WGME-TV 13 Portland

People, dogs safe after motor home fire in Savage Park in Augusta

A motor home was destroyed Monday morning after a fire started in the engine compartment, forcing the driver to pull off of Riverside Drive and into Savage Park. Fire Chief Roger Audette said there were two people and two dogs in the vehicle, all of whom were able to get out safely. He said the operator of the motor home noticed smoke while driving from Belfast to Portland Monday morning and called when they saw flames. Crews responded to the call around 7:10 a.m. and stayed on the scene for about an hour, Audette said. Audette said the cause of the fire was unknown because there was too much damage to the engine compartment to make a determination.”We didn’t see any leaking fluids,” he said. A wrecker took the burnt vehicle away from the scene.
Central Maine - Metered Site

Controlled burn for training and forest research at Penobscot Experimental Forest

The Maine Forest Rangers teamed up with the United States Forest Service and U Maine for a controlled burn at the Penobscot Experimental Forest. Two plots of land, about an acre in size each, were set on fire on purpose Monday at the Bradley forest. It was used as both a training exercise and for research, to better prepare the state for forest fires. "It gives us an opportunity to train some of our local firefighters and also test out some new equipment that we got," said Maine Forest Ranger Ben Goodwin. "So it works for both parties involved. " The U.S Forest Service and U Maine used the controlled burn for sustainability research. "It's an excellent collaboration at the state, the federal, and the local scale and we're so proud to have this," said Dr. Bethany Munoz Delgado with the U.S. Forest Service.
WVII-TV ABC 7 & Fox 22 Bangor

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