Maine News

Friday, March 23, 2018

Two-way downtown Augusta traffic possible, but officials worry it could hinder firetrucks, plows

City and state officials expressed concern that changing downtown Water Street to two-way traffic could make it harder for firetrucks to get through and make snow removal a challenge. The findings of a traffic study by a consultant hired by the city to look into changing the one-way section of downtown Water Street, between Bridge and Winthrop streets, to two-way traffic, were presented to city councilors Thursday. The study determined it is possible to make the change, though doing so would cost about $75,000 and eliminate 12 to 16 parking spaces. Fire Chief Roger Audette, asked for his opinion by councilors, said he’s concerned the change could make it more difficult for firetrucks and rescue vehicles to get through downtown. Hartford Station, the Fire Department’s headquarters, is on Rines Hill, just above the southern end of downtown.
Central Maine

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dorr named Firefighter of the Year in Ellsworth

Fire Chief Richard Tupper presented Capt. Robert “Bobby” Dorr with his third Firefighter of the Year award on Monday evening during the monthly meeting of the Ellsworth City Council. “Captain Dorr certainly excels in going beyond the call of duty day in and day out,” Tupper said. Tupper also recognized Dorr’s wife, Heather. “I thank you, Heather, for giving us the opportunity to have him probably much more frequently than we should.” Dorr has been with the Ellsworth Fire Department for over nine years and also is lead instructor for the Hancock County Firefighters Association’s Fire Academy.
The Ellsworth American

Portland police to consider hiring non-citizens, recent marijuana users to boost recruitment

For the first time, the Portland Police Department will consider new officer recruits who are non-citizens and recent marijuana users – people who had been automatically disqualified in the past. Non-citizen officer candidates can qualify as long as they have been granted a permanent right to work in the United States. Applicants who have recently used marijuana will be considered on a case-by-case basis, the department said in a release. ... The new more-relaxed qualification standards were part of a broader rewrite of the city’s civil service ordinance passed in February that governs a range of police officer and firefighter hiring policies that were described as “badly outdated” in a letter Sauschuck sent to the city council.
Portland Press Herald

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