Massachusetts News

Friday, December 4, 2020

Massachusetts First Responders Pushing State to Be Included in First Distribution of COVID Vaccine

olice officers and firefighters often find themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic but they may not be at the front of the line to get vaccinated against the virus. Vaccine distribution guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that health care personnel and long-term care facility residents are in the first tier of phase one vaccination, while first responders like police and firefighters aren’t until the second tier. Rich MacKinnon, the President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts thinks it's important for public safety that firefighters across the state are included in the first tier. “It’s very important to get our firefighters across the state vaccinated, not only for the firefighters and their safety and the safety of their families, but for the safety of the public,” he said.

Update: State Fire Marshal Says Waltham Mental Facility Fire Was Arson, $5K Reward

Authorities are offering up to $5,000 for anyone who can provide information on the person who set a fire Wednesday at the Fernald Center. "This was an intentionally set fire causing extensive damage to the basement level of the Fernald Administration Building," the State Fire Marshal's office said in a statement. A security guard found the fire in an administration building just before midnight Wednesday and called 911. Waltham Deputy Fire Chief Rich Grant said the fire was under control about an hour after firefighters arrived. One firefighter was treated for what Grant called a minor breathing issue. After a joint Waltham police, fire and the State Fire Marshal arson investigation Thursday morning authorities said a human act started the fire.
Waltham Patch

Firefighters called to man stuck in tree in Barnstable

Firefighters were called to a technical rescue situation in the Cummaquid village of Barnstable around 12:30 PM Thursday. A man was reportedly working to cut down a tree when he became stuck between two branches. The incident happened on Main Street (Route 6A) near Keaveny Lane. Traffic was tied up in the area until the rescue was complete. About 1:30 PM, it was reported the victim had been brought safely to the ground and was being transported to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation. Barnstable Fire reports that at 12:41 PM, they were dispatched for a technical rescue incident involving a person pinned 15' up in a tree. The duty crew responded in Ambulance 203 and Ladder 206 along with the Chief and Deputy Chief. Upon our arrival they found a 65-year-old male with his right lower leg pinned in a tree by another tree that he had just cut down. The patient was stabilized and after carefully cutting and lifting the fallen tree off him he was able to pull the entrapped leg from the pinch point.

Bourne Fire Department Awarded $4,000 Grant

The Bourne Fire Department has received a $4,082 fire prevention grant to help collect data on local buildings that will help the department’s response in emergency situations. The grant came from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. In a release announcing the grant, Acting Assistant Fire Chief David S. Pelonzi noted that, in the past 40 years, FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the world. The award will be used “to assist with pre-incident planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings,” Asst. Chief Pelonzi said. The information will help the fire department respond to emergency situations, he said. Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president and manager of the fire prevention grant program at FM Global, said the company strongly believes “the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable.”
The Bourne Enterprise - Metered Site

Thursday, December 3, 2020

‘Worcester 6’ fallen firefighters remembered 21 years after Cold Storage and Warehouse Company fire

It’s been 21 years since one of the most heartbreaking days in Worcester’s history. On Dec. 3, 1999, a blaze at the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. claimed the lives of six Worcester firefighters. Each December since, the city has remembered the sacrifices of Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. Timothy Jackson Sr., Lt. James Lyons III and Firefighters Jeremiah Lucey, Paul Brotherton and Joseph McGuirk. Firefighters across the city will have a moment of silence to remember the “Worcester 6" on Wednesday. There will be no public memorial event because of the coronavirus pandemic. Flames consumed the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building 21 years ago after two homeless people staying inside knocked over a candle. More than 75 firefighters rushed inside the Franklin Street building.
The Republican - Mass Live

Investigators seek tips about fire intentionally set at former Waltham mental facility

Authorities are investigating a fire that they say was intentionally set late Wednesday night at a former mental facility, which is currently being used for a holiday light display in Waltham. Crews responding to a reported fire at the former Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center’s administration building on Trapelo Road just before midnight found flames coming from the back of the building. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene before returning to duty, according to Waltham Deputy Fire Chief Roger Hebert. The fire was intentionally set, causing extensive damage to the basement of the building, Waltham Fire Chief Thomas MacInnis, Waltham Police Chief Keith D. MacPherson, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said in a joint press release.
WHDH-TV 7 Boston

Authorities locate missing 13-year-old girl after hours-long search in Chesterfield

Police and firefighters were able to locate a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing in the Hampshire County town of Chesterfield Wednesday evening. The Goshen Firefighters Association on Facebook said firefighters were called to provide mutual aid on Fuller Road in Chesterfield where members of the Massachusetts State Police and Chesterfield Fire Department were searching for the missing teenage girl just before 6 p.m. The girl was last seen on Fuller Road near the Chesterfield/Goshen town line wearing lightweight clothing. A reverse 911 call was sent out to residents in both towns asking for information on the girl’s whereabouts, fire officials said. By nightfall, a brisk wind followed by scattered flurries and freezing temperatures moved into the area adding more urgency to the incident since the 13-year-old was only wearing light clothing.
WWLP-TV CW 22 Springfield

See a 25-Foot Flame In Hyannis Friday? Don’t Be Alarmed

If you see a 20-25-foot flame in Hyannis Friday, you shouldn't be alarmed, according to the Barnstable Fire Department. AmeriGas and fire officials will be performing a flaring operation to burn off the remaining propane vapors in one of their bulk storage tanks. This is expected to be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday. Fire officials said the flaring operation will cause there to be a large 20-25-foot flame visible from many areas in Hyannis. The operation will be conducted at the AmeriGas Hyannis location at 193 Iyannough Road near the intersection of Yarmouth Road and Iyannough Road. Fire officials said the neighboring businesses and the public are in no danger. This is scheduled maintenance, and firefighters will be on site for the duration.
Barnstable-Hyannis Patch

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