Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera was recently tapped to serve on the Professional Development Committee of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In his position, Guarnera will promote education and training for firefighters around the planet.
“Education in general is something that I’m a great warrior for,” he said. “Whether it’s in the fire service, police service, EMS — it doesn’t matter — you never know enough. You can always learn more.”
Guarnera pointed out he is also on the Professional Development Committee of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, and is an original member and one of the Chairs of the National Professional Development Committee of the National Fire Administration at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
“I’m part of the group that writes fire curriculum for the country,” he explained.
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Clearly Onset’s a charming village with salt and fresh water amenities that are hard to match.
But it’s also got one of the top 25 rated fire departments in the state out of 377.
In fact, the Onset Fire Dept. is also rated one of the top 1,729 fire departments out of 39,850 nationwide.
Not bad for a small department.
That’s reason enough for residents to celebrate for the obvious safety factor but the high rating could also save them some money on insurance when it takes effect in September.
The Onset Fire Dept.’s rating climbed to a “2” in the latest assessment by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which produces fire department ratings that can be used by the insurance industry to gauge how well a community is protected by its fire department. It’s a 1 to 10 rating with 1 being the top and rarely bestowed.
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VIDEOS: The night before it was a suspicious dumpster fire; early this morning it was a parked car that was burnt to a crisp…
and it all happened right next door to each other.
At about 1:00 a.m., and for the second night in a row, Barnstable Police and Hyannis Firefighters rushed to the same Fresh Holes Road neighborhood for a suspicious fire outside in one of the residential parking lots.
One official mentioned they are not believing in “coincidences” in this case.
A crime scene photographer was called in and an arson investigator was notified…. and the vehicle burnt to crisp was hauled back to police headquarters where the investigation will continue.
The Barnstable Police Department is investigating and HN will provide official updates as they become available.
A woman was struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon inside a home in Bellingham, Massachusetts.
Hours after being taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, 23-year-old Shelby Klopf was back at her Depot Street home.
"I'm happy to be home and happy to be coming home to my children tonight, because it could have gone a very different way," Klopf said. "I'm in a lot of pain, I'm very tired, I'm having a lot of trouble seeing, but I'm here and I get to see my children, and that's all that matters." The mother of two was working from home during the storm. She turned on the lamp in her home office, on an enclosed porch area, when she was jolted.
"All of a sudden, I felt a huge boom, saw an extremely bright white light that has now affected my vision, and I flew back," she said.
On June 30 the skies may have been gloomy, but faces were beaming with joy as local officials along with project planners, engineers and construction teams ceremonially broke ground for Mattapoisett’s New Fire Station. On hand to celebrate the moment were State Representative William Straus, Selectmen Jordan Collyer and John DeCosta, retired Town Administrator Mike Gagne, current Town Administrator Mike Lorenco, Director of Inspectional Services Andy Bobola, Police Chief Mary Lyons, Fire Chief Andrew Murray, and retired Fire Chief Ronald Scott. Rounding out those who gathered were members of the architectural group Contex, construction management team Vertex, and contractor Rubicon.
One volunteer whose leadership and expertise were acknowledged by Murray was Mike Hickey, chairman of the Mattapoisett Fire Station Building Committee.