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Monday, November 29, 2021

9 People Displaced in Overnight Worcester Fire

A man allegedly attacked an officer with scissors, lit his apartment on fire and refused to leave the building, prompting a standoff with police overnight in Worcester, Massachusetts. The triple-decker apartment building, located at 6 Moen Street, was charred and damaged after the fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Luis Ramirez, 25, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of attempted murder and arson. Bernard Jones, who lives on the top floor of the building, told NBC10 Boston that the fire started after an argument between police and Ramirez, who lives on the second floor. "I heard banging, the next thing you know I look outside, the cops are chasing my neighbor around, he went in the house, next thing you know, the house is on fire," Jones said.
WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston

Hospitals and nursing homes frustrated by ambulance staffing shortage in Massachusetts

Add ambulance operators to the growing list of companies having trouble finding workers. The Massachusetts Ambulance Association estimates the number of staffed vehicles has declined by more than a third since 2015, with the decline accelerating during the pandemic. Most other states are facing a similar decline. The “nation’s EMS system is facing a crippling workforce shortage,” the American Ambulance Association told Congress in October. The shortage is affecting patients across the country. Some remain in the hospital for an extra day waiting for a ride to a rehab facility. Nursing home residents are missing cancer treatment and MRI appointments. And patients who need specialized care are sometimes stuck waiting for a lift in community hospitals.
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40 years later: the Second Great Lynn Fire revisited

PHOTOS: On Saturday evening, the Lynn Museum hosted a presentation on a dark chapter of the city’s history that nevertheless burns bright in memory. On the night before the 40th anniversary of the Second Great Lynn Fire, retired Nashua, N.H. Fire Chief Rick Conway, son of retired Lynn Deputy Fire Chief William Conway, shared a slideshow presentation on the 1981 conflagration to a group of retired and current firefighters from the city and beyond using photos that predominantly came from his father’s collection. “When the call came in, my father woke me up and said they’re going down to lower Broad Street for a fire,” Rick Conway said. “We sat listening to the scanner in my room and … we both got up, got dressed and even before we were dressed and out of the house, (former District Chief Paul) Kirby had five alarms in and (there were) six in and maybe the seventh before we even got there.”
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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Boston Home

Two people were displaced after a heavy fire broke out at a house in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston late Friday night. The Boston Fire Department responded to the Hannon Street fire at about 11:15 p.m. There were no reported injuries, according to the fire department, and they said the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Detail companies remained on the scene to monitor any hot spots, after the heavy fire was knocked down and firefighters vented smoke.
WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston

Officials investigating cause of commercial building fire in Worcester

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a commercial building blaze in Worcester late Friday night. Crews responding to an activated fire alarm on Main Street found smoke pouring out of the building. Sprinkler heads were activated in the basement of the building and, after searching, crews discovered a fully extinguished fire in an electrical room, according to Worcester fire officials. There were no reported injuries, fire officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WHDH-TV 7 Boston

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Heroes in action: Firefighters honored at 32 annual Firefighters of the Year Awards held in Worcester

Gov. Charlie Baker compared the heroics described Tuesday inside Mechanic Hall to action displayed out of Hollywood sets. Except the characters and stories told during the 32nd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards in Worcester don’t always live happily ever after, which is often the case in movies. “We should never forget that while these stories may sound like a movie, they’re not,” Baker said. “They’re real life. And in real life, it doesn’t always end the way you hoped it would.” At the start of the ceremony, Baker remembered a recipient from last year’s event — which occurred virtually — Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard, who died after saving another firefighter. Bakers said he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito recently met with Menard’s family.
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Easton Fire Department Announces Promotion Of Lieutenant Jeff Dupuis

Chief Justin Alexander is pleased to announce the promotion of Lt. Jeff Dupuis. Lt. Dupuis was sworn into his new rank during a pinning ceremony at the Easton Select Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Lt. Dupuis has 14 years of service as a firefighter/paramedic with the Easton Fire Department, joining the department in 2007. He currently serves as the department's EMS training coordinator. Dupuis is certified as an EMT Instructor Coordinator and is certified through the American Heart Association as an instructor for CPR/First Aid, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He has also completed Fire Officer 1, 2 and 3 training. Lt. Dupuis was part of a group of Easton firefighters who received an Exceptional Response Award from Bristol North EMS, an EMS council made up of local fire departments and public and private ambulance services in partnership with three hospitals in northern Bristol County.
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Sudbury Fire and Police Receive ’Call of the Quarter’ Award

MetroWest Medical Center awarded Sudbury Fire and Police personnel the “Call of the Quarter Award” for excellence in pre-hospital care. The Award in recognition of outstanding service and commitment to exceptional patient care was presented by Ava Collins, CEO of MWMC, to Sudbury Fire and Police for their response to a cardiac call in August 2021. MWMC recognized the Sudbury Police officers who were first on scene and provided CPR and the Sudbury Fire personnel who provided Advanced Life Support (ALS) care and transport to MWMC. Chief Scott Nix and Officers Ethan Karol, William Crisafulli and Dylan Haldiman of the Sudbury Police Department, and Captain/EMT-P William Francis, LT/EMT Kyle Gordon, and FF/Paramedics Alan Larochelle, Jaime Ragusa, and Daniel Wells of the Sudbury Fire Department were all honored.
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Follow Up: Robert Triggs Charged With Running Meth Lab After Fire At Mansfield Home

A meth lab was discovered after a fire at a home in Mansfield early Tuesday morning and the man who lives there, 48-year-old Robert Triggs, is now facing charges. Firefighters were called to Triggs’ house on Stearns Avenue just before 2 a.m. and found a fire in a bedroom on the second floor. Everyone in the home got out safe. But after the fire was put out, the fire investigator found what police said “appeared to be chemicals used in the manufacturing of unlawful narcotics.” A hazardous materials team, lab specialists and the bomb squad from the State Police were called in to process the evidence. “Evidence gathered at this time suggests the chemicals and related items in the home were being used to manufacture methamphetamine,” State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in a statement.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Vehicle torched in Holyoke, one arrested

PHOTO: Holyoke Police have arrested a man in connection with setting a vehicle on fire Monday night. According to a news release sent to 22News from Captain Moriarty of the Holyoke Police Department, officers were called Monday at around 7 p.m. to reports of a vehicle on fire in the area of Race and Spring Streets. Police report quickly finding the fully engulfed vehicle, a Honda Pilot. The Holyoke Fire Department was reportedly called to the area to put out the fire. Local citizens reportedly gave police the information needed to arrest 32-year-old Reinaldo Andino. The investigation is reportedly ongoing however, Andino was charged with burning a motor vehicle.
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