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.
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.
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.
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.”
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