Massachusetts News

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Athol Fire Chief Guarnera named to international panel

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.
Athol Daily News - Metered Site

Onset Fire Department rated among top departments in state, nation

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.
Wareham Wicked Local - Metered Site

Another Suspicious Hyannis Fire: Barnstable Police Investigating Possible Arsonist On The Loose

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.
Hyannis News

After Being Struck by Lightning, Bellingham Woman ‘Happy to Be Home’ From Hospital

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.

Mattapoisett’s New Fire Station Breaks Ground

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.
Mattapoisett Wanderer

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Incident involving pool chemicals causes small explosions in Whitman, Hazmat crews called to assist

Whitman firefighters responded to a Tier One Hazmat incident on Tuesday night involving pool chemicals. Shortly before 8 p.m., first responders received a report of a chemical incident at 44 Hilltop Road. Preliminary investigation shows a 29-year-old man had attempted to add shock to his pool by mixing a new chemical with an older one from a different manufacturer. Once the two chemicals mixed, a reaction occured, causing the chemicals to release gas and causing several minor explosions. The man was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but the extent of his condition is unknown. No one else was injured in the incident. In about two hours the situation was contained and the spill was cleaned up. Neighbors to the spill were not evacuated and there was at no time a danger to the public.
WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

Williamstown Fire District Voters Okay Purchase of Tanker Truck

Voters on Tuesday unanimously approved the Williamstown Fire District's budget in a brief annual meeting at Williamstown Elementary School. The Prudential Committee, which governs the district, had asked voters to OK a spending plan that calls for slightly less revenue to be raised from taxes in fiscal year 2021 than the district sought for the current year. The largest of nine articles on the warrant, Article 5, covers the district's operating expenses for the year ahead. It was up by $7,714, or 1.6 percent, to $495,865. The second largest appropriation came from the district's stabilization fund, which will pay the $380,000 approved on Tuesday to acquire a 2,600-gallon tanker truck. As noted in a memo to voters accompanying the warrant for Tuesday's meeting, the tanker will fill a long-standing need for the call-volunteer fire department.
The Berkshires Online

Power restored to Shrewsbury neighborhood after tree takes out utility poles like dominoes

Power was restored by 8 a.m. Tuesday to nearly all of the estimated 40 homes that lost service after an oak tree split in half Monday night, creating a domino effect of five utility poles snapping. The tree break, at Surrey Lane and Westwood Road, resulted in outages on those two streets as well as Churchill Road and Beaver Drive. The Fire Department was called at about 9:15 p.m. “We’re pretty happy with how the crews responded; they did an outstanding job in restoring the power by the time most people would start working,” Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations General Manager Michael Hale said Tuesday. The severity of the tree taking down the first utility pole resulted in a cascading effect, Hale said. It’s unusual to have to repair five utility poles at once. However, Hale said, this was the second time it’s occurred in three months.
Worcester Telegram

Parking garage fills with smoke after car goes up in flames in Downtown Boston

A parking garage in Downtown Boston filled up with smoke after a car caught fire three levels below the ground floor. Firefighters responding to the car fire at the garage on Lincoln Street around 9:20 a.m. put out the flames and worked to ventilate the structure. One firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries. Smoke ejectors were set up throughout the garage to help clear the space. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WHDH-TV 7 Boston

State Reports Zero New Coronavirus Deaths

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported zero coronavirus deaths Tuesday in its daily coronavirus report. The total number of deaths in the state decreased from the previous day as the state corrected duplicate data. There were 114 new cases reported in the state. Health officials said the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state is 103,701 and the confirmed death toll is 7,874. There were also 41 new probable cases and zero probable deaths related to coronavirus reported Tuesday. Including the probable reports, there have now been 108,882 total coronavirus cases and 8,054 deaths in the state. Probable cases are individuals who were not given a standard test but tested positive for the antibody and had COVID-19 symptoms or have not been given any type of test but had COVID-19 symptoms and were exposed to a known positive case.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Barnstable Fire Rescues Trapped Driver After Cement Truck Crash

Fire officials extricated a driver trapped inside a cement truck, following a crash on Route 6 in West Barnstable. The crash happened around noon on Tuesday when the cement truck struck a tree. The driver was taken to the trauma center at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth with serious injuries. Hyannis News reported that the cement mixer barrel was loaded with nearly 40,000 pounds of concrete before being detached from the truck during the crash. There was also a diesel fuel leak that had to be dealt with while crews worked to remove the truck.
Barnstable-Hyannis Patch

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