Massachusetts News

Friday, June 14, 2019

Robert Czerwinski to marshal his last Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade as fire chief

Robert Czerwinski will not only march in his final Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade as the city's fire chief. He'll lead it. The Parade Committee has named Czerwinski, who has spent more than four decades fighting fires, the grand marshal for the Independence Day event. Czerwinski, 62, is retiring shortly after the parade from a career that began as a volunteer firefighter in New York. He spent the last 32 years at the Pittsfield Fire Department, and the past nine as its chief. Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti hails Czerwinski as a vital part of planning for the parade, just as he's been a crucial part of public safety in the community. "He's always been a team player. He was one of the leaders in developing the emergency management plan for the parade," Marchetti told The Eagle.
Berkshire Eagle

Residents submit petition for defibrillator at Plum Island Point; fire chief has concerns

The City Council received a petition on Monday signed by more than 200 residents in support of installing an automated external defibrillator at Plum Island Point, but the city’s public safety leaders remain opposed to the idea. Plum Island residents working with the Plum Island Foundation raised enough money to buy and install two automated external defibrillators and attached landline telephones – one at Plum Island Center in Newbury and another at Plum Island Point in Newburyport. The landline in Newbury connects to public safety dispatchers who would give a code to the caller which unlocks the defibrillator case so the device can be used in an emergency. Police Marshal Mark Murray and fire Chief Christopher LeClaire, have expressed concerns about the AED being improperly used by an untrained civilian, the possibility of vandalism and other complications that could come from having the device out on Plum Island.
Newburyport Daily News

Westfield fire damages vacant 3-story home

A fire has damaged a vacant three-story home on East Bartlett Street. The fire was reported at 7:06 p.m., Thursday. It damaged an older multi-family home at 1 East Bartlett St., police officials said. Firefighters had the blaze under control before 8 p.m., but remain at the scene checking for any extension of flames and ensuring the fire was completely extinguished. The home is currently unoccupied and was undergoing renovations at the time of the blaze, Fire Commission Chairman Albert Masciadrelli said. The Holyoke Fire Department is assisting at the blaze. The Southwick Fire Department is manning Westfield fire stations and handling any other calls in the city. Masciadrelli said the commission was scheduled to meet to promote two members of the Fire Department to the position of captain when the fire began. Members left the meeting and went to the scene of the fire.

Pittsfield: Firefighters to compete in Combat Challenge

Regional firefighters will compete in the Firefighter Combat Challenge on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, at Berkshire Crossing, 555 Hubbard Ave. Competitors will race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks while wearing full gear. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be food trucks, fire safety demos, and Eversource will have a demo as well. A scaled down version of the event called the Greylock Federal Credit Union Kid's Course is free to children ages 4-12.
Berkshire Eagle

Grafton Select Board finalizes fire department study committee members

The members of the Select Board on Tuesday appointed the members of a Fire Staffing Study Committee who will recommend major changes in the town’s fire department. Last week, Grafton Fire Captain Rick Allain pressed the board to finalize selecting the nine members. The report that recommended changes was released in February. On Tuesday, the board completed their selections for the volunteer committee by choosing Grafton call firefighters Nick Child (Station 2) and Bob Shumeyko (Station 3), along with Lt. Eric Matthieu (Station 1) to represent firefighters, and Allain (Station 3) and Capt. Bob Eagan (Station 2) representing the leadership on the committee. At an earlier meeting, the Select Board choose three candidates for members at large – Daniel Allain (resident), Roger Currier (retired firefighter) and Ray Mead (retired firefighter) – out of the five people who applied. All together, there is more than 100 years of firefighting experience on this volunteer committee that will be used to review the Grafton Fire Department Staffing Study by Municipal Resources, Inc.
The Grafton News

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Raynham Fire Department promotes 4 members, swears in new firefighter

Following Deputy Fire Chief Bryan LaCivita’s appointment as the new Raynham fire chief effective July 1, Fire Chief James Januse promoted four other members of the department and swore in a new firefighter at a promotion ceremony at Town Hall Tuesday evening. With friends and family in attendance at the standing-room-only event, Capt. Barrett Johnson, Lt. Jeffrey Kelleher, firefighter Jason Karns, firefighter Brad Carr and firefighter Trevor Chute were honored for their new ranks and achievements. Johnson was promoted to the rank of deputy chief. Johnson first joined the department as a call firefighter in 1995. He was hired full-time in 1998, promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2012 and named captain in 2017. Kelleher was promoted to the rank of captain. Like Johnson, Kelleher joined the department as a call firefighter in 1995 and was hired full-time in 1998. In January 2017, he was named acting lieutenant and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant later that year.
Brockton Enterprise

Quincy firefighters train for worst-case scenario

It’s a rescue firefighters hope they never have to make: A colleague injured, trapped or unconscious, cut off by fire and smoke in a building collapsing around them. Over three days this week, firefighters across Quincy will receive training to prepare for the particular challenges they face when a fellow firefighter goes down during a fire, a scenario that officials say is rare but potentially deadly. In the first day of training on Wednesday, several firefighters practiced techniques for moving an unconscious firefighter through mocked up windows inside the vacant rooms of the former Quincy Medical Center. “It’s training we do about once a year,” Deputy Chief Timothy Burchill said. “It’s one of the most important jobs on the fire scene to know how to do.” Burchill said that when a firefighter goes down and is unconscious or has a medical emergency, it’s called a mayday, and fortunately doesn’t happen often. Mayday firefighters are often saved by the crews they go into a fire with, but a rapid intervention team can be sent in as the last resort to save a firefighter.
Quincy Patriot Ledger

Small fire prompts evacuation of Southwick Big Y for several hours, fire department says

A fire that broke out in a cooking appliance at the Big Y World Class Market on College Highway Wednesday afternoon prompted the closing of the store for several hours, a fire department official said. Deputy Chief Richard Stefanowicz said staff evacuated the store and unsuccessfully attempted to put out the fire. The store’s fire suppression system kept the fire in check until firefighters arrived and put it out. Although the store has since reopened, its food preparation area remained closed, per order of the Health Department, as of Thursday morning, Stefanowicz said. “Big Y was great about evacuating people and everything on that end of it,” he said.

Springfield crews called to kitchen fire at home

Crews were called to assist with a kitchen fire at a home on Canon Circle late Wednesday night. Captain Brian Tetreault of Springfield Fire Department told 22News the kitchen fire at 142 Canon Circle was quickly put out around 11:14 p.m. Captain Tetreault said no one was displaced and there no injuries reported. The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad determined the cause to be unattended cooking.

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