Maine News

Friday, February 23, 2024

Aroostook County commissioners approve nine dispatch contracts

Aroostook County commissioners unanimously approved nine dispatch contract agreements with communities and organizations throughout the region during a Feb. 21 meeting. All contracts increased by five percent, according to Sheriff Peter Johnson. All of the approved contracts were renewed from last year. No new communities or organizations were added. As part of these agreements, calls made to these towns and organizations will go to the sheriff office’s dispatch center, based in Houlton. For fire calls, dispatchers will activate the town or organization’s fire paging system to communicate the location of the fire. Commissioners approved a $2,551.35 annual ambulance dispatching contract for Central Aroostook Ambulance Service, and a $29,291.22 contract for Southern Aroostook Emergency Medical Services.
The County

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Fire crews quickly contain small fire at potato house in Presque Isle

Fire crews quickly contained a small blaze that broke out Wednesday morning on Henderson Road in Presque Isle. The Presque Isle Fire Department received a call at 11:15 a.m. of a small fire in the chimney of the potato house owned by Ireland Farms located at Phair Junction, according to Deputy Fire Chief Nate Allen. Easton and Caribou Fire Departments also helped and the fire was extinguished at 11:23 a.m. No injuries were reported and the structure had minimal damage. “Everybody worked well and we had roughly about 15 firemen out there [who] were able to extinguish the fire pretty quick,” Allen said.
The County

North Haven students learn emergency medical skills, demonstrate to peers

VIDEO: Students at North Haven Community School are learning life saving skills. The MaineEMS Explorer Program is designed to educate young Mainers on Emergency Medical Systems and inspire more to work or volunteer in the field. “They put us through scenarios, like if we were to work as an EMT, how to act when you’re in a situation where there is someone in danger, and in class, we all learn the skills and then we got to try them out before we test for them,” said Arlene Veras, 12th grade student and EMS Explorer. North Haven high school students in the program have been learning about various life saving skills, such as first aid and CPR. After mastering these skills, they help teach them to their peers.
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