Maine News

Friday, March 22, 2019

Bill seeks to raise ambulance reimbursements across state

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the reimbursement rate for ambulance services. The bill's sponsor said this would ensure ambulance companies are getting 100 percent reimbursement of the Medicare rate. The legislation was submitted in response to the closure of ambulance services, especially in rural areas where ambulances sometimes have to travel long distances, said Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash. "Many times they have to transport to Bangor and Portland and things like that. You know it just costs money and the reimbursement system we have right now, we're falling further and further behind," he said. The bill underwent a public hearing Wednesday before the Health and Human Services Committee. If the measure moves forward, the new reimbursement rate would take effect in September.
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Two injured in Farmington crash

A local man and a Greenville woman were injured Thursday afternoon when their vehicles collided in front of VIP Tires & Service on Wilton Road. Lani K. Love, 49, of Greenville was driving a Volkswagen SUV in the northbound lane when an oncoming Ford SUV driven by Edward Galanif, 94, of Farmington attempted to turn left into the auto parts store, according to Officer Jesse Clement of the Farmington Police Department. Love complained of arm pain and Galanif of chest pain, Clement said. Both were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital by NorthStar ambulances. Officer Darin Gillbert was the primary investigator and Clement assisted him. Farmington Fire Rescue Department also assisted at the scene.
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Castine Fire Rescue Department holds training drill at local community health center

PHOTOS: Castine Fire Rescue Department held a training drill at Castine Community Health Center as dusk fell on Tuesday, March 19. Under the direction of Asst. Chief Jack Spratt, volunteer firefighters went through the steps they would take in the case of a real fire, from filling a portable water tank from pumper truck Engine 6 to laddering to the second floor of the building. The drill is one of many that CFRD holds each year.
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Man hospitalized following crash in Bangor Thursday night

VIDEO: One man had to be taken to the hospital after he crashed his car in Bangor Thursday night. According to authorities the man was exiting I-395 headed for 95 South around 8. Police say he failed to make the turn on the ramp, went off the road and hit a tree. The airbag deployed and he had to be cut free from the vehicle. He was the only person in the car. Officials didn't know the extent of his injuries. The exit was closed for around an hour while the scene was cleared.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bucksport fire chief to retire after 18 years

Bucksport’s fire chief is retiring next month. Town Manager Susan Lessard said Friday that Craig Bowden was retiring for health reasons. But Bowden said Sunday that after 36 years with the department, the last 18 as chief, he was ready to retire. Bowden’s last official day on the job will be April 9, but he has been largely out of work on medical leave since he underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in December. He hasn’t been on full duty, but he has done some work at home helping develop grants for his department, Lessard said. “It is a significant retirement for the community,” Lessard said Friday. “We will be figuring out how to move forward for that over the next couple of weeks.”
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Aroostook County fire officials see shortage of firefighters

VIDEO: Aroostook County is having a difficult time getting enough firefighters to serve the needs of communities. Kathy McCarty met with fire officials who say training is just one of the hurdles facing those wanting to volunteer. Distance isn't just a problem when firefighters are trying to get to a fire, it also creates difficulties for those seeking training. The closest fire academy in Maine is in Brunswick, making it hard for volunteers to meet requirements. "They can't take a week off to go down and do training. So we're very fortunate we have two or three instructors at the state level right here in our department, as well as Rich Wark from Mapleton and some others - Darren Woods out of North Lakes and Adam Rider who's here. And we're able to do these trainings, and we're able to work them around the volunteer's schedule, so they're either nights or weekends, allowing them to do it. Because if it wasn't for that, it would be almost next to impossible to get 'em trained."

North Yarmouth house fire displaces 2

Two people were displaced Wednesday after flames damaged their North Yarmouth home. The fire at 870 Sligo Rd. was under control by about 10:30 a.m. Crews worked to put out hot spots in the late morning and turned the property back over to its owners shortly before 2:30 p.m. An official said firefighters arrived on scene at about 9 a.m. and observed flames shooting out of the house's second-story windows. Additionally, fire was coming from the area of the kitchen on the first floor. The fire was quickly put out despite a lack of water. They said an all-hands was struck because there were no hydrants and water had to be shuttled. Crews trucked an estimated 30,000 gallons from a hydrant 1.5 miles away.

Teen rescued from ice float in Androscoggin River

A teenage boy fishing the Androscoggin River on Tuesday evening was rescued from a spinning chunk of ice 50 yards from shore, while his friend on another piece of ice made it safely to shore. “They had small fishing poles and they were trying to fish. Almost a fatal mistake,” Fire Chief Chris Reed said. A worker at the ND Paper mill spotted the boys at the edge of the river near the upper gate of the mill and called the mill guard shack officer, who called the Fire Department at 4:56 p.m., the chief said. Firefighters arrived three minutes later with their ice sled. By then, the teen on ice close to shore got safely back on land. The other teen was on a bigger piece of ice floating in the river about 50 yards from shore. Reed said the ice chunk was spinning as the current moved it farther from shore.
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