Daily Dispatch: Massachusetts News
Worcester Firefighter Roy’s Ladder 4 gets prepped for services
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
For years, they’ve watched from across the street as the trucks go in and out of the Park Avenue fire station, protecting the city and its residents. Now Harris Auto Body is returning the favor, giving two fire trucks a final detailing in preparation for Firefighter Christopher J. Roy’s funeral services.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WORCESTER TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
Paul Coderre, Jr. Named Acting New Bedford Fire Chief
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:55:46 -0800
The City of New Bedford will soon have a new Fire Chief. Effective Sunday, December 16, Deputy Fire Chief Paul N. Coderre, Jr. will become Acting Fire Chief for the City of New Bedford. Fire Chief Michael Gomes has been absent on medical leave and is not expected to return to duty. Chief Gomes recently informed the City of his intent to retire.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 2:55:46 PM - SOURCE: WBSM-AM 1420
Columbia Gas Will Now Notify Fire Departments Of Gas Leaks in Merrimack Valley Immediately
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:41:19 -0800
Columbia Gas agreed Tuesday to notify local fire departments about potentially dangerous gas leaks in the Merrimack Valley immediately, a change from their previous procedure that fire chiefs have been pushing for. Massachusetts state law requires gas utilities to notify the local fire department of gas leaks that are classified as a grade one leak, which means they pose a hazard to persons or property, but doesn't specify when they must do so.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 5:41:19 AM - SOURCE: WGBH-TV, Boston Public Television
One killed, one injured in fuel truck rollover in Fall River
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:06:32 -0800
For hours after a tanker carrying 12,000 gallons of gasoline rolled over killing the driver and seriously injuring another person, an army of firefighters, police and highway workers labored to end the danger. Firefighters arrived at the scene just south of the Airport Road overpass on Route 24 to find one man dead in a puddle of gasoline and a second man trapped and hurt in a crumpled car.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:06:32 PM - SOURCE: Fall River Herald News
Family displaced in Milford fire
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:44:17 -0800
Fire officials said some plumbing work involving a blow torch was likely to blame for a fire that displaced a family from their 47 Claflin St. home on Tuesday night. Chief Mark Nelson said firefighters spent about three hours battling the one-alarm blaze that broke out about 6:02 p.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but damage done by smoke and water was extensive, according to the chief.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 12:44:17 PM - SOURCE: Milford Daily News
Fire damages Erving home
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:36:19 -0800
Watching a movie on DVD, Duane Bowers heard a loud pop noise. He went over to his wood stove in the next room and saw dark flames. He called a neighbor from his cell phone to call the fire in while he started to use a five gallon bucket to pour water on fire in the wall by his wood stove. Bowers said he was using his wood stove at the time but only had two logs in at the time.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 11:36:19 AM - SOURCE: Greenfield Recorder
New fire chief chosen in Foxboro
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:52:32 -0800
Michael Kelleher of Morningside Drive, who joined the local fire department as a junior firefighter while still a student at Foxboro High School, has been named the town’s next fire chief. The selection was announced Tuesday night by town manager William Keegan, who has sole authority to appoint department heads.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 8:52:32 PM - SOURCE: Attleboro Sun Chronicle
North Adams Council Restores Fire, Police Chief Titles
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 02:19:51 -0800
The city will have a fire chief and police chief for the first time in 37 years. Or at least it will by the end of the year. The City Council on Tuesday easily passed to a second reading an ordinance change that switches "director" to "chief" as department heads as the first step in pulling down the public safety governance structure established in 1981.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 2:19:51 AM - SOURCE: The Berkshires Online
Bernardston, Northfield discuss shared ambulance service
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 04:27:46 -0800
A regional ambulance service might be the way to go, town officials from Northfield and Bernardston have discussed. Technically, a regional service would come down to Northfield EMS expanding to become the primary service provider for Bernardston. The revenue from the extra call volume would enable Northfield EMS to provide more reliable service to both towns than what it can presently do for just Northfield, EMS Chief Mark Fortier says.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 4:27:46 AM - SOURCE: Greenfield Recorder
Pittsfield Firefighters Donate Christmas Gifts to DCF
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:19:31 -0800
The city's firefighters are helping to provide a good Christmas to children in DCF care. The firefighters union continued its annual holiday tradition of buying gifts for more than two dozen local children involved with the state Department of Children and Families. The firefighters had taken the names of 25 children, what they'd like for Christmas, and then headed out to shop for them.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 11:19:31 PM - SOURCE: The Berkshires Online
After poisoning scare in Weymouth, officials warn about dangers of carbon monoxide
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:40:45 -0800
Officials are urging residents to check their heating systems and carbon monoxide detectors after a family staying together in Weymouth before a trip to Disney last month was exposed to potentially deadly concentrations of the gas. Weymouth fire Chief Keith Stark said Wednesday that firefighters were initially sent to the Summer Street home, where about 10 people were gathered ahead of a family trip, after a woman fell in the bathroom and her family called 911.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:40:45 PM - SOURCE: Quincy Patriot Ledger
Leominster woman pleads guilty to arson for setting neighbor's house on fire
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:02:38 -0800
A Leominster woman arrested last year for starting a fire in her neighbor's home has pleaded guilty to arson. Linda Sbrogna, 55, pleaded guilty to one charge of arson in Worcester Superior Court Tuesday in connection to her December 2017 arrest, said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 9:02:38 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
Two Firefighters Injured, More Than a Dozen Displaced in Worcester Fire
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:56:38 -0800
One of the hurt firefighters suffered a back injury, while the other suffered an ankle injury, according to officials. It's unclear if any residents were injured in the fire. Fire crews said the blaze was difficult to combat due to a frozen fire hydrant and the building's age. The fire comes just days after Worcester Fire Department firefighter Christopher Roy perished on Sunday after he responded to a 5-alarm blaze just about a mile away from Wednesday's fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 6:56:38 AM - SOURCE: NECN
Cape Cod School Evacuated for 2nd Day to Due Gas Leak
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:02:48 -0800
A Cape Cod school has been closed for a second day in a row after another natural gas leak was detected. Mashpee fire officials confirm Quashnet Elementary School on Old Barnstable Road was evacuated again on Wednesday morning and that students have been sent home. A gas leak on Tuesday prompted an evacuation of the school, and two kitchen workers were overcome by the odors.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 7:02:48 AM - SOURCE: NECN
Fire In South End Boston Brownstone Sends 2 To Hospital, Displaces 29
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:26:57 -0800
Two firefighters were taken to the hospital and 29 residents are without a home after a fire ripped through a brownstone on Columbus Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials estimate $750,000 in damages and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. A report of a fire came in just after 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 6:26:57 AM - SOURCE: South End Patch.com
Billerica: Pinehurst fire station most likely staying put
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 05:03:58 -0800
Months after a study found relocating the Pinehurst fire station could improve response times, officials have soured on the idea. "It just doesn't seem that (moving) would be a worthwhile return on investment," Town Manager John Curran said. Curran proposed the station should be replaced, but remain at its current location on 832 Boston Road.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 5:03:58 AM - SOURCE: Lowell Sun
Recycling truck catches fire in Fall River, damaging nearby homes and vehicles
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:02:34 -0800
A Waste Management vehicle burst into flames on a residential street Tuesday morning, blowing out windows of nearby homes and spreading to two parked vehicles. No one was injured. District Fire Chief Ambrose Smith said a 911 call came in at 9:11 a.m. reporting the Waste Management truck caught fire on the corner of Hunter and William streets.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 1:02:34 PM - SOURCE: Fall River Herald News
Taunton firefighters band together to help 12-year-old who lost possessions in fire
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:01:11 -0800
When Taunton Fire Lt. Greg Galligan walked out on the porch of a Prospect Street home after firefighters knocked down the blaze inside, he saw a child standing alone in the driveway. Sofia Pianco, 12, arrived home from school on Monday, Dec. 3, to find her apartment in flames, most of her clothing and belongings destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 1:01:11 PM - SOURCE: Taunton Daily Gazette
Funeral for Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy to be held Saturday
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:48:54 -0800
A hearse carrying the body of Firefighter Christopher Roy paused momentarily Monday as it passed by the Webster Square fire station where the fallen firefighter had been on duty Sunday when he was dispatched to a burning building on Lowell Street. A procession of fire and police vehicles accompanied the hearse to Boston in the morning and for the return trip to Worcester at mid-afternoon after his body was examined at the chief medical examiner’s office.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 5:48:54 PM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Fall River firefighter hospitalized after fighting basement fire
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:04:05 -0800
Firefighters arrived at 88 Lewin St. to find smoke filling the basement and fire crawling up the side of the clothes drier. The good news, firefighters say, is that the four people who had been inside the house were waiting outside when Engine 6 pulled up. Within moments the fire was out. The crew of Engine 6 dropped down through a layer of 1,000 degree heat to get to the basement floor and begin an interior attack, killing the flames at their base Monday at 9:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 1:04:05 PM - SOURCE: Fall River Herald News
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