Daily Dispatch: Massachusetts News
Critical incident intervention for first responders bill signed into law by Governor Baker
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
VIDEO: Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2633 on Wednesday to make sure first responders aren't penalized for seeking counseling after a traumatic experience. Under the new law, crisis intervention services will be required at police and fire stations across the state. Critical incident stress management teams will help first responders who are coping with psychological stress or trauma.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP
Westport fire chief pushes for one additional firefighter
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:07:10 -0800
There is a conflict over the proposed fiscal 2020 budget: The fire chief proposes a budget with one additional staff member while the town administrator has disagreed with the choice. Chief Brian Legendre, however, could draw support from the Finance Committee to break the deadlock. He told the committee last week that he has had the same staffing numbers since 1989 yet fire calls ambulance calls doubled in 2018 when compared to 1989.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 1:07:10 PM - SOURCE: Fall River Herald News
House fire displaces 9 in Brockton
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:45:23 -0800
Nine people were displaced early Thursday morning when a fire started outside a home and worked its way inside. Car 56 (the deputy chief), Squad A, Ladder 1, Engine 4 and Engine 5 of the Brockton Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 30 Chester Ave. about 2:54 a.m. Chester Avenue is located between Belmont and Bartlett streets, just west of the downtown area.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 6:45:23 AM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise
Firefighter facing assault charge on the job in Devens
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:04:38 -0800
A firefighter with an open assault and battery case in Lowell District Court has been allowed to work for the Devens Fire Department, according to MassDevelopment. Former Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory Gagnon, 43, of Dracut, worked Tuesday, said Meg Delorier, chief of staff for the state agency, which oversees the former Army base.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 9:04:38 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
Marion Home on Point Road heavily damaged by fire
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 02:48:37 -0800
A home in Marion was heavily damaged in a two alarm fire on Jan. 16 that took firefighters six hours to extinguish. First calls about the fire at 498B Point Road came in at 3:34 p.m. Point Road was blocked off as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. The Marion Fire Department called for mutual aid from Mattapoisett and Wareham Fire Departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 2:48:37 AM - SOURCE: Sippican Week
Fire Displaces Four Pittsfield Families
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:25:12 -0800
Four families are displaced after a fire caused significant damage to a Cherry Street apartment building. But quick work and awareness from the firefighters ultimately saved the building. Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Noyes said firefighters were dispatched to 2-4 Cherry Street at about 6:30 Wednesday night for the reported fire and almost immediately after arriving, it was reported that the fire was out.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:25:12 PM - SOURCE: The Berkshires Online
Gov. Baker vetoes bill aimed to ban certain flame retardant chemicals
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Governor Charlie Baker refused to sign House Bill 50-24 Friday. Refusing to sign a bill is called "a pocket veto," which means it will have to go through the entire legislative process all over again. Thousands of Massachusetts Firefighters Support the flame retardant ban, saying the chemicals in some household products and children's toys are unnecessary and pose significant health risks.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP
Greenfield: Rough estimates for new fire station under $8M
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:20:41 -0800
A rough, initial cost of a new fire station has been delivered to the Mayor’s Office ahead of today’s City Council meeting in which there could be talk about a new library that would supplant the current fire station. The preliminary numbers given to Mayor William Martin state the fire station as planned could come in, at its highest range, between $8 to $10 million.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 6:20:41 AM - SOURCE: Greenfield Recorder
Farmhouse burns in Bolton
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:24:43 -0800
A fire Tuesday afternoon caused extensive damage to a house on the Schultz Farm at 49 Sawyer Road. A person on Ball Hill Road alerted firefighters at about 2:45 p.m. to heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the building. The first fire crews to arrive found a pet dog outside running around.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:24:43 PM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Northborough: Vacant gas station preferred site for new fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:52:47 -0800
With a lower price tag and better location for future growth, the Fire Station Building Committee recommends buying the former Pierce Gas Station on West Main Street to build a new station. The vacant property is located at 61 and 65 West Main St. The plan also calls for buying a small home at 10 Monroe St.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:52:47 PM - SOURCE: MetroWest Daily News
Norfolk firefighters assist putting out fire in Medway
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:30:56 -0800
Local firefighters joined ones from other surrounding towns to extinguish a condominium fire in Medway Tuesday morning. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire on Kingson Lane about 7:30 a.m. The fire was confined to the kitchen, according to Medway fire officials. No injuries were reported and a pet dog was helped by Medway Animal Control.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 3:30:56 PM - SOURCE: Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Restaurant in Essex hosts first responders who saved new owner's life
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:22:10 -0800
As a thank you for saving her father's life after a car crash, Carling Audette, co-manager at The Village Restaurant, will host a small party for the local police officers, firefighters and EMT personnel who responded to the scene. The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the restaurant's Shipyard Room at 55 Main St.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:22:10 AM - SOURCE: Salem News
Wilmington Fire Dept. to participate in BFit First Responder Challenge
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
On Jan. 27, the Wilmington Fire De­partment will participate in the third annual BFit First Responder Challenge at T.D. Garden. The challenge is put on by the Boston Bruins Foundation, and is intended to raise awareness of health and wellness within New England. The challenge is comprised of three divisions: the Fire­fighter/EMT division, the Law Enforcement division, and the Civilian division.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington Town Crier
Firefighters Battle 4-Alarm Blaze in Newburyport
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:17:02 -0800
Firefighters battled a 4-alarm blaze in Newburyport, Massachusetts on Monday afternoon. The fire was first reported around 2:30 p.m. at 155 High St., fire officials said. Upon arrival, they found heavy fire showing on the second floor of the wood-frame structure. The blaze engulfed the second and third floors of the building, partially extending to an adjoining building at 157 High St.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:17:02 AM - SOURCE: NECN
As opioids ravage the nation, Massachusetts cautiously turns a corner
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
In 2016, an average of 65 people per month were showing up in South Shore Hospital’s emergency department in the throes of an opioid overdose, many of them fatal, as Massachusetts struggled to beat back an epidemic that was claiming more and more lives each year. By the end of 2016, the year’s death toll would set a new record at 2,154.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WickedLocal.com
This goose is loose thanks to Lakeville firefighters
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:54:14 -0800
Firefighters rescued a goose that was partially stuck in ice on a frozen pond Monday afternoon. Animal Control Officer David Frates contacted the Lakeville Fire Department just after 2 p.m. after finding a lone goose stranded on the ice on Long Pond, which borders County Street and Lakeside Avenue (Route 18), as well as many side streets.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 6:54:14 AM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise
Westborough: Teen falls through ice into pond, rescued by firefighters
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:10:32 -0800
A teen was rescued by firefighters after he fell through the ice on Mill Pond in Westborough. Westborough Fire Chief Patrick Purcell said the 19-year-old was ice skating with a friend when he fell through the ice Monday afternoon. "I think the ice had varying thickness throughout Mill Pond itself, but he was pretty lucky," Purcell said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:10:32 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
20 people displaced after fire damages 2 Cambridge buildings
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 05:46:19 -0800
Cambridge firefighters battled a 4-alarm fire Monday that spread from one building to another. The fire started in the basement of 6 Hunting St., which houses apartments and at least one business, fire officials said. When crews arrived, smoke and flames were coming out of the third floor. The flames spread to another building on Cambridge Street.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 5:46:19 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
Hudson firefighters seek to replenish relief fund
Sun, 13 Jan 2019 06:51:31 -0800
The Hudson Firefighters Relief Association is rising from the ashes after members say more than $60,000 was stolen from the organization’s fund by their former chief. A Channel 5 Investigates report that aired in November cited a police report that referenced missing money from the firefighters’ relief fund and a separate investigation over credit card purchases allegedly made by former Fire Chief John Blood – who was placed on administrative leave last April and later retired – and charged to the town.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 6:51:31 AM - SOURCE: MetroWest Daily News
Firefighter Injured Battling Cape Cod House Fire
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:16:59 -0800
One firefighter was injured Saturday while battling a two-alarm house fire on Cape Cod. According to fire officials, the flames broke out at this home on Finn Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Crews remained on scene for at least four hours. It's still unclear what exactly started the two-alarm fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 4:16:59 PM - SOURCE: NECN

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