Massachusetts News

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Person dies in Marlborough house fire

A person died in a house fire in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning, officials said. Local firefighters were called to the burning home on Nolan Way about 8:23 a.m., and upon entering the home, found an adult dead inside, according according to Marlborough police and fire officials, as well as the offices of the state fire marshal and Middlesex County district attorney. The person's identity hasn't been shared, and what killed them remained under investigation Wednesday afternoon, according to the officials. What caused the fire remained under investigation as well “On behalf of the Marlborough Fire Department, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family that lost a loved one this morning,” Fire Chief Kevin Breen said in a statement.
WBTS-CD NBC 10 Nashua

Fairhaven firefighter riding Pan-Mass Challenge, hopes to get chemicals out of protective gear

A Fairhaven firefighter will take to her pedals at the Pan-Mass Challenge. She and her fellow firefighters are hoping to raise money to help their colleagues battling cancer. Firefighters are at a higher risk of cancer due to the toxins in the air, and in their clothes. Chemicals in their protective gear has been linked to a higher risk of cancer. A group of firefighters are hoping to get those chemicals removed from the garments. To do so, they are going to need to raise money for research. "Because it's our job, I think we just do it, and shower afterwards. The gear is cleaned, and we wash it. We have extractors here that take the chemicals out," said Maggie Rocha, the Fairhaven firefighter in the PMC. The Fairhaven Fire Department lost two firefighters to cancer in recent years.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Car fire in Springfield, no injuries

PHOTO: The Springfield Fire Department was called to a car fire on Genesee Street late Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred at approximately 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, and was contained with no reported injuries. The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Springfield Fire Department.
WWLP-TV NBC/CW+ 22 Springfield

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Woburn Fire Department seeks help finding firefighter’s missing helmet

VIDEO: The Woburn Fire Department asked for the public’s help over the weekend in efforts to find a firefighter’s missing helmet. The fire department shared its message on Facebook on Saturday along with photos of the helmet. “Any help would be greatly appreciated as these tend to end up on Facebook Marketplace/eBay,” the department said. The helmet’s owner in an attatched message said his helmet went missing sometime between May 3 and May 8. The firefighter said the helmet has history within his family, having been passed down from his grandfather. “When he had passed, he left me the helmet and I thought what better way to keep him with me, then to wear it at work,” the firefighter said. The Woburn Fire Department noted “obvious scuff marks” on the helmet that may help individuals recognize it.
WHDH-TV 7 Boston

Warwick voters approve new fire engine by 79-73 vote

An effort to replace a 35-year-old fire engine that has been carried by several of the town’s fire chiefs has finally borne fruit. By just six votes, residents at Monday’s town election approved a ballot question for a $480,000 Proposition 2½ override to purchase a new fire engine. This amount will supplement a $200,000 transfer from the town’s stabilization fund. The engine will be purchased through a five-year loan, which will result in taxes being raised by $80 to $100 per year over that period. Monday’s vote was 79-73. Fire Chief Joe Larson said the department is “in shock” since hearing the news. “People want to go drive in the truck,” he said on Tuesday. “Overall, it helps with all the categories — morale, retention and recruitment.”
The Greenfield Recorder - Metered Site

’Stop the Bleed’ class held at the State House in Boston teaches life-saving skills

VIDEO: The Three Rivers Fire Department put on a “Stop the Bleed” class at the State House in Boston on Tuesday afternoon. “Stop the Bleed” teaches people life-saving techniques for emergency situations. These classes are renewing interest in firefighting as western Massachusetts struggles to find volunteers. Fire Chief Stephen Nodurf told 22News there are three people turning 18 this year who plan to join the department, “Their stated goal is to ride on the engines with us. It is growing, it’s just not growing as fast as everybody would like.” The class also teaches some of the same techniques the Three Rivers Fire Department uses. They learn proper wound packing and tourniquet application. The department will continue to host these classes, with their next stop at a West Springfield school later this week.
WWLP-TV NBC/CW+ 22 Springfield

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