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OAK BLUFFS FIRE DEPT
Oak Bluffs was approved for a new fire headquarters in a recent town meeting. The plan is to move all apparatus from the current station to the town's DPW facility in the fall 2014. The present station will be torn down and the lot prepared for construction to begin on a new facility which is expected to take about 15 months to occupy. June 2014.

OAK BLUFFS
John Rose was promoted to fulltime Fire Chief of Oak Bluffs in May 2014.

SANDWICH FIRE
Sandwich FD Deputy Chief Thomas Corriveau is retiring July 2014 after many years with the Sandwich FD. The new deputy chief will be John "J.J." Burke who has previously served as the Fire Prevention Officer. June 2014

ORLEANS FIRE
Orleans has appointed Geoff Deering to serve as the new Deputy Fire Chief. Deering has served as Captain and is a paramedic. He fills the vacancy created when Dep Anthony Pike was promoted to Chief. June 2014

 

WEST BARNSTABLE FIRE
The new WBFD Deputy Fire Chief David Paananen began his new job on May 12, 2014. The Deputy has been a Captain at WBFD for a number of years and is also a paramedic. May 12, 2014

ORLEANS FIRE
Fire Chief Anthony "Tony" Pike will become the fire chief on May 15, 2014 as Chief William Quinn Jr retires. Chief Pike has been the Deputy since 2008 and is a long time member of the Orleans FD serving as firefighter, paramedic, and Captain. May 2014

 

ORLEANS FIRE
Fire Chief William Quinn Jr., a long time member of the Orleans Fire Department and Fire Chief since 2007 will be retiring May 2014. He served as Fire Chief since the 2007 retirement of previous Chief Steve Edwards. Congratulations and best wishes Chief.  May 7, 2014

DUXBURY FIRE
Active duty Firefighter John E. "Jack" Thomas passed away April 27, 2014 at age 56. He served the Duxbury FD for 28 years as a Firefighter/EMT and member of Duxbury Local 2167.
 

PLYMOUTH POLICE
The Plymouth Police Department regrets to announce the Line of Duty Death of Police Officer Gregg Maloney on April 1, 2014.  He was a motorcycle officer and member of the Plymouth PD for 17 years.
Wake: Monday April 7, 2014 Cartmell's Funeral Home, 83 Court St, Plymouth 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Funeral: Tuesday April 8, 2014 St Peters Church, 84 Court St, Plymouth, 11:00 AM.
April 2014

BOSTON FIRE
Thousands of firefighters from around the world, including hundreds from the Cape area attended the wakes and funerals of two Boston firefighters killed in the line of duty at a 9 alarm fire at 298 Beacon Street in the Back Bay on March 26, 2014. Services for Lt Edward Walsh E33 were held in Watertown on April 2 & 3, and for FF Michael Kennedy L15 in West Roxbury April 3 & 4.
April 2014

FALMOUTH HOSPITAL
Congratulations to Virginia B. "Ginny" Brodeur RN upon her retirement from the Falmouth Hospital Emergency Room. Ginny has been around the ER for nearly 40 years and will surely be missed by many she has helped over the years. Best wishes to her in retirement.  April 2014.

FALMOUTH FIRE
Falmouth Fire Department has made the following promotions permanent effective March 16, 2014:
    Timothy Smith has been promoted to Deputy Chief. Smith has been serving as Acting Deputy Chief for some time. Prior to that he served as Captain and Lieutenant. He is also a paramedic.
    Lt Scott Thrasher has been promoted to Captain of Shift 3.
    FF Ann Bartos has been promoted to Lieutenant on Group 4. She becomes the first female to hold such rank in the Falmouth Fire Department.
   Congratulations to all of the personnel.  March 2014

HYANNIS FIRE
    Lt Norman "Spanky" Sylvester was promoted to Fire Prevention Officer filling the position created by the retirement of Lt Don Chase in July 2013.
    Fire Prevention Officer John Cosmo was promoted to Lt FPO.
    FF Greg Dardia was promoted to Lieutenant.
    All of these promotions took place in recent months.
Posted March 2014.

ONSET FIRE
The Onset Fire District has made Raymond Goodwin the permanent Fire Chief of the department. Goodwin has been serving as the acting chief, filling the vacancy created by the retirement and passing of long time chief Howard Andersen. Goodwin is a long time member of the Onset FD. Congrats and best wishes to him. March 2014

BREWSTER FIRE
Deputy Chief William Harrison has resigned according to local news. He reportedly had been investigated for alleged violations of town policies. He served as deputy since 2007 and was a 33 year member of the department.
Feb 27, 2014

SANDWICH FIRE
The new Sandwich Fire Chief  William Carrico II began serving Sandwich in February 2014. Chief Carrico previously served as the Chief at Halifax Fire since 2009 and before that served as a Deputy Chief in Duxbury FD. He replaces Chief George Russell who recently retired. Welcome Chief.
Feb 2014

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EASTHAM FIRE
The new Fire Chief Mark Foley took over in February 2014. Foley previously served as Eastham's Deputy Chief and prior to that was on the Yarmouth FD. He has served actively for many years at the fire academy and on the County Retirement Board. He replaced Chief Glen Olson who recently retired. Congratulations Chief.  Feb 2014

HYANNIS FIRE DEPT
Firefighter / Master Mechanic Richard Randall retired Feb 3, 2014 after 24 years of service with the Hyannis FD. The entire apparatus fleet was replaced and modernized during his tenure in Hyannis. Congrats and best wishes. Feb 3, 2014

SANDWICH FIRE
Sandwich has selected William Carrico to serve as the new Fire Chief. Carrico has been the Halifax Chief since 2009. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy in Duxbury. He replaces retired chief George Russell.  Jan 2014

EASTHAM FIRE
Eastham has appointed Deputy Chief Mark Foley to become the new Fire Chief replacing retired chief Glenn Olson. Jan 2014

FALMOUTH FIRE
Falmouth Firefighter Gary Sabens is retiring from the Falmouth FD. Gary joined the FFD in 1978, was a member of CIEMSS Paramedic Class 6 in 1981, and served as EMS officer for Falmouth FD for many years. He retires in February 2014. Good luck Gary! Jan 2014

PLYMPTON FIRE
The Plympton Fire Department for years shared its radio channel with the Plympton Police and was dispatched by the State Police in Middleboro. Early in 2014, Plympton Fire will be dispatched by the Duxbury Fire Communications center.  Dec 2013

CARVER FIRE
The Carver Fire Department has been approved for a new Central Fire Station.
It will be located on the Carver FD training facility property up the street from the present station. Dec 2013

DENNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT
       Captain Richard Farrenkopf will be retiring effective November 30, 2013 after 42 years in the fire service, 4 with Harwich and the past 38 with Dennis FD. He has been a Captain for the past 20 years and has been a Paramedic for over 30 years. Capt Farrenkopf's father was the Fire Chief in Hyannis during the 1980s. His brothers Craig and Eric are both Captains in Hyannis and his brother Kent is the Deputy Chief in Harwich. Best wishes to "Dickie" in his retirement!
     Lt Tony Kent will be promoted to Captain replacing Capt Farrenkopf effective Dec 1, 2013. He has been a member of the Dennis FD for 27 years, the past 13 as a Lieutenant. Congrats Tony!
     Firefighter Dan "Flippy" O'Connell has been promoted Lieutenant effective Dec 1, 2013. He has been a member of the Dennis FD for 17 years. Congrats and best wishes!
Nov 10, 2013


ONSET FIRE DEPT
Onset Fire District appointed Capt Raymond Goodwin to the position of Acting Fire Chief in October 2013 following the passing of long time Fire Chief Howard Andersen.  Nov 2013

 

YARMOUTH  FIRE
There have been some changes at the Yarmouth FD.
With the departure of Chief Michael Walker, Deputy Phil Simonian has been made Acting Chief
Fire Prevention Captain Jon Sawyer has been made Acting Deputy Chief
The retirements of Capt Michael Caruso and Captain Charles Talbott and Lt Steve Falletti have resulted in the following as Shift Assignments as of Oct 2013
Group A
    Capt David Morley, Lt Matt Bearse, Lt Chris Caton, Lt Michael McCarthy
Group B
    Capt Thomas Lundquist, Actg Lt Harbour, Lt Joe Mullin, Lt Mark Abboud
Group C
    Capt Jerry Walsh (Mil Leave), Actg Capt Mark Omerzu, Lt Robert Kittla, Lt Dale Starr
Group D
    Capt Roupin Baker, Lt Napolitan, Lt Corey Kittla, Lt Kevin Huck
New FOA Kelly Donavan
 Oct 29, 2013

ONSET  FIRE
Retired Onset Fire Chief Howard B Andersen, age 58, passed away on October 4, 2013 after a long battle against cancer. "Howie" joined the Onset FD at age 15 in 1970 and was a member for 43 years, serving as Chief for the past 16 years. He also served as a member of the Otis FD, Wareham FD, and DCR District 2. He was highly respected and will be missed not only by his family and the Onset FD, but by many others across the state who saw him as a leader, friend, and example of dedication to service. RIP Chief. Visiting hours will be on Friday October 11 and a Funeral on Saturday October 12, 2013.
SERVICES.

 

SANDWICH  FIRE
Fire Chief George Russell has announced his planned retirement in January 2014. Chief Russell is a long time member of SFD serving as a paramedic and officer, and Chief since 2005.   Sept 2013

EASTHAM  FIRE
Fire Chief Glen Olson has served Eastham as the Fire Chief for 14 years. He joined the Eastham FD over 30 years ago and also worked for the Hyannis FD for a number of years as a paramedic firefighter. He will retire in October 2013.  Sept 2013

MASHPEE FIRE
Mashpee Fire Chief George Baker has been a member of the Mashpee FD for 30 years, the last 20 years as Fire Chief. His last day of work will be Friday Sept 20, 2013. A retirement party is being planned for Oct 11, 2013. Contact Mashpee FD for details. Congrats to Chief Baker! Sept 2013

ONSET FIRE
Onset Fire Chief Howard "Howie" Andersen was recognized at a September 8, 2013 retirement party. A member of the Onset Fire Department for 43 years and Fire Chief for the past 16 years, Chief Andersen has long been respected for his leadership, knowledge, and dedication to not only Onset, but to the fire service throughout the Cape and Plymouth Counties as well as the state. Health issues have brought about the retirement. Best wishes to him, his family, and the Onset FD. Sept 2013

BOURNE FIRE
Bourne FD received a SAFER grant that enabled the busy department to hire 8 additional personnel and appoint 8 new Lieutenants. Previously, the department had 4 shifts of 9 personnel. Typically being a Deputy shift commander at Station 1, a duty Lieutenant at Station 1, 3 firefighters at Station 1, 2 firefighters at Station 3 and 2 firefighters at Station 4. With only 2 officers on duty, nearly every call in town required the response of either the Deputy or Lieutenant from HQ in a second vehicle.

The additional personnel bring normal shift strength up to 11 on duty, with the same staffing off Station 1, but now 3 personnel at both Station 3 and 4, including a Lieutenant at each. This reduces the amount of vehicles on the road for most runs and provides a degree of efficiency and safety that come with sufficient staffing.

The Officers of the Bourne Fire Department are now as follows:
Fire Chief Martin Greene
Group 1 Deputy David Pelonzi
  Group 1 Lieutenants: J Brown, R Haden, T Simpson
Group 2 Deputy Joseph Carrara
  Group 2 Lieutenants: P Weeks, D Dupius, G Taylor
Group 3 Deputy David "Skip" Kingsbury
  Group 3 Lieutenants: B Ferro, T Swartz, G Edgecomb
Group 4 Deputy David Cody
  Group 4 Lieutenants: P Eldridge, P Tura, J Pomar

August 2013

 

COMM FIRE
COMM has made two promotions. Paul Rhude has been promoted to Captain and Dan Osgood has been promoted to Lieutenant. These vacancies were created when Byron Eldridge was promoted from Captain to Deputy. Congrats to the new officers. Aug 2013

YARMOUTH FIRE
Deputy Phil Simonian has been made acting Fire Chief in the absence of Chief Walker.
Aug 22, 2013

ONSET FIRE
Onset Fire Chief Howard Anderson will retire Sept 8, 2013. A party will be held at the Elks in Wareham from 4-8 PM. Tickets $35. 43 Years of Service!

MIDDLEBOROUGH  FIRE
Middleborough FD suffered the LODD loss of one of their own on July 22, 2013 when 50 year old FF David Brier passed away from an apparent heart attack. He was a 10 year veteran of MFD.
July 2013  

DENNIS FIRE
Dennis FD has hired 4 additional personnel which will enable the department to permanently assign an ambulance to north Dennis for the first time ever. Staffing will go from 2 at Station 2 to 3 at Station 2. Previously, all calls in the North Dennis districts for medicals got an engine and an ambulance response. July 2013

BOURNE FIRE
The Bourne Fire Department will soon be adding 8 personnel to the roster, allowing the staffing of Station 3 in Sagamore and Station 4 in Pocasset to go from 2 personnel on duty to 3 personnel on duty in each station. Promotions will also put officers (Lieutenants) in each of those stations with the hope of reducing the need for a car to respond to all calls from HQ. July 2013

YARMOUTH FIRE
Fire Chief Michael Walker is said to be retiring soon as well.
July 2013

EASTHAM FIRE
Fire Chief Glen Olson has announced his pending retirement in October 2013 as Chief of the Eastham FD. He will have 33+ years in fire service., 14 as Chief.
July 2013

COMM FIRE
Deputy Chief Phil Field Retired July 15, 2013 after 39 years with COMM FD. the last 3 as deputy. The new deputy Byron Eldridge, long time Captain was sworn in later that day. Congrats to both.
July 2013

HYANNIS FIRE
Lt Donald Chase, long time Fire Prevention officer, retired effective July 2, 2013. He served the HyaFD for 34 years. July 2013

DENNIS  FIRE DEPT
Dennis recently hired 4 additional firefighter/paramedics to enable the assignment of an ambulance at Dennis Station 2 on the north side of town starting this summer.
June 28, 2013

MASHPEE  FIRE DEPT
Chief George Baker has announced his pending retirement Sept 20, 2013.
June 28, 2013

CHATHAM  FIRE DEPT
Captain / Paramedic Kate Hanson retires effective July 2, 2013.
Congrats to her!
June 28, 2013

COMM  FIRE DEPT
New COMM Fire Chief Michael Winn took over from Chief Farrington June 28, 2013.
Congratulations to Chief Winn and the COMM FD!
June 28, 2013

COMM  FIRE DEPT
Chief John M Farrington has retired after 40 years as fire chief.
Administrative Assistant Kathy Loveridge has retired after 28 years.
Deputy Chief Phil Field is set to retire July 15, 2013.
June28, 2013

YARMOUTH  FIRE DEPT
Regrets the passing of retired fire chief John H "Jack" Clemence on June 1, 2013 at age 92. Chief Clemence was a member of YFD from 1961 to 1983, serving as chief from 1978-1983. June 2013

HYANNIS  FIRE DEPT
Fire Prevention Officer Lt. Donald Chase will retire on July 2, 2013 after more than 34 years with the Hyannis FD. June 2013

BOURNE  FIRE DEPT
Bourne Fire Department promoted David Pelonzi to Deputy Chief replacing retired Deputy Daniel Doucette. Brandon Ferro has been promoted to Lieutenant on G-2. June 2013

SANDWICH  FIRE DEPT
Hopes to fund a new fire/police headquarters failed to pass town meeting and election funding in spring 2013.

BARNSTABLE  FIRE DEPT
Barnstable has promoted the four shift officers from Lieutenant to Captain. Congratulations to Captains Edward Guilford, Richard Pfault, Richard Ogonowsky, and Chris Beal.
May 2013

COMM FIRE DEPT
Chief John M. Farrington will be retiring at the end of June after 40 years as fire chief of the COMM Fire Department, and more than 47 years total service with the department. He was one of the original EMTs being trained in 1972.During his tenure the COMM FD advanced from a 2 station call department with a couple permanent men doing less than 1000 calls a year to a 3 station, fulltime professional department with nearly 60 employees doing nearly 4000 calls a year. He is the senior chief on the Cape.

The Board of Fire Commissioners conducted a national search, accepting 52 applicants, and ultimately selecting Greenfield, MA fire chief Michael Winn to become the next fire chief at COMM upon Chief Farrington's retirement in June . April 3, 2013
 

HARWICH FIRE
Harwich Fire Department will become the 10th Cape Fire Department to be dispatched by the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department Communications center dispatch. Expected April 15, 2013.

PLYMOUTH EMS
The Town of Plymouth is now being serviced by Brewster Ambulance for 911 EMS calls. The town had previously been served by AMR for a number of years. Effective March 31, 2013.

OAK BLUFFS FIRE DEPT
Fire Chief Peter Forend has announced his intention to retire at the end of June 2013. He has served as chief for the past 6 years. April 3, 2013

YARMOUTH FIRE
Capt Mike Caruso has retired after many years with the YFD. Tom Lundquist has been promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Joe Mullin has been promoted to Lieutenant.
April 3, 2013

 

ONSET FIRE
Congrats to Jeff Dias promoted to Lt / Fire Inspector effective April 1, 2013

 


WELLFLEET FIRE DEPT
The new Wellfleet Fire Chief began service in February. Fire Chief Richard Pauley Jr. came from West Boylston FD as chief for several years. Welcome to Cape Cod Chief! Mar 2013

 

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPT
Retired Falmouth Fire Chief James F. Rogers, age 85, passed away on Feb 27, 2013. Chief Rogers joined the Falmouth FD in 1942, became fulltime in 1949, was promoted to Deputy in 1955, and Fire Chief from 1978 to 1986.  Chief Rogers son Glen also achieved the rank of Deputy in Falmouth and currently serves as Chief in Manchester by the Sea FD.

VISITING HOURS: Tuesday March 5 1700-2000 hrs
at Chapman Cole & Gleason, 475 Main St, Falmouth center.
FUNERAL: Wednesday March 6, 2013 1100 hrs
at Church of Messiah, Church St., Woods Hole.
OBITUARY
 

RADIO RE-BANDING
The process of re-banding the MSP 800 mhz Trunked Radio System and the local Cape Cod Fire and Police radios has been completed. The changes probably effect the way your canner is receiving if you haven't noticed yet. Reprogramming some frequencies is necessary to make sure that the radios work as desired. March 1, 2013

BOURNE DEPUTY RETIRING
Bourne Fire Department Deputy Chief Daniel Doucette has announced his pending retirement after many years with the Bourne FD. . Deputy Doucette was a paramedic for many years and also served several years as acting chief.  Congrats and best wishes to him!
March 1, 2013

WELLFLEET FIRE DEPT
Wellfleet Fire Chief Daniel Silverman will retire Feb 28, 2013.
He joined Wellfleet FD in 1982 and became chief in 2006. Congrats!
The new Chief Richard Pauley Jr. will take over at that time.

 

JIMMY VERROCHI
It is with deep regret that the Barnstable Sheriff's Department
announced the passing of BSO Dispatcher James Verrochi
on January 23, 2013 at age 52 from cancer.
Jimmy dispatched for Barnstable County for 12 years.
He worked the midnight shift for much of his career.
He was recognized as CIEMSS EMS Dispatcher of Year 2007.
His professionalism and confident voice will be dearly missed.
Information on services will follow.

Visiting Hours
will be held on Thursday, January, 31, 3-8 pm
at the Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA.

A mass of Christian Burial
will be held on Friday, February, 1, 2013
at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stoney Brook Road, Brewster, MA at 11 am.

Interment
will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Dennis.

CMED RADIO
The new "Narrow Band" radio frequencies have been programmed into radios are are already being used in anticipation for the mandatory change over on January 1, 2013. Here on the Cape we had previously used Med 2, Med 4, Med 5, Med 7, and Med 8 for CMED communications. New channel assignments utilize Med 2-N (narrow), Med 3-N (narrow), Med 4-N (narrow), med 7-N (narrow), and Med 8-2 (narrow "secondary"). It is a little confusing, but essentially twice as many potential CMED channels now exist, but rather than renaming them all in order, a set of new channels has been inserted between the old channels and the band width of each channel has been narrowed. For more, check out my radio page. Dec 21, 2012.

WAREHAM  FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Wareham Fire District has promoted Pat Haskell to position of Assistant Chief. Dec 2012

BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Barnstable Fire Department has appointed Peter Burke Jr. as the new Deputy Chief on Nov 13, 2012. Deputy Burke most recently served as a Lieutenant with the Seekonk, MA Fire Department. He comes from a fire family with his father serving as Chief of the Swansea, MA Fire Department and his brother as a Providence firefighter. Congratulations! Nov 21, 2012

WELLFLEET FIRE DEPARTMENT
Wellfleet Fire Chief Daniel Silverman will be retiring at the end of February 2012 after serving as chief since 2006.
Wellfleet has offered the position of Fire Chief to Richard J. Pauley Jr. who has most recently served as Fire Chief in West Boylston, MA.
Nov 12, 2012

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Falmouth appointed Craig O'Malley (P) as EMS Officer
Falmouth Fire Department has made the following Acting promotions:
Acting Deputy Timothy Smith (from Captain)
Acting Captain (G-3) Bruce Girouard (from Lt)
Acting Lieutenant (G-1) Bill Newton
Acting Lieutenant (G-3) Russ Ferreira 
Nov 12, 2012

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Falmouth Deputy Chief Glen Rogers (left) has been selected as the new Fire Chief for the Manchester-By-The-Sea Fire Department in Essex County, MA. Congrats and best wishes to Deputy Rogers (son of past Falmouth fire chief James Rogers) who has been a member of the Falmouth FD for many years, advancing thru the ranks to Deputy.
    Also congratulations and best wishes to EMS Officer Joseph Dehnick (right) upon his retirement from the Falmouth FD effective 10-11-12. Joe served Falmouth FD for over 24 years and prior to that served with the Otis AFB fire dept.
Oct 14, 2012

 

BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Former call Deputy Chief and long time member of the Brewster Fire Department Fred Hooper passed away in September 2012.

 

DENNIS FIRE DEPT
Dennis has made several changes to radio numbers of apparatus:
Car 103 - Deputy (formerly C-111)
Ambulance 106 - Ambulance (formerly A-103)
Engine 111 - Pumper (formerly E-107)
Engine 114 - Pumper (formerly E-106)
Engine 115 - Pumper (new Engine)
Oct 5, 2012

 

ORLEANS FIRE DEPT
Congratulations to Geof Deering, newly promoted to Captain.
Aug 4, 2012


BARNSTABLE FIRE
Chief Robert Crosby is retiring at the end of June. Chief Crosby served as the leader in Barnstable for the past 8 years and as deputy for a year prior to that. He joined the department in the 1970s and completed 37 years of service. He served as a paramedic and Lieutenant and was one of the original fulltime firefighters and a charter member of the Barnstable FF Local 3276. Chief Crosby will be replaced by new Chief Francis Pulsifer.  Congrats to both for their achievements. June 12

As a kid and into my early years at COMM, I had a number of great mentors. One of them, John Keander (right) passed away recently. He was a call firefighter for many years and was one of the most dedicated and active members, ultimately serving as a Lieutenant. Farewell JCK! June 2012

 


DENNIS FIRE
Deputy Robert Tucker will be retiring at the end of June 2012 after many, many years of service with the Dennis FD. Deputy Tucker is also well known for his long time service with the CCCC Fire Service Program. Congratulations and best wishes to him in his upcoming retirement.
Dennis FD has announced promotions effective 7/1/12 - Robert "Buster" Brown will be promoted from Captain to Deputy Chief of Operations. Donald Babinaeu will be promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Edward Gula will be promoted from FF  to Lieutenant. June 2012.


BREWSTER FIRE
Congratulations to Captain Arthur Romme on his retirement from the Brewster Fire Department with over 40 years of service and a firefighter, officer, paramedic, and inspector. May 2012

PROVINCETOWN RUN TO THE TOP
4th annual Run to the Top of the Pilgrim Monument fund raiser for FF/EMS
Cancer relief fund will be on Saturday May 5, 2012.
www.runtothetop.org


HARWICH FIRE
Congratulations! Lt. David LeBlanc has been promoted to Captain of Group 4
FF / EMT-P Craig Thornton has been promoted to Lieutenant on Group 2
April 2012

ORLEANS FIRE
Orleans Captain Clayton Reynard has retired after many years with Orleans. Congratulations to him and best wishes in his retirement.
Geoff Deering is serving as acting Captain.
April 2012

BARNSTABLE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT
Congrats to BSO BCI CIO Neil McGonagle on his retirement. April 2012.

NEW CALL SIGNS
Some of you may pay attention to FCC call signs. There have been some recent changes on the Cape.... April 2012
Brewster Fire... NEW WQON 307.... Had been WPWJ 582 (KCD 845)
Orleans Fire..... NEW WQOP 426..... Had been KCD 556
Wellfleet Fire.. NEW WQBB 922..... Had been KCD 500

WELLFLEET FIRE
Wellfleet FD is the latest to be dispatched by the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department. WFD came online March 26, 2012. They had been dispatched by the Wellfleet PD since established.

MASHPEE
The New Deputy Chief Thomas Rullo started recently. Welcome to Cape Cod!
March 2012

FALMOUTH
Lieutenant Joseph Carlisle recently retired after 30+ years with Falmouth FD. Contrats and best wishes to him!  March 2012

OAK BLUFFS  FIRE DEPARTMENT
Retired Oak Bluffs Fire Chief Nelson Amaral passed away on January 17, 2012 at the age of 86. He joined the OBFD at age 14 and served 56 years, the last 35 as Fire Chief.

CHATHAM FIRE
Congrats to Kate Hanson, promoted to Captain Group 2. Also to Mark Higgins promoted to Lieutenant Group 3. Promotions come as a result of Capt Peter Connick's promotion to Deputy Chief. Jan 9, 2012

EASTHAM FIRE DEPT
FF Charlie Frazier promoted to Captain, taking place of recently retired Capt. Jen Smith. Congrats to Charlie!  Jan 9, 2012

EASTHAM FIRE DEPT
Congratulations to Eastham Captain / Paramedic Jennifer Smith on her 1/2/12 retirement! Jen joined the Orleans / Eastham Rescue in 1978 on call. In 1982 she joined the Eastham Fire Department where she has served as a paramedic, as well as a Lieutenant and Captain in her 33 years. Party planned January 21, 2012!

HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT
HFD Regrets to announce the passing of retired Captain Bruce C. Young Sr.  on Dec 17, 2011 at age 77. Wake for Capt Young Wed. Dec 21, 2011 4-7 at Morris, O'Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main St, Harwich. Funeral Thurs Dec 22, 2011 at 11:00 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rte 28, Harwich Port. 

CHATHAM FIRE RESCUE
Captain Peter Connick has been promoted to Deputy Chief replacing recently retired Deputy Richard Hunter. Nov 4, 2011

PROVINCETOWN FIRE / RESCUE
One of the pioneers of EMS on Cape Cod passed away on Oct 28, 2011. 
Ursula Silva and her late husband Clem Silva were among the original Lower Cape Ambulance crew members in the 1970's and for years were the faces of that organization. Clem passed away in 2008. Obituary


HYANNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT

It is with deepest regrets that the HYFD announces the sudden and unexpected passing of recently retired Hyannis FF Dana W. Clough, age 60, on October 19, 2011.  FF Clough retired just 7 months ago on March 19, 2011 after 36 years with the Hyannis FD. His father served many years as the Chief in Hyannis and Danny's son, Ryan, is a firefighter/paramedic with Hyannis (currently serving in Afghanistan). A brother, Glenn Clough served as a Captain at COMM FD.
Our sympathies go to Danny's family, friends, and co-workers. Oct 19, 2011.


HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Deputy Chief Norman Clarke will become the next Harwich Fire Chief on November 18, 2011, with the retirement of Chief Flynn. Both Flynn and Clarke joined the Harwich FD together in 1977 and worked their way through the ranks. Clarke served as Captain for 14 years and as Deputy for the past 4 years. Congratulations to him.
The new Deputy Chief will be Captain Kent Farrenkopf.

HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Harwich Fire Chief William Flynn has announced his retirement effective November 18, 2011. Chief Flynn joined the Harwich FD in 1977. He became a paramedic and worked his way through the ranks to the rank of fire chief in July 2007. In addition, Chief Flynn has been active in the CIEMSS. Congratulations to him.

BARNSTABLE POLICE
Former Barnstable Police Officer James M. Dunn, age 58, passed away on September 29, 2011 after a long illness. Officer Dunn was a good friend and will be greatly missed.

COMM FIRE DEPARTMENT
COMM FD regrets the passing of retired Firefighter C. Ernest (Ernie) E. Bunker on September 27, 2011 at age 67. FF Bunker was one of the original C-O FD permanent firemen hired in 1966. He was a charter member of Local 2346. After his retirement from the FD he worked extensively with the Red Cross.

YARMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Long time Yarmouth Dispatcher Jerry Mossey has announced his pending retirement effective Oct 1, 2011. Congratulations to Jerry and many happy wishes in his retirement. Sept 2011

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Falmouth Fire Department has announced the full appointments of the following personnel effective September 13, 2011:
Fire Chief : Mark D. Sullivan
Deputy Chief: Michael F. Small
Captain: Timothy R Smith  (Group 3)
Captain: Gregory D. Clements  (Group 2)
Lieutenant: Robert T. Bergeron Jr.  (Group 2)
Each had been in acting positions for some time due to retirements. Congratulations to each of these personnel.  Sept 2011

COTUIT FIRE DEPARTMENT
Recent promotions and assignments as follows.
Group 1: Lieutenant William "Lee" Sargent
Group 2: Lieutenant William McNamara
Group 3: Lieutenant Brent Lyons
Group 4: Lieutenant Joseph Pouliot
Sept 2011

YARMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT -

Regrets to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of retired Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Robertson on August 23, 2011 at age 54. Paul retired from YFD  in 2005. He was married to Dennis FF/EMT-P Nancy Moyer for 22 years. Aug 2011

YARMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT - Captain Alan Boles retired after 32 years with the YFD on July 15, 2011. Congratulations to Capt Boles who also served as a paramedic for many years. Lieutenant Charles Talbott has been promoted to Captain in place of Capt. Boles. Aug 2011

CHATHAM - Deputy Richard Hunter retired. July 2011

BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Congratulations to FF Chris Beals promoted to Lieutenant of Group 1. June 2011

HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Regrets to announce passing of retired Captain Albert Tyldesley on April 10, 2011 at
age 69. Captain Tyldesley joined Harwich FD in 1977. Services were held on April 14, 2011.

SANDWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Regrets to announce the passing of retired Firefighter Vincent "Vinny" Harrington, a member of the volunteer, call, and permanent Sandwich Fire Departments serving more than 38 years. He was the first permanent firefighter hired by Sandwich and a founding member of Local 2196 IAFF. Vinny passed away after a long battle with cancer on March 28, 2011. Wake will be Sunday March 3, 2011 from 3:00 - 7:00 at Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home on Route 6A in Sandwich. The funeral will be Monday March 4, 2011 at 11:00 hours at the funeral home, with burial to follow at the Town Cemetery on Route 130.

COMM FIRE
Congratulations to Matt Dillon, promoted to Lieutenant. March 2011

WEST BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

West Barnstable Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of retired Deputy Chief Craig S. Pye at age 57 on February 25, 2011 after years of illness. Deputy Pye joined the fire department in 1969 and served for 40 years, retiring in 2009.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at the end of the visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Barnstable Fire Fighters Relief Association, P.O. Box 456, West Barnstable, MA 02668; or Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.

HYANNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT

Hyannis Firefighter Dan Clough will be retiring in March 2011 after more than 30 years with the Hyannis Fire Department. FF Clough comes from a firefighting family. His dad was long time Hyannis Fire Chief Glen Clough. His brother Glen retired as a Captain from the COMM Fire Department and his son Ryan is currently a Hyannis FD Firefighter/Paramedic. Congrats and many happy, healthy years to you Danny!

EASTHAM FIRE DEPT

Congratulations to Administrative Assistant Debbie Abbott upon her retirement from the Eastham FD having served the past 18 1/2 years. She also served Orleans FD for 12 years.
Posted January 28, 2011
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MASHPEE FIRE DEPT
Deputy Chief Sheldon Hamblin will be retiring in February. A party is being planned for February 12, 2011.

BOURNE FIRE DEPT

Bourne has announced the appointment of Martin Greene as the new fulltime Fire Chief in Bourne effective January 2011. A swearing in will be held on Monday January 24th.
Acting Chief Daniel Doucette will return to his Deputy position. Acting Deputy Paul Weeks returns to his Lieutenant position.

COMM FIRE DEPT


Lieutenant / Paramedic Britton Crosby, and Dispatcher / EMT Robyn Crosby announced
their retirement from the COMM Fire Department on January 14, 2011 to be effective
at 0800 hours on Friday January 21, 2011. Read More

HYANNIS FIRE DEPT


Regrets to announce passing of retired Fire Chief Richard Farrenkopf on Jan 3, 2011
at age 82. Chief Farrenkopf was one of the early Hyannis fulltime firefighters and served as Captain, Deputy, and Fire Chief retiring in 1990. He was the father of current Captains Eric and Craig from Hyannis, Capt Richard Farrenkopf of Dennis FD, and Captain Kent Farrenkopf of Harwich FD. Wake is Sunday Jan 9, 2011 from 1600 to 2000 hrs.
and funeral Monday Jan 10, 2011 at 1000 hrs.  Posted Jan 5, 2011

HYANNIS FIRE DEPT
Congratulations to Lieutenant Roger Cadrin on his retirement from the Hyannis Fire Department after 38 years of service on December 19, 2010.  story

YARMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Deputy Chief Robert Kelleher is retiring effective 11-12-10. Deputy Kelleher served YFD for many years serving at all ranks, including Acting Fire Chief and has been a leader in the Mass District 1 Hazardous Materials Team since its inception. Best wishes to Bobby in his retirement.



Taking his place will be Deputy Chief Phil Simonian. Phil served at various ranks at YFD most recently serving as Captain. Congratulations.
Jerry Walsh has been promoted to Captain
Also serving in Acting positions are Actg Capt Robert Kittila, Actg Lt Mark Abboud, Actg Lt Corey Kittila, Actg Lt Scott Smith, Actg Lt Ron Napoliton, Actg Lt Kevin Huck
Lt. Paul Holmquist is retiring. Several officers have been out on medical leave including Captain Alan Boles, Lt Rob Christianson, and Lt. Bob Reardon.

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
With the recent retirement of Fire Chief Paul Brodeur, a number of promotions and reassignments have been implemented.
Serving as Acting Fire Chief is Deputy Mark Sullivan.
Serving as Acting Deputy is Captain Mike Small.
Serving as Acting Captains are Joel Carlisle, Tim Smith, and Greg Clements
Serving as Acting Lieutenants are Robert Bergerm, Craig O'Malley
 

COMM FIRE DEPARTMENT
Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Eric Sabatinelli.

BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Regrets to announce the passing of Call Fire Capt / Rescue LT Keith Coulter. Keith was a 30 year member of the department and passed away on September 28, 2010 after a long
battle with illness.
Wake: Monday Oct 11, 2010 Doane Beal and Ames, Route 134 in South Dennis from 1600-1900 hrs.
Graveside Service: Tuesday Oct 12, 2010 at 1100 hrs at the Brewster Memorial Cemetery on Harwich Road (Next to Brewster Police Dept @ 631 Harwich Road). Oct 3, 2010

WEST BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Assistant Chief Ron Goodale has taken a fulltime Fire Chief Position in Upton, MA and will be leaving Cape Cod. He served as a member of WBFD and as Asst Chief since 2007. Best wishes to him in his new position. Oct 3, 2010

SANDWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Regrets to announce the passing of retired Firefighter / EMS Officer / Paramedic James W. Silva on Sept 22, 2010 at age 59. Jimmy served as a member of the Sandwich FD since 1974, retiring in 2005. He was Sandwich's first EMS officer.
Wake on Sunday 9/27/10 from 3-7 at Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich. The funeral will be at Nickerson Bourne on Monday 9/27/10 at 1000 hours with burial to follow at Sandwich Town Cemetery.

COMM FIRE DEPARTMENT
Congratulations to Eric Sabatinelli, promoted to Lieutenant Sept 2010.

DENNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Captain Paul "Umack" Cabral, a member of the Barnstable and Dennis Fire Departments for 44 years will be retiring in October 2010. Guests welcome to stop bye and wish him well on Sunday Oct 3rd. Best wishes to him.

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Falmouth Fire Chief Paul D. Brodeur will be retiring in October 2010. Chief Brodeur came through the ranks of Falmouth FD serving for 34 years, the last 13 as Chief. Congratulations to him.   STORY

BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT

The new Brewster Fire Department Chief Robert Moran is expected to begin duties on October 1, 2010. Chief Moran comes from Englewood, NJ. He replaces Chief Roy Jones who retired April 30, 2010 after serving as Chief for 29 years.. Former Dennis FD Chief Paul "Buffy" Tucker has been serving as interim chief.

COMM FIRE DEPT
Lt Richard Sargent promoted to Captain Group 1.
Captain Phillip H. Field Jr promoted to Deputy Chief effective Sept 6, 2010.

EASTHAM FIRE DEPT
Lisa Albino promoted to Captain.

YARMOUTH FIRE DEPT
EMS Supervisor Rick Todd retired recently. FF/P Joe Mullen currently interim  EMS supervisor. Lt Paul Holmquist has also retired on a LOD. July 2010

COMM FIRE DEPARTMENT
Deputy Chief Craig Whiteley has announced his upcoming retirement. Deputy Whiteley was one of the first permanent firefighters at C&O, was one of the first Cape EMTs and paramedics, served as a Captain, and was selected as the departments first fulltime Deputy chief in 1989.

The next deputy chief has been selected. Captain Phil Field will be come the next deputy chief. Capt Field entered the fire service with the Cotuit FD in the early 1970's and joined COMM in 1974. He was also one of the first EMTs and paramedics on the Cape, has served as Captain for approximately 20 years, and has a BS in Fire Science and a Masters in Public Administration. July 2010

EASTHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT
Captain Brian Edmunds of the Eastham Fire Department has retired after serving Eastham since 1979. Capt Edmunds was a founding member of L2975.July 2010.

HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Long time Harwich FD dispatcher Alice Bonat has retired. July 2010.

COMM FIRE
Planning an open house at the new Osterville Fire Station on June 26, 2010

KINGSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
Regrets to announce the death of active duty Call Firefighter David J Hanson who died
tragically in a boating accident on May 12, 2010. Calling hours on May 18 and funeral
on May 19, St Joseph's Church Kingston, MA.

BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Interim Fire Chief Paul "Buffy" Tucker (former Dennis Chief) takes over for retired
chief Roy E. Jones III who retired April 30, 2010.

DENNIS FIRE
Dan "Flippy" O'Connell is battling cancer. A fund raising party will be held on
April 25, 2010
FOR INFO


BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT RETIREMENT
Long time Brewster Fire Department Chief Roy Jones III is retiring.
A party will be held on May 14, 2010 to celebrate and roast the chief.
Chief Jones served as Chief for 29 years.
FOR INFO
 

SIXTH ANNUAL CHILI CHALLENGE - HYANNIS
    Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1200-1600 hrs. Resort & Conference Center, Hyannis
Benefit for Muscular Dystrophy. OPEN to the public. $10 admission.
    March 2010

2009 RED CROSS HEROES
    Congratulations to the award winners recognized at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis on March 4, 2010. Among the winners were:
   Lt. Martin Greene, Bourne Fire
   Lt David Pelonzi, Bourne Fire
   FF Thomas Simpson, Bourne Fire
   FF Shawn Silva, Bourne Fire
   FF Mathew Weston, Bourne Fire
   FF Michael Goodwin, Sandwich Fire
   FF Daniel Brun, Sandwich Fire
   FF/P Thomas Gould, Harwich Fire
   Dispatcher Jonathan Drew, Barnstable Sheriff's Office
   March 2010
 

BOURNE FIRE
    Retirements include FF Joseph Goulart. March 2010

PFFM TRUSTEE
    Congratulations to Hyannis Firefighter Paul Medeiros for being elected as PFFM Trustee on Feb 12, 2010. Paul fills the seat once held by Bobby Johnson. March 2010

 

WEST TISBURY
    A tragic fire has taken the life of an off duty volunteer firefighter in West Tisbury. Daniel E. Prowten, age 63, a 30 year member of the West Tisbury Fire Department, who had served as a Lieutenant for over 20 years, was killed when a fire destroyed his home around 0515 hours on Saturday January 30, 2010. West Tisbury was assisted by other island towns extinguishing the fire in frigid temperatures.

COMM FIRE
Regrets to announce the passing of retired COMM Firefighter/Fire Prevention Officer Glen Wilcox, 56, on January 23, 2010. Glen joined COMM in 1975 as a call firefighter. Served as a dispatcher, paramedic, firefighter, and retired as a fire prevention officer. Glen retired in 2005 due to health issues.

COTUIT FIRE
Recently announced the retirement of EMT Brenda Nailer. Brenda served loyally for more than 20 years. Congratulations Brenda.  Jan 14, 2010.

HARWICH FIRE
 
Regrets to announce the passing of Captain Robert W. Johnson on Dec 26, 2009. Bobby J served Harwich FD for 30 years as a firefighter, paramedic, Fire Prevention Captain, and union leader with Harwich and the PFFM. HARWICH FIRE

COMM FIRE
COMM Regrets to announce the passing of retired Firefighter Frank P. Williams Sr.,84, on Dec 21, 2009. Frank was a long time member of COMM, serving as both a call and fulltime firefighter. He was also one of the early CIEMSS paramedics and was dedicated to teaching CPR for decades and served on the firefighter association scholarship committee. A memorial will be held on Monday Jan 11, 2010 at 1000 hrs in Centerville.
 

COMM also regrets to announce the passing of retired call firefighter Fred Schofield, 79, on December 22, 2009 and the passing of Robert Gallo, 67, brother of Firefighter Rick Gallo on Dec 22, 2009

COMM FIRE
Is Pleased to announce the promotion of FF Michael Grossman to Fire Prevention Officer.
Dec 2009
 

PLYMOUTH
Plymouth Fire Department has some new leadership. Deputy Chiefs Lamb and Enos both recently retired. The new Deputies are Deputy Donald Brown (C2) Admin and Deputy Michael Young (C3) Operations. Battalion Chiefs are now BC1 Stanley Eldridge, BC2 Kevin Hurley, BC3 Kevin Murphy, and BC4 Daniel Braley. BC5 (Training) is currently unfilled. BC6 Fire Prev Gregory Kane. Additional promotions have also taken place.
Nov 2009

MASHPEE
Great news recently regarding health of FF Paramedic Steve Bold. His cancer has gone into remission! He continues to undergo treatments. The support of all his friends has helped him beat back the disease. Nov 9, 2009

BARNSTABLE FIRE
Congratulations to former COMM FD Fire Inspector Frank Pulsifer who will join the Barnstable Fire Department as Deputy Chief on Monday Nov 16, 2009. Nov 9, 2009

DENNIS FIRE DISPATCH
Barnstable County Sheriff's Department began dispatching for Dennis Fire Dept on Monday Nov 2, 2009. Previously Dennis Firefighters dispatched at the Dennis HQ. Dennis joins 7 other departments currently dispatched by BSO including, Bourne, Mashpee, MMR, Barnstable, West Barnstable, Brewster, and Orleans.  Nov 9, 2009

COMM AND COTUIT RADIO
COMM FD and Cotuit FD have replaced standard pagers with 450 Mhz two way radios capable of paging. COMM freqs include 453.7375 192.8 and 460.6375 167.9. Cotuit is 453.3875 173.8. COMM has also acquired a conventional 800 mhz frequency for backup purposes 853.2625.  Sept 4, 2009

FALMOUTH FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 1397 GOLF
Falmouth Fire fighters Local 1397 Scholarship Golf Tournament
October 20, 2009  0800 hours
Cape Cod Country Club
www.falmouthfirefightersgolf.info

WEST BARNSTABLE LOBSTER FESTIVAL
West Barnstable Firefighters Association 2nd Annual Lobster Festival
Saturday September 12, 2009   1300-1600 hours
At West Barnstable Fire Headquarters
www.westbarnstablefire.com

BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPT
Firefighter William Flemming is retiring. Party on Sept 20, 2009

Fire and Iron Station 32 Barnstable Co.
MASHPEE FIRE
Mashpee Firefighter/Paramedic Steve "Sugar Ray" Bold is currently battling for his health. A fund raiser sponsored by the Cape's Fire & Iron organization will be held at the Hyannis Elks Club on Saturday Sept 12, 2009. FACEBOOK Posting. 8/16/09
 


From Kuwait
Fairhaven Fire Lt. Brian Messier sends hello from a base in Kuwait as he serves his country. Best wishes and stay safe to Brian.  August 16, 2009


MM5K
The 2nd Annual MIGHTY MEEHAN 5K RACE is scheduled for Sunday, Sept 13, 2009, from 1000 - 1700 hours at the West Dennis Beach. The race is 3.1 miles. For more contact bob@mightymeehan.com.


CONGRATULATIONS!
Congrats to Harwich Firefighter/Paramedic Justine Walorz and COMM Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Judge. Both competed in and completed the 192 mile Sturbridge to Provincetown PAN MASS CHALLENGE race recently. The event raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It was the first time either have raced.
Aug 11, 2009

HYANNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Recently put 5 new personnel on shifts, including the first two women on Hyannis FD. July 31, 2009

MASS MILITARY RESERVATION FIRE
New Captain Todd Beaulieu. July 31, 2009

BOURNE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Firefighter Michael Hodge has retired. July 31, 2009

WEST BARNSTABLE DEPUTY CHIEF
West Barnstable call Deputy Chief Craig Pye retired on April 1, 2009 after 40 years of service to WBFD. July 31, 2009

ROCHESTER FIRE CHIEF
The Rochester Fire Chief Scott Ashworth is retiring after 15 years as chief and 37 years as a member of the Rochester FD. Scott Weigel has been appointed by selectmen to serve as the interim fire chief.  July 10, 2009

MARION FIRE CHIEF
Marion Fire Chief Rick Guerzoni has retired. Former Wareham Police Chief and Onset call firefighter Thomas Joyce has accepted a position as interim Fire Chief in Marion. Story  June 13, 2009

BOURNE FIRE DEPT

Regrets to announce the passing of retired call Captain Edward Braley on June 12, 2009. Capt. Braley served as a member of the Bourne Fire Department for 50 years, 25 of which as Captain at the Monument Beach Sta 2.
Wake Tuesday June 16, 4-7, Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, MacArther Blvd.
Funeral Wednesday June 17, 2009, 1100 hours at Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, burial to follow at Monument Beach cemetary. Capt Braley was father of Plymouth Batt Chief Dan Braley and Fire Marshal Trooper Ken Braley. (Capt Braley at one of his last fires before retirement, Chickadee Lane, Feb 8, 2007)
June 13, 2009
 

BOURNE
Updated officer list for Bourne Fire:
Deputy 1 - Paul Weeks               Lt 1 - James Brown
Deputy 2 - David Kingsbury        Lt 2 - Martin Greene
Deputy 3 - Joseph Carrara          Lt 3 - Kelli Weeks
Deputy 4 - David Cody               Lt 4
Lt Fire Prevention - David Pelonzi
June 13, 2009

MATTAPOISETT
Fire Chief Ron Scott has retired after many years on Mattapoisett FD. Andy Murray has been appointed to the Acting Fire Chief position. Mar 2009

BARNSTABLE
Looking for a Deputy Fire Chief. Mar 2009

YARMOUTH
Budget problems that caused the new West Yarmouth station to be closed continue. YFD has now taken the ambulance out of Station 2 and has juggled a few apparatus around. Mar 2009

DENNIS
Dennis officials have decided to move fire department dispatch to the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department. This is expected to take place in fall 2009. Mar 2009

EASTHAM
Eastham Fire Department dispatch is planning to go to Barnstable County in 2009. Mar 2009

TRURO / LOWER CAPE
Word comes that Lower Cape Ambulance will be stationing and staffing an ambulance at the Truro fire station (7) days a week from 0800 to 1800 hours to improve response times in that area.  Jan 28, 2009

HARWICH
Budget cuts in Harwich have led to periods of closing the East Harwich Station 2 when sufficient staffing is not available. In some cases the station is closed for 24 hours and the ambulance is relocated to station 1. The station may be closed for portions of the shift depending on staffing. East Harwich, because of its strategic location, has always served as a hub for mutual aid purposes, able to respond quickly into neighboring communities as well as Harwich. The periodic closing of the station will directly impact much of that past of the Cape.  Jan 28, 2009

COMM
COMM FD regrets to announce the passing of two former call firefighters. Lester 'Let' Silva was on the Centerville roster for many years during the 1970s and 80s. John Pina, father of Hyannis Firefighter Barry Pina, and one of the founding members on the Marstons Mills roster when that station opened in 1975, both passed away on Jan 28, 2009.  Jan 28, 2009.

BOURNE CHIEF CHANGES
Acting Chief David "Skip" Kingsbury has been replaced by Acting Chief Daniel Doucette. Both have been Bourne Deputy Chiefs for years. Kingsbury returns to the rank of Deputy, while Doucette gets a turn at the top. The town does not anticipate selecting a 'fulltime' chief until sometime, perhaps in the Fall. Jan 28, 2009

SANDWICH DISPATCH
Sandwich recently installed a brand new radio console for Sandwich FD dispatch.  Jan 7, 2009

CHATHAM OFFICERS
Captain Roy Eldredge has returned to Group 1 from Fire Prevention. Captain Peter Connick is now assigned to Group 2. Captain Dave DePasquale to Group 3, and Captain Matt Flynn to Group 4. Firefighter John Proudfoot has been promoted to Fire Inspector.   Jan. 7, 2009

HYANNIS PROMOTIONS
Hyannis Fire Department has promoted William Rex to Captain of Group D replacing recently retired Captain Joe Cabral. Kevin Black has been promoted to Lieutenant on Group A.  Also see new Hyannis Local 2172 Website.
Jan 7, 2009

HYANNIS RETIRED DEPUTY PASSES
Hyannis FD regrets to announce the passing of retired Deputy Chief Lester D. "Buddy" Mason, age 71, on December 2, 2008 in Florida. Deputy Mason spent 21 years on HYFD, much of which was in Fire Prevention and as a Deputy Chief. Announcement   Jan 7, 2009

YARMOUTH NEW FIRE CHIEF
Yarmouth has selected former Pelham, New Hampshire Fire Chief Michael Walker as the next fire chief replacing retired chief C.Randal Sherman.   Jan 7, 2009

MIDDLEBOROUGH FIRE CHIEF
Former Halifax Fire Chief Lance Benjamino has taken the Middleborough top position after the original Middleboro pick Michael Carrier backed out of the position.  Story    Jan 7, 2009
 

RETIREMENT
Hyannis Captain Joe Cabral retired on Nov 19, 2008 after 36 years of service. Congratulations.
CapeCod Online Story.

RETIREMENT
Mashpee Fire Fighter Howard "Howie" Evora has retired after many years of service with MFD. Congrats to him. Nov 17, 2008

MIDDLEBOROUGH FIRE CHIEF
Middleborough Fire Department has a new fire chief Michael Carrier. Nov 13, 2008

YARMOUTH ACTING CHIEF
Robert Kelleher has been appointed acting fire chief as of November 10, 2008 with the pending retirement of Fire Chief C. Randal Sherman.

COTUIT PROMOTIONS
The Cotuit Fire Department recently made several promotions. Senior Privates were promoted to Lieutenant,
including Lt Jayne Pierce, Lt Steve Hoffman, Lt Joe Pouliot, and call Lt Jennifer Barth. Oct 2008

BARNSTABLE PROMOTION
Barnstable Fire Dept promoted Steve Iacovelli to Lieutenant in June 2008. Oct 2008

BOURNE RETIRED CHIEF PASSES AWAY
Retired Bourne Fire Chief Richard V. Raymond passed away Oct 18, 2008. Chief Raymond joined the Bourne FD in 1955 and retired as Fire Chief in 1982. Oct 2008

MASSACHUSETTS MILITARY RESERVATION FIRE DEPT
On September 28, 2008 at 0800 hours, the former Otis Fire Department has been replaced by the Massachusetts
Military Reservation Fire Department protecting the 22,000 acre area. Story.

BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPT
A retirement party for Capt Glenn B. Coffin will be held on Saturday Oct 4, 2008. Contact Barnstable Fire for info and tickets.  Sept 24, 2008

YARMOUTH FIRE DEPT
Yarmouth voters rejected a Prop 2-1/2 override leaving the town over a million short this year. As a result, the newly opened West Yarmouth Fire Station 3 has been closed (Sept 19, 2008), with staffing brought into Station 1 to reduce overtime costs. Apparatus changes have also been made moving E-45 and A-56 to Station 1 and E47 to Station 3.  Sept 24, 2008

HYANNIS FIRE DEPT
Long time fire inspector Lt Eric Hubler recently retired after many years with Hyannis Fire. Congratulations to him in his retirement. Sept 2008

TRURO FIRE DEPT
Has officially appointed Brian Davis as Fire Chief. Sept 2008

PROVINCETOWN FIRE DEPT
Regrets to announce death of long time P-Town Fire Department member and former Fire Chief Clement S. "Klem" Silva who passed away on Aug 31, 2008. Chief Silva was one of the founder members of Lower Cape Ambulance and was known for driving the ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with his wife Ursula in the back with the patients. Arrangements to follow.

CAPEWIDE NEWS
For those who follow Tim Caldwell's awesome Cape Wide News, that up until recently has been on the CapeCodToday site... you should take note that Tim's coverage has temporarily moved. The new site is located at http://home.comcast/net/~n1riw/capenews.htm. Tim is looking for another carrier for his news. Stay tuned.

ORLEANS DEPUTY
Orleans has officially promoted Anthony Pike as Deputy Chief....no joking!  Aug 2008.

COMM PROMOTIONS
Effective July 1, 2008, the (4) COMM Senior Privates have been promoted to Lieutenant.
Congrats to Lt. Chris Adams (G3), Lt. Eric Bengston (G4), Lt. Tom Goodearl (G2) and Lt. Brian Morrison (G1)
The Senior Private positions have been eliminated from the contract.
07/23/08

HARWICH PROMOTION
Congratulations to the new Lieutenant David LeBlanc (Group 2) who has replaced the retired Lt. Danny Spencer.
07/23/08

Dennis Police and Fire Las Vegas Night
For the Turlough Meehan Foundation
Tuesday Night
July 8, 2008     7pm
Improper Bostonian, Dennis Port
$20 per person
Ticket for red sox raffle, food and silent auction.

2nd Annual
Duxbury Firefighter Safety & Survival Conference
August 16, 2008
Sponsored by Duxbury Firefighters Local 2167 

MASHPEE ROAD RACE
Mashpee Firefighters 2nd 5K Road Race is scheduled for October 25, 2008. MORE

HARWICH FIRE
Lt Danny Spencer is retiring from HFD as on 0800 Hrs on June 30, 2008. Congrats to him after many years of service to Harwich Fire Department.  June 30, 2008

BARNSTABLE FIRE
Barnstable Fire Department Captain Glenn Coffin recently retired after many years with the Dennis and Barnstable Fire Departments. Deputy Chief Chris Olsen has left BFD to become the Fire Chief in Cotuit as on July 1, 2008. Firefighter John Garran retired after many years with BFD and is moving to California. Lt Richard Pfautz has been promoted to acting Deputy, FF Stephen Iacovelli  and FF Don O'Neal have been promoted to acting Lieutenants positions.  June 30, 2008

HYANNIS FIRE
FF Robert Hennessy has been promoted to Lieutenant. June 30, 2008  

DENNIS FIRE
Dennis Fire Department will be promoting Deputy Chief John Donlan to the position of Assistant Chief. Long time Captain Robert Tucker will be promoted to Deputy Chief. Both effective July 2008. June 19, 2008

COTUIT CHIEF
Cotuit Fire Chief Paul Frazier will be retiring this summer. Cotuit recently interviewed a number of candidates for fire chief. After all was said and done (it's complicated) Cotuit has reportedly offered the job to Barnstable Deputy Chief Chris Olsen who will begin July 1, 2008. Stay tuned.  June 19, 2008 / Updated June 30, 2008

ORLEANS CHIEF
After many months of searching, Orleans has a new fire chief. Deputy Chief William Quinn has been appointed as the official chief after serving as Acting Chief for sometime since the retirement of chief Edwards. Congratulations to Chief Quinn. June 19, 2008

HYANNIS RADIO
The Hyannis conventional 800 mhz radio frequency has apparently changed from 868.2125 to 853.2125 as part of teh rebanding process. June 2, 2008

TRURO FIRE
Deputy Chief Brian Davis has been appointed as Acting Fire Chief with the retirement of Chief E. Thomas Prada.
May 2008

MIDDLEBOROUGH FIRE
The Chief and Deputy at Middleborough FD retired in 2007. Serving as the acting chief and administrator has been the Police Chief Gary Russell.

COMM FIRE
Retired call Deputy Fire Chief John B. Farrington, age 82 passed away on March 29, 2008. Deputy Farrington was a member of the fire department for 32 years and was the father of Fire Chief John M. Farrington. A memorial service is planned for Saturday April 5, 2008 at St Peters Church in Osterville at 1300 hours.

HYANNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Retired Hyannis FD Captain Donald A Frazel, age 71 passed away on March 17, 2008. Info

OTIS CHANGES
The staffing at Otis has been reduced. The present shift strength is 13 (previously 16). The newest crash truck (404) was recently decommissioned and shipped out to another assignment. Tank is that the other two crash apparatus may also be up for reassignment, possibly being replaced by older P4 style ARFF vehicles. March 2008

ORLEANS FD
Captain Tony Pike has been serving as Acting Deputy Chief. Mar 2008 

CAPE COD HEROES
The American Red Cross recognized some 50 heroes at the 6th Annual Heroes Breakfast at the Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis on Friday March 7, 2008. Among this year's recipients were members of the Dennis Fire and Police departments Child Safety Seat Team: Ben Anderson, Jeff Larkowski, Dan O'Connell, James Sullivan, and Damon Reinold. Hyannis firefighter/paramedic John Talin was recognized for being part of the team that saved a woman from cardiac arrest. Sheriff's Department dispatcher and Brewster call Captain, Sgt. Ross Klun, along with Deputy Wallace Bicknell were recognized for assisting a patient in a serious motor vehicle crash they came across on the way home after getting off duty at midnight. Sheriff's Department dispatchers William Watson and Lori Enos were each recognized for providing 911 bystander CPR instructions that resulted in saves of two people who had collapsed. Congratulations to all of these and the others who were recognized. See list

DENNIS FIRE AT BRUINS GAME
The Dennis FD Honor Guard was part of the ceremonies at a recent Bruins game at the Garden. Dianne Adelizzi, wife of Dennis Firefighter/Paramedic John Adelizzi sang the National Anthem. The Story

TRURO FIRE CHIEF
John Garran, long time Deputy Chief, has assumed the role of Acting Fire Chief with the retirement of long time Fire Chief Thomas Prada. March 2008

DUXBURY SAFETY & SURVIVAL CONFERENCE 2008:
Scheduled for August 16, 2008. More

PROVINCETOWN WHALER'S WHARF 10TH ANNIVERSARY
The 10th year anniversary of the February 10, 1998 fire will be recognized by locals on Feb 9, 2008 from 1700 hrs to 2000 hrs at the Wave Bar, in the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, PTown. There will be food and a cash bar. A suggested donation of $5.00 at the door with proceeds going to the Provincetown Firemen's Asso. A film "There that Night" about the fire will be shown as will other images and stories. Get together with firefighters from across the Cape who responded and helped save Provincetown. Feb 6, 2008

LOWER CAPE AMBULANCE 01/23/08
Lower Cape is looking for (1) EMT and (1) Paramedic. Contact via Provincetown FD or Lower Cape Ambulance.

OTIS FIRE 01/13/08
Otis announces that Jackson Emery has been promoted from Captain to Assistant Chief. Brett Childs has been promoted to Lieutenant. Asst Chief Training William Maciorowski has left Otis for another position.  


WEST DENNIS –Turlough E. Meehan, infant son of Dennis firefighter Phelim Meehan and his wife Amanda-Clare, passed away on December 18 after his valiant battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
   His wake will be held on December 27 at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth, from 3 to 6 p.m.
   The funeral will be held on Friday, December 28, at St. Pius X Church, 94 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth, at 10 a.m.
    Wake, Thursday December 27 The Dennis Fire Department invites fire and police personnel to join them at the wake on Thursday to pay their respects to Turlough with a walk-through at approximately 6:15 p.m. All personnel are requested to wear Class A dress uniforms and meet for assembly at the Station Avenue Elementary School across the street from the funeral home at 5 p.m. Funeral, Friday December 28 On Friday, uniformed personnel are requested to assemble at the church’s Youth Center (blue building next to the church) at 9 a.m. to receive instructions from Deputy Donlan. Please park in the larger lot east of the church. This will allow the funeral procession to park in the smaller lot next to the church.
   Following the funeral, guests are invited to Chapin’s Restaurant, 85 Taunton Avenue, Dennis. The family requests that uniformed personnel change into civilian attire before arriving at Chapin’s.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Turlough Meehan. Donations may be made by mail or phone to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 10 Brookline Place, 6th Floor Brookline, MA 02445-9924 800-52-JIMMY (54669).

- Barnstable County Sheriff's Department dispatchers began dispatching for Otis Fire in December 2007. The BSO county dispatch center is located in the Otis Fire Station. BSO now dispatches for 7 fire departments including Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Mashpee, Orleans, Otis, and West Barnstable.

- Plymouth Fire Department new fire chief Edward Bradley, Dec 1, 2007.

- West Barnstable Fire Department Senior Private Robert Crocker retires after 32 years of service to WBFD.
Nov 25, 2007.

- Orleans FD is hiring a Firefighter/Paramedic. Contact Orleans FD for more info. Oct 19, 2007

- Sandwich Fire Department has announced some promotions. Lt. Scott Ames has been promoted to Captain. FF Sean Butler and EMS officer Jason Viveiros have been promoted to rank of Lieutenant. Congratulations guys!
Oct 19, 2007

- Dennis Firefighters Local 2583 is asking for help. The 2 month old son of Firefighter Phelium and Amanda Meehan, Turlough has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. Children's Hospital will be conducting a bone marrow donor screening at the Dennis Fire Headquarters on November 10, 2007 from 12-4 PM. Anyone who would be willing to undergo the simple mouth swab scan is asked to help out in hopes of saving the young child's life. Contact Dennis FD Local 2583 @ 508-398-2242. Oct 19, 2007  Phone number corrected 10/22

- Cotuit Fire Chief Paul Frazier has announced his intentions to retire in July 2008.  Chief Frazier has been the Chief in Cotuit for 23 years, having also served as a fulltime firefighter/Lt/paramedic in Mashpee and a call firefighter in Cotuit prior to that.  Also from Cotuit, long time call member Jeff Gifford has announced his retirement from the department after 31 years of service.  Oct 19, 2007

- Sandwich Fire Department also recently lost a well known member of the department. Richard E. Canning Sr. had been a member of the Sandwich Volunteer Fire Department for many years, serving as a Lieutenant and Fire Commissioner.  Mr. Canning owned a gas station and the garage at that station (a building moved from Otis) served as the first East Sandwich Fire Station for a period of years.  Mr. Canning passed away Oct 3, 2007.

- Sandwich Fire Department has appointed their first full time Deputy Chief.  Captain Chief Thomas Corriveau was promoted to Deputy Chief effective Oct 1, 2007.  Congrats to Deputy Corriveau who has served the Sandwich FD for many years as a firefighter. paramedic, Lieutenant, and Captain.  Oct 2007 

- West Barnstable has appointed a new Assistant Chief Ron Goodale. Oct 2007

- The Cotuit Fire Department is offering a limited number of Holiday Ornaments featuring the 1916 Model T which was the first motorized fire engine on Cape Cod.  More   Oct 2007

- Plymouth County Pipes and Drums is organizing and looking for anyone who may be interested in joining.
  For more, contact Rob Reardon @ Duxbury Fire Flyer.   Oct 2007

- Sandwich Fire Department regrets to announce the death of Lt. David J. Boles on Sept 8, 2007.  Wake at Corpus Christi Church in Sandwich on Sept 13. Funeral at Corpus Christi Church on September 14th @ 1030 hrs with burial to follow and Sandwich Town Cemetery on Route 130.

- Hyannis Fire Department has promoted 4 new Lieutenants. Sept 2007
   

- Plymouth Fire Chief James Pierson is planning to retire this fall after 33 years with the Plymouth FD.  Story.
Aug 19, 2007

- Harwich Fire Department recently promoted Joseph Mayo to Captain and Michael Mason to Lieutenant. These promotions fill vacancies created by the recent promotion of Capt Norman Clark to Deputy. Congrats to all. Aug 19, 2007.

- Orleans Fire Department Chief Steve Edwards has officially retired.  Acting Deputy William Quinn is now head of the department effective beginning of Aug.  Aug 19, 2007

- Oak Bluffs Fire Department has a new Chief.  Peter Forend was appointed chief taking over from the retiring long time chief Dennis Alley as of July 1, 2007.  August 6, 2007.

- Barnstable County Communication Center moved into Otis facility on 07-11-07.

- Dennis Fire Department promoted Robert 'Vito' Marselgia to Captain. Captain Marselgia has been a member of DFD since 1984 and had been a Lieutenant prior to promotion.  He replaces retired Captain David Rodriguez. Congratulations to the new Captain.

- Falmouth Fire Department reports they had 5,665 runs is their fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

- Chatham Fire Department has created 4 Lieutenant positions.  The following have been promoted to these positions as of July 1, 2007. Group 1 Lt Nelson Wirtz Car 381A. Group 2 Lt David Ready Car 382A.  Group 3 Lt Katrina Hansen Car 383A.  Group 4 Lt Violet Fellman Car 384A.  This makes a Capt & Lieutenant on each group.  Congratulations to all.

Dukes County Firefighters Muster July 1, 2007 Results:
1. Overall winner..............Edgartown Fire Department
2. 2nd Place.....................Chilmark Fire Department
3. 3rd Place.....................West Tisbury Fire Department
John R. Christopher Sportsmanship Award.... Chilmark Fire Department

- The new Harwich Fire Chief William L. Flynn Jr. was sworn in on June 29, 2007.  Chief Flynn takes over from Chief Remillard.  Bill has been a member of the Harwich FD for many years serving in all capacities from firefighter, paramedic, to Captain and Deputy.  Congratulations to Chief Flynn and the Harwich FD.
- Harwich FD has also announced the promotion of Capt. Norman Clarke to Deputy Chief.  Deputy Clarke has also been a member of Harwich FD for many years and takes the No.2 spot vacated by the promotion of Deputy Flynn to Chief.  July 1, 2007

- Harwich Fire Chief Wilfred Remillard has officially retired after many years of service to the Harwich Fire Department. Congratulations to Chief Remillard and best wishes in his retirement. July 1, 2007

- Orleans Fire Department recently promoted Capt William Quinn to Acting Deputy Chief with the recent retirement of Deputy Richard Harris. June 2007

- Dennis Fire Department Captain Dave Rodriguez is retiring on June 9, 2007 after 35 years of service with the DFD.  Congrats to you Dave!  June 7, 2007

- Harwich Fire Department has announced that Norman Clark will become Deputy Chief in July. Captain Clark will replace deputy William Flynn who will become Chief with the retirement of  Chief Wilfred Remillard.  May 25, 2007

- Yarmouth Fire Department has promoted Robert Kelleher to the rank of Deputy Chief.  Kelleher, a long time member of the YFD had been a shift captain and most recently Captain / Fire Inspector.  Deputy Kelleher replaces Deputy Peter Raiskio who passed away on 2/14/07.
May 20, 2007

- Otis Fire Department has a new fire chief.  Former Asst Chief Walter Stecchi has been promoted to Chief, replacing retired chief Tim Stephenson.  Chief Stecchi is a long time member of Otis FD. May 20, 2007

- West Barnstable FD regrets to announce the death of Lt. Christopher Hussey. Chris was a 15 year vet of WBFD and a long time Emergency Room Tech at CCH.  He was killed in a motorcycle crash in Westport, MA on May 10.  Funeral on May 21 at 1100 hrs at the Unitarian Church on Rt 6A in Barnstable village. More at www.WestBarnstableFire.com   5/14/07

- Orleans Fire Department - Both the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief have announced their upcoming retirements.  Deputy Chief Rick Harris will be retiring within about a month or so (May 2007?).  Fire Chief Steve Edwards will be retiring this summer (2007).  Both have been long time members of the Orleans FD and have served for a number of years in leadership positions. 03/29/07

- Yarmouth Fire Department - Acting positions announced following the death of Deputy Chief Peter Raiskio.  Capt Allen Bent has been promoted to Acting Deputy Chief. Acting Capt and Acting Lieut positions also made.  03/29/07

- Otis Fire Department - Chief Timothy Stephenson has announced his imminent retirement. Chief Stephenson has served Otis and Barnstable County for many years.  Best wishes to him in his future endeavors. No announcement on his replacement.  Mar 15, 2007.

- Harwich Fire Dept has announced that Deputy Chief William Flynn will assume the rank of
Fire Chief upon the retirement of Chief Wilfred Remillard on July 1, 2007.  Both are long time members of the Harwich Fire Department.  Chief Remillard was deputy chief for many years,
attaining rank of Chief after the retirement of Chief Robert Peterson Dec 2003.  3/4/07

- Yarmouth Fire Dept Deputy Chief Peter Raiskio passed away from cancer on Feb 14, 2007.  Deputy Raiskio was a member of YFD for many years and had served as a paramedic and as the departments' first fire prevention officer.  3/4/07

- COMM FD Captain Barry Mossey recently retired.  Captain Sean Greene is the new COMM Captain replacing Capt Mossey.  Congrats and best wishes to both. Jan 2007

- Plymouth FD recently did some restructuring. The department has created the position of Battalion Chief for the 4 shift commanders (previously done by Captain rank).  Additionally, the head of fire prevention and training officer are now also Battalion Chiefs. Shift Batt Chiefs are Group 1 BC Stanley Eldridge, Group 2 BC Daniel Braley, Group 3 BC Kevin Murphy, and Group 4 BC Donald E Brown. Jan 2007

- From Nantucket FD, Edward Maxwell has been appointed Deputy Chief. Jan 2007.

- Some sad news to report 12/7/06.
  1. Robert "Bob" Black Jr, age 71, Ret. Capt & Paramedic, West Barnstable Fire Dept passed away on Dec 4, 2006. Capt Black was a long time member of the WBFD, serving as the first Captain of their rescue squad when formed in 1973 until his retirement in 1982.  He was in the first paramedic class held on the Cape and was one of the first paramedics in Massachusetts. His son Robert Black III is presently a Captain / Paramedic on Sandwich FD and his grandson Rory is presently on WBFD.  A memorial service will be held at John Lawrence Funeral Home is Marstons Mills on Sat Dec 9, from 2-4. Donations to WBFD Ambulance fund or firefighters Relief Association.
  2. Cleveland Bernard "Bernie" Jones, age 80, Ret Chief, Sandwich FD (1960-1965) passed away on Dec 2, 2006.  Chief Jones was a military veteran as well. His son on-law Keith Lehmann recently retired from Sandwich FD.  Visiting hours Friday Dec 8, 4-8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, Rt 6A Sandwich. Funeral Sat Dec 9, 1:30 PM at  Corpus Christi Parash, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich. Donations Sandwich Prof Firefighters or Amer Cancer Society.
  3. William D. "Sparky" Donovan, age 96, long time member of Sandwich Fire Dept and rescue squad passed away on Nov 19, 2006. Mr Donavon had a very interesting career working for the Army Corps of Engineers overseeing the marine traffic through the Cape Cod Canal for 52 years.  He had a wonderful photo collection of nearly every ship that passed through the canal during his tenure.  He was gracious in helping me with some great pictures of the early Sandwich apparatus and rescue vehicles that I used in my book "Cape Cod Firefighting" in 2003.
 

- Dennis Fire Dept announces promotion of Firefighter Peter "Cappy" Snow to rank of Captain at 0800 hrs on 11/29/06 for his final 24 hour shift prior to retiring at 0800 hrs on 11/30/06.  He joined DFD as a call firefighter in 1963 and the Dennis FD Rescue Squad in 1966.  He was appointed as a fulltime firefighter 5/20/73.  Cappy has been a dedicated and loyal member of the Dennis FD and a friend to many across the Cape.  We wish him good health and happiness as a "Retired Captain."!    Posted 11/28/06

- Bourne Chief Charles Klueber will be retiring on January 1, 2007.  He is presently using his time and Deputy Chief David "Skip" Kingsbury will be sworn in as Acting Chief Nov.13, 2006.  Bourne is civil service and a chief's list will be utilized in the spring to select a fulltime chief.
Best wishes to Chief Klueber in his retirement. 11/12/06

- David Scott is new COMM Mechanic. Dave was previously the FD mechanic in New Bedford.  He is also a call Captain in Mattapoisett.  Oct 06

- Edgartown Fire Department has appointed Peter Schemeth as the new Fire Chief.  Chief Schemeth has been deputy chief in Edgartown for many years and replaces long time Fire Chief Antone Bettencort who retired.  9/17/06

- COMM FD has announced the retirement of Master Mechanic Karl Sulkala.  Karl was a member of the West Barnstable FD from 1966 to 1979, serving a number of years as the Deputy Chief in WBFD. He spent 4 years in the Air Force 1970-74 working on Crash Trucks. Karl joined the Hyannis FD from 1979-1985.  From 1985 to 1988, he was a member of the Sandwich FD.  In 1988, he joined the COMM FD and has served as a firefighter and master mechanic until his retirement Aug 21, 2006.  Karl has performed mechanical duties for several other departments and is well known across the Cape fire department community.  He is expected to continue to be involved to various degrees in the fire service including delivering brand new fire apparatus and probably fixing things when needed.  We would like to wish Karl a happy, healthy retirement, CONGRATULATIONS, and thanks for your 40 years of service to Cape Cod fire departments.

- COMM FD has also announced the appointment of Lt./Paramedic Richard Scherbarth as the department's new fulltime EMS Officer.  Lt Scherbarth has been a member of COMM FD since 1985.

- Otis FD has reportedly changed their work schedule.  The military 72 hr / wk schedule of 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, etc with Kelly days, has reportedly changed to 48 hrs on and 72 hrs off with a Kelly day worked in as well.  Aug 2006

- Bourne FD has appointed Joseph Carrara as Deputy Chief replacing Deputy Robert Berry who recently passed away.  Kellie Weeks has been promoted to Lieutenant.  July 10, 2006

- Nantucket Fire Chief Everett Pierce has resigned.  Deputy Chief Mark McDougall is presently serving as Acting Fire Chief.  June 29, 2006

- Sandwich FD has added a radio frequency.... 484.825   186.2.  The new channel supports two way communications backup to the 800 mhz trunking system.

- Some Fire Chief news from around the area.  Edgartown Fire Chief Antone Bettencort will be retiring soon after some three decades or more of service to Edgartown.  The Nantucket Fire Chief Everett Pierce has been in a little trouble lately and may be retiring according to some reports.  Bourne Fire Chief Charles Klueber has also been making some plans to get some golfing in sometime around the beginning of the new year.  June 15, 2006

- Well known Master Mechanic Karl Sulkala (COMM FD) is on the final countdown to retirement.  Karl has been involved in the fire service across the Cape for many years, working fulltime for Hyannis, Sandwich, and COMM.  He once also served with WBFD as a call deputy chief.  Retirement effective in Aug 2006.  June 15, 2006

- Word comes that Bourne Deputy Chief Robert J. Berry has passed away from cancer at age 54. He died on April 21, 2006. Deputy Berry was a member of Bourne Firefighters Local 1717 and served as the department's head fire investigator.  He was a Vietnam Vet of the Army. He served Bourne FD for many years. April 23, 2006

- A new DRC District 1 Forest Fire Warden has been named. Joshua Nigro will begin duty on April 24th.  He is from Needham, MA and began his fire service career with Malden Emergency Center R2.  He worked in District 14 DEM for a few years.  He has also served in the US Army 59th MP co. with 2 tours in the mid east.  He has most recently been with a wildland fire crew out of El Paso County, Colorado as a Captain. He will assume District 1 Fire Warden duties for the Department of Recreation and Conservation at Shawme Crowell State Forest covering the Cape & Islands.  Welcome aboard.

- Wellfleet Fire Department has named Daniel Silverman as the new Fire Chief. Silverman has been the deputy chief for several years and has been in the acting chief position since last fall.  He takes over from Chief Alan Hight who retired.  March 16, 2006

- Bourne Deputy Chief Robert Berry is presently out on an extended medical leave.  Lt. James Brown has been promoted to the Acting  Deputy position on Group 3 and FF Mike Hodge is the acting Lieutenant. 2/16/06

- Barnstable Fire Department has announced the end of its "Call" fire department.  The Chief stated that the required training and insurance costs, and a poor overall response to alarms led to the decision.  Barnstable thus becomes the latest to rely completely on fulltime personnel.  The Sandwich Fire Department faced the same move last year. A number of personnel let go from both departments joined the West Barnstable Fire Department that still maintains a large, active call department.

- Provincetown Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Chief James F. Meads.  Chief meads passed away on Jan 9, 2006 at age 80.  He joined the Provincetown FD in 1953 and was a founding member of the Ptown Rescue Squad.  He served as Chief from 1983 to 1994.  Services are to be held on Friday Jan 13. 

- Wellfleet Fire Department is interviewing 5 finalists for the position of Fire Chief with the retirement of Chief Alan Hight.  123005.

- West Barnstable will begin 24 hour staffing January 1, 2006.  The recent hiring of two paramedics will enable WBFD to have one firefighter/paramedic on duty 24/7 with additional personnel on days. WBFD has also recently made some promotions and reorganized groups. 123005.

- The Barnstable County Fire Chiefs have announced that as of Jan 1, 2006 all vehicles previously knows as "Rescues" on Cape Cod will be referred to as "Ambulances" in accordance with the new National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines.  Other changes may be coming down the road, although Barnstable County has operated under ICS for many years already and NIMS is basically the evolution of ICS. 112405

- The Bourne Fire Department buried Firefighter William "Billy" E. Palmer Jr. on Nov 23, 2005.  Firefighter Palmer died of cancer last Friday at age 57.  He was the senior member of the Bourne Fire Department, with 35 years of service, at the time of his death.  Full LODD honors were paid to the former Army Sergeant and firefighter with burial at the National Cemetery at Otis. 112405

- West Barnstable's new Fire Chief Joe Maruca has now "officially" taken office, several weeks after being announced as chief. Once again, congratulations.  So far the new chief is still using Car 282 rather than the historical WBFD chief number 291.  112405

- Several Firefighters from the Cape were honored at Firefighter of the Year ceremonies at Faneuil Hall in Boston on Oct 27, 2005. Hyannis and Yarmouth Fire Departments were honored for the efforts dozens of their personnel made rescuing a trapped Orleans firefighter - Mike Gould - involved in an ambulance accident back in March 2005.  The extrication with the Jaws took over an hour.  Three off duty Sandwich firefighters - Capt James Huska, FF Robert George, and FF Jason Vivieros - were honored for being in the right place at the right time and saving the life of a woman and caring for two others who were burned when a portable stove blew up at a Jimmy Buffet concert at the Tweeter Center.  Falmouth Capt James Marshall and Lt Mel Trott were also honored for making a rescue of a woman from a smoke filled apartment on Scranton Ave in May. The late night fire occurred when crews were out on EMS calls and the rescue was made before fire apparatus could be staffed properly. CONGRATULATIONS to all of these personnel for their jobs well done.  Nov 2005

- Bourne Fire Department will not have to face layoffs thanks to a successful override vote by Bourne Voters on October 12, 2005.  The five personnel that would have been laid off will not have to be, thus allowing Bourne to continue to staff 3 stations including the soon to be completed new Sagamore Station 3. 10/13/05

- Wellfleet Fire Chief Alan Hight will be retiring at the end of the year.  It is reported that Deputy Chief Silverman is currently serving as Acting Fire Chief.  Oct 2005

- Falmouth Firefighter & Paramedic Alden Cook has retired effective October 1, 2005.  Alden has been a very active member of the fire - ems service on the Cape with leadership roles in CIEMSS, Inc.  Best wishes to Alden in his retirement.

- West Barnstable Fire Department has announced the appointment of Captain Joseph Maruca to Chief of the West Barnstable Fire Department.  The appointment came at the Prudential Committee Meeting on September 21, 2005.  Congratulations to the Cape's newest Chief.

- Retired Harwich Fire Chief Robert A. Peterson passed away September 18, 2005 at 1712 hours.

- West Barnstable Fire Department has still not appointed a chief to replace Chief Jenkins, who retired in March 2005.  A retirement party for Chief Jenkins will be held on October 1. 9/9/05

- Sandwich Fire Department Chief Dennis Newman has officially retired as of August 31, 2005.  Long time department member and Captain, George Russell has been appointed as acting Chief. He is among several candidates (2 from in house) that are being interviewed for the Chief's Job. Best wishes to Chief Newman who completed 40 years on SFD and about 18 years as the Chief's position. 9/9/05

- Harwich Fire was able to hire back (5) personnel after another town vote in August 2005.  This restored the dispatchers and put the firefighter/paramedics that had been taken off the floor to do dispatching, back on the floor.  Harwich is still short of money and are not able to keep Station 2
open 24/7 unless there is sufficient manpower on duty.

- Harwich Fire lost (4) Firefighter / Paramedics and (2) dispatcher to layoffs in May 2005.

- Sandwich Fire Chief Dennis Newman has reportedly announced his upcoming retirement date. Chief Newman joined the Sandwich FD in 1965 and has served as a firefighter, Lieutenant, and as chief for over the past decade.  May 2005

- Eastham Fire Department has a new Deputy Fire Chief, Mark Foley.  Foley has been a member of the Yarmouth fire department for many years and most recently served as a Lieutenant.  He is also the Assistant director of training at the Barnstable County Fire Rescue Training Academy Congrats to Mark.   April 2005

- West Barnstable Fire Chief John P. Jenkins retired on March 12, 2005 after 32 years as Chief. Deputy Chief Craig Pye acting chief.

- New Chatham Fire Chief  Michael Ambriscoe Jan 2005.

- New Dennis Fire Chief Mark Dellner Jan 2005.

- Barnstable Fire Department has appointed Firefighter Christopher Olsen as the Acting Deputy Chief.  (Sept 2004)

- Brewster has a new Deputy Chief William Harrison.  (Mar 2005)

 



 

 

 
 
 


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