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December, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NE


Three Alarms Called for Southborough House Fire Southborough, MA - The Southborough Fire Dept. was alerted for a reported fire in the residence at 7 Wyndemere Drive at 7:00 A.M. on November 15th. First JUMP TO FILE# arriving units found 111518103 smoke showing from the roof of a large wood-frame residential structure. A second-alarm was quickly requested to bring in surrounding towns. Crews stretched multiple hand lines to the upper floor where they found fire in the attic. Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the fire, but had the majority of the flames knocked down within 30 minutes. A third-alarm was eventually called to bring in relief crews. Companies remained on scene with extensive overhaul. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. - JIM FORTIN

Companies arrived to smoke showing from the roof.


Vehicle News Wilbraham Fire Department has placed two new apparatus into service.

Ladder 1 is a 2018 Pierce Impel 107' Quint with ascendant aerial. It has a 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallons of water on board. It replaces a traditional rear-mount ladder truck that was 31-years-old.

Rescue 1 is a 2018 Ford Expedition 4x4. This is an ALS capable Class 5 Ambulance that is utilized as a fly car. It can run along with the town's transporting Medic units or independently. This SUV replaces an older vintage Ford Explorer that served the same purpose.


Hinsdale Firefighters Handle Multiple Incidents During Severe Storm Wilbraham Ladder 1

Wilbraham Rescue 1



Hinsdale, MA - A severe rain and wind storm on October 20th tested the limits of the Hinsdale Vol. FD as wind gusts of 50 mph combined with torrential rain brought down trees and power lines in several areas of town. The first and most difficult to deal with was dispatched at 12:41 P.M. for a tree down that also took down a 24,000 volt power line on Maple Street (State Route 143). The line was burning into the road as well as on the property of a residence. Chief Larry Turner and Quick Attack/Brush 8 went to the

JUMP TO FILE #111418105 scene to block off and divert traffic away from the incident while awaiting Eversource utility crew's arrival. This incident was followed in rapid succession by trees and/or wires down on Smith, Middlefield, Buttermilk and East Washington Roads, all handled by Engine 2 and Squad 1, manned by 13 firefighters. Crews used chainsaws for tree removal where possible and

blocked roads/diverted traffic in locations involving utility wires. The Route 143 incident was the most significant issue due to the amount of traffic that had to be rerouted, and the extended time period required for utility crews to repair pole/wire damage. Also responding to these incidents, which occurred within a 45 minute period, were the Hinsdale Police and Highway departments. All Hinsdale fire units were returned to service by 4:30 P.M. - RICHARD SCIALABBA

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1st Responder New England December Edition  

1st Responder New England December Edition