Friday, March 29, 2013
The Marblehead Fire Department's new quint ladder truck has arrived in Massachusetts.
Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland expects the department's new $1.2 million quint ladder truck will arrive at the station sometime next month. While we wait to see it up close, here's some proof that the fire apparatus successfully made the journey from the Pierce Manufacturing Plant in Appleton, Wisc., to Foxboro. A big thank you to Gilliland for sending along the photograph above, which was taken in the parking lot outside of Gillette Stadium. Marblehead Patch will be posting updates as information becomes available.
Friday, March 15, 2013
I want to thank the Firemen, EMT's of Atlantic Ambulance, and the Police for their dedication, knowledge, and experience that they bring to the town of Marblehead, everyday and night. Thanks for taking the stress and panic out of a very scary situation.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Wondering what the town's new $1.2 million quint ladder truck will look like? Here are some pictures of the Fire Department's new apparatus.
Here are the first pictures of the Marblehead Fire Department's new state-of-the-art quint ladder truck, which is expected to pull into the station on Pleasant Street before the end of the month. Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland was nice enough to send along the photographs attached to this post, which were taken on a recent trip to the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Appleton, Wisc. When the new apparatus arrives, the department's worn-out 1987 Mack Pumper will be taken out of service. The name "quint" means five, and refers to the five functions that a quint provides: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial ladder and ground ladders. What do you think of the new ladder truck? Did you support the decision to buy it? Let us know in the …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland said he expects the Fire Department's new quint ladder truck will arrive in Marblehead in mid-March.
Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland was pleased to report Wednesday that the department's new $1.2 million 100-foot aerial quint ladder truck is nearly complete and is expected to arrive in town next month. On March 4, Gilliland will make one last trip to the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Appleton, Wisc., to inspect the department's new apparatus. "We have to crawl in and under every part of that truck for a final inspection," Gilliland said. "Then we will hire a driver to bring it here." Gilliland said he expects the new ladder truck will drive through the front doors of the Marblehead fire station sometime in mid-March - and the department's old 1987 Mack Pumper will be sent right out the back door. At a meeting in June, the town's …
Friday, January 25, 2013
People who live upstairs from Bang Tin Metal Art Gallery are temporarily out of their units because of live wires in the walls.
A fire that damaged the Pleasant Street building that houses the Bang Tin Metal Art Gallery Thursday afternoon has left two tenants temporarily homeless, fire officials said. Shortly before 4 p.m Thursday, Marblehead firefighters responded to a structure fire at 124 Pleasant St. and battled through some extremely cold weather to put it out. Although local fire crews were able to snuff out the fire before it consumed the building, Fire Capt. Michael Porter said there was just no way the upstairs tenants could remain in the building. "The Light Department showed up and cut the power and when the wire inspector was there he went up and found a couple of wires that had been cut in the wall and determined that it would have been too dangerous …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Local firefighters fought through freezing temperatures to extinguish a fire in a building on Pleasant Street Thursday afternoon.
Marblehead firefighters extinguished a structure fire that broke out in the building that houses Bang Tin Art Gallery on Pleasant Street Thursday afternoon. The fire was first reported around 4 p.m. and is believed to have originated somewhere in the basement, Fire Chief Jason Gilliland said. Fire Capt. Michael Porter said local fire crews did great work battling what proved to be a difficult fire in spite of extremely harsh weather conditions. The Bang Tin Metal Art gallery occupies the first floor of the building and the second and third floors are separate housing units. It is unclear whether there were people in the building when the fire broke out but there were no reported injuries. Marblehead police officers temporarily shut down …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Marblehead firefighters completed their annual ice training at Redds Pond Monday afternoon.
Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland put it plainly Monday morning. "We will never tell anybody that the ice is safe in Marblehead because we are dealing with spring-fed fresh water ponds," he said. "Those ponds, in my opinion, are never safe." Despite warm temperatures, local police officers responded to several reports of residents venturing out onto the ice in town over the weekend. Coincidentally, firefighters completed their annual ice rescue training at Redds Pond Monday afternoon. The fresh carve marks from weekend ice skaters could still be seen - some criss-crossing the much softer parts of the pond. As Gilliland looked on, firefighters chopped a small hole in the ice and took turns being simulated victims in need of rescue. --- …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Firefighters from several North Shore communities battled a three-alarm fire in a home on Andrew Road in Swampscott Thursday morning.
Fire apparatus from numerous North Shore communities, including Marblehead, were called to assist with a three-alarm fire that broke out in a home on Andrew Road in Swampscott Thursday morning. It took more than 50 firefighters about two hours to extinguish the blaze, which resulted in the displacement of a family of six and the death of the family dog. --- Area residents have been rallying in support of the family since news of the fire first broke. Click Here for information about how you can contribute to help the family. --- A Swampscott firefighter was reportedly injured while working to extinguish the fire and was transported to Salem Hospital with a minor hand injury. Swampscott Deputy fire chief Jim Potts confirmed that a pet cat …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The fire that consumed a Mckinley Road home last week was caused by an oil-burning appliance in the basement.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Local fire investigators have determined that a blaze that consumed a home on McKinley Road last week was caused by a malfunction with the home's oil burner. According to fire Capt. Michael Porter, fire investigators have ruled that the fire was "accidental in nature with a probable mechanical event with an oil-fired appliance." At 8:25 a.m. Thursday, a sanitation worker aboard a trash truck who was making his usual rounds through the neighborhood reportedly noticed that dark smoke was coming from the home's windows and called 911. By the time members of the Marblehead Fire Department arrived on scene, the fire was already spreading to the rest of the house, Porter said. It took firefighters roughly two hours to completely extinguish the …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Marblehead firefighters, with an assist from surrounding communities, extinguished a 'dangerous and difficult' two-alarm fire on McKinley Road early Thursday morning.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Local fire officials are still investigating the cause of a particularly dangerous two-alarm fire that broke out in the basement of a McKinley Road home early Thursday morning. At 8:25 a.m., a sanitation worker aboard a trash truck who was making his usual rounds through the neighborhood reportedly noticed that dark smoke was coming from the home's windows and called 911. By the time members of the Marblehead Fire Department arrived on scene, the fire was already spreading to the rest of the house, fire Capt. Michael Porter said. After putting out a call for mutual aid, firefighters from Swampscott, Salem and Lynn also arrived on scene, while firefighters from Nahant and Peabody covered the station, Porter said. Thursday's fire was a "…