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Barnstable Firefighter/Paramedic Donna Rex is retiring after 32 years of service. Friends are invited to her send off on her last day of work June 21, 2018 from 0900-1200 at the Barnstable station. Her other helf, Captain / FPO Bill Rex of the Hyannis Fire Department is also retiring this summer after many years of service.  Congratulations to both!
June 2018


Sr Pvt Kevin Laurie is retiring May 23, 2018 after nearly 38 years of service. Congratulations!
Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Lawler, with 21 yrs experience,  will be promoted to Sr. Pvt on Group 4.
May 2018


Fire Chief William C. Carrico II has announced he will be leaving Sandwich May 4, 2018 to take the Medfield, MA Fire Chief position.  Carrico has been Chief in Sandwich since 2014.  During that time he successfully saw the funding and plans to renovate and staff the East Sandwich; replace the Forestdale station with a new sub station; hire over a dozen new personnel; improvements of several vehicles including a new engine-tanker and brush breaker; and move of fire dispatch to town-wide public safety dispatch center at police station. Chief Carrico previously served as Chief in Halifax and Deputy in Duxbury. Best wishes in his next assignment.
April 2018

The Kingston Fire Department promoted Deputy Mark Douglass to Fire Chief. He had been serving as the "acting Chief" since last year with the departure of previous chief  Robert Heath who left in 2017.  Douglass has been a Kingston FD member since 1983 and previously served as the Deputy since 2006. A new deputy has not yet been named.
April 2018

It was appears to be some turmoil in Plympton, selectmen decided to not renew the contract of long time Fire Chief Warren Borsari, chief since 2011. 
April 2018

Captain Jeff Sturdevent has taken the Fire Prevention Office position.
April 2018

Lt. Brett Childs has retired after many years at the base.
April 2018

Long time Lieutenant-Paramedic James Gardner recently retired from COMM FD after 30+ years of service.
April 2018

Plymouth FD is planning a new Station 7 in North Plymouth. The new station would replace the 107 year old Station 7 on Spooner Street with a new station just down the street at 15 Hedge Road.  Plymouth is also planning a 3rd Ladder truck.
April 8, 2018

Bourne Fire Department has a committee looking into a new "south side" fire station that would replace the current Station 2 in Monument Beach and Station 4 in Pocasset. The 2 older stations would be replaced by a single new station. A few options for location are being evaluated.
April 8, 2018

     Bourne FD will be promoting Deputy David Cody to Asst Chief, Lt Ryan Haden to Deputy Chief, and FF Gil Taylor to Lieutenant at a ceremony on April 6, 2018 at 1000 hrs.
Congrats to all!
Mar 30, 2018

    The Hyannis Fire Department is planning to turn over its dispatching responsibilities to the new civilian dispatchers at the Barnstable Police Department sometime in spring 2018.
    Hyannis has also implemented a significant change in their apparatus radio designations.
Feb 20, 2018

Deputy Patrick Haskell is serving as the Acting Fire Chief following the retirement in 2017 of Fire Chief Robert McDuffy.
Feb 20, 2018

The Bourne Fire Department has created a new administrative position to help manage the 65 member department. The non-union Assistant Chief position has been filled by the promotion of Deputy David Cody to Assistant Chief as of Feb 12, 2018.  He will be designated as Car 142. The Assistant Chief will be assigned to Station 1 in Buzzards Bay. Congratulations!
Feb 13, 2018


The first "civilian" Fire Commissioner (The Commish) of the COMM FD, Jeffery A. Chase, age 66, passed away on Feb 7, 2018.  He served as a Barnstable Police officer for 27 years and as a Fire Commissioner for 15 years. He was a good friend and will be missed. Rest in Peace Commish!
Feb 13, 2018

Retired Call Firefighter Alan Hadfield, age 77, passed away on Feb 1, 2018.  He was one of the early Marstons Mills guys and served for many years.
Feb 13, 2018

Retired Firefighter/EMT Felix Nunez, age 62, passed away on jan 31, 2018.  he served with FALFD from 1985 to 2001.

Eastham FD received a SAFER grant for 4 additional personnel and will be going to a 5 person / Shift staffing level (with 4 person minimum) in January 2018.
Jan 1, 2018 

The Dennis FD received a $1.3M SAFER grant to add 8 additional personnel bringing staffing levels up to 12 personnel per shift with a 10 personnel minimum in 2018. Staffing will be 7 at Station 1 and 5 at Station 2, with a minimum of 5 at Station 1 and 5 at Station 2 once in place.
Jan 1, 2018


Wellfleet Captain/Paramedic Thomas Ferreira retired on Dec 29, 2017 after 40 years of service to the Town of Wellfleet. He became a paramedic with CIEMSS Class 6 in 1981. Best wishes in your retirement Capt!
Jan 1, 2018

Congratulations to Yarmouth Firefighter Patrick Sullivan who is retiring from the YFD after 35 years of service. FF Sullivan, known to many, worked at the CCH ER for many years as well as originally serving with the COMM FD before his service in Yarmouth.  Best wishes Patrick in your retirement!
Dec 2017

Sandwich regrets the passing of retired Lt. Peter Beauchemin on December 16, 2017, age 76. He served with the Sandwich Fire Department for 32 years.  He was a Marine and most recently served on the Board of Selectmen.
Dec 2017

Captain / Paramedic Matt Flynn (Group 4) will be retiring from the Chatham FD on January 1, 2018. Capt Flynn has been a member of the Chatham FD for many years.  Best wishes in your retirement!
Dec 2017

Deputy Chief Paul Bethoney has retired after 39 years of service. Congratulations!
Joint Base Cape Cod has named Captain Todd Beaulieu to become the next Deputy Chief.
Dec 2017

Mashpee Fire recently promoted Lt Michael Evaul to Fire prevention Officer.
Mashpee also promoted FF John Gannon to Lieutenant on Group 1
and FF Shawn Willis to Lieutenant on Group 4.  Congrats to all!
Dec 2017

Hyannis recently promoted Lt. Tim Lanman III to Fire Prevention Officer.
FF David Webb has been promoted to Lieutenant.
FF/Paramedic Donald Holigan has retired after many years of service. Congrats to all!
Dec 2017

Nantucket voters approved $3.7 Million additional funding for the $20 Million new Fire Headquarters at the Nov 28, 2017 election.  This will enable to project to go forward with sufficient funding to complete the job.  Dec 2017

Edgartown has announced to appointment of Alexander Schaeffer to be the new fire chief with the pending retirement of long time chief Peter Shemeth. Congratulations.
Nov 12, 2017

Retired Hyannis Fire Chief, Paul David Chisholm, age 80, passed away on October 26, 2017.  He served as Chief in Hyannis from 1988 to 1997. OBITUARY. Rest in Peace.
Oct 30, 2017

An old friend and member of the Centerville roster passed away on Oct 4, 2017.  Frank Gilchrist, age 96, served as a call member for more than 20 years. Rest in Peace Frank.

COMM Has also made (2) acting promotions: Lt Patrick Hill and Lt Matt Malone.  Congrats to both.  Oct 2017

Lt Ross Klun is leaving the Barnstable Sheriff's Dept. after 23 years serving Cape Cod.  Ross served as a dispatcher, a Sergeant in the radio room, and a Lieutenant for the Communications Division in recent years.  He has taken a position at the Nashoba Valley Regional Public Safety Communications center in Devens, MA.  Congrats and best wishes.
Oct 14, 2017

The Mashpee Fire Department has promoted Lt Michael Evaul to Fire Inspector.  Mashpee also promoted Lt Sean Willis and Lt John Gannon.  Congrats to all!
Oct 14, 2017 

Falmouth Fire Department recently promoted Ryan P. Gavin to Captain, replacing Captain Greg Clements who passed away in July 2017.  FFD also promoted Allen Rivera to Fire Prevention Officer with the retirement of long time FPO Mike Metell. Congrats to all!
Oct 14, 2017


   The Sandwich Fire Department has implemented a rather significant change in their dispatching. As of Sept 22, 2017 a number of apparatus are being referred to by other than their "county" based radio numbers as has been the case since the late 1990's. 
    Essentially the Engines will now be referred to as Engine 1, 2, and 3 (corresponding to E451, E452, and E453). Tower 450 will now be called Tower 1. 
   The ambulances will be referred to as Ambulance 1, 2, 3 and 4. It appears that the Ambulance designation will be tied more to the station assignment (at the time) than the county number of the ambulances (A456, A457, A458 and A459). With the anticipated opening of the East Sandwich Station 2 in December 2017 (approximately) an ambulance would be assigned to each station and A4 would serve as a "reserve" unit.
    Other apparatus, such as the brush breakers and tankers will continue to be referred to by their county numbers (B461, T464, etc). 
    Some cars will be reassigned, Chief C-1 (441), Deputy C-2 (442), while others may continue to use their county numbers (C440, C467, etc).  The Duty Officer, when in C-460, will now utilize numbers assigned to officers with Captains by Seniority (C-3, C-4, C-5, and C-6) not corresponding to shifts, and numbers assigned to Lieutenants based on shift assignments (L-1, L-11, L-2, L-12, etc...) The EMS Officer will become C-8 and Fire Prevention will become C-9.  A system of "retiring" various portable numbers or officer numbers assigned to various personnel will also be used as retirements or promotions occur.  Confused??  The new listing will be posted on the Sandwich Roster page. 
Oct 2017    

Congratulations to FF/Paramedic Sean Miller who has been promoted to Fire Prevention Officer with the recent retirement of FPO Donald Campbell.  Also congrats to FF/Paramedic Sean Gilrein who will take over the EMS Officer position as EMS Brian Leary has been promoted to Lieutenant on Group 4.
Oct 2017

The Joint Base Fire Department has added a STATION TONE in the dispatching of calls.  Their dispatch will pre-announce a call, follow it with the Station Tone and a specific Alert tone signifying either a medical response or a fire response.
Oct 2017

You may have noticed that COMM has changed some of their dispatching procedures, specifically reducing the number of times an "alert" tone is used on their talk-group for the initial dispatch of calls. Medical calls are typically not dispatched with the wobble (turkey) tone as has been done for many, many years. Primary alerting of personnel is still conducted on 154.355 which in primarily an in house paging and alerting channel.  Ambulances then sign on on the department's talk group and are acknowledged by dispatch. A straight alert tone is still mostly used for fire related incidents. This has been in place since early in the winter of 2017.
Updated Oct 2017


Call Lieutenant Ron Deschamps will retire on Sept 30, 2017 after 41 years of dedicated service.
Sept 28, 2017


Hyannis Fire Prevention Lieutenant John Cosmo retired on Sept 21, 2017 after some 30 years of service.  Congratulations!

The Nantucket Fire Department is expected to have a new Fire Chief soon. Deputy Chief Stephen Murphy, who has been serving as interim chief, is expected to be named Chief of the Department during the week of September 11-15, 2017.  He has been a member of the department for many years and will be filling the position vacated when Chief Paul Rhude took the Chief's job in Cotuit this summer.  Congratulations!
Sept 10, 2017

Wareham Fire Chief Robert McDuffy Retired September 8, 2017.  Chief McDuffy joined the Wareham FD as a Jr Call Firefighter in 1981 and worked his way up to a career firefighter.  He served as a Lt/Fire Inspector, 1st Asst Chief, Assistant Chief, Acting Chief, and then Fire Chief for the past 18 years or so.  His 36 years of service with Wareham saw many changes and improvements in equipment and service as the department has transitioned from the primarily call department to a more career department.  Best wishes Chief! 

In addition, the Wareham Fire Department Officer Manager Skippy Wilcox also retired after 30 years of service to the District. Congrats!
September 10, 2017


Eastham's new Deputy Fire Chief Dan Keane was sworn in September 5, 2017.  Deputy Keane began his fire service career in Cotuit and was most recently with the Sandwich FD. Car 152 assigned to Deputy Chief.   Car 151 now assigned to Fire Chief (formerly C-161)

Bourne Fire Department announced the sudden passing of off duty active Firefighter / Paramedic Chad Cerulli, age 40, on September 1, 2017.  He was a 6 year member of the Bourne FD.
Sept 2, 2017


Congratulations to Captain Scott Ames upon his retirement after nearly 40 years on the Sandwich FD.
Sept 1, 2017

The Sandwich Fire Department has announced that the department has received a SAFER Grant to hire an additional 8 firefighters in order to open East Sandwich Fire Station 2 by Christmas 2017. 
With the upcoming retirement of Captain Scott Ames, the department has announced the pending promotion of Lt Sean Butler to Captain.  The following will be promoted to Lieutenants: FF Rory Black, FF Daniel Brun, FF Brian Leary, FF Larry Machado, FF Joshua Glazier, and FF Jon Houde.  Congratulations to all.
August 14, 2017   

The Eastham Fire Department has announced the hiring of Dan Keane to become the new Deputy Fire Chief.  Keane has been a member of the Sandwich FD for 16 years serving as FF/Paramedic, Lieutenant, and in Fire Prevention.  He fills a vacancy at Eastham that has been unfilled for several years.  Congratulations!
August 14, 2017


Chatham Fire Department has promoted FF Ryan Clarke to Lieutenant. Congratulations!
August 14, 2017



The Falmouth Fire Department regrets to announce the sudden passing of Captain Greg Clements on Sunday July 30, 2017 at age 54.  He joined the Falmouth FD as a call firefighter at Station 4 and became a fulltime firefighter in 1986. He served as a dive team member and boat operator. Capt Clements was promoted to Captain in 2011 and was currently the senior Captain at FFD.  He was a member of Falmouth FD for 31 years. His Line of Duty Death is attributed to complications from a medical incident suffered in December 2016.

Visiting hours will be Saturday August 5, 2017 from 0900-1100 hours at Chapman Cole & Gleason at 475 Main St, Falmouth. A service will follow at 1100 hours.  Internment will follow at the St Joseph Cemetery on Gifford Street.
Posted July 31, 2017.   Updated Aug 2, 2017


Harwich Lieutenant / Paramedic Timothy Jaques has retired after 33 years of service with Harwich FD.  He also served with the COMM FD prior as a call firefighter.  Congratulations!

Harwich promoted firefighter Ryan Edwards to Lieutenant. Congratulations!
Aug 2, 2017


The 11th Fire Chief of the Hyannis Fire Department was given the oath of office on Monday July 24, 2017 at the Hyannis Fire Station. Retired Fire Chief Harold Brunelle (left) was among many who attended the Assumption of Command Ceremony. Congratulation to Chief Burke!
July 24, 2017

The Barnstable Fire Department as appointed Captain Richard Pfautz to the position of Acting Deputy Chief.  This fills the position created when Deputy Burke went to Hyannis FD. Pfautz previously served as Acting Fire Chief prior to Burke's coming to Hyannis.  Congrats!
July 24, 2017 

The Chatham Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Chief Robert C. Greenough on July 19, 2017. Chief Greenough was Chief from 1965 to 1985. July 2017

Hyannis Fire Inspector Lt. John Cosmo will be retiring this summer. He has over 31 years of service. Congratulations and best wishes in retirement.  July 2017

Wareham Fire Chief Robert McDuffy has announced his intention to retire effective September 8, 2017.  Chief McDuffy joined the Wareham FD as a Jr Call Firefighter in 1981 and worked his way up to a career firefighter.  He served as a Lt/Fire Inspector, 1st Asst Chief, Assistant Chief, Acting Chief, and then Fire Chief for the past 18 years or so.  His 36 years of service with Wareham saw many changes and improvements in equipment and service as the department has transitioned from the primarily call department to a more career department.  Best wishes Chief!  July 2017

Deputy Chief Stephen Murphy is serving as Interim Fire Chief on Nantucket.  July 2017


A number of fire chiefs, past and present, as well as department members, friends, and families turned out at the Cotuit Fire Station on the morning of July 1, 2017 as retiring Fire Chief Christopher Olsen said his goodbyes after 9 years as chief and officially pinned the chief's badge on new Fire Chief Paul Rhude. Chief Rhude started with the Cotuit Fire Department some 30 years ago as a call firefighter.  He most recently served as Fire Chief in Nantucket for 2 years. Prior to that he was a member of the COMM FD serving as a LT and Captain for a number of years. Note: 90 year old retired Cotuit Fire Chief Walter "Spike" Dottridge (sitting in photo) also attended the ceremony. Congrats and best wishes to all! 
July 1, 2017 

Lieutenant Vi Fellman has retired after 20 years of service with the Chatham FD. Best wishes!
July 1, 2017

Firefighter Mark Taylor has retired after 22 years of service with the Bourne Fire Department. Congrats and best wishes.  July 1, 2017

The Hyannis Fire Department Fire Commissioners announced their selection of Barnstable Deputy Fire Chief Peter Burke to become the next Fire Chief of the Hyannis Fire Department following their meeting on June 22, 2017. Deputy Burke comes from a fire department family, with his dad having been a long time Fire Chief  in Swansea and his brother a Providence firefighter. Deputy Burke joined the Seekonk Fire Department in 2002 and served as a Lt/Shift Commander prior to coming to the Cape as Deputy Chief at the Barnstable Fire Department in 2012.  He has a Master's Degree in Emergency Management, a B.S. in Fire Science, and has been active with the Mass. Hazmat Team and County Technical Rescue teams. He is expected to take over in Hyannis in July 2017. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Hyannis Fire Chief Harold Brunelle who served as chief for 19 years. Congratulations!
June 29, 2017   Update July 1, 2017

Hyannis Firefighter / Paramedic David Colton will retire from HYFD on June 30, 2017 after many years with the Hyannis FD.  Congratulations.
June 29, 2017

Falmouth Firefighter/EMT Todd Taylor has retired from the FFD after more than 35 years of service during which he was recognized numerous times for his actions and contributions.  Congratulations and best wishes!  His last day was June 22, 2017.
June 29, 2017

The Chatham Fire Department will promote Capt David DePasquale to the position of Deputy Fire Chief on June 14, 2017.  Lt David Ready  will be promoted to Captain.  Justin Tavano will become a Lieutenant.  Congratulations to all.
June 11, 2017

Cotuit Fire Chief Chris Olsen is planning to retire at the end of June.  Current Nantucket Fire Chief Paul Rhude has reportedly been offered the Cotuit Chief's position.  Chief Rhude began his fire service tenor as a call firefighter in Cotuit many years ago.  He then served in both Mashpee and COMM FD before getting the job in Nantucket 2 years ago.  Congrats to both!
May 28, 2017
Onset voters were not completely happy with the $14 Million proposal for a new fire station at the May 15, 2017 District Meeting.  Much discussion about the location of the proposed station and the bottom line cost ultimately resulted in an amendment to cap the cost at $8 Million... well under what was sought.  More to follow....
May 28, 2017

The proposed Nantucket Fire Headquarters Fire Station project has apparently been put off for another year.  The town approved $15 Million for the station in 2015, but the station was not built. Another $2 Million was added in 2016. Bids for the work came in above that amount and the town has decided rather than hold a special meeting, they will come back prior to the Spring 2018 meeting, no doubt for additional funds.  Story.
May 28, 2017

Broke ground on their new Fire Headquarters May 8, 2017.


The Yarmouth Fire Department mourned the passing of retired long time secretary / administrative assistant Mary Singleton, age 87, on May1, 2017. She served 33 years with the Yarmouth FD, retiring in 2009, after serving with 6 fire chiefs and dozens of firefighters. Rest in peace Mary, job well done!
May 8, 2017


Congratulations to Lt. Glen Milliken upon his retirement from the Mashpee FD. Glen had 31 years with the Mashpee FD and 7 years call time with the Middleboro FD.  He was a paramedic for many years.  Best wishes in your retirement!
April 2017


Congratulations to Falmouth Firefighter Russell Ferreira (3rd from left) upon his retirement from the Falmouth FD on April 16, 2017.  FF Ferreira joined the Falmouth FD as a call FF in 1983 and served as a fulltime firefighter since 1987, a total of 34 years.  He was very active in the union and served many years as the President of IAFF Local 1397.
April 19, 2017


The Dennis FD has promoted Lt. Jeff Perry to Captain, replacing Captain Robert Marseglia who retired in March 2017.  FF Phelim Meehan has been promoted to Lieutenant.  Congratulations to both!
April 19, 2017

Cotuit Fire Chief Christopher Olsen (left) will be retiring in June 2017.  Chief Olsen began a career with the Barnstable Fire District in 1989, rising to the position of Deputy in 2004.  He took the Fire Chief job in Cotuit in 2008. Congratulations Chief!
April 19, 2017


Fire & EMS providers from across the Cape & Islands area mourned the passing of Falmouth ER Doctor Evan P. Weinstein, age 45, who passed away on April 5, 2017 after a 7 year heroic battle with brain cancer. He had been a Paraamedic and firefighter in Hamilton, NY prior to becoming an MD and coming to the Cape where he played an active role in EMS direction and education while serving as Medical Director at Falmouth Hospital.
April 19, 2017

Peter Connick was sworn in as the new Fire Chief in Chatham on March 31, 2017.  He has been serving as the Deputy Chief since 2011 and was a Captain prior to that for many years.  Chief Connick joined the Chatham FD in 1979.  He worked many years as a paramedic and has also taught the EMT classes at CCCC for many years. Congratulations Chief!
April 19, 2017

Chatham Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe retired on March 31, 2017 after 12 years as chief. Congratulations and enjoy retirement!
April 19, 2017


Dennis Captain Robert "Vito" Marseglia has retired from the Dennis FD after 3 decades of service. He served many years as a paramedic, climbing the ranks to LT and Captain in 2007. He retired in March 2017 after 33 years of service.
April 19, 2017


Former Captain Arthur Romme' has retired from the fire department after 44 years of total service.  He joined the Brewster FD in 1972 as a call member and became fulltime in 1976. One of the original Fulltime members of the Brewster FD, Artie served as a paramedic most of his fulltime career which concluded in 2012 when Capt Romme' retired.  He continued again as a call member for 5 more years, wrapping it up at the end of March 2017.  Congrats and best wishes Capt!
April 19, 2017

Regrets to announce the passing of retired Wareham Fire District firefighter William M. Rogers, Jr, age 90, on March 26, 2017.  He joined the Wareham Fire Department at age 15 and served for 50 years.  He was also a retired Captain at Otis AFB Fire Department retired in 1980.  He is father of Wareham Capt Mark Rogers. 
April 2, 2017


Retired Falmouth FD Capt E. Michael "Mickey" Moniz passed away March 13, 2017.
March 14, 2017


Captain Eric Farrenkopf is serving as Acting Deputy Chief.
Lt. Kevin Black is serving as Acting Capt Company A
FF David Webb is serving as Acting Lt Company B
March 2017

Chatham Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe is expected to retire at the end of March 2017.  Chief Ambriscoe came to Chatham as Chief from Connecticut in 2005. 
March 14, 2017

Lt. William "Lee" Sargent of Cotuit FD and Dispatcher Bina Sargent of Sandwich FD/Sandwich Communications have retired.  Congrats!
March 14, 2017

The Sandwich Fire Department was awarded a $1.2 Million SAFER grant in 2016 and has been hiring and training 8 new members that will bring staffing to a level that will allow staffing of all 3 fire stations. Funding was also approved in 2016 to build a new fire station in Forestdale, at Quaker Meeting house and Cotuit Road with a new Police station, and to renovate the East Sandwich fire station to enable it to be staffed.
March 14, 2017

The annual MDA Chili Challenge was held in Hyannis on March 5, 2017.
The team from Joint Base Cape Cod was awarded two 1st Place Awards for Chef's Cup and People's Choice.  The Orleans FD, once again, was awarded the Hottest Chili award.
Mar 12, 2017

The Onset FD regrets the passing of Call Firefighter, and former DCR District 2 Fire Warden Ronald A. Aseltine, age 49, on February 26, 2017.  Ron was a member of the fire service since 1999 when he became a seasonal firefighter with the Mass DCR. He served as the DCR District 2 Fire Warden from 2007-2014. He was a member of the Onset FD for a number of years as well. For Services info Chapman, Cole & Gleason.
Feb 28, 2017.

Brewster FD regrets to announce the passing of retired call Captain Henry Sears on January 31, 2017.  Capt Sears joined the Brewster FD in 1969 and served more than 30 years as a firefighter, EMT, and Captain.
Feb 3, 2017

Family, Friends, and Fire Chiefs from across Cape Cod came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Provincetown Fire Chief Mike Trovato's service as chief of the department, and as a member for 42 years.  Feb 1, 2017


Retired Falmouth Fire Chief Paul D. Brodeur passed away on January 20, 2017 after a battle with cancer.  He served 13 years a chief retiring in 2010 after 34 years on the Falmouth FD.
Jan 2017

The Dennis FD has promoted Lt Chris Guerriero to Captain. Geoffrey Mulholland has been promoted to Lieutenant.  Congrats!
Jan 2017

Deputy Chief Dean Melanson has been promoted to Acting Fire Chief as of January 9, 2017 following the retirement of Chief Harold Brunelle.
Jan 2017

Mark Omerzu was promoted to Captain with the recent retirement of Captain Roupen Baker. Congrats to both!
Jan 2017

RETIREMENT SENDOFF: Hyannis Firefighter Barry Pina began a 42 year fire service career in 1975 with the Centerville-Osterville Fire Department as a founding member of the Marstons Mills Fire Station #3. He worked at CCH for many years and joined the Hyannis Fire Department 32-1/2 years ago. Known by everyone everywhere as "one of the Good Guys." A Retirement Sendoff will be held on Friday January 20, 2017 from 1000-1800 hours at the Hyannis Fire Station. Congratulations Barry!
Jan 3, 2017

The Bourne Fire Department has moved its Headquarters offices from the 130 Main Street, Buzzards Bay Station #1 TO the 51 Meetinghouse Lane, Sagamore Station #3. The move was made officially on Jan 1, 2017 and includes offices of the fire chief and administration for permits, inspections, etc.  The newer station in Sagamore was opened in 2006 and is up to code relative to ADA and fire safety standards. The older station had offices on the second floor, but lacked any means for some disabled citizens to reach them. A new phone number has also been activated: 508-759-0600.
Jan 3, 2017

Congratulations to Captain Donald Babineau upon his retirement from the DFD after 44 years of service. December 2016


Two former members of the COMM FD have passed away.  Retired dispatcher Wayne Jordan apparently passed away in October 2016.  Retired Call Firefighter Leonard Mendes, age 81, passed away on Nov 26, 2016.

Congratulations to Hyannis Firefighter Barry Pina for receiving the 2016 Norman Knight Award for Excellence in Community Service on Tuesday November 29, 2016 at the 27th Firefighter of the Year Awards ceremony in Worcester. FF Pina entered the fire service in 1975 as a call firefighter for COMM FD. He has served fulltime with the Hyannis FD for 32 years. His commitment to coordinating the MDA Fill the Boot program is credited with raising over $300,000 for Muscular Dystrophy research. Barry has been active in many other areas including being part of the Barnstable County Critical Incident Stress Team, teaching CPR for many years, and much more. FF Pina is scheduled to retire in January 2017.  Congratulations Barry!
Dec 2, 2016

Regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Alarm Superintendant Richard Oliver on Nov 18, 2016.
Nov 20, 2016

Congratulations to the COMM FD Ambulance crew who delivered a healthy baby girl in the back of their moving ambulance on Nov 14, 2016. EMT David Gelinas got credit for the official catch, while Paramedic Jason Travis, Lt/P Louis Sassone, and crew member Ryan Scott all participated in the special delivery. 
Nov 20, 2016


Captain Ed Guilford has retired from the BFD after 31 years of service. Kevin Brailey has been named the new Captain of Group 2. Congratulations and best wishes to both!
Nov 20, 2016

Former Deputy Chief William "Bill" MacDougall passed away Oct 12, 2016 at age 82.  He served the Town of Marion for 62 years.
Nov 20, 2016

Chatham Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe has announced his intention to retire in the Spring of 2017.  Chief Ambriscoe came to Chatham as Chief in 2005.
Nov 2016

Fire Chief Harold Brunelle served the Hyannis Fire Department for 44 years, the last 19 of which as the Fire Chief. His last day of work was Oct 31, 2016. Congratulations Chief!  Enjoy!
Nov 5, 2016

The COMM FD and many others in the Cape Cod area are deeply saddened by the very tragic death of Jordan Galvin-Juntas, age 19, on October 23, 2016. Jordan graduated from Barnstable High School in 2015. He had done an internship in his senior year with the department and showed great promise as a future firefighter. He was attending Ana Maria College in the Fire Science program. Jordan, his 20 year old cousin Kraig Diggs of Osterville, 19 year old Jordan Fisher of Harwich, and 18 year old Cory Licata of West Babylon, NY were in a car returning from the Cape to school at 12:11 AM on I-495 in Middleborough, MA when another car, driven by a 31 year old Fall River woman, heading the wrong way in the northbound lane ofI-495 struck the 4 students' car headon causing it to explode in fire. All 5 people were killed in the crash.  Jordan and the other young men were highly respected, good kids who had bright futures.  
Oct 30, 2016


Former call firefighter Charles A. "Cam" Matthews, age 69, passed away on October 19, 2016. An Army Vet, "Cammy" was a member of the BFD for many years and dispatched for the Barnstable Sheriff's Department as well.
Oct 30, 2016


Retired Deputy Chief William F MacDougall, age 82, passed away on September 12, 2016. He was a member of the Marion FD for 62 years in various capacities including Deputy Chief.
Oct 30, 2016

Retired Lieutenant Edward A. Oberlander, age 79, passed away on September 8, 2016 after a battle with cancer. He joined the Dennis FD as a call firefighter in 1970 and became known as "Fast Eddy" to his fellow firefighters. He became a permanent firefighter in 1975 and retired as a Lieutenant in 1998. He was the father of Hyannis firefighter John Oberlander.
Oct 30, 2016

Retired COMM Senior Private Fred Lewis passed away on Sept 8, 2016. He had battled cancer for several years. Fred was an EMT and served with the juvenile fire setter program for years. He began his career with the Hyannis FD and then with COMM FD for years, with a medical retirement in 2009. Fred was well known around the Cape and will be greatly missed. RIP.
Sept 9, 2016

Fire Chief Harold Brunelle has announced his intention to retire within the next few months. Chief Brunelle has been a member of the Hyannis FD for 44 years, joining in 1972 as a Junior FF and coming up through the ranks to serve as Chief for the past 18 years. Congrats Chief on a job well done!
Sept 2016

FF Robert "Jittery" George retired after more than 48 years as a member of the Sandwich FD on Aug 25, 2016. The senior member of SFD began his fire service career as a Jr firefighter in 1968 and was hired fulltime in 1973. He played a major role in the Sandwich FF Union Local 2196 and served the department in many ways over the years. Two of his sons are currently on the job as well.  Best wishes "Jit" in your retirement!
Aug 26, 2016

Congrats to former JBCC union President and FF Rob Rogowski who has been selected to be the Fire Chief in Barre, MA.
Aug 2016

Sandwich Dispatcher Kathy Keene retired after 18 years with SFD and SPD.  She had also served as a call firefighter for many years.  Congrats to her!
Aug 2016

The Falmouth Fire Rescue Department held a promotional and recognition ceremony on July 8, 2016. During the event, several officers were officially sworn into their new positions including new Fire Chief Michal Small, new Deputy Fire Chief Scott J Thrasher, new Captain Bruce D. Girouard, and new Lieutenant Terrance A. Rogers. Four new firefighters were also sworn in. Several other department members were recognized for meritorious work in recent months. Congrats to all!
July 10, 2016

The Brewster Fire Department has promoted Kevin Varley to become the department's first fulltime Deputy Fire Chief.  He had previously served as a Captain. Congratulations Deputy.
July 10, 2016

COMM FD Dispatcher Jeff Gifford has retired after 32 years of service. Jeff began his fire service career as a call firefighter in Cotuit during the late 1970s and joined COMM as a dispatcher in 1984. His voice on the radio and professionalism in his duties will be missed. Congratulations Jeff!  Enjoy your retirement!
July 10, 2016

Deputy Chief Michael Young retired on July 5, 2016 after 36 years with the Plymouth Fire Department. Congratulations Deputy!
July 10, 2016

Firefighter/Paramedic John Ayer retired June 27, 2016 from the Harwich FD after some 40 years of service to the town.  Congrats on a job well done John!
June 28, 2016

Falmouth Fire Department will be making the following promotions now that the Fire Chief position has been officially filled.  The following personnel who were in acting positions will be made permanent:
Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher
Captain Bruce Girouard
Lieutenant Terry Rogers
Congrats to all!  June 28, 2016

Falmouth Fire Department has a new "official" fire chief.  Michael Small has been appointed as Fire Chief officially as of June 6, 2016 filling the position created by Chief Mark Sullivan's retirement. Chief Small started out in Bourne and has been a member of the Falmouth FD for many years. He moved through the ranks as a paramedic and officer, serving in recent years as a deputy chief and since the retirement of Chief Sullivan served as the Acting Chief. Congrats Chief Small on your official appointment!
June 7, 2016 

Retired Oak Bluffs Fire Chief Dennis P. Alley, age 80, passed away on Monday May 30, 2016. He was a member of the Oak Bluffs FD for 53 years, the last 12 of which as Fire Chief. He was the grandson of another Oak Bluffs Fire Chief Antone Alley.  Services were held on Friday June 3, 2016.
June 3, 2016

Retired Mattapoisett Fire Chief Donald C. "Woody" Wood passed away on May 22, 2016. A long time member of the Mattapoisett FD, he retired as Chief in 1993.
June 3, 2016


Truro voters approved the hiring of 6 fulltime personnel at the May 11, 2016 Town Meeting moving to establish their first fulltime staffing.  The department has long been a call department, but has struggled to have reliable responses in recent years.
June 3, 2016

Sandwich voters approved funding for construction of a new Police Station to be built at Cotuit Road & Quaker Meetinghouse Rd. Also approved was funding for a new Station 3 to be built on the same site as the Police station.  That station will replace the present Station 3 on Route 130.  Funding was also approved to make the East Sandwich Station 2 ready for future staffing by adding basic facilities that station has never had. Funds to hire additional personnel to staff East Sandwich were not approved at this time.  May 2016

WBFD made several promotions in May. Three members were promoted to Lieutenant, including career Lt/Paramedic Keith Stranger, Group 2 Executive Officer Lt Zach Hammond, and Group 4 Executive Officer Lt Dave Maki.  Congrats to all!
May 22, 2016  

Many of us who worked in EMS on Cape Cod over the past 40 years or so came to appreciate the dedicated work of Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Room Nurse Faye Everson. She was very involved in training EMTs and Paramedics and holding all those who came to CCH to a higher standard of care. She was strongly committed to patient care and to all those who provide it.  Faye passed away on April 23, 2016. Rest in Peace Nurse Everson! 
May 2, 2016

Former Dennis FD part time dispatcher, DCR Barnstable Fire Tower operator, Cape Cod Times reporter and news (fire) Photographer Harold "Buzzy" Cobb passed away at age 73 on April 20, 2016.  Many of the significant fires of the 70's - 2000's were photographed by Buzzy. RIP.
April 21, 2016

Long time Brewster Firefighter/Paramedic Glen Cefalo retired on April 11, 2016 after 33.5 years in the fire service which included working for both Yarmouth and Brewster Fire Department's.  Glen was also very involved in the EMS System on Cape Cod.  Congrats on your retirement Glen!
April 12, 2016

Hyannis Fire District voters approved construction of a new fire station to replace the current headquarters at a special district meeting held on Saturday April 9, 2016.  A 2/3 majority was required to approve spending approximately $18.5 Million for a new 33,000 square foot facility. The vote by 1,673 voters was 1,228 in favor and 445 against, passing with about 74% of the voters support.

The present fire station built in 1965 and added onto in the 1980s was originally built for a primarily call fire department with only 3 or 4 fulltime firefighters.  The department today has 12 personnel per shift with additional day staff of over 50 employees.  The apparatus floor, once very spacious and open has been full for years with larger apparatus, turnout gear, and equipment.

The new station will be built on a lot next to the present station over the next couple years and then the old station will come down.
April 12, 2016

Due to a couple long term injuries, the following acting promotions have been made:
Out Injured: Capt Mike Ayotte Group B
Out Injured: Capt Ronald Densmore Group D
Out Injured: Lt Kevin St John Group C
Acting Capt: Lt Dennis Ragazzini Group B
Acting Capt: Lt Eric Weston Group D
Acting Lt: FF Frank Nye  Group B
Acting Lt: FF Chad King  Group C
Acting Lt: FF Jones  Group D
April 12, 2016

The 12th Annual Cape Cod Firefighters Chili Challenge was held on Mar 6, 2016 in Hyannis.  Results of the contest were as follows:
People's Choice:
1st Place  Wareham FD
2nd Place: Mashpee FD
3rd Place: Hyannis FD
Chef's Cup:
1st Place:  Yarmouth FD
2nd Place: Mashpee FD
3rd Place: Plymouth FD
Hottest Chili:  Orleans FD  (Once again!)
Congrats to all the teams that participated.

With the recent retirement of Fire Chief Mark Sullivan, the following officers have been assigned to acting positions.
Acting Fire Chief: Deputy Michael Small
Acting Deputy Chief: Capt Scott Thrasher
Acting Captain: Lieutenant Bruce Girouard
Acting Lieutenant: FF Terry Rogers
Feb 12, 2016

Retired Fire Chief Richard J. "Rich" Guerzoni, age 61 passed away on February 9m 2016. He joined the Marion Fire Department in 1974 and became the department's first full time Fire Chief in 2002.  He retired in 2009.
Visiting hours Friday Feb 12, 2016 1600-2000 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.
Funeral Service Saturday February 13, 2016 at 1000 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham followed by internment at Evergreen Cemetery in Marion. 

Congratulations to newly appointed Captain Craig Thorton who was sworn in on January 29, 2016.  He is a 25 year member of the fire service, with 18 years on Harwich FD.  He fills the Captain position vacated by the promotion of Captain David LeBlanc to Deputy Chief. Thorton has served as a Lieutenant / Paramedic since 2012.  Justyne Walorz was recently appointed as Lieutenant.  Several other members were recognized including Firefighter/Paramedic John Ayer for his 40 years (so far) of service to the Town of Harwich. Congrats to all for your service and achievements.
Jan 29, 2016

Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan is retiring after 20 years as the head of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.  Marshal Coan was a key leader in fire prevention, fire training, development of the State's Haz Mat Response Team system, the Incident Response and Rehab units, and much more.  He was frequently a spokesman at tragic events across the state and has represented the fire service on TV and other media.

Marshal Coan will be succeeded by the Deputy State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostrosky who also previously served as the Fire Chief of Uxbridge, MA.

Congrats to both and best wishes to Marshal Coan in your retirement!

Falmouth Fire Chief Mark Sullivan has retired after 40 years in the fire service. He served as Falmouth's Chief for 5 years since 2010.

Deputy Chief Mike Small takes over as Acting Fire Chief as of Jan 15, 2016.
The process of selecting the next chief is ongoing and expected to be completed in the early Spring 2016.

Congratulations to both for their service!

Several other acting promotions will be announced soon.
Jan 15, 2016


Falmouth put a 1992 Sutphen pumper in service as Engine 24 on January 15, 2016 allowing the West Falmouth Fire Station #4 to once again have a fire engine.  It has been equipped with only a pickup truck and 1 firefighter since November 2015 when the 1987 Ford pumper that was assigned went out of service.
Jan 15, 2016


The Siasconset Fire Station in the east end of the island was often staffed by a small handful of long time dedicated call members. There has been a fire station here for 121 years. On Jan 1, 2016 the department required the five remaining members of the station, all over age 65, to retire in accordance with state regulations.
Jan 15, 2016


Retired Deputy Fire Chief Peter D. Robertson, age 69, passed away on Jan 7, 2016.  He had been a member of the Marion FD for over 40 years, serving his last 15 years as Deputy Chief until his 2000 retirement.  RIP.
Jan 15, 2016



Lieutenant Michael Mason retired from the Harwich Fire Department after some 30 years with the HFD and 36 total in the fire service on Jan 6, 2016. Congratulations!

Firefighter/Paramedic Justyne Walorz was promoted to Lieutenant on Jan 7, 2016. Congratulations!
Posted Jan 15, 2016


Truro Fire Department has raised the bar for training requirements for all members. The standards have been raised to come inline with state certifications expected by most departments as minimum standards.  Cape Cod Time Story.
Jan 2016


Recently promoted Captain Greg Dardia.
Jan 2016


The Barnstable Fire Department and IAFF Local 3276 regret to announce the passing of retired Barnstable Firefighter William "Billy" Fleming, December 31, 2015. He served as a fulltime firefighter from 1989 to 2009.

Services were held on January 12, 2016
Posted Jan 1, 2016 - Updated Jan 16, 2016


Congratulations to one of our friends in blue. Barnstable Police Department Lieutenant David Cameron worked his last official shift on Jan 1, 2016 after a 36+ year career with BPD.  Congrats Dave!
Posted Jan 1, 2016

One of the most recognizable voices on the scanner for the past 20 years on Cape Cod has retired from the Barnstable Sheriff's Department Communications Center. Dave Diamond worked as a full time dispatcher for the majority of his career. Dispatching included the Sheriff's department, Barnstable CMED, 10 Cape fire departments, and more over the years. A few years ago he retired, but remained on as one of the few, and in fact the last of the part time spare dispatchers.  He worked his last shift on December 30, 2015 and signed off as Operator 200. His professionalism, experience, sense of humor, great stories, and special voice will be missed. Congratulations Dave!  Job well done sir!  KCA 376 & KCB 781 will never be the same!
Posted Jan 1, 2016


Captain Michael White has retired after 29 years of service as of Dec 4, 2015. Capt White joined Fal FD in 1986. Congrats and enjoy your retirement!

Lt Robert Bergeron has been promoted to Captain and FF Jeffery Waggatt has been promoted to Lieutenant.  Congratulations to both!
Dec 29, 2015


Lieutenant Mike Mason will be retiring effective January 6, 2015. Congratulations and best wishes in retirement Mike!

Firefighter/Paramedic Justyne Walorz will be promoted to Lieutenant on Group 1 effective January 8, 2016.  Congrats Justyne!
Dec 23, 2015

Retired call Lieutenant Leo Babineau (on the right in this 1955 photo), age 93, passed away on Dec 4, 2015. A WWII Navy Vet, he was one of the founding members of the Dennis Rescue Squad and served for 39 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. He was the father of Dennis Capt Donald Babineau.
Posted Dec 23, 2015

An update on the staffing situation in Bourne. According to reports, the town has found a way within the budget to avoid fire department layoffs and the subsequent losing of a $1.3 Million federal SAFER grant for staffing. A $2.7 Million prop 2-1/2 override vote failed in October and threatened 8 fire department positions. The department will NOT have to do any layoffs or station closings.
Posted Dec 23, 2015 

A year after the old fire station was torn down, OBFD crews moved into their brand new Fire-EMS Station on Dec 6, 2015.  The station located on the site of the old station at Wing Road & County Road has been dedicated to past Fire Chief Nelson W. Amaral who served as chief for 34 years. The new station is 20,250 sq feet, has 12 bays for apparatus and was built for approximately $8.3 Million. Congrats to Oak Bluffs!
Dec 23, 2015


An affirmative vote in the November 16, 2015 special town meeting approved construction of a new Brewster Fire-Rescue Headquarters station. $13.4 Million was approved for construction of a 5 bay, 22,000 sq foot facility that will be built behind the present station. Construction is expected to begin by the spring of 2017.  The facility will replace the 1974 station that was originally a combined police/fire station with no fulltime personnel.
Dec 23, 2015


Hyannis recently made several permanent appointments and promotions and has rearranged personnel on shifts.

Congratulations to Captain Gregory Dardia, Lt Jeffery Lamothe,  Lt Nate Coughlin and Lt "KC" Pike who were all made official in Nov 2015.

Captain Eric Farrenkopf
Lt Thomas Lanman
Lt Keffery Lamothe

Captain Gregory Dardia
Lt Jeffery Huska
Lt Kevin Black

Captain Eric Kristofferson
Lt Robert Hennessy
Lt Nate Coughlin

Captain Mark Storie
Lt Brian Lawrence
Lt Kenyon "KC" Pike

Fire Chief Harold Brunelle
Deputy Chief Dean Melanson 
Training Captain Thomas Kenney
Fire Prev Capt William Rex
Fire Prev Lt John Cosmo
EMS Supervisor Michael Medeiros
Master Mechanic Ronald Buscemi

Posted Dec 4, 2015


Retired Fire Chief Robert Hudson (left) , Age 80, passed away on Sept 15, 2015.  He served the Harwich FD for 31 years retiring as Chief.  He lived in Florida for many years after his retirement.  Posted Dec 4, 2015

The new Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf was sworn in on November 20, 2015. He was previously the Deputy Chief in Harwich and has been in the fire service for over 32 years.  He replaces retired Eastham Fire Chief Mark Foley. Farrenkopf's father Richard served as the Hyannis Fire Chief for 10 years and his three brothers also served as officers on Cape FDs.
Congrats Chief!
Dec 23, 2015

Former Hyannis FD Firefighter / Paramedic Brett D. Grandaw passed away on November 18, 2015 at age 55 after a brief hospitalization in Canton-Potsdam, NY. He served as a Firefighter / Paramedic in Hyannis for 23 years and also served for 17 years on the MA-TF-1 FEMA team which was deployed in 1996 to the bombing at the Atlanta to the 1996 Olympics and to the collapses of the World Trade Center in New York City on 9-11-01. Brett was a good friend and will be dearly missed by many. R.I.P. my friend.  Obituary

Several vital apparatus have been taken out of service. Engine 24, Engine 20, Breaker 16, and Breaker 17 all removed from service for mechanical failures. West Falmouth Station #4 without a fire truck. Nov 15, 2015

Harwich promoted Capt David LeBlanc to Deputy Chief and Firefighter Scott Tyldesley to Lieutenant at a ceremony at the Harwich FD on Nov 11, 2015.

Harwich Fire has announced that Captain David LeBlanc will be promoted to Deputy Chief in November to fill the position vacated by Deputy Kent Farrenkopf leaving to become the Eastham Chief.  LeBlanc started out with the Dennis FD and has served with Harwich as a dispatcher, firefighter, Lieutenant, and Captain.  He has also been the fire investigator.  Congrats! 
Oct 26, 2015

Eastham has selected Harwich Deputy Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf to become the next Eastham Fire Chief replacing Chief Mark Foley in November 2015.  Farrenkopf has been the Harwich Deputy since November 2011.  Prior to that he had served as a shift Captain, Lieutenant, and firefighter.
His father Richard Farrenkopf had served as the Chie in Hyannis during the 1980s. Three of his brothers have also served in the fire service as Captains in Hyannis and Dennis. Congrats!
Oct 26, 2015

Eastham Fire Chief Mark Foley will be retiring in mid November after 2 years as Chief.

Truro's new Fire Chief Tim Collins started in the fire service with Dartmouth FD in the 1970's.  He became a Paramedic in the mid 1980s and most recently worked for the Lakeville, MA Fire Department as a Lieutenant/Shift Commander / Paramedic.  He takes over from Chief Brian Davis who retired in September 2015. Congrats to both!  Oct 26, 2015


Retired Deputy Fire Chief Ronald E. Forsberg, age 82, passed away on October 4, 2015.  He was a US Army Vet from the Korean War.  He served on the Bourne FD for 29 years, retiring in 1997 as a Deputy.  Oct 2015

The town of Bourne has voted to cut its budget rather than approving a Prop 2-1/2 override.  The impact on the town and the services provided could be very significant. The Fire Department could loose 4 positions due to the cuts, but the impact could be much worse since a Federal grant has covered the cost of 8 other firefighter/paramedics for the past couple years.  The grant is subject to the town picking up the full cost after 3 years which is coming to an end.

Loosing 12 personnel is the same as loosing 3 per shift from a department that has a maximum of only 11 personnel on a shift to cover 3 of their 4 stations with basic 24 hour staffing.  A similar cut of 12 personnel in 1991 devastated the department for years closing the Pocasset station (the only staffed station south of the canal) and the Sagamore station to the east. Response times to some calls increased from as few as 2 or 3 minutes to 15 or 20 minutes or more in some cases during multiple calls. 

At best Bourne has a Deputy, Lieutenant, and 3 Firefighter/Paramedics at Station 1, a Lieutenant and 2 firefighters at Station 3, and the same at Station 4. Often less personnel are on duty due to scheduled leaves, illnesses or injuries with a minimum of only 9 personnel on duty in town.  The department has already cut 1/3 of the Lieutenant positions out of the budget and routinely only maintains 2 personnel at Station 3.

Bourne responds to approximately 4,600+ emergency calls annually, more than 2 times as many calls as they handled in 1992 (1,753 calls).  Many of these calls occur simultaneously which can greatly increase response times to medical emergencies throughout the town.  Loss of personnel or closing of stations would make it difficult for the town to provide the most basic emergency services to its citizens.. 

The Plymouth Fire Department lost one of its own on October 20, 2015. Plymouth Firefighter Anthony Colarusso, age 39, passed from a battle with esophageal cancer.  He was a US Navy vet, who joined the fire department after serving his country.  He served Plymouth 8 years as a Firefighter, rescue diver, instructor, and leader. He was a member of Plymouth IAFF 1768.


Provincetown regrets to announce the passing of former Provincetown Board of Fire Engineers and Rescue Squad leader Marilyn L. Monks who passed away Oct 15, 2015 after a battle with cancer. She was a paramedic and RN and worked for both Ptown FD and Lower Cape Ambulance for many years.  Graveside service will be Oct 28, 2015 at 1100 hrs at Provincetown Cemetery. Oct 2015

Rochester FD regrets to announce the passing of FF/EMT Steven Faustino, age 40, on October8, 2015.  He served the Town of Rochester for 25 years.  He passed away from cancer.
Oct 2015

Congrats to Louis Sassone promoted to Lieutenant.
Also to acting Lt Gordon Williams.
Note: Lt Jason Davern will continue to serve as EMS Officer.
Oct 2015  


Congratulations to Brian Morrison, promoted to Captain of Group 2.  He has been a member of the department for many years and previously served as a Lieutenant.  He replaces Capt Paul Rhude who became the new Nantucket Fire Chief this summer.

Jason Davern was promoted to Lieutenant replacing the position created when Capt Morrison was promoted.  Davern served as the COMM EMS Officer.
Sept 2015



Falmouth Fire Chief Mark Sullivan has been in the fire service for 40 years, serving as Falmouth FD's Chief since 2010. Prior to serving as chief he had been a paramedic, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief.  Chief Sullivan plans to retire in January 2016.
Sept 10, 2015

Truro Fire Chief Brian Davis will retire soon and the Town of Truro has selected an interim Fire Chief to take over for Davis.  Tim Collins, a Lakeville Lieutenant/Paramedic will become the Truro Chief.
Sept 10, 2015


FF Tim Tobin has retired after 34 years with the Dennis FD. Congrats!
Aug 2015

Falmouth FD regrets to announce the passing of retired Falmouth Firefighter Robert Marshall on Aug 16, 2015 at age 82. He joined the Falmouth FD as a 14 year old Jr FF in the early 50's and became a fulltime firefighter in 1955, working 33 years until his retirement in 1988. He was the father of recently retired Captain James Marshall.

Firefighter Rick Gallo retired in July 2015.

Wellfleet Firefighter / Paramedic James Willis retired effective July 1, 2015 after 24 years of service with Wellfleet FD. Congrats!

With the recent retirements of Lt Richard Knowlton and FF Richard McCormack, there have been several promotions and hirings.

Captain William Rex has moved from Shift D to Fire Prevention.
Lt. Thomas Kenney has been promoted to the departments new Training Captain. 
Lt Robert Hennessy is Acting Captain on Group D
FF Andrew Kleamenakis is Acting Lt on Group B
FF Jeffery Lamothe is Acting Lt on Group A
FF Jonathan Talin is Acting Lt on Group C
Hyannis hired former Plymouth FD Mechanic Ronald Buscemi as the new Dept Master Mechanic.
Several new firefighters were hired to replace those who retired or were promoted.
Aug 2015

The Town of Marion appointed Brian Jackvony as the new Fire Chief replacing retired Fire Chief Thomas Joyce in July 2015.  Chief Jackvony is a veteran firefighter with 24 years on the Providence FD, serving as a Captain, and as an Assistant Chief with the Cumberland RI FD for 8 years prior to coming to Marion. Congrats!

Fire Chief Mark Foley has announced his intention to retire in the Fall 2015.


COMM FD Capt Paul Rhude has been selected to replace retiring Nantucket Fire Chief Mark McDougall. McDougall is a 25 year member of NFD, serving the last 9 years as chief. Rhude is a Captain on COMM FD, and previously served as a Lieutenant. He began his fire service career in Cotuit, then Mashpee, prior to joining COMM. Congrats Paul!  
July 2015

Lieutenant / Paramedic Rick Knowlton retired from the HYFD on June 30, 2015 after more than 32 years of service in Hyannis. He started out with the Yarmouth FD prior to joining Hyannis in 1982. Congrats Rick!  July 2015

Chief Deputy of Communications Peter Thomas retired from the BSO on June 25, 2015. Peter served the BSO for 35 years, starting out as a dispatcher and working his way to the Director of Communication position where he served for many years.  His public safety career goes back to the early 1970s as a call firefighter in Osterville, a fulltime dispatcher in Harwich, and his many years of leadership in communications. Congrats Peter. July 2015


Yarmouth made it official in June 2015 naming acting fire chief Phillip Simonian as the town's official new Fire Chief. He joined the Yarmouth FD in 1983 and worked his way up through the ranks to Deputy in 2010 and acting chief since 2013.  Congrats to him.  July 2015


Long time Paramedic with Lower Cape Ambulance Brandy Powers-Tarala recently retired from LCA to return to her hometown Spokane, Washington. She was very active in the Cape EMS and will be missed. Best wishes Brandy! 
July 2015

Firefighter Paul Consalves retired from the FFD in May 2015. He had been a member of the Falmouth FD since 1978.  July 2015

Sandwich FD regrets to announce the passing of long time retired Fire Chief Ferdinand Louis "Freddie" Alvezi, age 88, one June 2, 2015. Chief Alvezi was the first full time fire chief in Sandwich serving 25 years  as Chief from 1965-1989. He was also a WWII Navy veteran.

Visiting: Friday June 5, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich.

Funeral Mass at the Corpus Christi Parish, 234 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich on Saturday June 6, 2015 at 10:30 hours. Internment at the  Sandwich Town Cemetery on Route 130 will follow.
June 4, 2015

Fire Inspector Robert Felt recently retired. Greg Baker is serving as the new Fire Inspector. June 2015

After almost forever, the familiar voices of Britt & Robyn Crosby will no longer be routinely heard over the air as dispatchers for the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department Communications Center which dispatches for 10 of the Cape Cod Fire Departments, as well as Barnstable County Control, Barnstable CMED, and the forever loved KCB 781 and KCA 376.
Robyn started out with BSO in the mid 1980s, leaving for about 21 (kid) years, and returning in 2008 for the past 7 or so years on a part time basis. She also served 28 years as a fulltime dispatcher at COMM FD from 1982 until retiring in 2011. During her career in public safety communications over 33 years, she worked during some of the largest incidents including PTown Whalers Wharf and the Crosby Yacht Yard fire. She was also recognized  as Tele-Communicator of the year by the region and state.

Britt began in 1987 and completed 27 years as a per diem Spare dispatcher full-filling a dream dating back to his first scanner days in the early 1970s. His almost 40 years of public service also included 35 years at COMM FD.

April 10, 2015

Eastham FD regrets to announce the passing of Retired Captain Brian Edmunds, age 57, on April 1, 2015.  Capt Edmunds was a 34 year member of Eastham FD, a founding member and President of Local 2975, and father of Orleans FD Firefighter Doug Edmunds.

Visiting hours will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans on Friday, April 10 from 5 to 7 pm. Services Mass on April 11th, from 9 to 10 AM. at United Methodist Church of Orleans, 73 main St, Orleans with a reception to follow at Elks Mckoy road Eastham.


Captain David Pierce recently retired after 30+ years with the Cotuit Fire Department. April 2015


The Sandwich FD will not be housing an engine at the East Sandwich Station 2. The department recently purchased a new Engine-Tanker to replace the engine housed at that station. There are only a few members living in that part of town and the station remains unstaffed despite years of attempts to add personnel to open it. The station was never designed to house personnel and has served as a call station only since built in the early 1970s. The new engine will be housed at the main station down town. A brush truck and tanker will remain in the station on Route 6A.  March 2015.


Provincetown FD regrets to announce the passing of long time PFD Fire and Rescue Squad member Ronald "Ronnie" White at age 81 on March 16, 2015. A lifelong resident of Ptown and career electrician, he joined the PFD in 1956 and remained a member until his passing. He was one of the original EMTs on Cape Cod and was a graduate of CIEMSS Paramedic Class I in the mid 1970s. He most recently served as Fire Rescue District Chief, having previously served as 18 year Captain of the Rescue Squad and Captain of Engine No. 1.
He was truly one of the pioneers of Cape Cod Fire EMS. See the following for service arrangements. March 19, 2015


Bourne has appointed Norman "Spanky" Sylvester Jr as the new Fire Chief. Chief Sylvester started out in Wareham and then joined the Hyannis FD where he served as a Firefighter/Paramedic for many years. He was promoted to LT about 3 years ago and has most recently served as a Fire Prevention officer in Hyannis. He is also a long time member of the Mass Dist 1 Haz Mat Team.
He was appointed chief Feb 28, 2015.

He replaced Fire Chief Martin Greene who recently retired after 33 years with Bourne FD and as Chief for the past 4 years.

Congrats to both! 


Lt Paul Weeks has been appointed to permanent Deputy Fire Chief as of Dec 2014. Deputy Weeks replaces the vacancy created by the retirement of Deputy David "Skip" Kingsbury last year. Congrats.  Jan 2015



Captain James Marshall has retired from the Falmouth FD with 30 years of service.

Also in Falmouth, FF Ralph Moniz Jr retired with 32 years of service and FF Kevin Kelly retired with 20 years of service.

Captain Ed Brundage Jr has retired from the Wareham FD after 42 years of service.  Dec 2015


Hyannis has promoted Lt Mark Storie to Captain of Group 2 replacing retired Capt Craig Farrenkopf.

Hyannis also promoted FF Brian Lawrence to Lieutenant.
Congrats to both for their achievements!  Jan 2015


Captain Craig Farrenkopf is retiring from the Hyannis FD after some 45 years of service. He became a fulltime member of the department in 1972, was one of the early Hyannis EMTs, a founding member of IAFF Local 2172, and a long time Captain. His Father Richard was a longtime Hyannis Fire Chief, one of his brothers Eric is also a Hyannis FD Captain, another brother Richard retired from the Dennis FD as a Captain, and his younger brother Kent is a Deputy Chief in Harwich. Congrats Captain Craig!  Dec 27, 2014


Lieutenant John Tavares is retiring after some 35 years as a member of the COMM FD as of December 29, 2014. Lt Tavares served as a call member, fulltime dispatcher, fulltime firefighter, paramedic, and Lieutenant for many years. Best wishes John and Congrats!

COMM Firefighter Gary Johnson is also retiring after many years.
Dec 27, 2014


Captain Don LaBonte has retired after 30 years of service.
Nov 2014


Retired, long time member of the Hyannis FD, FF/Dispatcher Robert McGorty passed away on October 8, 2014.  He was 72.  Bob was "the voice" of the Hyannis FD for many years and was well known for his distinct way of announcing calls. He served HYFD for 32 years and was a charter member of IAFF Local 2172 retiring in 2002. As Bob said many, many times.... "Hyannis Fire Alarm, KCD 454 clear!"  RIP Robert.  Oct 10, 2014
Arrangements: Wake @ Doane, Beal & Ames; Thurs Oct 16, 2014 1700-2000, with a Memorial at 2000 hrs. Burial on Friday Oct 17, 2014 1100 in Clinton, MA at St Johns Cemetery.  Obituary

The Chatham Fire Department has moved out of their long time Depot Street station and into temporary quarters at the Chatham DPW on Crowell Road. The construction of a new station is expected to take about 18 months.
Sept 24, 2014

Thomas Burchell has been promoted to Captain of Group 4. "TJ" has been a member of the COMM FD for many years, serving as a Lieutenant and paramedic. He previously was a member of the Hyannis FD. He replaces retired Captain Brady Rogers.

Enrique Arrascue has been promoted to Lieutenant, replacing Lt Burchell. Arrascue is also a paramedic and a former Yarmouth FD member.
Sept 24, 2014

Retired COMM FD Senior Private Horace Manley "Gus" Crosby III passed away on September 19, 2014. He was 73. Gus was the first permanent fireman in Osterville in 1966. He was a founding member of IAFF Local 2346 and a beloved member of the department for 33 years.

Retired Aquinnah Fire Chief Walter E Delaney passed away at age 84 on August 24, 2014. He served as the town's fire chief from 1994 to 2011.
Sept 24, 2014

The Dennis FD will be dedicating a 9/11 Memorial in front of the Fire Headquarters at 0900 on September 11, 2014.  All are invited to attend.
Sept 1, 2014

Peter Halliday has been promoted to Lieutenant. Congrats!
Sept 1, 2014


- For Fulltime Firefighter/EMT
- For Fulltime Firefighter/Paramedic
- Written exam will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014
- Applications no later than September 15, 2014

Posted August 24, 2014


Captain D "Brady" Rogers has announced his pending retirement. He joined COMM FD in the late 1970s, was one of the original COMM fulltime dispatchers, a paramedic, Lieutenant, and Captain for a number of years. He also served the Cotuit FD briefly as their first fulltime firefighter in the 1980s.
August 2014

COMM FD also recently enacted a major shift / group change in July 2014 as follows:
Group 1: Capt Richard Sargent
               Lt John Tavares, Lt Tom Burchell, Lt Eric Sabatinelli
Group 2: Capt Paul Rhude
               Lt James Gardner, Lt Chris Adams, Lt Brian Morrison
Group 3: Capt Sean Greene
               Lt Roger Aalto, Lt Tom Goodearl, Lt Dan Osgood
Group 4: Capt Brady Rogers
               Lt Eric Bengston, Lt Tom Miskiv, Lt Matt Dillon

August 2014


Paramedic Jason Davern was promoted to EMS at COMM FD in the Spring of 2014. He replaced retired EMS Officer LT Rick Scherbarth.
August 2014


Congrats to  Leighanne Deering who became the Harwich Fire Department's first female Lieutenant in July 2014. She is a long time member  of HFD and is a paramedic.
August 2014


Mashpee FD recently promoted Joseph Peltier to Captain of Group 2. He has served as a Lieutenant for a number of years.

Mashpee also promoted Nicole Stanley to Lieutenant. She becomes the first female Lieutenant in the Mashpee FD. She has been a firefighter/paramedic with MFD for many tears.

Congrats to both!
August 2014


Orleans FD promoted Timothy Gula to Captain of Group 1 in July 2014.

Orleans also promoted 4 senior privates: Joseph Lang, Douglas Edmonds, Thomas Pelegrino, and Wayne Robillard. Congrats to all!
August 2014


Long time Eastham FD Captain Steve Burns retired in July 2014!

William Piltzecker was promoted to Captain of Group 1.

Congrats and best wishes to both!
August 2014


Chatham promoted Mark Higgins to Captain of Group 2 in 2013 after the retirement of Capt Kate Hansen. Higgins was previously a Lieutenant.

R J Sylvester was then promoted to Lieutenant.

August 2014



Deputy Chief David "Skip" Kingsbury will be retiring effective Sept 2014. He joined the Bourne FD in Sept 1982 and served all ranks including serving as the Acting Fire Chief for several years. Congrats and best wishes!

Lt. James Brown also recently retired. He joined Bourne FD in 1985 and retired in July 2014.

Fire Chief Martin Greene has also announced his intention to retire in early 2015.

August 2014


Congratulations to former Lt. Jason Viveiros who has been selected as the new Fire Chief in the Town of Halifax, MA. He will replace former Halifax chief William Carrico II who interestingly vacated that position to become the chief in Sandwich!

Longtime Lieutenant Richard Lizzotte retired from Sandwich FD in July 2014. Congrats and best wishes!

Tammy Pimental has been promoted to Lieutenant. She is the first female to hold the position in Sandwich. Congrats.

Dan Keane has been promoted to Fire Prevention Officer replacing JJ Burke who was  recently promoted to Deputy Chief.
August 2014


A number of personnel changes have taken place in Yarmouth.
With the retirements of well known Yarmouth FD members including Capt Charles Talbot, and Lt Steve Falletti, the follow is the present shift assigments as of July 2014:
Group A: Capt David Morley
                Lt Chris Caton, Lt Mike McCarthy, Actg L Jason Moriarity
Group B: Capt Tom Lundquist
                Lt Mark Omerzu, Lt Joe Mullin, Lt Mark Abboud
Group C: Capt Jerry Walsh
                Lt Dale Starr, Lt John Harbor, Actg Lt John Harbor
Group D: Capt Roupin Baker
                Lt Ron Nipolitan, Lt Corey Kittla, Lt Kevin Huck

Lt Matt Bearse has joined Capt Jamie Armstrong in Fire Prevention
Lt Patrick Fontaine is the EMS Officer.

Both Acting Fire Chief Philip Simonian and Acting Deputy Jon Sawyer continue to await permanent appointments pending the official retirement of previous chief Michael Walker.

Update August 2014

Retired Lt Ronald l. Alexander passed away in August 2014. He was a member of Eastham FD and served as the fire inspector as well as being Eastham's first paramedic.



Mashpee made it official in March 2014 when Acting Chief Thomas Rullo was made the fulltime Fire Chief. Chief Rullo had served as Deputy since 2012. Prior to coming to the Cape he served in Florida. He replaced retired chief George baker.

Jack Phelan was promoted to Deputy Chief in May 2014. Phelan has been a Captain and paramedic for many years with the Mashpee FD.

August 2014


After over 117 years as a combination call and fulltime fire department, the Falmouth Fire Rescue has retired the last 3 call personnel and become a 100% paid department as of June 2014.

The distinction of being the last standing members of the call department goes to Doug Martin, Richard "Doc" Henry, and Joe Kelley who were presented with gold badges and plaques in June 2014.


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.

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


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 has appointed Geof  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


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

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


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

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.

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

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

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 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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

       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 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


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

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.


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

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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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


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


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


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.

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 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 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.


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.

will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Dennis.

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.

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

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 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 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 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


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


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


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

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


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.

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

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.

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 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

Congrats to BSO BCI CIO Neil McGonagle on his retirement. April 2012.

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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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. 

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

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


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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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

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


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

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


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.


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.

Congratulations to Matt Dillon, promoted to Lieutenant. March 2011


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 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!


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

Deputy Chief Sheldon Hamblin will be retiring in February. A party is being planned for February 12, 2011.


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.


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


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

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

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.

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

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Eric Sabatinelli.

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

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

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.

Congratulations to Eric Sabatinelli, promoted to Lieutenant Sept 2010.

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 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


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.

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

Lisa Albino promoted to Captain.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

    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

    Retirements include FF Joseph Goulart. March 2010

    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


    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.

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.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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 Fire fighters Local 1397 Scholarship Golf Tournament
October 20, 2009  0800 hours
Cape Cod Country Club

West Barnstable Firefighters Association 2nd Annual Lobster Festival
Saturday September 12, 2009   1300-1600 hours
At West Barnstable Fire Headquarters

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

Fire and Iron Station 32 Barnstable Co.
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

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.

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

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

New Captain Todd Beaulieu. July 31, 2009

Firefighter Michael Hodge has retired. July 31, 2009

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

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 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


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

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

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

Looking for a Deputy Fire Chief. Mar 2009

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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

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

Has officially appointed Brian Davis as Fire Chief. Sept 2008

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.

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

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.

Congratulations to the new Lieutenant David LeBlanc (Group 2) who has replaced the retired Lt. Danny Spencer.

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scheduled for August 16, 2008. More

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 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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