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DEPARTMENT NEWS
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CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE-
MARSTONS MILLS 
(COMM)
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Barnstable County
Updated
December 18, 2012

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APPARATUS NEWS

 

 
 

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New Forestry

COMM Forestry 317
2012 Chevy 3500 4x4 Pickup
Will have skid tank/pump from 1995 Forestry 317
250/200/20A
Photo Dec 2012

1995 Forestry 317

 

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New Car

COMM Car 301
2012 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 SUV
Fire Chief Car
Aug 2012

 

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New Engine

COMM Engine 303
2010 Pierce Quantum Tak 4 Pumper
1500 / 750 / 25A / 40B
Assigned to Station 3
In service Mar 2011

 

Replaced 1987 Pierce Arrow
This engine was sold to Harwich FD as Engine 68

Former COMM Engine
Now Harwich Engine 68
Photo Dec 2011

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New Engine

COMM Engine 304
2010 Pierce Quantum Tak 4 Pumper
1500 / 750 / 25A / 40B
Assigned to Station 2
In service Feb 2011

Replaced 1994 Pierce Saber
1500/700/20A/30B Pumper

Former COMM E-304
sold to Fall River Fire Department
As Engine 12
Photo Feb 2012

 

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New Engines

Engine 303 and Engine 304 delivered Dec 2010

 

COMM Engines
2010 District meeting approved funding for (2) new Pierce Quantum pumpers.
The designed will be similar to that of E305 with some modifications.
The new engines will replace the 1987 Pierce E303 and 1994 Pierce E304.
Delivery expected late 2010 / early 2011

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New Car

COMM Car 329
2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4x4
Fire Prevention
Sept 2010

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New Forestry Truck

Photo Dec 2012

Vehicle was painted.
Rewiring completed.
New tires on. New tires off.
Second military chassis acquired.
Exchanged dual rear wheels from 2nd old chassis
with single rear wheels on red painted chassis.
Photo 9-15-11

 


COMM Forestry
1993 Military 5 ton chassis
Initially expected to be built as a brush breaker to replace the 1967 Maxim.
Plans currently to convert into a 750 gallon forestry vehicle without all the bars
of a full brush breaker.
Photo April 2009

 

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New Ambulances


COMM Ambulances 2009

COMM Ambulance 324
2009 International / Horton Type I Ambulance
March 2009

COMM Ambulance 325
2009 International / Horton Type I Ambulance
June 2009

COMM Ambulance 326
2009 International / Horton Type I Ambulance
March 2009

COMM is expected (3) new International / Horton Ambulances
in Fall 2008
 

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New Vehicles

Car 322
2008 Chevy 3500 4x4 / 2004 Omaha utility body.
Vehicle was originally 1992 Ford F250. Serves as mechanic vehicle
with lift gate.  Oct 2007


Car 323
2008 Chevy 2500 Pickup for EMS Officer.
Oct 2007
 

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New Shift Command Vehicle


COMM C321
 2007 Chevy Suburban
in service March 2007
 

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New COMM Engine 305


Engine 305
New COMM FD Engine 305, 2006 Pierce Quantum Tak4 1500/750/25A/40B
Pumper went in service at Marstons Mills Station 3 Sept 27, 2006.
It has a larger generator, Husky 12 foam system, deckgun, 1600'4" LDH,
Jaws spreader, hard suction hose.


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COMM Lighting Plant

COMM FD now has a Magnum 6000w Generator / light tower.
Five of these units are now distributed throughout the town's fire depts.
Oct 2005

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NEW COMM DEPUTY CAR

Car 320
2005 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 Deputy Chief Car

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COMM APPROVES NEW APPARATUS
COMM District meeting on May 17, 2005 approved a new Engine.  The new
engine will replace the 1983 Mack Engine 305.  It is expected that this new engine
would be assigned to either station 2 or 3 and the 1987 Pierce would become the
backup at Station 1. It is expected that the new engine would be similar to E306
with less compartments and a few other changes.

Voters also approved a new Deputy Chief vehicle to replace the 1996 Chevy Blazer
and
funding for a new brush breaker if matching funds are received from a grant.
The 1967 Maxim brush  breaker 316 is difficult to repair and get parts for
and need to be replaced.


 

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NEW COMM RESCUE PUMPER

Engine
306
 COMM Engine 306 is a 2005 Pierce Quantum Tak4 1500 gpm Rescue Pumper
with a 500 gallon tank.  It is equipped with the Husky 10 foam system with a 25 gallon
class A tank and 40 gallon Class B foam tank.  The engine has a 15,000w hydraulic
generator with a telescoping light tower and pre-connected hydraulic Jaws of Life
tools.  It has a deckgun and will carry 1200' of 4" LDH as well as an assortment of
rescue and firefighting equipment.   It arrived in April 2005 and will go in service
after training. The new engine will serve as the department's heavy rescue pumper
replacing Engine 305.  The 1983 Mack E305 will become the mutual aid / reserve
engine at Station 1.  The 1975 Mack E302 will be retired.
 


Class A foam training.

COMM Engine 302 was retired upon Engine 306 going in service.
The 1975 Mack 1250/1000 pumper was put out to bid and sold.
August 2005

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Time for Paint.... Again



Rescue 324
The 2000 Freightliner / ALF Aero Medic Master ambulances are being sent out one by one
to be repainted for the 2nd time since going in service.  Problems with paint have plagued the
ambulances.  Rescue 326 was repainted in early 2005.  Rescue 324 is to go for paint in March 2005
followed by Rescue 325 upon the return of 324.  A loaner ambulance has been acquired and has
been assigned as Rescue 327 for temporary duty.

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Rescue Boat




Boat 314
2002 Rigid Hull 21' Inflatable boat with Johnson 25 hp added to front line duty
at the Centerville Station.


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New Chief Car

Car 301
2003 Ford LTD Crown Victoria
Fire Chief Car

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New Rescue Pumper Approved
Voters approved the purchase of a new Rescue Pumper for the COMM FD
at the annual meeting held on June 17, 2003.
Plans are to design a rescue pumper to run from Headquarters to all MVAs, etc...
This would be a Class A pumper with rescue style compartments for preconnected
jaws tools, etc.  This engine would officially replaced Engine 302 (1975 Mack)
that will be retired.  The present rescue engine (305) would become a structural
engine at headquarters.  

 

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Fire Damaged Ambulance

COMM Firefighters working at Station 3 (Marstons Mills) had to do some quick
scrambling on the evening of Feb 12th when Rescue 326 caught fire in the
engine room.  A fire started under the hood and was advancing rapidly when
discovered.  The fire was extinguished before it could extend to the structure
but did cause considerable damage to the ambulance, and minor damage to
E-304 that was parked next to it.  COMM R-325 had been relocated to the
Mills Station with no ambulance currently at Centerville.
All Rescues are back
in service and repainted April 1, 2004

 

 

COMM Radio Changes Jan 2003
A new rigid hull inflatable boat has been added... Radio "314"
The Dive Trailer, formerly 329, has been reassigned as ... Radio "315"
The Fire Prevention Truck, formerly 308, has been reassigned as.... Radio "328"
 

COMM Engine Refurbished

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Engine 303
The 1987 Pierce Arrow is now Engine 303.
November 2002
Includes 950 gallon poly tank, new diamond plate, new paint, etc...
Now assigned to Osterville.

Engine 315
August 2002

Apparatus Changes Oct 2002 

Engine 302 (75 Mack) and Engine 305 (83 Mack) are now at Station 1.
Engine 303 (87 Pierce) is at Station 2 and Engine 304 (94 Pierce) is at Station 3.
Ladder 307 (2001 Pierce Quint) will continue to run 1st due at Station 1.
Forestry Engine 306 (68 Inter/Maxim) has been taken out of service permanently.
The new hovercraft iwill be in service following training.  Nov 2002.
The new Fire Prevention Pickup Truck is numbered 328...replaced 308.
This is part of the renumbering plan.  Unit 309 will eventually become 329.

COMM 328
Nov 2002
 

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COMM Engine Refurbished

 Engine 305 

May 2002

1983 Mack CF600 Pumper
1250 gpm / 1000 gallon
This engine was recently refurbished by EJ Murphy.
All the diamond plate was replaced, rust was repaired, 
the entire truck was repainted, including the black roof and reflective stripe.
The department seal will be placed on the door.

Engine 305 before refurbishing. 

 

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COMM Fire Department's New Ladder Truck

 Ladder 307 

Arrived Sept 28, 2001

2001 Pierce Quantum 105' Quint Aerial Ladder
1500 gpm / 500 gallon
Equipped with All Wheel Steer, a Pre-Piped waterway,
a 750 lb tip load, a 10,000w diesel generator, 1200' of 4" LDH.
It weighs 73,500 lbs, is 42'3" long, and 12'3" tall.
It will be assigned to the Centerville Fire Headquarters.
It will replace the 1976 Maxim 100' Aerial Ladder 314.
(The 1976 Maxim has been sold to the Lakeville, MA Fire Department)

Ladder 307 with Ladder 314



All Wheel Steer training...October 2001
43' truck weaving between 31' cones.
Notice rear wheels and front wheels.

 
COMM FIRE

COMM RESCUES 324-325-326
After literally years in the planning and ordering stages, COMM FD finally placed its 3 new Freightliner / American LaFrance - Medic Master Type I ambulances in service in January 2000. The "big trucks" replaced 1989 Ford/Braun Type III ambulances that had served well, but were very tired. Rescue 324 is assigned to Osterville, Rescue 325 to Centerville, and Rescue 326 to the Marstons Mills Station. They carry the department's new colors with white body / red stripes / and a black roof! The light and sound systems are very effective at providing the visibility needed for safety these days. They are fully ALS, as are all cape ambulances.


 

C321
The duty officer vehicle is a 1999 Chevy Suburban 4x4 SUV painted red with a black roof and white stripe.


March 2002 - New Hovercraft Delivered.
 
 


STATION NEWS

 

 
 

New Osterville Fire Station

New Osterville Fire Station 2
February 2010

New Osterville Station August 2009


The Future Osterville Fire Station
Expected completion Fall 2009


Site plan for Osterville Station


Site prep September 21, 2008


Site prep August 31, 2008


Osterville Fire Station being torn down Aug 15, 2008
 


Temporary Osterville Fire Station
on Water Department property
Moved in July 22, 2008


Osterville Station
June 29, 2008


 

Osterville Fire Station Study

COMM FD is presently evaluating option for the present Osterville Fire Station.
The station, originally built in 1926, with several additions, including the main
engine room in 1962, is in need of some major renovations or a possible
replacement.  More to follow over the next couple years as options are defined.
2005  


New COMM Fire Station #3 Opens 18 Aug 2003

Firefighter Tom Long looks on as the old Mills Station comes down on
August 25, 2003.  The "tin house" was home to 24 coverage for 4 years
before the new station opened.  Removal clears way for parking and a
drill yard behind the new station.

COMM Fire Station #3 Under Construction


June 2003
Progress is good despite many delays.  Plastering is done inside and painting is
being done along with some finishing touches.  The ramp and rear parking areas
have been prepared for paving.  The hope is now for an August move in.


December 2002


New Station is being built in front of old station. Apparatus room coming along.
Living quarters to follow.  Oct 2002.

Construction began in August on the new Marstons Mills Fire Station #3.
The area has been dug out and footings poured as of Sept 2002. 

Present Marstons Mills Fire Station

Architectural rendering of proposed 
new Marstons Mills Fire Station

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
The 1975 metal clad firehouse in Marstons Mills (Station 3) will soon be replaced
by a new, modern facility designed for fulltime staffing and future needs.  The
originally call only station, was occupied by fulltime personnel in August 1999
to improve service in the growing Marstons Mills village. Part of that plan was
some form of renovation of that station to upgrade it for at least 3 on duty personnel.
Initial construction began on July 31, 2002 as the parking area and hill
in front of the present station was dug up to make room for the new station.
The plan calls for approximately 9 months of construction.
 FIRST REJECTED
Voters at a special District meeting on January 3, 2002 narrowly defeated a 
proposal to build a new fire station.  The 85 in favor, 50 against vote, failed to 
pass by 2/3 as required by just 5 votes.
THE APPROVED !

The regular Fire District meeting was held on May 21, 2002 and the
article for the proposed new station passed by the necessary margin.  
The total estimated cost is around $2.million.  

COMM FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Marstons Mills Fire Station built in 1975 as a call fire station was occupied by 24 hour staffing in August 1999 after some minor renovations by firefighters to make the building habitable. The 2000 District meeting approved funds for plans to do a considerable remodeling job. Funding for the remodeling itself was hoped to be approved in 2001.  A meeting on Jan 3, 2002 rejected a nearly $2 million request for the new station construction.
 
 

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

 
COMM LIEUTENANT RETIRES
Lieutenant John Tavares will retire from the COMM FD after 35 years of service in December 2014. He began as a call firefighter in the 1970s, was a fulltime dispatcher, fulltime firefighter/paramedic, and has served many years as a Lieutenant. Congratulations to John and best wishes in retirement.

 

 

 

Horace Manley "Gus" Crosby III
"Uncle Gus"

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired COMM FD Senior Private Horace Manley "Gus" Crosby III on September 19, 2014 at age 73.

     "Uncle Gus" as he was known to many grew up in Osterville. He joined the Marine Corps. Upon returning from serving his country, he joined the Centerville-Osterville Fire Department in Osterville in 1962. In 1966 he was hired as the first permanent fireman in Osterville. He served as a Captain and ran for fire chief in 1972. He became an EMT and was a founding member of the permanent firefighters union, IAFF Local 2346. His career of 33 years with COMM FD was one of distinction and honor.

     Gus Crosby was a proud Marine "Semper Fi"  He enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, boating, playing softball, and spending time with his family and many friends. His sense of humor, laugh, and special personality brought life long friendships with many. His passion, commitment, work ethic, dedication, and service as a firefighter were unmatched. He loved the fire department and remained interested in it throughout his retirement.

     Gus was married to Connie for over 50 years and raised two great children Kellie and Andrew whom he was very proud of. He loved his two grand children Sam and Sydney.  He has two surviving brothers, many cousins and relatives. In addition he had many friends, neighbors, union brothers, and others who are richer for having known him.

     The impact Gus made on those who knew him was often life changing. His wisdom and guidance were sought after. He will be missed by many. Thank you Gus for everything!

     A graveside service is being held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday Sept 23, 2014 at Hillside Cemetery in Osterville.

 

 

Officers (prior to July 2014)
Fire Chief Michael Winn (Car 301) (6/28/2013)
Deputy Chief Byron Eldridge (Car 320)  (2013)
Fire Prev Officers Martin MacNeely, Michael Grossman 
EMS Officer Jason Davern (P),

Group 1: Captain Richard Sargent,     
               Lt John Tavares, Lt Brian Morrison, Lt. Mathew Dillon (P)
Group 2: Captain       
               Lt Paul Rhude,  Lt Eric Bengston (P), Lt Tom Goodearl (P)  
Group 3: Captain Sean Greene         
               Lt James Gardner (P),  Lt Thomas Miskiv, Lt Chris Adams
Group 4: Captain Brady Rogers,       
               Lt Tom Burchell (P), Lt Roger Aalto (P), Lt. Eric Sabatinelli (I)   

 

 

New COMM Deputy

COMM FD DEPUTY CHIEF BYRON ELDRIDGE
With the retirement of COMM Deputy Chief Phil Field on July 15, 2013
came the swearing in of the new Deputy. Byron Eldridge joined the COMM
in the 1980s and has been a Captain since the mid 1990s.

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DEPUTY FIELD RETIRES

COMM FD DEPUTY CHIEF FIELD RETIREMENT
COMM Fire Chief Mike Winn presents retiring Deputy Chief Phil Field with several items
upon his retirement after 39 years as a member of COMM FD, the last 3 years as Deputy.
On July 15, 2013 fellow chiefs, deputies, friends, and  family came to wish him well on his last
day of work at COMM.

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Later that afternoon, Byron Eldridge was sworn in as the new Deputy Chief.
Deputy Eldridge with his family and  Deputy Field.

 

 

 

WINN WIN FOR COMM FD

The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District
have announced their choice for the next Fire Chief of the COMM Fire Rescue Department.

Michael J. Winn, 39, currently the Fire Chief in Greenfield, MA will take over and lead the
department upon the retirement of Chief John M. Farrington at the end of June.

 

The selection comes after a national search where 52 applicants were considered.
Ultimately it came down to Chief Winn and COMM Deputy Chief Phillip Field.
Deputy Field has been a member of the COMM FD for 39 years and has
been Deputy since 2010.
The Commissioners unanimously voted to support Chief Winn.

Chief Farrington is currently the longest serving fire chief on Cape Cod.
He joined the fire department as a teenager in Osterville in 1966.
He was one of the first EMTs in the state in 1972.
In 1973 he was elected as fire chief at the age of 23.
Forty years later, after many accomplishments and an incredible
amount of change in the fire and ems world, he will turn the department
he built over to Chief Winn.

Congratulations to him and Welcome to COMM!

 
 

 

Crosby's Retire
Britt & Robyn's last day at COMM FD
Jan 21, 2011

 

COMM New Deputy

September 1, 2010
Chief John Farrington shakes hands with new Deputy Chief Phillip Field
who replaces retired Deputy Craig Whiteley.

Also promoted, Captain Richard Sargent
September 1, 2010


 

 
COMM Color Guard
COMM FD recently organized a color guard.  Members have attended ceremonies at Washington DC, New York City, and most recently at the dedication of the department's new memorial on October 20, 2002.
COMM Memorial Dedication Oct 2002
COMM Apparatus on display October 20, 2002 at dedication ceremony for new Firefighters Memorial at the Centerville Station. 

 

COMM Responses in 2001
COMM responses were down slightly in 2001 from 2000.  There were 3,261 responses, down 14 from the previous year.  COMM Responds to approximately 8.9 incidents a day.
COMM Personnel

Recently hired Firefighter Jessica Bates graduates from Mass Fire Academy on Jan 7, 2002.

COMM Fire Department Celebrated 75 years of service at an open house and Firefighter Memorial dedication held on Oct 14, 2001.  A ceremony recognized 100 past firefighters whose names are engraved on bricks in the new memorial.  Fund raising is under way to pay for a bronze statue of a firefighter that will overlook the memorial. Donations can be sent to C&O Volunteers, Inc., 1875 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.
 
 

 

INCIDENT NEWS

 

 
 
 

 

COMM Boat Rescue
Marine unit 300 responds to a boat sinking off Wianno
on Aug 3, 2012. Five people were rescued from the water
after their boat over turned. No injuries.



Centerville House Fire
Ginger Lane
April 20, 2011

2nd Alarm
Peck's Boats
Route 28, Marstons Mills
March 16, 2011

Centerville House Fire
Shootflying Hill Road
Feb 15, 2011

 

Osterville House Fire
Main Street, Osterville
Dec 9, 2010

 

Cape Cod Animal Hospital
1415 West Barnstable Road, Marstons Mills
Monday - March 9, 2009 - 2000 hrs
3 Alarms

Pondview Drive, Centerville
Monday - March 14, 2007 - 1535 hrs
Working fire


 

2nd Alarm Fatal Fire
Hickory Hills Circle
June 26, 2006 - 0515 hrs
2 Alarms
1 civilian fatality

Osterville Medflight
Landing zone rear of Osterville Bay School
Friday - July 7, 2006
 

 

 

3 Alarm Fire
North Bay Road, Oyster Harbors
November 4, 2005 - 1949 hrs
3 Alarms
Fire came while several units were at a 2nd alarm fire in Hyannis

Centerville Fire
625 Craigville Beach Road
October 12, 2005
Working fire

Osterville Drowning
Osterville Draw Bridge
Saturday - August 20, 2005 - 0330  hrs
23 year old male

 

 

Marstons Mills Barn Fire
630 Route 149
April 21, 2005
Working fire

 

Crosby Yacht Yard
Osterville
Wednesday - December 10, 2003 - 2131 hrs
5 Alarms
4 large boat storage sheds, 40,000 square feet, approx 100 boats loast

 
 

 

 

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