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DEPARTMENT NEWS
Apparatus - Stations - Department - Incidents
FALMOUTH
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Barnstable County
Updated
April 17, 2020

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APPARATUS NEWS

 

 
 
 

 

FALMOUTH

Future Apparatus
Falmouth has fallen behind in recent years with apparatus replacements.
Currently the town is planning a capital replacement program that
would fund the replacement of several vehicles.

LADDER
 The current 1991 Emergency One 110' aerial Ladder 26 would be replaced
by a new Ladder Truck.
The plan would also retire the 1987 Ford/EVF Heavy Rescue 31
and carry the specialized rescue equipment on the new Ladder truck.

  AMBULANCES
The plan would also include the purchase 2 new ambulances.
Falmouth is moving to the Ford F550/Lifeline Type I style vehicles.

If this goes thru, purchases would likely be in 2019.
Updated Jan 2019
 

Fire Alarm Truck 19
Falmouth was planning to replace high mileage 1991 Fire Alarm C-19,
but that apparently has been put on hold for now.
Nov 2018
 

 

 
 


FALMOUTH AMBULANCE

FALMOUTH AMBULANCE 39
2018 Ford F550 / LifeLine Type I Ambulance
EMS
April 2019

 


FALMOUTH ENGINES

FALMOUTH ENGINES 21
2018 Pierce Arrow XT
1500/720/30 Pumper
April 2019
 

FALMOUTH ENGINES 22
2009 Pierce Arrow XT
1500/720/30 Pumper
(Formerly Engine 21)
April 2019

 


FALMOUTH ENGINE

FALMOUTH ENGINE 21
2018 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper
1500/720/30
Jan 2019
2009 Pierce Arrow XT (current E-21)
will be reassigned to Engine 22 at Station 2

 

 


FALMOUTH ENGINE
RETIRED

FALMOUTH ENGINE 22
1996 Emergency One Cyclone II Foam Pumper
1250/750/50
Initially served as Engine 22, then Engine 21 for many years,
finally as Engine 22 back in Woods Hole.
Retired in 2017 due to mechanical failure.
 

FALMOUTH ENGINE 22
The 1996 Emergency One 1250/750/50 Foam Pumper
has been taken out of service "Long Term"
due to significant structural problems.
It is "unlikely" to return to service.
The 1995 International / E-One Engine 20
reserve pumper is filling in in Woods Hole
leaving the department in a position similar to
last year when the department did not have enough
engines to fill its 5 firehouses and no spare engine.

 

The department is evaluating it's options for replacing
worn out apparatus as calls are up again from last year.

 

 


FALMOUTH BREAKER RETIRED

FALMOUTH BREAKER 16
1980 Ford / Farrar Brush Breaker
250/750
Retired 2018
 

 


FALMOUTH PICKUP

FALMOUTH CAR 29
2017 Ford F-350 4x4 / Knapheide Utility Body Pickup Truck
Mechanics Vehicle
Carries 50 gals gasoline and 50 gals diesel in tanks.
Oct 2017

 

 


FALMOUTH ENGINE

FALMOUTH ENGINE 24
1992 (2016) Sutphen 1500/500 Pumper
West Falmouth Station 4
Jan 15, 2016





RETIRED FALMOUTH ENGINES

West Falmouth Station #4 and Engine 24.
1987 Ford C8000/E-One 1250/500 taken out of service Nov 2015.
 

Falmouth Engine 20 -
1989 Ford C8000/E-One 1250/500
Reserve engine - taken out of service Nov 2015

 

Breaker 17,
1977 Dodge Power Wagon taken out of service.
Nov 2015

 


RETIRED
FALMOUTH BREAKER

Falmouth Breaker 15
1971 International / Thibault
1000 gallon brush breaker retired Jan 2014
The breaker was originally bought by the
Barnstable County Forest Fire Department
as Breaker C-15 in North Falmouth.

 

 

 
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Falmouth ATV

Falmouth Ranger 1
2012 Polaris 6x6 Ranger ATV
With small fire pump and EMS capabilities.
Summer 2012
 

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Falmouth Engines

Falmouth Engine 21
2009 Pierce Arrow XT 4 door cab forward Pumper
1500 gpm - 720 gals - 30 AFFF
Originally Engine 22 at Woods Hole
Reassigned to Engine 21 in July 2012
 

Falmouth Engine 22
1996 Emergency One Cyclone II 4 door cab forward Pumper
1250 gpm - 750 gals - 50 AFFF
Most recently Engine 21 reassigned to Station 2 Woods Hole in July 2012
This engine actually started out as Engine 22 when new.
 

 

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Falmouth Deputy


Car 12
2010 Ford Expedition Deputy car
Replaced 2005 Ford Excursion damaged in a 2009 accident
 

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Falmouth New Breaker

Breaker 18
2010 International / V-Tec Brush Breaker
250gpm / 750 gallons
In service Aug 2010


 

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Falmouth 2 New Engines

Engine 22
2009 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper
1500gpm / 720 gals / 30 AFFF
Equipped with 10kw Generator, light tower, Jaws
E22 Assigned to Woods Hole Station 2
In service Sept 2009
Replaced 1989 Ford C / E-One 1250/500

Engine 23
2009 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper
1500gpm / 720 gals / 30 AFFF
Equipped with 10kw Generator, light tower, Jaws
E23 Assigned to North Falmouth Station 3
In service Sept 2009
Replaced 1989 Ford C / E-One 1250/500

  

Engine 23

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Falmouth New Ambulance

Ambulance 35
2009 International / Lifeline Type I Ambulance
North Falmouth
Aug 2009
 


Falmouth's first 5th ambulance allowing for a 'spare' (A-36)
Unit "35" previously assigned to heavy rescue has been
reassigned as HR-31 when Falmouth gained a few more numbers (11, 12, 13, 14)
 

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Falmouth New Ambulance

Ambulance 37
Falmouth took delivery of their new 2007 International/ALF Medic Master
Type I ambulance in March 2007. It replaced the 1991 Ford / EVF.
 

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Falmouth New Pickup

Car 29A
2008 Ford F-350 4x4 Pickup Truck delivered in March 2007
 

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New Falmouth Dive Truck

Falmouth Dive 35A
Falmouth has completed construction on its new Dive Truck.
The 1996 Ford E450 (former B-Bus) was converted in house.
It replaced the 1981 Stepvan.
Placed in service Oct 2005

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New Falmouth Fireboat


Falmouth Marine 1
Designed by Response Marine - Built by Viking Welding
27' (31' LOA) Aluminum Fire Rescue Boat with (2) Honda 150 hp outboards
350 gpm pump - 350 gpm deckgun - full electronics - Dive Door
Expected June 2005 - delivered June 15, 2005
Moored in Falmouth Harbor
The boat is designed by Response Marine and is being built by Viking Welding.


A new fire-rescue boat is in the works for Falmouth.
Anticipated to be approx 27 feet long with fire fighting and rescue capabilities.
Spring 2005
 

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New Falmouth Pickup

Truck 29
2005 Ford F350 4x4 Pickup with fuel supply
Mechanic vehicle
March 2005


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New Falmouth Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention Trailer
2004 Fire Prev Trailer


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New Falmouth Deputy Car

Car 32
2005 Ford Expedition 4x4 SUV
Deputy Chief Car
March 2005


The "command center" in the rear section of Car 32.

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Car 35A

New Dive Truck under construction in former B-Bus.
Spring 2005

New Boat
 

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Ladder 26 Refurbished

The 1991 Emergency One 110' rm aerial ladder was refurbished in summer 2004.
Back in service Sept 2004.


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New Falmouth Rescue (Loaner)

Rescue 39
2004 Freightliner M2 / Medic Master
Ambulance was on loan while new Falmouth Ambulances were repaired.
 

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New Falmouth Medic Truck

Med 34
2004 Ford Expedition 4x4 Paramedic Truck
March 2004
 

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New Falmouth Ambulances

Rescue 38 & Rescue 39
(2) new 2003 Freightliner M2 business class / American LaFrance Medic Master
Type I ambulances have been placed in service in Falmouth.  Rescue 38 replaced
a 1988 Ford / EVF Type III ambulance.  R38 is now in East Falmouth #5.
The second new rescue is R39.  It is a twin to R38 and is assigned to Falmouth HQ.
The new R39 replaced a 1989 Ford / EVF Type III ambulance.
Rescue 36 has been reassigned to North Falmouth #3 and the last of the 'old'
1991 Ford / Excellence rigs (R37) has been assigned to Woods Hole #2.
Nov 2003

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Falmouth Shift Commander

Car 28
Falmouth placed this 2003 Ford Expedition in service as the "Shift Command"
vehicle. It replaced a Ford F250 pickup truck
June 2003

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Falmouth Mass Decon Unit


MDU at Falmouth Hospital
Falmouth FD is one of a number of fire departments around the state to receive a
trailer for Mass Decontamination of patients.  The units have been assigned to
departments having hospitals in their community.  Here, FFD drills with the staff
of Falmouth Hospital.  May 2003

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Falmouth Fire Department's New SUV

 
Car 33
2002 Ford Expedition 4x4 SUV
EMS Officer
March 2002

At Station #1 Falmouth

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Falmouth Fire Department's Ice Rescue Hovercraft


Ice Rescue Unit
2001 Trailer with Ice Rescue Equipment
Hovercraft
Spring 2001
At Station #5 East Falmouth

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Falmouth Fire Department's Haz Mat Trailer

Haz Mat Trailer
2000 Trailer with Haz Mat Support Equipment
September 2000
Headquarters, Station #1 Falmouth

 

FALMOUTH FIRE
C30
Falmouth placed a new fire prevention car in service. C30 is a 1999 Ford Taurus wagon.

 


March 2002 - New Car 31 - New 2002 Ford LTD Fire Chief car.
New Car 33 2002 Ford Expedition for EMS Officer
Old Car 33 (Ford Pickup) reassigned as Car 29A utility pickup.
 
Falmouth has authorized the purchase of two new ambulances to replace aging units. Spring 2002
 
 


STATION NEWS

 

 
 
 

Falmouth Fire Station 4

WEST FALMOUTH WILL CLOSE IN 2020

The West Falmouth Fire Station, built in the 1930s, has been a "1 man station" for
many years.  Barely able to house a single modern pumper, the station has been
frequently closed in recent years when no apparatus that could fit in the station
was available.  The announcement that the station will be closed next year has
been made public.  The hope for a replacement station or combining the
West Falmouth and North Falmouth stations will be assessed.
October 2019

FALMOUTH STATION ARTICLE

 

 
Falmouth 9/11 Memorial

Falmouth dedicated a new 9/11 Firefighter memorial in front of
the Headquarters Station in 2012.

 

New Falmouth Fire Station Planned

Falmouth has announced plans to build a new fire station in the Hatchville section
of town. While the plans are still preliminary, the new station would possibly be
built in the Thomas Landers Road area and could replace the present West Falmouth
Station that is old and too small for future apparatus and staffing needs.
More will be coming on this. Jan 2006.
 


Falmouth Fire Headquarters


June 2003 


Falmouth Headquarters Dedication
Thursday  July 31, 2003
1400 hours
399 Main Street, Falmouth Center
Dedicated to former chief Leighton "Pat" Peck


Falmouth Headquarter King Street side Sept 13, 2002.


Falmouth Fire Alarm brand new dispatch area. 9-13-02


The new kitchen at Falmouth Headquarters. 9-13-02

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Pre-renovation
Fire Headquarters and unattached Rescue Barn to right.

 
Rescue Barn
Home to R36 - HR35 - R39


Bays One and Two removed.

Rescue Barn - April 28, 2001
This separate "Rescue Barn" next to Headquarters will ultimately be removed. 
Two thirds of the building were removed to make room for a new radio antenna. 
Rescue vehicles previously housed in the building have been relocated 
to other stations during the renovations.

 

King Street side March 11, 2001
This white house, behind the Falmouth Headquarters, on King Street will be moved.
New Apparatus bays will be added to back of brick fire station with drive through bays
coming out here onto King Street. The rescue barn will be eliminated.

King Street side August 2001
Digging the hole for the new addition.

 

Dec 3, 2001
Steel is going up at the Falmouth Fire Headquarters site.

March 3, 2002
Falmouth HQ taking on a much different appearance.

July 17, 2002
King Street side with brick and paved driveway.

July 17, 2002
King Street side will be public entrance.

 

Foundation and floor beams of new apparatus room.
Nov 2001.

Dec 3, 2001

July 17, 2002
West side of building taking shape.
This will be the primary apparatus side of the building. 

March 3, 2002

 
FALMOUTH FIRE HEADQUARTERS
Falmouth Fire Department has needed space at its Main Street Headquarters fire station for years. Years ago a separate 3 bay building was built as the "Rescue Barn" next to the main station to house 2 ambulances and the heavy rescue truck.  Over the years FFD has had committees study various options for a new headquarters which would be large enough to meet the apparatus needs as well as the office and living area needs of the department.  A couple years ago, a plan to purchase a large piece of land off Gifford Street was brought to town meeting.  It failed to get support and the committee went back to the drawing board.

Last year, funding was approved to renovate and add to the Headquarters at its present location.  The 1926 structure will remain and be renovated.  The rescue barn will be torn down. A new addition will be added to the rear of the station facing King Street.

The construction began with demolition of part of the Rescue Barn making room for a future radio antenna.  This was followed by the moving of a house on adjacent property on King Street to make room for the addition and future ramp.  

During completion, several apparatus formerly housed at the Headquarters site was reassigned to other Falmouth Stations, primarily Woods Hole #2 and East Falmouth #5.

When completed, the new bays will house the Ladder Truck now housed in Woods Hole due to height restrictions in the present Headquarters.  Other apparatus will also be reassigned when construction is completed.  Work is expected to take approximately 2 years. 

 

 
 

 

DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

 

Falmouth Promotions

FIRE CHIEF TIMOTHY SMITH

 

DEPUTY CHIEF CHAD ABSTEN

 FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Falmouth Fire Department "officially" promoted their new
Fire Chief Timothy Smith and Deputy Chief Chad Absten on
December 9, 2020. Both have been serving in the acting roles
since Chief Michael Small retired at the end of July 2020.
Congratulations to both!

 

Falmouth Fire Chief Retires

Falmouth Fire Chief Michael Small (center) shares a few words of
wisdom with his two Deputy Chiefs who will carry on as he retired
Friday July 31, 2020 after more than 32 years of service. Chief Small
served as Deputy from 2010 to 2016, and as Chief since 2016.
Deputy Chief Timothy Smith (right) will take over as Acting Fire Chief.

MORE


 

Falmouth Fire Department

Mike Small
Fire Chief to Retire
 

The Falmouth Fire Chief, Michael F. Small, announced his plans to
retire at the end of July 2020. Chief Small was appointed Chief in
2016 following the retirement of Chief Mark Sullivan and has served
4-1/2 years in that role. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief for
5 years and had many years as Captain and Lieutenant before that.
He also served as a Paramedic for many years.
Congratulations on your over 32 years of service to Falmouth!

 

Fire Chief Michael Small (center),
with Deputy Chief Timothy Smith (right)
and Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher (left).

 

 


 

Falmouth Fire Department

FALMOUTH RETIREMENT
Falmouth Fire Department Lieutenant/Fire Prevention Officer
Mel Trott Retired June 20, 2020. Mel started his fire service career
with the Bourne FD as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1987. In August 1992
he joined the Falmouth FD where he moved up in rank to Lt/Paramedic
serving many years until taking the Fire Prevention Officer position on
September 16, 2007 where he has served since. He served as a fire investigator,
CPR Instructor, and has been active in many other ways over his career.
His 33 years of service are marked by his character, sense of humor,
and competence. Congratulations on your long career and best wishes
in your retirement!
 

 

 Falmouth "Delayed" Retirement
 

Falmouth Firefighter/EMT Pat Gonsalves wrapped up his
32 Year career on April 26, 2020. He was scheduled to get
off duty at 1800 hrs. Well, a thunderstorm came through in the
afternoon with lightning striking a large house on Tashmoo Drive.
He ended up driving Engine 25 first due to what became a
 2 Alarm house fire that went well into the night. By the time
he got home around 2300 hrs, all the family and welcoming party
had given up and gone to bed!  Great way to end a career!
Congratulations and Enjoy Retirement!
 

 



FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Falmouth regrets the passing of retired Firefighter / EMS Officer Mark "Turtle" Albert, age 56,
on January 22, 2019.

 

Falmouth Firefighter Paul Forsberg retired after more than 30 years of service. Congrats!
Jan 24, 2019



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

 

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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

 

LINE OF DUTY DEATH



FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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
 

 

 


FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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

 



FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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


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


 

RETIRED FIRE CHIEF PASSES

RETIRED FALMOUTH FIRE CHIEF PAUL D. BRODEUR
Retired Falmouth Fire Chief Paul D. Brodeur passed away on
January 20, 2017 after a battle with cancer.  Chief Brodeur was
a long time member of the FFD, serving 34 years, the last 13 years
as Fire Chief. He retired in 2010.

R.I.P. CHIEF

 

 

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

 




FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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
 



FALMOUTH FIRE DEPT
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 DEPT
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 

 



FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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

 


FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
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 FIRE DEPARTMENT
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

 


FALMOUTH FIRE DEPT
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!

 

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPT
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

 

FALMOUTH FIRE CHIEF TO RETIRE
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 16, 2016.
STORY
Sept 10, 2015

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPT
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.

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

 

FALMOUTH CAPTAIN RETIRES
Captain James Marshall has retired from the Falmouth Fire Department after 30 years of service. Congrats to Capt Marshall in his retirement.!  Jan 2015

Falmouth FD also announces the retirements of Firefighter Ralph Moniz Jr after 32 years of service and FF Kevin Kelly with 20 years of service.




 

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

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



 

 

 

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT

     The Falmouth Fire Department has officially disbanded its call fire department as of June 2014. The last three standing members: Doug Martin, Richard "Doc" Henry, and Joe Kelley were presented with gold badges and plaques at a ceremony in June. 

     The Falmouth FD began in 1897 and had always maintained a large call department, with over 100 members on the roster, for much of the department's history.

     As has happened with other Cape departments and call departments around the country in recent decades, the economic pressures, training requirements, dramatic increases in call volume and advances in EMS have reduced the ability of many departments to recruit and maintain call fire departments.

     For those unfamiliar, a call fire department is essentially a volunteer style department where members are paid for calls and training, but otherwise are working in other occupations, until a call comes in and they respond from whatever they are doing to serve. 

     Falmouth is the third busiest department on the Cape these days, with over 6,000 runs a year, most of them EMS runs.

     The department is now 100% fulltime with about 75 paid personnel, many of whom are paramedic/firefighters. The five stations are staffed by up to 14 personnel per shift, and as few as 10 per shift.

     Many departments, like Falmouth, have not been able to keep up with the need for additional fulltime personnel as call personnel and other dynamics have actually reduced the number of personnel available to respond to calls, even while calls have doubled or tripled over the past couple decades. Falmouth still operates with only 1 or 2 personnel on duty in 4 of its 5 stations. While those personnel would have normally been supplemented with off duty or call members to make up a crew of 4 or 5 personnel, that is generally not these case any more.   

     Congratulations to those last three members for their service and place in history.

 

 

 

RETIRED FALMOUTH CHIEF PASSES
Retired Falmouth Fire Chief James F. Rogers has passed away at age 85.
Chief Rogers was a member of the Falmouth Fire Department from
1942 until 1986. He became a Deputy Chief in 1955 and Chief in 1978.
His son, Glen Rogers, also achieved rank of Deputy at Falmouth FD
and recently took a position as Fire Chief at the
Manchester by the Sea Fire Department.
VISITING HOURS: Tuesday March 5 1700-2000 hrs
at Chapman Cole & Gleason, 475 Main St, Falmouth center.
FUNERAL: Wednesday March 6, 2013 1100 hrs
at Church of Messiah, Church St., Woods Hole.

OBITUARY
 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT
With the recent retirement of Fire Chief Paul Brodeur, a number of promotions and reassignments have been implemented.
Serving as Acting Fire Chief is Deputy Mark Sullivan.
Serving as Acting Deputy is Captain Mike Small.
Serving as Acting Captains are Joel Carlisle, Tim Smith, and Greg Clements
Serving as Acting Lieutenants are Robert Bergerm, Craig O'Malley
Oct 2010

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


  

 

Falmouth Fire
Retired Falmouth Fire Chief Leighton Peck passed away. The funeral was Oct 2, 2000.
Falmouth Fire Department Runs 2001
Falmouth responded to 4,773 incidents in 2001.  There were 4,671 in 2000.  The 102 run increase represents a 2.2% increase with an average of 13.1 per day.

Falmouth FD reports the Fiscal year (July 2001-July 2002) run total is 5,023 runs.

 
 
 

 

INCIDENT NEWS

 

 
 

Falmouth Breaker 18
Operating at a large brush fire off Hayway Road
March 21, 2012

 

Falmouth 2nd alarm
Quissett Boat Yard
Jan 4, 2012

Falmouth Structure Fire
111 County Road, North Falmouth
May 14, 2011

Falmouth Fatal  Fire
28 Deer Run Lane, North Falmouth
Saturday  May 17, 2008 - 1330 hrs
Fire in an attic of a house under construction claimed one worker's life.

Falmouth House Fire
105 Currier Road, Hatchville
Wednesday April 16, 2008 - 1215 hrs

Falmouth MDU Training
Falmouth firefighters and hospital personnel practice setting up the
Mass Decon Unit.
May 24, 2007

Falmouth Working Fire
19 Lummis Lane, West Falmouth
Monday April 16, 2007 - 0915 hrs

Falmouth Boat Fire
Fiddler's Cove Marina, North Falmouth
Labor Day, Sept 4, 2006
Approx 50' yacht well involved

Falmouth House of Pizza
557 North Falmouth Highway @ Route 151
Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 2145 hrs

 

 

Falmouth 4 Alarm Fire
Falmouth responded to a fire at Iguana's Restaurant in Tataket Square Route 28 in Falmouth on Tuesday Feb 12, 2002.  The 1209 hrs fire began in the basement and extended into the floors, walls, and throughout the building.  A 2nd alarm was transmitted at 1245, followed by a 3rd at 1400, and a 4th alarm at 1504. The stubborn blaze brought 10 engines, 3 ladders, and approximately 75 firefighters to the scene.  Ultimately the structure was torn down to extinguish the fire.  It was not under control until approximately 2249 hrs.
 
 

 

 

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