February 24, 2011 - World Trade Center
Steel arrives in Acushnet from New York City
Through the World Trade Center Artifacts Program, the
town of Acushnet acquired a 2,700-pound piece of a steel beam that was
recovered from the site of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks at the World Trade
Center in New York City. With this artifact as the centerpiece, the
town is planning to create a 9/11 memorial on the grounds of Fire Station #1
on Russell Street, to honor the memory of all the lives that were lost on
that tragic day.
Members of the department drove to New York City to
collect the artifact and bring it back to town. Upon their arrival,
the artifact was escorted into town to the fire station by a large
contingent of fire apparatus and emergency vehicles. Below are photos
taken during the procession by Wendy Ashworth.
September 28, 2010 - Acushnet Fire
Headquarters goes GREEN!
In an ongoing effort to curb energy costs, Acushnet Fire
EMS Headquarters (Station 1) has become the first "Green" building in town
with the recent addition of 92 solar panels on the southern side of the
station's roof. Not only are the panels capturing enough solar energy
to fulfill the electricity needs of the building, they are also producing
enough power to be shipped out into the commercial power grid creating
credits with the local electricity provider. In becoming the first
"green" building in town, Acushnet now joins a worldwide trend of "green"
initiatives striving toward energy efficiency.
June 14, 2010 - Flag Day Celebration
Members of the Acushnet Fire & EMS Department
participated in Flag Day celebration activities on the grounds of the Middle
and Elementary schools, along with other town employees and residents.
Below are pictures from th days events.
October 15, 2009 - Acushnet
Firefighters visit Elementary School for S.A.F.E. Program
Acushnet Firefighters Tom Farland and Brian Gallant
recently visited the 2nd graders at the Acushnet Elementary School for the
Student Awareness of Fire Education, or SAFE Program. Students were
taught vital fire safety tips for the home as well as who to call in the
event of an emergency. They were able to see first-hand the equipment
that firefighters use to enter burning structures. The visit was
concluded with a much-anticipated look at a real fire engine.
For more pictures, please be sure to visit Mrs. Roderigues' 2nd Grade
Stars website at:
October 11, 2009 - Annual Open
As is customary during "Fire Prevention Month," the
Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department hosted its annual Open House on October
11, 2009. Fire and Rescue personnel demonstrated the use of hydraulic
vehicle extrication equipment, or the "Jaws-of-Life" to help remove a
pretend victim from a damaged car. EMS personnel were on hand to
demonstrate how they render care to a victim trapped in a car, and also how
they package the patient to transport to the hospital day. In all, it
was a day of beautiful weather and fun safety tips for residents.
Retired New Bedford Fire Chief Roger Nadeau was a special guest at the
event. Chief Nadeau is a member of the National Fallen Firefighters'
Foundation, and he is currently restoring a donated fire engine from
Weymouth, MA to serve as a rolling memorial to fallen firefighters.
His truck is pictured below in the photos.
October 19, 2008 - Annual Open
The Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department held its annual
open house coinciding with Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters
demonstrated vehicle extrication techniques with the Jaws-of-life, and
Paramedics from the Acushnet Emergency Medical Services displayed how they
properly "package" a trauma victim for transport to the hospital by placing
a volunteer on a backboard assembly. Below are photos from the event
provided by Captain Michael Rothwell.
August 23, 2008
Retired Acushnet Fire Chief Arsene Cusson celebrated his
90th birthday on Saturday, August 23, 2008. To help him celebrate the
occasion, members of the Acushnet Fire Rescue Department, as well as the
Rochester, Fairhaven, and Mattapoisett Fire Departments held an apparatus
parade for Chief Cusson's review before having cake and ice cream with the
Chief and his friends. Below are photos from the event.
Congratulations Chief, and best wishes on many more happy years!
December 9, 2007
The Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department hosted its annual
Christmas Sing-along with the lighting of the Christmas display on Sunday,
December 9, 2007. Santa Claus paid a special visit to the fire station
to greet the children of Acushnet. Thanks to Ed Pepin for providing
October 14, 2007
The Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department hosted its annual
Open House, which served as the culmination of National Fire Prevention
Week. The highlight of the event was the dedication of the newest fire
truck in the fleet, Squad 2, in memory of Capt. John Worthington. A
former member of the Acushnet Finance Committee and a 20-year veteran of the
Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department, Capt. Worthington passed away in 1987.
Members of his family were on hand for the dedication ceremony. A
bronze plaque with Capt. Worthington's name and years of service has been
permanently mounted above the pump panel on Squad 2.
Immediately following the dedication ceremony, visitors
were able to explore the brand new fire truck and some of its many
capabilities. A Jaws-of-Life demonstration was conducted and visitors
were also given the chance to put out "practice" fires with the new Fire
Extinguisher training prop. Pizza and refreshments were provided by
Below are photos from the days events.
The Acushnet Fire /
Rescue Department is set to take delivery of a brand new rescue
pumper that will be designated "Squad 2." The truck, a
2007 International/Smeal rescue pumper, was manufactured by
Smeal Fire Apparatus located in Nebraska. On a recent trip
to the manufacturing plant, Chief Gallagher performed a final
inspection on the vehicle prior to its delivery to the local
dealer. Below are some preview photos of the new,
state-of-the-art fire truck.
problems with the tank dump system on the front of Tanker 1,
Captain Mike Rothwell used some old fashioned Irish ingenuity to
construct a special pipe to be fitted onto the front mounted
pump of Tanker 1 to ease in the tank release operation.
Below are photos of the pipe being used during a drill.
2007 Parade - Freetown, MA
Acushnet Engine 5
participated in the 2007 - 4th of July Parade in Freetown, MA.
Firefighters Paul Frysinger and Peter Giampa took part in the
parade with E-5.