TIRE FIRE - ANTHONY STREET
March 29, 2011
Firefighters responded to a reported garage fire on
Anthony Street around 3:00pm in the afternoon of March 29, 2011. Upon
arrival, the fire was found to be involving a pile of discarded tires and
other debris, and no structures were involved. The main bulk of the
stubborn fire was knocked down by foam from handlines operated from Squad 2
as well as a master stream device. The fire was contained in less than
an hour. All photos taken by Acushnet Fire & EMS personnel.
STORAGE SHED FIRE - 489 MIDDLE ROAD
February 19, 2010
Acushnet Fire and EMS personnel responded to a reported shed
fire at 489 Middle Road on February 19, 2010. Upon arrival of Chief 1,
the large storage shed was fully involved by a wind-fed fire.
Fortunately, the wind was blowing away from the nearby residence, and there
was no damage to the home. Photos provided by The Standard-Times.
TRAUMATIC INJURY WITH MEDFLIGHT TRANSPORT -
February 7, 2010
Acushnet Fire and EMS personnel responded to a location
on Quaker Lane for a report of a male party that had fallen off of a horse.
Upon the arrival of EMS personnel, it was determined that the patient needed
to be transported to a trauma center via helicopter. Fire/Rescue
personnel setup a landing zone in the fields of the Acushnet Elementary and
Middle Schools and a helicopter from Boston Medflight landed shortly
thereafter to evacuate the patient from the area.
BOMB SCARE - PARTING WAYS
September 2, 2008
Town Hall, the Parting Ways building, and the surrounding
area were cordoned off and evacuated after a concerned town resident found
what he considered to be a possible explosive device and brought it to the
police station. The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was
immediately called in and a secure perimeter was maintained by local and
state police agencies as well as members of the Acushnet Fire Rescue
Department and EMS. After careful examination by Bomb Squad
technicians and a remotely operated explosives handling robot, the State
Police determined that the device was not explosive, but was an item of
interest. Below are photos from the incident:
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT - NYE'S LANE
August 31, 2008
Members of the Rescue Squad along with Acushnet EMS
responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Nye's Lane in the early
morning hours of Sunday, August 31, 2008. Upon arrival, rescue workers
found a single vehicle on its roof that had left the roadway, rolled over
and impacted a house causing serious damage to the home. The single
occupant of the vehicle suffered serious injuries and was extricated by
Rescue Squad members and transported to the hospital by EMS.
VEHICLE FIRE - MORSE'S LANE
August 29, 2008
Firefighters responded to a working vehicle fire on
Morse's Lane just west of Hunter Street. On arrival firefighters found
a pickup truck with heavy flames coming from the engine and passenger
compartment. The single occupant of the vehicle escaped without injury
and the fire was extinguished shortly after the arrival of Squad 2.
SEVERE STORM LASHES ACUSHNET
August 19, 2008
In the afternoon hours of Tuesday, August 19, 2008,
severe thunderstorms whipped through the SouthCoast region, carving a swath
of damage throughout the town of Acushnet and surrounding communities.
Some residents reported spotting funnel clouds in the area, and the National
Weather Service in Taunton confirmed that a "Microburst," strong horizontal
directional winds possibly gusting up to 100mph, whipped through the north
end of town leaving a path of damage and destruction in its wake.
Large trees were uprooted by the sudden violent winds and many trees were
snapped in half, breaking windows and cutting power to many residents.
Members of the Acushnet Fire/Rescue Department were called to multiple
incidents to protect the public from dangerous downed power lines and to
assist in the re-routing of traffic in many of the affected areas.
The day following the storm, state and local officials
toured the affected area to assess the damage and the evaluate the amount of
property damage. Town administrator Alan Coutinho, Selectmen Wojnar,
Dakin, Cioper, as well as State Senator Mark Montigny and State
Representative Robert Koczera all joined fire officials in touring the
affected area of town.
BRUSH FIRE - 705 MIDDLE ROAD
April 26, 2008
The Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department responded to a
brush fire in the early afternoon hours of Saturday, April 26th 2008.
First arriving units found a permit fire out of control and extending into
the wooded yard of 705 Middle Road. Numerous forestry lines were
placed into use and the fire was contained before it was able to extend
further into the woods. Engine 5 and Squad 2 took positions on nearby
Barksdale lane in order to prevent the fire from spreading toward a
residential neighborhood. Engine 3 and Tanker 1 were positioned on the
Middle Road side. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
Recreation wildland firefighters provided assistance on scene with a tanker
truck and two patrol trucks.
STRUCTURE FIRE - 49 COULOMBE
April 25, 2008
Firefighters responded to a reported fire at 49 Coulombe
Street and found heavy black smoke coming from the rear of a 2-story
residential structure. First-in crews found the fire to be largely
exterior and knocked down the main bulk of the fire from outside.
There was extension into a rear bedroom on the first floor of the building.
a vehicle parked the driveway also sustained heavy fire damage. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes.
STRUCTURE FIRE - 59 GILL STREET
March 27, 2008
The Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department received a phone
call for a house fire at 59 Gill Street, less than half a mile from Station
1. First responding apparatus could see smoke shortly after leaving
the station. Upon Squad 2's arrival, fire was issuing from a wooden
bulk-head on the south side of the structure. All occupants had
already exited the building and firefighters quickly contained the fire to
the bulk-head area. Squad 2, Engine5, Engine 1, and Tanker 1
responded. A ladder truck from Fairhaven was requested to the scene
for mutual aid. The cause of the fire is currently under
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT - MAIN
January 27, 2008
One of four separate motor vehicle accidents that
occurred during the daylight hours of Sunday, January 27, 2008 amid foul
STRUCTURE FIRE - ARCHER'S WAY
January 13, 2008
At approximately 6:30am, the Acushnet Fire Rescue
Department was alerted to a reported structure fire on Archer's Way.
First arriving units found a two-story occupied wood-frame dwelling that was
fully involved. All occupants of the home had managed to safely escape
the blaze. Due to the heavy volume of fire issuing from the structure,
an exterior attack was immediately mounted. With the lack of adequate
water supply in the area, close to 2000' feet of 4" Large Diameter Hose (LDH)
was laid from a hydrant on the corner of Middle Road and Bow Drive.
Firefighters were on scene for well over 4 hours, with the last unit
clearing the scene at approximately 11:15am. The Rochester Fire
Department responded to the scene with their tanker, which carries 3000
gallons of water. The Fairhaven Fire Department provided Mutual Aid
station coverage at Fire Station 1. (Photos taken by Captain Mike
SHED FIRE - MYRTLE AVENUE
November 10, 2007
On December 10, 2007 at approximately 1930 hours the
Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department responded to a reported structure fire on
Myrtle Avenue. The fire was contained to a 12x18 foot shed that was used
for taxidermy. An unattended hotplate used for boiling water was determined
to be the cause of the blaze. Four apparatus and 18 firefighters had the
blaze under control within a few minutes and prevented the fire from
damaging the adjourning home. Photos by Captain Mike Rothwell.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT -
October 1, 2007
Members of the Rescue Squad responded to Hamlin Street
for a single vehicle crash. Squad 2 responded to the scene and
firefighters quickly placed the Jaws-of-Life into operation to extricate the
victim. The Command Light on Squad 2 was used to provide ample
lighting during the nighttime operation. The victim was removed from
the vehicle shortly thereafter and transported to the hospital. Below
are photos from the MVA.
STRUCTURE FIRE - 203 QUAKER LANE
Firefighters responded to a report of a working structure fire
at 203 Quaker Lane in the vicinity of the Acushnet/Rochester
town line. Upon arrival, firefighters found a residential
wood frame structure fully involved.
Click here to read the full story from The Standard-Times.
VEHICLE ACCIDENT - LEONARD STREET
Members of the
Rescue Squad responded to a single two vehicle accident on
Leonard Street, and found a victim trapped within one of the vehicles. Engine 1 responded to the scene and firefighters
immediately put the Jaws-of-Life into service to extricate the
victim. Once the driver's door was removed, the victim was
removed from the vehicle and transported to the hospital.
The powerful storm
that brought several inches of rain and heavy winds to
Massachusetts on Sunday, April 15th caused damage across
Acushnet. The storm kept the Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department,
Police Department and Emergency Management Agency busy for
several hours. No injuries were reported. Flooded yards,
downed trees, power outages and flooded basements kept the first
responders spread out all over town well into Saturday.
Deep Brook crested its banks and flooded parts of Morses Lane.
FIRE - SEMASS RESOURCE RECOVERY FACILITY
(MUTUAL AID TO ROCHESTER)
On Saturday, March
31, 2007, Acushnet firefighters were dispatched on Mutual Aid to
Rochester for a working fire at the SEMASS Resource Recover
Facility on Route 28. An explosion inside the main
building had ignited a large and stubborn rubbish fire that
would last for approximately a day and a half. A Tanker
shuttle operation was established early during the incident, and
Mutual Aid task forces were called in from Bristol, Plymouth,
and Barnstable Counties. In all, nearly 40 fire
departments throughout Southeastern Mass. dispatched apparatus
and firefighters to the scene to help battle the stubborn fire.
The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Incident Command
Unit and Mobile Rehab Unit were also dispatched to the scene, as
well as the Mass. State Police Air Wing. Acushnet Engine 1
and Tanker 1 responded to the scene, and were committed from
Saturday night until later in the day on Sunday, 4/1/07.
Below are some photos from the initial night operations.
(More info to come)
FIRE - P.J. KEATING FACILITY
On Thursday, March
29, 2007, Acushnet Firefighters were dispatched to the P.J.
Keating facility on South Main Street for a working fire in a
rock-crushing tower. Upon arrival, units found heavy fire
and smoke showing from the top of an approximately 75 foot tall
rock crushing tower. Thick black smoke was visible for
miles as thick rubber conveyer belts were involved in the fire.
Multiple lines and master streams were immediately put into
operation to knock down the fire, and a special call to
Fairhaven brought in a Mutual Aid ladder truck to the scene.
Mattapoisett Fire Department provided station coverage during
the incident, and extinguished a small brush fire while Acushnet
companies were out.
VEHICLE ACCIDENT - S. Main & Main St.
Saturday, January 13th members of the department responded to a
motor vehicle crash into a gasoline pump at a local service
station. Safety mechanisms in the pump limited the amount of
gasoline released to a small amount.
Airplane Crash - Perkins Lane
evening of September 8, 2006, members of the Acushnet
Fire/Rescue Department, as well as Acushnet Police and Acushnet
Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of a small
plane crash in the woods off of Perkins Lane. The sole occupant
of the plane was injured in the crash and had to be removed from
the area using all-terrain vehicles. The pilot was then
airlifted to Boston Medical Center to be treated for his
injuries. Below are some photos from the rescue operation (All
photos taken by Ed Pepin).
The following photos were taken the
days after the ultralight crash and reveal the damage done to
February 13th, 2006, a motor vehicle accident was reported in
the area of South Main and Pembroke Streets. Upon arrival of
Chief 1, a Ford Explorer was found to have impacted and severed
a utility pole, causing several primary electrical wires to fall
into the street. Engine 1, Engine 3, and members of the Rescue
Squad responded to the location and quickly sealed the area off
to avoid any electrocutions. When the primary wires came into
contact with the vehicle, the electrical current physically blew
holes out of the Explorer. Acushnet EMS tended to the single
occupant of the vehicle. Power in the area was knocked out for
several hours while the utility company worked to repair the
downed power lines.
FIRE - COURY DRIVE, MAY 11, 2005
afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 11, 2005, a call was received
reporting a possible structure fire at 26 Coury Drive. Upon
arrival, units found smoke pushing from the eves of the home and
reported a working structure fire. An aggressive interior
attack was conducted and the fire was contained and extinguished
in about 15 minutes. An elderly female resident was displaced
by the fire, which was determined to have been caused by food
left unattended on a stovetop in the kitchen. Fire damage was
limited to the kitchen, however the entire house had smoke
FIRE - 370 NEW BOSTON ROAD
6:00am on the morning of Sunday May 22, 2005, the call went out
for a reported structure fire in the area of 370 New Boston
Road, near the Acushnet / Fairhaven town line. Upon the arrival
of Engine 5, a heavy fire condition was observed penetrating the
roof of the two-story wood frame house. The house had
previously been condemned by the town's Board of Health. It was
determined that a defensive attack would be mounted against the
fire. It took well over an hour and a half and numerous 2.5"
attack lines to finally extinguish the fire, which the State
Fire Marshall later determined to have been intentionally set.