Topics: Police and Fire News

Four-vehicle crash Closes Route 39

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — One person was reportedly hurt in a four-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., police and firefighters were called to the intersection of Route 39 and Depot Road, and found two damaged vehicles in the roadway and two more on the side of Route 39 near the roundabout at Queen Anne Road. One person was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. The driver's ...

Animal Advocates Honor Firefighters For Saving Dog

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Recognizing local firefighters' dogged determination to save lives, a national animal rights group has decided to throw them a bone. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has awarded Compassionate Fire Department Awards to the Harwich and Brewster fire departments for their rescue of a dog from a house fire on April 15. The two-alarm blaze on Standish Circle caused around $100,00...

Two Perish In High Seas Ship Explosion

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

BOSTON — Two men died following an explosion and fire aboard a 623-foot cargo ship on the Atlantic high seas Monday morning. At approximately 7 a.m., the captain of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard command center reporting an explosion in the ship’s forward storeroom. He also reported the explosion killed one crewmember and three suffered massive burns ...

Firefighters Snuff Prescribed Burn

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — A prescribed burn at Thompson's Field Tuesday had to be extinguished by firefighters after it threatened to spread uncontrollably. Crews were called to the area shortly after 9 a.m. at the request of the conservation department, which was overseeing the controlled burn of brush piles in a former meadow on the town-owned conservation land. The fire was between two dirt paths and did not threaten any s...

Firefighters Save Dog From House Fire

By: Staff Reports

EAST HARWICH — There were no serious injuries in a two-alarm house fire on Standish Circle Saturday afternoon, and firefighters are credited with saving the family's pet dog from the blaze. As of Saturday, officials were still searching for the cause of the fire that scorched a single-family house at 16 Standish Circle. Heavy fire was showing from the house when the first firefighter arrived. The blaze had s...

Red Cross Honors Local Heroes

By: Alan Pollock

HYANNIS — As they do each year, the local chapter of the American Red Cross presented medals for heroism Friday, and a number of the honorees were from the Lower Cape. Last July, Nauset Marine employee Olivia Underwood was cleaning a boat when she saw a sudden flash in a nearby boat. She rushed to find that a fire had ignited the clothes of her coworker, Joe Pires; without hesitating, she doused him with wat...

Connick Takes Command At Chatham Fire

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Friday, Peter Connick raised his right hand and became Chatham's fire chief, only the fourth professional chief in the town's history. Connick takes the place of Michael Ambriscoe, who retired at the mandatory retirement age of 65, having served Chatham for a dozen years. “He made us what we are,” Connick said. “He's left this place so much better than he found it.” “It's been an honor and a...

CHATHAM – Unless you have direct interaction with them, the men and women who make up the town's fire and rescue service can be seen simply as figures in uniform glimpsed in parades or at the station washing fire engines. That's no longer the case for the nearly one dozen residents who recently graduated from the department's first citizens fire academy. “These are remarkable men and women who you see as an ab...

CHATHAM – Peter Connick will become chief of a fire department that, it could be argued, is at the top of its game. With a long-awaited new fire station opened last year, a new ladder truck parked in one of its bays and two new engines on the way, and a full staff, “frankly, we're at a really good place now,” said Connick. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith announced Connick's appointment in a memo to the board of...

HARWICH — The District One Hazardous Material Response Team was called to the fire department headquarters on last Friday afternoon after a local resident received a white powdery substance in the mail. Fire Department Captain Joseph Mayo said the letter was sent from Las Vegas to the local resident, who Mayo said he could not identify because of potential application of the Health Insurance Portability and Ac...

Shore Road Crash Knocks Out Power

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A 32-year-old Chatham man was transported to Cape Cod Hospital after his pickup truck crashed through street signs, mailboxes, a stone wall and knocked out a utility pole before flipping over on Shore Road Saturday night . Police received a call reporting the crash at about 9 p.m. When they arrived they found an overturned 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and a long trail of damage along the road, acc...

Public Safety Budget Request Up Nearly 6 Percent

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Driven by personnel costs, and particularly overtime expenses, the town's public safety budget requests are up 5.92 percent over the current year's spending plan. The police and fire department budgets make up the majority of the $6.18 million request, though the figure also includes the animal control officer, emergency management, oil pollution control and a contribution to the Cape and Islands e...

Firefighters everywhere know that, when it comes to fires or injuries at home, senior citizens are particularly vulnerable. A successful state grant program is helping to ensure that firefighters and elder advocates continue to team up to keep seniors safe. The Senior SAFE grants are an offshoot of SAFE, the Student Awareness of Fire Education program that has provided millions of dollars for fire safety educa...

CHATHAM – Selectman Amanda Love's recent email may have violated the Open Meeting Law, but it also drew attention to the fact that there's only two months to go before Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe retires. In the email she sent to fellow selectmen, Love asked for a board discussion of promoting Deputy Chief Peter Connick to the chief's job, saying that the town needs to show staff how much they are valued by h...

Fire At Comcast Interrupts TV, Internet Service

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — A smoky fire in an electrical panel at Comcast's facility on Locust Road Wednesday, Jan. 4 led to a temporary service shutdown on the Lower Cape. Deputy Chief Geof Deering said the department got the call from Comcast employees at 5:22 p.m. The building was evacuated as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the basement for the fire. One Comcast employee was evaluated for smoke inhalation...

For HPD's Donna Tavano, Retirement Is A New Chapter

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Having served 23 years with the Harwich Police Department, Donna Idman Tavano has an admission to make. As much as she loved her job, her coworkers and the citizens she served, work was getting in the way of her other interests. So with as little fanfare as possible, she retired from the department late last month. Over the years, Tavano served as a special officer, a dispatcher, a records clerk an...