Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

ORLEANS – Talks on siting a new fire station on Orleans Elementary School land came to an impasse last week, leaving plans for the project up in the air. The town's fire rescue station feasibility study committee voted July 11 to endorse a plan to demolish the existing fire station on Eldredge Park Way and build a new station nearby on an acre of elementary school land. But the committee quickly rescinded its ...

CHATHAM – A “super” magnet and a bit of ingenuity by the staff at the fish pier helped recover a set of keys that had fallen from the observation deck into the waters of Aunt Lydia's Cove. About 3 p.m. on July 1, a woman approached Wharfinger Craig Pennypacker and told him that she was on the north side of the observation deck when she placed her keys on the railing to look at the seals frolicking in the water...

FD Honored For Cardiac Lifesaving Abilities

By: Alan Pollock

New Defibrillators Installed At Visitor Booth, Fish Pier CHATHAM — The American Heart Association has recognized the Chatham Fire and Rescue Department with its Mission Lifeline EMS Gold-plus award for its high standards of training, equipment and response and ability to respond to severe heart attack cases. The department has also installed two automatic external defibrillators in key public places in town. ...

Orleans Task Force To Address Gun Violence

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – About a week after the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed, Gussy McKusick came before the select board with a call to action. "I'm here tonight because I'm tired of crying myself to sleep," she said. "I am grieving about what happened in Uvalde, but now I'm frustrated and I'm angry." Encouraging the town to "think globally and act lo...

NORTH CHATHAM — At a time when gun violence seems to be in the headlines almost every day, local schools have been hosting active shooter training and lockdown drills. But a new partnership considers an equally horrifying possibility: a violent intruder at a nursing home. On June 21, Broad Reach Healthcare hosted public safety officials for a “tabletop exercise” exploring how officials would respond to a hypot...

Hyannis Man Charged In Brewster Oil Truck Spill

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – A 41-year-old Hyannis man has been charged after his truck turned on its side two weeks ago on Route 137, spilling approximately 2,400 gallons of oil. A Cape Cod Oil truck driver, Richard McLean of Hyannis, was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after the accident and later released, Police Chief Health Eldredge said Tuesday. The tanker accident happened at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 on Route 137 nea...

BREWSTER — The driver of an oil delivery truck suffered serious injuries when his truck flipped over on Route 137 Friday evening, spilling an estimated 2,400 gallons of fuel. Brewster Police are investigating the cause of the crash, which involved a Cape Cod Oil truck containing home heating oil. When rescuers arrived, it was lying on its side with an active oil leak. Working with Harwich firefighters, Brewste...

Oil Truck Overturns, Causes Significant Spill

By: Alan Pollock

BREWSTER - The driver of an oil delivery truck sustained injuries after his truck turned on its side on Route 137 in Brewster Friday evening, spilling at least 1,000 gallons of oil. The accident happened at around 7:30 p.m. on Route 137 near Twinturn Drive. Firefighters from Brewster and Harwich worked to extricate the driver from the cab of the truck, even as home heating oil was rapidly leaking from the truc...

ORLEANS – Transports are up at the Orleans Fire Department, and with the impending opening of a new urgent care center next month on Route 6A, the trend is expected to continue. But to accommodate the additional call volume, Fire Chief Geof Deering said something needs to be done to boost the department's staffing levels. In his report to the select board June 1, Deering said ambulance transports went from ...

Looking back, Scott MacDonald realizes how fortunate he was to have bought his home in Brewster in 1999. "We paid just under $180,000 for that home, and I'll tell you, we worked really hard," said MacDonald, Orleans' chief of police. "We're very proud we were able to pay our mortgage and raise a wonderful family there." But the cost of housing has reached unprecedented heights on the Cape, and many police o...

ORLEANS – As efforts to site a new fire station in town continue, the select board doesn't want to rule out the possibility of keeping the existing station intact for some other future use. Built in 1987, the current fire station on Eldredge Park Way no longer meets the needs of a modern fire department. The town initially explored the possibility of renovating the existing building, but it was determined last...

ORLEANS – The town is working toward a solution for re-engineering the traffic signal system outside the fire station on Eldredge Park Way. A petition article went before voters during Monday's special town meeting seeking to deactivate the three flashing yellow traffic lights except when needed to function for emergency vehicles. Prior to the meeting on May 4, the select board discussed plans to fix the exist...

ORLEANS – The town needs a new fire station to replace the existing facility on Eldredge Park Way. But as things stand right now, there aren't many options for siting a new building. The town's fire rescue station feasibility study committee has been charged with coming up with at least three site options apart from Nauset Regional Middle School property for town officials and residents to consider. But the co...

CHATHAM — With its two newest officers recently certified, every member of the Chatham Police Department has now completed special training in how to help people experiencing mental health episodes. The Community Crisis Intervention Training (CCIT) is a partnership between police, mental health experts and health care providers, and the Chatham Police are now the only department on Cape Cod to have trained 100...

ORLEANS – Residents voted four years ago to partially fund the installation of a traffic signal system outside the fire department headquarters. Now a petition article has been drafted to get the town to change it. The article included as part of the special town meeting warrant for May 9 asks the town to “alter” the system on Eldredge Park Way so that it is not functional at all times. “ This article w...

ORLEANS – When Hannah Greene was in the third grade, she wrote a poem about one day becoming a police officer. A Yarmouth native, she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her cousin, a New York state trooper. "I think just the job itself, being looked up to by so many people, being the one to help people, the person that people look up to for answers to any of their problems," Greene, 26, said of what initiall...