Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

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...

ORLEANS – Parking restrictions and fees could be in the cards for additional town landings, but not in time for the coming summer season. Select board members on March 9 said they didn't see a wide enough window to expand the restrictions and implement fees in time for this spring's annual town meeting, the warrant for which closes April 6. Restrictions were put in place last year at Cove Road Landing, Wild...

State officials have announced their yearly round of Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants, and Lower Cape fire departments received grants ranging from nearly $13,000 to more than $18,000. The funds pay for protective gear, rescue tools and safety equipment. Additionally, the Harwich Fire Department has received a special $55,000 grant from some private donors, funding special safety equipment which has already...

ORLEANS – A proposal to site a new fire station behind the existing facility on Eldredge Park Way would also allow expanded Orleans Elementary School parking, as well as a quicker tie-in to town sewer. The Orleans School Committee heard a preliminary pitch Jan. 12 from Ron Collins, the town's facilities manager, to site a new fire station on an unused acre of school land. The town is seeking a vote from the co...

ORLEANS – The Orleans School Committee is interested in hearing the town's proposal for possibly siting a new fire station on elementary school land, but members say they're not committing to anything. The committee voted 5-0 Dec. 20 to host a meeting Jan. 12 to discuss the idea in concept. Town Administrator John Kelly, Facilities Manager Ron Collins, Fire Chief Geof Deering, Orleans Elementary School Princip...

ORLEANS - It was a busy year on a host of fronts in Orleans, but once again, it was COVID-19 that drove the 2021 narrative. In a year that began hopefully with the arrival of vaccinations and ended with a resurgence of the virus, 2021 was dominated by the pandemic every bit as much as 2020. In between ongoing discussions about vaccines, masking and possible mandates, town officials grappled with a host of other i...

ORLEANS -- When it comes to bringing on new members, Orleans Fire Chief Geof Deering said Monday that his department follows a simple but important rule of thumb. "Hire for character. Train for skill," he said. The department welcomed two new firefighters during an awards ceremony Dec. 6 in the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium. The ceremony also recognized seasoned department members, as well as oth...

Governor Names Josh Ford A Firefighter Of The Year

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Firefighter/paramedic Josh Ford was honored as a Firefighter of the Year by Gov. Charlie Baker in the state's 32 annual awards ceremony held in Worcester on Nov. 23. Baker awarded firefighters from 14 fire departments across the state for acts of bravery. Ford was one of six firefighters presented with an Individual Meritorious Conduct Award for his actions a year ago in pulling a man from a burning ...

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

ORLEANS – For members of the Nauset Regional School Committee, any discussion about using district land for a new fire station in Orleans is premature. That was the message Nov. 18 from committee members, who for the first time publicly addressed discussion that has been ongoing among town officials about possibly building the new station on three acres of land currently occupied by Nauset Regional Middle Scho...

Biden Visit Prompts Drone Restrictions

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

SOUTH HARWICH — A police officer from Carver, Mass., was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in stable condition late Wednesday morning after shooting himself in the leg during a training session at the town-owned firing range. The officer has not been identified, pending notification of his family, a source said.   The incident happened at the range off Depot Road at around 10:30 a.m., where a group of police offi...