Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

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...

Thompson’s Field Serves As Lost Victim Training Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Thompson’s Field Conservation Area was alive with fire and police personnel last Thursday as the Barnstable County Search and Rescue Team canvassed the 57-acre parcel during a day-long training drill. The training session included morning demonstrations on the use of drones and land navigation tools such as GPS and compasses. In the afternoon, teams searched the conservation area for volunteers s...

ORLEANS -- For Geof Deering and his staff at the Orleans Fire Department, the Oct. 27 nor'easter, which left almost all of Orleans without power, made for an intense but memorable workweek. Over the course of three days, local officials and Eversource staff worked to restore power to almost the entire town. On Oct. 27, about 91 percent of Orleans residents and businesses were left without power due to the nor'...

Plane Wreckage Found, But Pilot Yet To Be Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane that was reported missing early last week has been located, but there is still little information about the man who was piloting the aircraft. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, located wreckage from the 1979 Piper Dakota aircraft early in the afternoon Nov. 4 about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said. Four days...

Fire, Police Depts. Face Major Staffing Issues

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The town's police and fire chiefs say their departments are feeling the impacts of being understaffed, and the select board has pledged to help them bring their numbers up. Fire Chief Geof Deering and Police Chief Scott MacDonald each gave the board quarterly reports Nov. 3. Between retirements, resignations and injuries, both said they have been making do with fewer personnel. Deering said the fi...

HARWICH – The Harwich Fire Association and the Harwich Conservation Trust are collaborating on a plan for joint use of the former fire station on Bank Street. The association wants to restore the town’s first fire station, constructed in 1927, and use it to some degree as a museum. The trust sees the opportunity to develop an education center with offices and parking for the abutting 66-acre Robert F. Smith Co...

School Property Excluded From Fire Station Study

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Voters at Monday's special town meeting approved $100,000 for an expanded fire station feasibility study, but the funding will not be used to explore property owned by the Nauset Regional School District. Article 10 on the warrant for the special session sought authorization to use free cash to finance the expanded study to explore possible options for siting a new fire station. That was to inclu...