SANDWICH - Two people were shaken up but luckily not seriously injured after a reported hit & run crash on Route 6. The couple's vehicle was apparently hit from behind causing it to go out of control and crash into the woods on the eastbound side near Exit 2 shortly before 11 p.m. State Police are investigating and looking for the other vehicle which left the scene.
Photos by CWN associate Andrew Jones
Fire displaces eight at Cape Crossroads condos
HYANNIS - A fire has temporarily displaced eight people in Hyannis. Firefighters responded to the Cape Crossroads condos at 800 Bearse's Way shortly after 8 p.m. The fire reportedly broke out in a clothes dryer in building 4. The building's sprinkler system did its job containing the fire and allowing the residents to escape safely. Smoke and water damage left the units uninhabitable until repairs can be made.
Cape Crossroads condos are no stranger to fire. The same building was destroyed in a four-alarm fire on November 26th, 2001 (above). A malfunctioning bathroom ceiling fan was blamed for the fire in which two people were treated for smoke inhalation and dozens were left homeless. On July 16th of this year a small fire broke out in another unit in the complex. Electrical equipment was compromised displacing residents of 28 units.
Top photo by Matt Pitta/CWN; lower photo by Frank Paparo/CWN file
Ailing fisherman airlifted southeast of Nantucket
NANTUCKET - The Coast Guard medically evacuated a fisherman approximately 46 miles southeast of Nantucket Saturday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard First District were notified at approximately 9:42 a.m. from the fishing vessel Kathryn Marie reporting that a 56-year-old crewmember had complained of intestinal bleeding.
A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod rescue helicopter launched and safely hoisted the fisherman.
He was transported to Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis where awaiting medical personnel then transferred him to Cape Cod Hospital.
Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard
Local firefighters graduate State classes
STOW - On Thursday, 32 fire service personnel from 32 communities, including Mashpee Fire Deputy Chief Thomas Rullo, graduated from the 20th offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. The thirteen-week program was developed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standards for chief fire officers, and is delivered jointly by the University of Massachusetts Collins Institute Center for Public Management and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. It is a comprehensive course providing training in the non-fire suppression aspects of managing fire department organizations.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said, “These fire service leaders are committed to continually developing their management and leadership skills in order to provide the highest level of service to the communities they protect.”
The curriculum covers a spectrum of topics considered essential for effective public sector management. It includes human resource management, group dynamics, leadership and legal issues, governmental and organization structures, information management, customer-focused strategic planning, legal aspects, budgets and public finance, community awareness and public relations, and labor relations.
The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program expects to help fire officers improve their ability to lead and manage personnel and the department, to provide skills to understand employees’ needs and problems, to promote personal productivity, to increase the capacity to manage both human and technical resources, and to increase inter-agency cooperation.
Participants are required to write a formal research paper, identifying a current problem or challenge faced by their organization and proposing a viable solution. The officers are must then present their proposal to a mock panel of municipal officials for their consideration.
This program prepares students to take the certification exams for Fire Officer III and Fire Officer IV. Coan said, “Certification to this level is a prestigious milestone and can assist the chief fire officer in securing a national designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission’s Fire Chief Accreditation.”
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program, tuition-free.
Meanwhile, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Edmund M. Walker will present certificates of completion to members of the Recruit Firefighter Training Class #197 in a graduation ceremony on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Recruits from Barnstable and Bourne fire departments will be among the 69 graduates. The recruit graduation will take place at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA. Invited guests include guest speaker Worcester FF David Ryan who responded to the December 8, 2011 fire that took the life of FF Jon Davies Sr.
Media release furnished by Mass Department of Fire Services
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