FALMOUTH - A two-vehicle crash at Old Barnstable Road and Windswept Road had a female passenger of an Isuzu pickup treated and transported to Falmouth Hospital by Falmouth Fire Rescue with minor injuries.
The pickup was traveling on Old Barnstable Road when it reportedly collided with a VW sedan that was turning out of Windswept onto Old Barnstable. The driver of the pickup and the driver of the VW declined medical attention. Falmouth Police were on scene to investigate the crash.
Reporting and photo by C. Eric Tinglof/CWN
Brush fire extends to vacant building in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - Firefighters were called to a large brush fire in the Briarwood Development off Pine Valley Drive around 9:15 p.m. Crews arrived to find a vacant structure had also burned to the ground. Water had to be trucked into the remote scene and crews were on the scene for an extended time, The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire, the second such blaze in the same area this week.
Sheriff's CERT team wins national awardBOURNE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced its 2012 list of individual and community preparedness awards, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s CERT program is among the recipients.
CERTs, or Community Emergency Response Teams, follow a national model established 17 years ago by the Los Angeles Fire Department and re-energized by the terrorist strike on 9/11. CERT responders do not replace but supplement professional emergency workers.
Thirty-eight states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia submitted award applications, for activities taking place between January 1, 2011 through June 1, 2012.
Also recognized in the CERT category were programs in Newport Beach, California; New York City; West Pierce County Fire and Rescue in Washington state; and the Georgetown University CERT in Washington, DC.
“This is not really my award and or even my Office’s award,” said Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings. “It belongs to the 300 public-spirited volunteers who actually serve on our teams. When the bell has sounded, they’ve climbed aboard, whether to supplement professional emergency responders or to help at non-emergency venues and events.”
An example of the former would be the late-spring search (successful, as it turned out) for a missing Falmouth woman; a typical non-emergency call out would be CERT’s assistance last month with crowd and traffic control at the Bourne Scallop Fest.
Attrition is commonplace with a program this robust, so keeping up with it is a task in itself. New volunteers are certified and graduate after attending eight classes; they convene once a week for two hours; next session begins in January.
You can learn more about CERT on the Sheriff’s website, www.bsheriff.net. To navigate from the home page (appearing first), hit the “Community Relations” tab. Then hit the first drop down, “Citizens Corps.” Then slide over and drop down one to “Community Emergency Response Team.”
Media release furnished by Barnstable Sheriff's Office
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