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Archived News 2015

RAIN COMPLICATES ROAD SPILL AFTER COLLISION ON ROUTE 44

(December 23, 2015)  The impact of a collision on Route 44 yesterday afternoon caused a hydraulic tank truck to rupture and spill onto the road causing a interruption of traffic for two hours.  

   Rehoboth public safety officials were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on involving a truck and a car.  Upon arrival, firefighters quickly contained the spill despite complications with on and off heavy rain.

    Traffic on Route 44 was cut down to one lane for approximately two hours while the truck was prepared for removal and the road made safe for regular travel. Mass DOT was also notified and provided a sander to cover a portion of the eastbound lane of the highway. The Rehoboth Fire Department required the truck owners to contract with a pollution control company to clean up the scene.    

     The operator of the motor vehicle was transported to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS with unknown injuries. Police officers and firefighters until the Route 44 was reopened for full use. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the RPD.


DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY IN PALMER RIVER SPLASHDOWN

(December 16, 2015)  Rehoboth public safety personnel responded to a one-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on the Palmer River.

   The accident occurred about 2:30 PM when an unidentified woman driver traveling eastward on I-195 left the roadway and went down an embankment near a bridge across the Palmer River.  The car came to a stop at the water’s edge.

   According to Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the driver was not seriously injured and had exited the vehicle by herself before emergency personnel arrived to the scene. She was later transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

   “She was extremely lucky,” noted Barresi, because the car stopped short of dropping into water known to be about twelve feet deep. Massachusetts State Police shut down left lanes of traffic for about an hour.  No further information has been released.


REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE GARAGE FIRE ON CHESTNUT STREET

(November 26, 2015)  Rehoboth fire crews yesterday battled an attached garage fire at a residence on Chestnut Street and were able to save the house.

   Firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Chestnut Street  after receiving a 911 call from the resident.  They arrived to find a “well involved” fire in an attached two-car garage, but were able to quickly knock down the flames and prevent extension to the rest of the home. 

   The resident, who was in another part of the residence when the garage fire began, called for help after hearing smoke detectors.

  RFD Chief Frank Barresi stated that "firefighters made a great stop and prevented further damage to the home."

    Fire crews remained on scene for approximately an hour. Rehoboth Police closed Chestnut Street and a detective was requested to the scene to assist with the investigation. Rehoboth EMS and the Providence Canteen provided rehab. Mutual aid from Norton and Swansea responded for station coverage. The family was able to remain in the home.   The cause of the fire remains under investigation and there were no injuries reported.


FIREFIGHTERS OFFER EXPERTISE IN RURAL WATER SUPPLY AND TANKER SHUTTLE TO AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

(October 26, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department played an important role yesterday in a drill sponsored by the Bristol County Fire Chiefs Association for departments from 18 towns along with units from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Field Communications Unit.

Tanker Shuttle Operations and Rural Water Supply were the topics of instruction at the drill conducted at the
Raynham Dog Track.  Rehoboth firefighters are uniquely qualified to teach these skills as Rehoboth has no municipal water supply.  RFD Chief Frank Barresi first presented classroom instruction before the operational drill.     

    Assistant chiefs Mark Haskell, Al Noons, and Jeff Rassol instructed and coordinated the water supply portion of the drill. Lieutenants Chris Botelho and Mike Bourdeau assisted with the operation.

    The group was able to shuttle 150,00 gallons of water over a two-hour period and flow up to 2200 gallons per minute. According to Barresi, all in attendance agreed it was a valuable day of training.



REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT HOLDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE

(October 20, 2015)  The Rehoboth Fire Department held its annual Firefighters Memorial on Sunday October 18 at Fire Station Three on Pleasant Street in South Rehoboth.

    The ceremony included wreath laying, remembrances, and a reading of the names of all departed members of the RFD.

   A fellowship was held in the station after the ceremony. The Department would like to thank all who attended. 







DRIVER  INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON FAIRVIEW

(July 24, 2015)  Trapped in her overturned vehicle, an unidentified woman was extricated by Rehoboth Fire Department personnel following a single car accident on Fairview Avenue near Oak Street yesterday morning.

    Emergency responders were dispatched to the accident scene that closed the roadway for over thirty minutes. The driver, the sole occupant, apparently first struck a utility pole before flipping over.  She was treated by Rehoboth EMS at the scene and then transported to the hospital for treatment. Her condition was not made available to the public.

    Rehoboth police are investigating the accident, the second in six days following road work done last Friday on Fairview Avenue from Tremont Street to Anawan Street.  The extensive roadwork required the posting of loose stone signs warning motorists to use caution and reduce speed.


CRASH ON FAIRVIEW AVENUE UNDER INVESTIGATION

(July 19, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched early Saturday morning to a motor vehicle crash into a pole on Fairview Ave. 

   The occupants were evaluated by Rehoboth EMS while firefighters contained a fluid spill and cleaned up debris while police investigated. Utilities were notified as the pole was snapped at the base.

   The road was shut down for approximately 45 minutes while the scene was cleared. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the RPD.




NO INJURIES IN CRASH THAT CLOSED ROUTE 44 ON MONDAY EVENING 

(June 23, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Route 44 at Wilmarth Bridge Road at approximately 5:30 yesterday. Despite heavy damage to both vehicles, no one was injured. 

   Rehoboth police shut down the eastbound lane of Route 44 for almost an hour while the two vehicles were removed. Firefighters used a cutting torch to separate the rear axle of one vehicles that became dislodged in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the RPD.





ROUTE 44 TRAFFIC DIVERTED FOR CAR FIRE

(May 1, 2015) Yesterday evening the Rehoboth Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Route 44. First arriving units report the car fully involved in flames.      

   According to RFD officials, the unidentified occupants were traveling on Route 44 when their car began to malfunction. After stopping, one occupant was injured when the engine compartment ‘flashed over‘ as he opened the hood.  Rehoboth EMS transported the man to the hospital. Traffic on Route 44 was diverted around the scene for approximately thirty minutes by Rehoboth police while firefighters extinguished the car and the vehicle was removed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the RFD.


RFD WARNS ‘BURNING SEASON IS OVER

(May 1, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department reminds residents that May 1 is the last day of burning season for 2015. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts sets the dates for open burning and they cannot be changed by local government or the Fire Chief.

   “Anyone who burns after today will be doing so without a permit thus making it illegal,” warns Fire Chief Frank Barresi.  “If the fire department responds to your property for illegal burning you will be subject to fines and possible restitution for the response,” he added.  As a reminder: commercial waste haulers do provide services for the removal of yard waste if needed.


TUESDAY MORNING FIRE ON COUNTY STREET

(March 10, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department credits an alert passer-by for calling in a report of smoke coming from a shed behind a home on County Street in Rehoboth this morning.

     Firefighters were dispatched around 8 AM and quickly knocked down the fire, saving most of the contents of the wooden shed.  According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, three engines and a tanker responded to the fire. 

   All units cleared the scene by around 9:30 AM.  Seekonk Fire Department provided an engine for coverage.  The cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but is under investigation.


SNOW CAUSES BARN COLLAPSE ON MARTIN STREET

(March 3, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel responded yesterday morning to the report of a barn collapse on Martin Street.  A riding ring attached to the barn had caved in pulling the roof in front of the stalls down with it. Because horse stalls were not accessible from the front, the rear doors were pried open and three horses removed safely. There were no injuries to the residents or the animals. The town animal control officer and building inspector were also on the scene. Rehoboth Fire Department companies cleared the scene within two hours. 


REHOBOTH FIRE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(March 3, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotions of three lieutenants to the rank of Captain.

    Scott Wentworth was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 1 (Center Station). A member of the Rehoboth Fire Department for fifteen years, Captain Wentworth has served seven years as a lieutenant. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Fire Academy with certifications in Firefighter I/II and Fire Officer I.  He also is a member of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association.

   Ken Marcotrigiano was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 2 (North Station).  Captain Marcotrigiano has served the RFD for twenty-seven years with twelve years as lieutenant. He is the fire department’s EMS Coordinator and is Co-President of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association. 

   Dan Noons was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 3 (South Station). A thirty year veteran of the RFD, he served seven years as lieutenant.  Captain Noons is Co-President of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association, and serves the Department with his two brothers, Deputy Bob Noons and Assistant Chief Al Noons.


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDER: KEEP YOUR VENTS CLEAR

(February 16, 2015) With the accumulation of multiple recent snow storms, the Rehoboth Fire Department reminds residents to keep all vents for fuel burning appliances clear. 

   According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the department has received numerous calls for carbon monoxide alarms.  In some cases, firefighters discovered CO at dangerous levels.  Massachusetts law requires dwellings to have working CO detectors on every level. 

    “If you need assistance with getting a CO detector or need a site visit to ensure proper placement, just call us,” said Barresi.  Those interested should call the RFD at 508-252-3725.

    On Saturday morning, RFD assisted with mutual aid to a two-alarm fire in Berkley by sending a tanker and personnel.  With a temperature of minus-eleven degrees on arrival, firefighters dealt with freezing water, hoses and trucks.  “It took a strong effort to extinguish the fire,” said Baressi.  The Rehoboth apparatus returned to the station later Saturday morning.


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT’S NEW TRUCK

(January 29, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department placed a new brush truck in service last week. Designated Brush #2, the truck will be based at Marshall Station Two in North Rehoboth.

   The 2015 Ford F-350 cab and chassis was approved under last year's capital plan at town meeting. According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the bed, pump and tank from the station’s old 28-year-old military surplus Chevrolet was swapped onto the new  chassis.

   “Rehoboth has vast areas of woods, fields and forests and the new truck will add to the department's capability to extinguish fires in those locations,” said Barresi. “The Department would like to thank Consolidated Truck & Equipment and the members of Station # 2 for donating the time and material to transition the vehicle.

OPEN BURNING 101: PLEASE KNOW THE RULES

(January 22, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department reports some confusion from residents on open burning rules and regulations and how to obtain and pay for a permit.  It is important to know this information if you plan to do any burning on your property lest you be fined for open burning offenses.

   Burning season runs through May 1, 2015 and open burning permit can be obtained seven days a week from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Fire Station One in the Public Safety Building located at 334 Anawan Street (back door). Each permit is $5 which lasts for the burning season. Payment by check or money order only. There is a fine of up to $50 for a first burning violation offense. If you have any questions or concerns about how to burn legally and safely, please call the RFD at 508-252-3725.

   Here is a review of the rules.  A permit holder must call 508-252-3725 every day you wish to burn between 9 AM and 12 PM to obtain permission. No calls are answered before 9 AM. Have your permit number, address and phone number readily available. In other words, please don’t tie up one of the department’s two phone lines by telling them to hold on while you run and try to find your permit.

   You may only burn cut and piled brush that has not been accumulated from a commercial operation. Burning of any other debris other than brush will result in the revocation of your permit. The burning of leaves is not allowed.

    All fires must be extinguished by 4 PM. This will be strictly enforced. Be sure to only ignite piles that can completed by 4 PM.

    Construct piles a minimum of 75 to 100 feet from the nearest structure and in an area where smoke will not be a nuisance to neighbors or roadways.

    Please keep in mind there are State guidelines that determine whether or not burning will be allowed.  Call takers do not make that decision and cannot reverse it.

    If at any time you feel you fire may be getting out of control, do not hesitate to call 911 and ask the fire department to respond. A fire can double in size every minute and delaying the response can result in damage to property and structures.


NEW YEAR’S EVE CRASH ON TREMONT STREET SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

(January 1, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve to a single motor vehicle crash on the west end of Tremont Street. A white Maserati was found in the woods with the two occupants standing nearby. Firefighters and EMS treated and transported the two unidentified occupants, with unknown injuries, to the hospital using two ambulances. Firefighters remained on scene until the vehicle was removed.  National Grid was requested to the scene for a snapped support pole. The accident remains under investigation by the RPD.


RPD OFFICER NOTICES CHIMNEY FIRE

(January 15, 2015) An alert officer of the Rehoboth Police Department is credited with noticing a smoking chimney fire at a Pleasant Street residence Wednesday morning.

    The officer quickly called in the smoke report and address to the dispatcher.  Rehoboth firefighters rapidly arrived on the scene to find a small blockage burning in the chimney that was cleared and extinguished.  The scene was clearly in approximately one hour.

    "The officer could quite possibly have averted what could have become a serious fire,” said Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi.  “This was the second time firefighters responded to a residential chimney fire in less than a week.” Residents are cautioned to follow the usual fire safety advise including having chimneys cleaned and properly maintained on a regular basis. 


REHOBOTH HOSTS MASS FIRE ACADEMY CLASS ON HIGH VOLTAGE SAFETY

(January 12, 2015) On Sunday, January 11, the Rehoboth Fire Department hosted a Massachusetts Fire Academy class at Station Three with over 40 firefighters from Rehoboth and other communities in attendance. 

   The newly introduced class focused on high voltage awareness as firefighters constantly deal with power lines, transmission facilities and the equipment related to it.

    “The class was a great refresher on the do's and don'ts with high voltage,” said Fire Chief Frank Baressi.  “A lot of focus was on firefighter safety itself and situational awareness.”

   According to Baressi, the Academy received over 60 requests for the new class, but the class could only accommodate one-third of those interested in attending.  Rehoboth was chosen to host the new class in part because the RFD is known for being progressive with training and has hosted Academy training in the past. National Grid provided the pictured training prop for the program.


REHOBOTH FIRE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(January 10, 2015)  The Office of Fire Chief Frank Barresi, Town of Rehoboth Fire Department, is pleased to announce the following promotions within the on-call fire department. Only the fire chief is a full-time paid employee of the town.  All other firefighters and department officers are on-call as needed and have other occupations. On-call personnel pursue training and continuing education year-round.

    Robert “Bobby” Noons, 35 year veteran of the RFD, was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. He previously served as Assistant Fire Chief and Battalion Chief under retired Chief Bob Pray, and was formally Captain of Station 3.  Chief Noons resides on Davis Street in Rehoboth with his wife and two daughters. He is employed as an equipment operator for J&J Materials in Rehoboth.

    With 32 years of service in the RFD, Jeff Rassol was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Chief Rassol was previously Captain of Station 2 for fifteen years.  He is assigned the duty of Chief of Fleet Maintenance.  Chief Rassol resides on Tremont Street in Rehoboth with his wife and daughter, and is employed as a HVAC service technician for Aero Plumbing and Heating.

    A 27-year veteran of the RFD, Al “Alfie” Noons was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Previously Captain of Station 3 for nine years, he is assigned the duty of Chief of Training.  He resides on Davis Street in Rehoboth with his wife and 3 children, and is employed as a union elevator technician for Otis Elevator.

   With 25 years of service with the RFD, Mark Haskell was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Previously Captain of Station 1 for nine years, he is assigned the duty of Chief of Administration.  Chief Haskell resides on Pond Street in Rehoboth with his wife and two sons.  He is employed as the President of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs for Stat/SouthCoast EMS based in North Dartmouth Mass and Coastline EMS based in East Providence RI.


REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE CHIMNEY FIRE AND FRIGID TEMPERATURE

(January 9, 2015)  On the coldest day of the winter so far, Rehoboth firefighters battled a residential chimney fire together with the frigid temperature yesterday after being were dispatched to a home on Hillside Avenue in Rehoboth.

    According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the fire proved to be stubborn and it took close to an hour to get it under control.  He noted that firefighters “had to contend with a thick blockage in the chimney while preventing it from spreading into the walls or attic.”

    After the fire was declared under control, it took a while to remove and extinguish the smoldering material. The scene was cleared after approximately two hours. Rehoboth EMS provided rehab while the Rehoboth Police Department provided traffic control on the narrow street. Norton firefighters covered the central fire station. There were no injuries and a dollar estimate has not yet been placed on the damage to the property.


NEW YEAR’S EVE CRASH ON TREMONT STREET SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

(January 1, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve to a single motor vehicle crash on the west end of Tremont Street. A white Maserati was found in the woods with the two occupants standing nearby. Firefighters and EMS treated and transported the two unidentified occupants, with unknown injuries, to the hospital using two ambulances. Firefighters remained on scene until the vehicle was removed.  National Grid was requested to the scene for a snapped support pole. The accident remains under investigation by the RPD.