NEW PART TIME DISPATCHERS TO BEGIN THIS WEEK

We have 4 new part time dispatchers starting a rigorous training program this week. They are:
Tom Ball from Hancock, NH
Joe Bevilacqua from Rindge,NH
Ashton Nyre from Harrisville, NH
Gordon Rudolph from Spofford, NH
We wish them all the best as they begin the training process.

12 YEARS AGO TODAY ANOTHER SERIOUS FIRE WAS FOUGHT

SOUTH LONDONDERRY—A historic home was heavily
damaged in a four-alarm fire on New Year’s Day.
Units from 10 surrounding communities fought the blaze,
which started in an attached barn and spread to the main building.
Firefighters struggled to gain access to the fire, working under
disorienting conditions inside the smoky house, said Chief George
Lang of South Londonderry Fire Department.
“The fire was in the third floor and we couldn’t find access,” he
said, adding that at one point he pulled his firefighters out to
regroup. “It was a very stubborn fire.”
Units from South Londonderry, Londonderry, and Weston
were initially called to the fire, at the 1850s-era house across from
the library.
Within minutes of the 11:54 a.m. call, additional units were
summoned from Weston and Winhall, said dispatcher Joe
Sangermano of Mutual Aid in Keene, N.H. They were soon
joined by the Stratton, Peru, Jamaica, Wardsboro, and Manchester
fire departments.
“Someone pounded on my door and said the house was on
fire,” said neighbor Bruce Frauman, who was among several 911
callers. “I saw flames coming out the roof of the barn.”
The house, owned by Barbara Callahan, was being leased by
the Mahogany run Ski Club of Vineland, N.J., said club president
Walt Muessig.
“We lease it for the season,” he said, declining to identify the
most recent tenants. “Their time was supposed to be over Friday.”
Officials had not spoken with the tenants at presstime, and
their whereabouts could not be established. Callahan was out of
state and could not be reached for comment.
No injuries were reported in the fire, but the house was effectively
destroyed due to fire, smoke, and water damage, said Lang.
“The house is basically totaled,” he said. “It was extensively
damaged.”
But Lang credited an efficient response with preventing even
more serious damage or loss of life.
“I can’t say enough about the mutual aid,” he said. “(The fire)
was really going.”
Fire inspectors were due to investigate the blaze Monday night,
and Lang said firefighters would remain on the scene to water the
building and watch for flare-ups.
“We hate to see the old houses leave us,” he said. “Hell of a way
to start the new year.”

THE YEAR 2012

Southwestern NH District Fire Mutual Aid Dispatch Center dispatched 16,613 incidents in 2012. From calls that involved a single piece of apparatus responding to calls that involved many towns responding to a multi alarm building fire, each incident involves receiving and making phone calls and can involve up to 100 or more radio transmissions. Quite often these incidents seem to happen at the same time, bringing more of a challenge to the dispatchers on duty. When an incident is not being dispatched and tracked, the phones are still ringing for various reasons. We at Fire Mutual Aid, from the command staff to the dispatchers to the radio repair technicians take great pride in our profession and strive to do the best job we can for the citizens and responders that we are here to serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From all of us, please have a safe and happy 2013.

14 YEARS AGO TODAY

Does anyone remember how cold it was today, 14 years ago? I bet if you ask any of the firefighters battling the Mariposa Theater fire in Peterborough how cold it was on January 1, 1999, they could tell you! The fire went to 3 alarms and involved many departments that cold day.