Congratulations to Deputy Chief Bonnie Johnson for 28 years of dedicated service to Fire Mutual Aid.
Congratulations to Deputy Chief Joe Sangermano for 24 years of dedicated service to Fire Mutual Aid.
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.
Meeting is scheduled for January 8th at the Keene Central Station. Dinner at 7 with meeting to follow. There will be a copy of the bylaws with changes available to help offset mailing costs.
SOUTH LONDONDERRYâ€”A historic home was heavily
damaged in a four-alarm fire on New Yearâ€™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.
â€œThe fire was in the third floor and we couldnâ€™t find access,â€ he
said, adding that at one point he pulled his firefighters out to
regroup. â€œIt was a very stubborn fire.â€
Units from South Londonderry, Londonderry, and Weston
were initially called to the fire, at the 1850s-era house across from
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
â€œSomeone pounded on my door and said the house was on
fire,â€ said neighbor Bruce Frauman, who was among several 911
callers. â€œI saw flames coming out the roof of the barn.â€
The house, owned by Barbara Callahan, was being leased by
the Mahogany run Ski Club of Vineland, N.J., said club president
â€œWe lease it for the season,â€ he said, declining to identify the
most recent tenants. â€œTheir time was supposed to be over Friday.â€
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.
â€œThe house is basically totaled,â€ he said. â€œIt was extensively
But Lang credited an efficient response with preventing even
more serious damage or loss of life.
â€œI canâ€™t say enough about the mutual aid,â€ he said. â€œ(The fire)
was really going.â€
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.
â€œWe hate to see the old houses leave us,â€ he said. â€œHell of a way
to start the new year.â€
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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.
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.