The Fire Department is in the midst of a hiring spree.
In the last three years, the department had 28 new hires and at least three more are expected by the end of the year. But, it isn't boosting staffing numbers. It is mostly driven by retirements and a cycle stemming from the state's adoption of Proposition 2 1/2.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project.
The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake. Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't approved.
On Tuesday, Matthew Bainbridge and Abigail Lemanski attended the state's 28th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards ceremony.
There hundreds of firefighters from throughout the country were honored for heroic efforts. And the medal of honor was given to posthumously to Watertown Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano. He saw the heroism and they saw the risks.
Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct.
Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Robitaille were given awards for meritorious conduct on Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.
Everyone goes home.
That's the mantra for the Pittsfield firefighters when they go out on a call. They look to their fellow jakes and expect a high level of professionalism and skill to be right by their side.
John Renzi says a successful business needs to give back to the community.
The latest for his business, Graphic Impact Signs, is custom cornhole boards for every city Fire Department engine company, and one for the Lanesborough Fire Department. He and his brother Dan delivered the boards to the stations on Friday.
Nine new firefighters joined the department after graduating from the department's six-week academy.
On Friday, the new firefighters were joined by friends, family, and city officials for a graduation ceremony at Reid Middle School.
Hoosac Valley High School athletes volunteered their time to shovel out fire hydrants throughout the community last weekend.
They took to the streets, shovels in hand, to dig out hydrants to ensure firefighters could get to them.
The Fire Department is now fully staffed with the help of a $1.1 million federal grant.
On Tuesday the City Council confirmed the appointments of eight new firefighters. The hiring gives the department the full complement of close to 90 firefighters and was only possible because of a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant to the tune of $1,112,864.
The Board of Selectmen have a proposal to privatize the ambulance service. But the Fire Department, which runs the town's volunteer ambulance now, is fighting to keep it.
The town's ambulance service has been facing tough financial times for the last few years and slowly depleting its reserves. Selectmen Henry "Hank" Sayers recently reached out to County Ambulance in Pittsfield about a service contract and the for-profit service agreed to provide 24-7 coverage at no cost to the town. County A