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
Three-year-old Tony Maschino would hear sirens, look for the lights, and wave to passing fire truck or police cruiser.
"This is something he truly loves. He's always been a fan of the Police and Fire departments. We'd be driving down the street and he'd be wanting to put his window down to wave to them. They've always been so kind to him," his mother Stephanie Maschino said.
Pittsfield's Operation Warm: More Than A Coat was a partnership between Pittsfield Fire Fighters Local 2647, the Boys and Girls Club and the Pittsfield Family YMCA.
"We were chosen this year as one of the organizations to receive [the coats]," said Rob Leary, president of Local 2647. "It kind of rotates throughout the state as to what area is to get them and they picked Pittsfield to get this year."
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph Klucznik presented certificates of completion to members of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class 60 on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Department of Fire Services' Springfield campus.
The firefighters union raised more than $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual Fill the Boot drive.
Some 25 members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2647 spent four hours last Saturday asking for change from people exiting Dunkin Donuts or the Donut Man in Pittsfield to raise the money. The effort is an annual drive to support IAFF's charity of choice.
It was standing room only in the City Council Chambers Tuesday night, filled with supporters of Frederick Conyers Jr. who was introduced as the newest firefighter.
Conyers was one of five names the mayor sent along to the council for appointment - joined by Michael Anthony, Max LaCasse, Jarrett Robitaille and Jesse Underwood-Miller - but his stood out after recent controversy over his background.
Frederick Conyers Jr. had a choice: he could run and hide from his past or he could face it head on.
On Tuesday, he sat, flanked by the mayor and the fire chief, surrounded by microphones and cameras from a half dozen local reporters, detailing his criminal history, incarceration and rise to redemption. Conyers is set to be appointed as one of the city's newest firefighters despite opposition from members of the firefighters union and some in the general public.
At Anthony Simeone's funeral the procession traveled down Columbus Avenue where outside of Fire Department headquarters trucks were pulled out and firefighters were giving a final salute.
The department provides honor guard at the wake and funeral, has trucks in the procession, and sounds a final alarm for former members of the department who died. Simeone had been a firefighter for 18 years and after he retired from the department in 1982, he continued to work closely with the Fire Departmen
The Fire Department is replacing its 11-year-old airpacks with more modern and safer ones.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced a $160,477 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase the 28 new units. The packs are used more than two dozen times a year to help firefighters breath in hazardous conditions.
An unconvinced City Council on Tuesday referred a proposal to restore parking meters to the Center Street parking lot to committee.
The lot has had a parking-ticket kiosk for a number of years, but it's been broken for at least four. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio had approached the Traffic Commission about restoring the meters last month, saying it was impossible to enforce parking limits in the short- and long-term areas.