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Lanesborough Honors Longtime Firefighters

The Board of Selectmen on Monday recognized four longtime firefighters who have a 130 years of combined service.

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Pittsfield City Council Brings on New Firefighters

The Fire Department has nearly 100 employees. Sammons was appointed as permanent chief earlier this month.

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Pittsfield Firefighter Befriends Teen Rescued From Springside Park

When a teenager fell some 25 feet into an abandoned cistern at Springside Park, Firefighter Mike Marran was the first one down there with him. He kept him calm and talked sports, he took care of the wounds, secured him into a halfback, and the other first responders pulled him out through a tri-pod set up. It is what Mike Marran is trained to do as a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.

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Two Pittsfield Firefighters Resign After Residency Challenged

Two newly hired firefighters resigned after it was found they had falsely claimed residency to get a boost in the Civil Service exam. The Civil Service Commission called for an investigation into the matter after a bypass appeal was filed late last fall. Justin Brady had taken the exam but did not get the job. He filed a grievance with the Civil Service Commission claiming three candidates - Lucas Perry, Jonathan LaCasse, and Nicholas Amuso - above him did not qualify for the residency prefer

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Pittsfield Hosting Firefighter Challenge Race This Weekend

Firefighters from all over will swarm Pittsfield next weekend to test their skills against each other. The Firefighter Combat Challenge is an obstacle course that designed to test firefighters on different tasks they've had to accomplish immediately on the scene of a fire - whether than be rolling out a hose or carrying a victim. Wearing full geat the firefighters will race each other up a five-story tower with a hose, hoist hoses from the ground, hop I-beams, drag hoses, and carry a 175-poun

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North Adams Bids Farewell to Clerk, Welcomes Police, Firefighters

Gomeau, who has served as city clerk for 15 years, choked up as she swore in her replacement, Deborah Pedercini.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Donate Christmas Gifts to DCF

The city's firefighters are helping to provide a good Christmas to children in DCF care. The firefighters union continued its annual holiday tradition of buying gifts for more than two dozen local children involved with the Department of Children and Families. The firefighters had taken the names of 25 children, what they'd like for Christmas, and then headed out to shop for them.

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WMass Technical Rescue Team Honored for Meritorious Conduct

The Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team and Montgomery's late longtime fire chief were among honorees at the 29th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards.

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Retirements Lead To Numerous New Hires In Pittsfield Fire

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.

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Pittsfield Fire Pins Nine Officers

Mitch Kellar didn't have a Saturday he'll quickly forget. It was his first shift a deputy fire chief, his first day serving as a captain, and there four fires all at the same time.

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