City of Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule Update

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Please be advised of the following work that will take place starting the week of June 14-18, as part of the City of Pittsfield's 2021 Street Improvement Project.
Beginning Monday through Friday, contractors will initiate curb removal on the following streets: Hawthorne Avenue, Oxford Street, Brenton Terrace, Cadwell Road, Velma Avenue, Westview Road, Scott Drive and Buel Street. 
During this work, on-street parking is prohibited during the hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. in these locations.
Please note the schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

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Pittsfield Fire Department to Host National Firefighter Challenge

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Fire Department and other Berkshire County firefighters will again test their endurance locally in the national Firefighter Combat Challenge.

The combat challenge is an obstacle course designed to test first responders as they perform strenuous tasks that come into play at the scene of a fire. At the same time, it demonstrates the intensity of the profession's physical demands to the public.

Wearing full bunker gear and Scott Air-Pak breathing apparatuses, competitors will race as they re-enact the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of duties.

"We call it the toughest two minutes in sports, it takes an average firefighter between two minutes and 30 seconds to about four minutes to finish it," Deputy Chief Dan Garner said.

"Some of the very fast firefighters can do it under two minutes, the super-fast ones can do it in under a minute and 30 seconds."

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