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Members of the Patrol Division arrived in under one minute and observed one of the possible suspects run back into the residence. The tenant of the apartment was able to get out of the residence and alerted police that two other people were in the home prior to the armed suspects entering.

Pittsfield Police Respond to Home Invasion, Possible Hostage Situation

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police arrested two men on Broad St. at the scene of a reported home invasion after activating the Special Response Team
 
Pittsfield Police responded to 18 Broad St. around 6:30 pm on Friday to a reported home invasion involving two masked armed individuals.
 
Members of the Patrol Division arrived in under one minute and observed one of the possible suspects run back into the residence. The tenant of the apartment was able to get out of the residence and alerted police that two other people were in the home prior to the armed suspects entering.
 
Attempts to contact or locate those individuals were unsuccessful resulting in authorities having to consider this incident a potential hostage situation. Berkshire County Special Response Team Commander John Murphy was notified. He responded to the scene and activated the Special Response Team (SRT). 
 
Broad Street was shut down in the immediate area and a perimeter was set up around the residence.
 
Around 8 pm two men exited the residence and were taken into custody by police for questioning. Another person believed to be in the home at the time of the incident was treated by EMS for a facial injury.
 
As of late Friday night detective bureau, drug unit and crime scene services were still in the process of identifying those involved and the roles they played in this incident. 
 
Police report that this was not a random incident and there is no threat to the public. The Detective Bureau continues to speak with witnesses and review area video surveillance.
 
The majority of the Pittsfield Police Department's resources were committed to this incident. As a result, the department requested mutual aid from neighboring towns. Members of the Dalton Police Department, Lanesborough Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assisted with the response to police calls for service within the city during this time. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department Detective Bureau (413-448-9705), call the Tip line (413-448-9706), or send us a tip via text message by texting "PITTIP" and your message to 847411 (TIP411)
 
 
 

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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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