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2006 Stories



Redeem your cans and help restore history   (12/21/2006)
The Goshen Firefighters Association (GFA) is looking for your help.  We are
asking that you bring your redeemable bottles and cans to the transfer station on Saturdays and consider donating them to support the restoration of the truck. 

  Santa Claus comes riding to town on 56-E1  (12/20/2006)
Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Goshen Town Hall Wednesday night on his trusty old attack pumper.
   Blaze injures 'Hamp man, 90  (12/12/2006)
A 90-year-old man who used a medical alert system to summon authorities was left in critical condition after a fire in his Prospect Street home early yesterday morning.
  GFD assists NFD during Prospect Street fire  (12/11/2006)
Goshen firefighters were called in to assist the Northampton Fire Department with station coverage while they battled this early morning fire on Prospect Street.
  Elderly man critical after Northampton fire  (12/11/2006)
An elderly man was in critical condition and one firefighter suffered minor injuries in a fire on Prospect Street early this morning.
  Chief attends flammable liquids training in Nevada  (12/04 - 12/07/2006)
Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie attended a "Flammable-Liquid Fire Fighting Techniques for Municipal and Rural Firefighters" class at the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy last week.
  Black ice leads to multi-car accident  (11/30/2006)
It’s black ice season again and already the season has been costly in fender bender repairs, particularly with a multiple car accident involving the fire truck on Sunday.
  Black ice forces closure of Route 9  (11/26/2006)
An early morning accident along Route 9 in Goshen forced the closure of the state highway for just under an hour Sunday morning.  A late model Honda Accord was traveling westbound just in front of the Goshen Stone Company when black ice on the roadway caused the driver to lose control, spin and hit the guardrail.
  Jaws training destroys 4 vehicles  (11/21/2006)
Goshen firefighters turn a Lincoln Continental, a Toyota Sienna, a Toyota MR2 and a Nissan Altima into scrap metal all for the sake of training.
  Car rolls over on West Street  (11/21/2006)
Goshen police and fire personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident that sent the driver to Baystate Medical Center with minor injuries.
  Event honors Fran Dresser  (10/26/2006)
Retired Fire Chief Francis Dresser, a WW II veteran of the highly decorated 96th Infantry Division in the South Pacific and an admirer of General Douglas McArthur, has always said of his retirement as Goshen's Chief that he wants to simply fade away like an old soldier.
  Deep thanks offered to Chief Dresser  (10/23/2006)
More than 150 firefighters and rescue personnel and their families gathered at the Florence Elks Lodge last week to honor retired Goshen Fire Chief Francis S. Dresser, who stepped down this year after 55 years of service.
  Labrie takes helm as first female fire chief  (08/31/2006)
Firefighters enjoy a sense of camaraderie and familial friendship – that feeling was evident during the Aug. 28 swearing in ceremony in the John James Memorial Hall for the state’s first female fire chief, Sue Labrie.
  More women have hot jobs  (08/26/2006)
It’s still a predominantly male job, but women in MetroWest are slowly joining local fire departments to do what they say is a gender-neutral career.  While the small town of Goshen in western Massachusetts hired the first female fire chief in the state this week, area fire departments can only boast having 16 full-time female firefighters among hundreds of male colleagues.
  Woman named 1st Fire Chief  (08/24/2006)
This town of less than 1,000 became the first of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts to appoint a female fire chief.  Goshen selectmen said they hired a woman as chief, because she was the best candidate for the job.
  Goshen has a first in new Fire Chief  (08/23/2006)
Only after selectmen appointed Susan Labrie the town's new fire chief did they get around to asking how many other fire departments across the state had a woman at the helm.  The answer, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokewoman for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, is none.
  Crash injures Boy Scout Camp staff  (07/14/2006)
All four young men injured in Tuesday's one-car crash in Williamsburg were counselors on their night off from the Boy Scout camp in neighboring Chesterfield.
  Crash illustrates coordinated response  (07/13/2006)
Almost every day in Hampshire County, emergency personnel must to work together to help save lives, minimize damage and secure accident, fire and crime scenes.  They did so again Tuesday. Around 6:30 p.m. that day in Williamsburg, a speeding Ford Mustang with four young male occupants flipped over and struck a utility pole.
  Cause of crash probed by police  (07/13/2006)
It appears speed was a factor in a Tuesday evening accident on Petticoat Hill Road that left two young men hospitalized, authorities said yesterday.
  Explosion levels home  (07/13/2006)
In an explosion that could be heard as far away as Ashfield and Huntington, the 502 Main Rd. (Rte. 143) home of 48-year-old Kevin Ladd was shredded into match sticks just before 8 a.m. on July 5.
  Four hospitalized after crash in Williamsburg  (07/12/2006)
Firefighters and EMTs from Williamsburg, Northampton, Chesterfield and Goshen, as well as the Highland Ambulance Service, pulled all four people out of the car with the aid of hydraulic tools.
  Jaws used to extricate passengers trapped in car  (07/12/2006)
A car police say was speeding on a small Williamsburg road crashed into a utility pole early Tuesday night. The wreck sent four people, including three teenaged boys, to area hospitals.
  Gas suspected in blast  (07/06/2006)
State and local investigators are still working to pinpoint the cause of a Wednesday morning blast that reduced a Chesterfield home to rubble. 
But their probe appears to center on whether a supply of propane to the house, from a tank outside, was responsible for the dramatic explosion, characterized by a town fire official as 'brief, momentary, but very intense.'
  In close-knit Chesterfield, neighbors are first responders  (07/06/2006)
Luther Liimatainen was driving a dump truck toward the center of town early Wednesday when he heard a blast.  There goes a tire, he thought.  But when he climbed out of the truck, he saw Kevin A. Ladd's ruined house.
  Morning blast levels house  (07/05/2006)
A blast tore through a Chesterfield home at 8 a.m. today, trapping the resident in the basement, as neighbors worked frantically to help stop him from bleeding to death.
  Dresser stepping down  (06/30/2006)
Fire Chief Francis S. Dresser, who was appointed to the position in 1951, will step down from his position tomorrow.
  Hilltown fire chief ends 55 year reign  (06/29/2006)
When Fran Dresser was appointed chief of the Goshen Fire Department in 1951, Harry Truman was president and most Hilltown families didn't have televisions.

Fire claims Ashfield home, barn  (06/02/2006)
A lightning bolt sparked a fire Thursday night that destroyed a home that was in a local family for three generations. The house had no insurance.

  5 Hilltown firefighters complete basic training  (03/30/2006)
Five Hilltown volunteer firefighters graduated this month from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's I/II Basic Training Class. Two firefighters from Goshen and three from Chesterfield were among 29 men and women honored after completing the six-month course.
  GFD assists at Crescent Street fire in Northampton  (11/06/2005)
Goshen Firefighters were initially called to Northampton for station coverage while the their Fire Department fought this blaze on Crescent Street.  It wasn't long before being called to the scene to pump water from a hydrant in front of Smith College.
  Goshen firefighters offer mutual aid at Hatfield structure fire  (01/24/2005)
Goshen Firefighers responded to this Mutual Aid call to Hatfield on the morning of January 24, 2005 with the Hampshire County Mobile Air Supply truck  (Hampshire County Air).
  Fire strikes again in Williamsburg  (12/16/2004)
For the second time in two weeks a major fire has occured in town.  Last week, the Demerski and Rome families lost their home on Dec. 1.  This week it was the home of Milton Rice on Dec. 11.  Williamsburg Fire Chief Don Lawton said, "The last couple of weeks have been horrible."
  Nash Hill Road fire  (04/03/2003)
Shortly after 3AM on March 3, 2004, Goshen Firefighters responded to Williamsburg with a tanker truck (56 - Tanker 1) and worked alongside members of the Chesterfield, Northampton and Williamsburg Fire Departments.

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