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2009 Stories


  15 Suspicious Fires, 2 Deaths, Over 100 Firefighters (12/27/2009)
The initial call from the dispatcher at Northampton Control came in at 02:30 hours.  We were asked to respond under mutual aid with an engine to fire headquarters in Northampton for a report of multiple structure fires.  The tone of the dispatcher’s voice was an early indicator that this would not be an ordinary response.
  Another Massachusetts first (07/01/2009)
When Sue Labrie was appointed fire chief in Goshen in 2006, she became the first woman fire chief in Massachusetts.  This past spring when her brother Michael Gorski was appointed chief of the Hampden Fire Department, they became the first brother and sister fire chiefs serving concurrently in the state and we believe the nation. 
  Brother-Sister duo head up Massachusetts departments  (05/01/2009)
Fire chiefs Susan Labrie and Michael Gorski have more in common than just their home state of Massachusetts. The two are brother and sister.  Labrie heads up volunteer fire crews in Goshen, Mass., while Gorski is at the helm of his volunteer Hampden, Mass. department.
  Deparment hosts 'wetdown' to christen new pumper (04/19/2009)
The Town has reason to celebrate.  The fire department held an open house and wetdown of their latest fire engine.  Over 100 members of the community showed their support by stopping by to tour the firehouse, try on gear, and take in the sights.
  Open burning season ends on May 1st, 2009 (04/22/2009)
The following letter was received by the Goshen Fire Department from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protectin (MassDEP).  It is being reproduced here in order to provide information on alternative strategies for managing ice storm debris and to explain the reasons why the open burning season ends on Friday, May 1st.
  Firefighters attend Mass Fire Academy impact drills (03/17/2009)
Firefighters from Chesterfield, Goshen and Williamsburg recently attended a series of three Mass Fire Academy Impact Drills.  The drills, which were hosted by each of the towns, were held over a period of three weeks in March.
  Farmedic training (03/14/2009)
Do you know the hazards you might face when dealing with an incident on a farm?  Farms, as part of our rural landscapes, can appear to be a working experience that is non-threatening and peaceful.
  Coping with ice storm damage (03/12/2009)
The Goshen Open Space Committee is sponsoring a seminar for Hilltown residents to learn from the experts about their options for dealing with the damage to our trees and forests from the December ice storm.
  Swift River Road fire closes down Route 9 (02/25/2009)
A fire that began in the garage of a home at 1 Swift River Road on Monday forced local fire officials to close down Route 9 and diverted traffic for miles.
  Bacon's fire quickly contained (02/21/2009)

When the pager for Williamsburg Fire Chief Donald Lawton went off Saturday morning, a dispatcher’s voice from Northampton Control announced “Attention all Williamsburg units, box alarm.  Attention all Williamsburg units, box alarm.  Respond to Bacon’s Equipment, 29 Goshen Road in Williamsburg for a reported structure fire.”  Chief Lawton, who lives just a few houses up the road from Bacon’s looked out the window of his house and could see flames.


Goshen Fire receives equipment grant from FEMA (01/20/2009) 
The grant will be used to purchase equipment for the Department’s new engine, 56-E2, which replaced a 1960 engine. 

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