Cheshire Fire Department

Cheshire Fire Department Volunteer Fire Department
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The Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department provides fire and Emergency Medical Services to over 3,500 residents of the Town of Cheshire in a 27 square mile area. We are an all volunteer force that runs 3 engines, a rescue, a tanker, and an EMS truck (BLS). All apparatus is housed in our headquarters building located at 29 South Street in Cheshire.

Mission: The mission of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Dept is to provide fire and emergency medical services to the residents of the Town of Cheshire.

VOTE today!
06/01/2020

VOTE today!

It's Election Day! Polls are open at the Community/Senior Center at 119 School Street from 9 am until 7 pm tonight - the Town Clerk and Town employees have set up the polls to make sure you can be confident that your safety is covered when you come to vote.

Click on this link to see a specimen ballot -

https://www.cheshire-ma.net/sites/cheshirema/files/news/specimen_annual_ballot_2020.pdf

05/25/2020
Town of Cheshire

Town of Cheshire

We were fortunate to hold a brief ceremony to remember those we lost to conflict.

05/25/2020
Cheshire Community Association

Update on the flyover today

Memorial Day Greetings . . . Flyover Update

It will come as no surprise to any New Englander that the weather is being finicky 😊. Low clouds like we have right now are prohibitive for aircraft visibility.

At this point the Flyovers in western MA are being delayed. Some in the eastern part of the state have been cancelled as there is no sign of clearing.

The current plan is for a 30 minute delay and if the skies have not cleared by then for the aircraft to perform some training exercises while they wait for any opportunity to complete the mission.

There is still hope but the timeline is totally dependent on the weather.

Fingers crossed!

We Remember ...
05/25/2020

We Remember ...

Cheshire Police Department
05/25/2020

Cheshire Police Department

We hope all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. This has been a challenging period in our lives and will certainly go down in the history books. On Monday Memorial Day between 12:15 and 12:30, Cheshire will be getting a flyover North to South to honor those who have sacrificed their lives so that we could live ours in Freedom. Keep your eyes to the sky and Stay Safe and Healthy everyone. 🇺🇸

Cheshire Police Department
05/25/2020

Cheshire Police Department

••Berkshire County residents ••• This is the flight pattern and times the fighter jets will be flying over tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day. Please share and keep an eye to the sky. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy everyone.

••••• UPDATE •••••. Possibility due to cloud cover this event will be at any time this afternoon. Eastern part of the state has canceled and they are waiting for conditions in the western part to improve to attempt the flyover. Keep your eyes to the sky and your fingers crossed.

Congratulations graduates!!!
05/22/2020

Congratulations graduates!!!

There’s no question that this year’s Seniors’ classes had to handle some pretty tough situations as they navigated their way through their final spring at school, whether it is missing spring sports, music events, and other social events. We’re all so proud of all of you and wish you nothing but the best on your next journeys!

Thank you to Berkshire Emporium Custom for designing these wonderful signs!

05/01/2020

Today is the LAST day for open burning. Hope everyone got their yard work done and is ready for summer! Be safe and stay healthy.

Cheshire Community Association
04/30/2020

Cheshire Community Association

Clean-up Cheshire Month - May 2020!

Dear fellow residents, neighbors and friends,

During this unprecedented time in our lives, community, while always important, has become even more critical to our well-being.

The concept of community sits at the foundation of Cheshire and our organization. The examples of this over the last couple of months are numerous. From the School Cafeteria & Food Pantry folks, to our resilient educators, to our Police & Fire Departments (what a great Easter Parade!), to our front-line Health Care workers. The list goes on.

The Cheshire Community Association was established in 2014 as a vehicle to reinforce and expand on this long-standing theme of community. Our first event in October 2014 was a town clean-up day that attracted more than 40 hardy souls, including State Representative Gail Cariddi, may she rest in peace.

Since that time, we've held the popular clean-up events each spring with ever-growing attendance. As we continue to measure our success by smiles on faces, the results have been overwhelming.

With all this said, in the spirit of community safety & health, we are forced to postpone our organized, spring clean-up day for now. We would, however, like to invite all residents to carry the torch during May which we've designated as "Clean Up Cheshire Month".

See the flyer with more details.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Cheshire Proud!

The Cheshire Community Association

04/24/2020

Just a reminder that open burning season ends on May 1st. No more open burning after that.

04/15/2020

***From Chief Francesconi***

On Easter Sunday, our department was dispatched to a reported shed fire on School St. The call was dispatched at 5:51 a.m. Our first responding unit called in at 5:53 a.m. and the first apparatus arrived at the scene of the fire at 5:56 a.m. In just five minutes, our incredible firemen, many of whom were still sleeping on Easter morning, left their homes and families to answer the call. To be a volunteer fireman is unlike anything most people will experience. Fire does not care if you are paid or if you volunteer. Fire is dangerous. The unique situation about being a volunteer is that you are on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

As a volunteer, each member needs to be mentally prepared to stop whatever they are doing and leave. Their families also need to be prepared. Spouses, partners, parents, and children must recognize that the moment the pager goes off, their fireman will have to leave the house. Family dinners, holidays, Christmas mornings, Easter mornings, sleeping in on the weekends, family game nights, meals out with friends, any moment at any time can be cut short. Each person left behind at home and each volunteer who responds has to be prepared for the worst case scenario . . . that the fireman may never return.

I am so incredibly proud to be the Chief of the Cheshire Fire Department. I am incredibly proud of the response times of the men and women who selflessly give up everything to provide such a vital service to the community. For eighteen years I have served alongside many incredible firefighters and I know the sacrifices they make along with their families. I know what it is like to go to bed every night with a change of clothes on my side of the bed ready to go in case the pager goes off. I know what it is like to give my children a quick kiss goodbye as I run out the door to the unknown. I know what it is like when I have to leave in the middle of the night and my wife and children are left listening to the radio hoping and praying that I return and that we have a successful call and can save those in need. I know what it is like to be out all night on a fire call only to have to stay awake the entire day to go to my full-time job. Communities, such as ours are incredibly blessed to have people still willing to give up so much without any compensation at all.

In the case of the Easter Sunday fire, we were unable to save the structure and contents. The fire was fully involved at the time of the call and a propane tank had exploded prior to our arrival. Another tank exploded as we were arriving. What was dispatched as a shed fire was actually a mini house that was not permitted to be inhabited. Despite the lack of permits, there was a woman living inside. I am sorry for the loss the woman sustained. I am also very proud of our firemen who responded without hesitation in just five minutes. It takes guts and courage to battle against fire, exploding propane tanks, and other issues involved in firefighting, but our members do so whenever the need arises and with dedication.

Thank you so much to the men and women who serve on our department! You are needed and you are appreciated, please do not ever undervalue yourselves because of your volunteer status! Thank you also to our community members who are steadfast with their support of our department! God bless you all! #CheshireProud

Thank you everyone for coming out to the parade!
04/12/2020

Thank you everyone for coming out to the parade!

What a great day for a parade. Our thanks to all who came out while keeping a safe distance. Our Department as well as the Fire Department enjoy doing what we do for our Community and we appreciate all the support we receive from you all. We wish you all a Happy Easter 🐣🐣 Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.

04/12/2020

After a very busy morning we want to take the opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Easter!!!!

Almost time for the parade!!!
04/12/2020

Almost time for the parade!!!

🐣 🐣 Easter Bunny Alert 🐣🐣 Get ready Sunday morning to come out and wave to the Easter Bunny as he passes through Town on a Fire Truck escorted by the Police cruisers. We will be leaving the firehouse at 10 a.m. following this route,
Church Street, Railroad St, Meadowview Drive, School St, out Main St to Dublin Road and Pine Valley. Back to Railroad St, Depot St, Dean St, Richmond St to Lanesboro Rd, Farnams to Cheshire Hills Hutchinsons area then Rte 8 to Crest Drive, Arnold Court to East view Dr to Fred Mason, Outlook Ave to West Mtn Rd and back to the firehouse. Should take about an hour so listen for the sirens. We will not be able to hit all the streets so feel free to come line the streets we posted. Social distance and stay safe. We hope to see you all. Please Share.

We are thrilled to bring a little Easter spirit to everyone on Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We hope people will be able t...
04/10/2020

We are thrilled to bring a little Easter spirit to everyone on Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We hope people will be able to view the mini-parade while practicing proper social distancing guidelines. Enjoy!

🐣 🐣 Easter Bunny Alert 🐣🐣 Get ready Sunday morning to come out and wave to the Easter Bunny as he passes through Town on a Fire Truck escorted by the Police cruisers. We will be leaving the firehouse at 10 a.m. following this route,
Church Street, Railroad St, Meadowview Drive, School St, out Main St to Dublin Road and Pine Valley. Back to Railroad St, Depot St, Dean St, Richmond St to Lanesboro Rd, Farnams to Cheshire Hills Hutchinsons area then Rte 8 to Crest Drive, Arnold Court to East view Dr to Fred Mason, Outlook Ave to West Mtn Rd and back to the firehouse. Should take about an hour so listen for the sirens. We will not be able to hit all the streets so feel free to come line the streets we posted. Social distance and stay safe. We hope to see you all. Please Share.

04/08/2020

There are no fire alerts for today so open burning is allowed. Be safe everyone!

04/07/2020

Good morning everyone. This is a message regarding open burning and the issuance of burn permits.

Today is considered a Class 4 burn danger day. The trees, woods and leaves are starting to dry up causing the possibility of fire spread. Therefore today there will be NO burning permits issued. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We will let you know when burning is back open again.

03/29/2020

Hello everyone. We just wanted to touch base to let everyone know we are still here and thankfully we are still 100%. We have taken every precautionary measure we can think of to try to avoid the spread of this Corona virus. We have even cancelled our weekly Thursday night training drills until further notice to avoid the possibility of spreading this virus. We are in communication with our local Board of Health and keeping tabs on any news or updates to this virus.

All that being said, we are still here if you should ever need us. That will never change. Our response may be a bit more cautious once we arrive on scene but we are still ready to provide you with the best possible fire and EMS service we are known for.

Please be safe and stay healthy. Maintain all the precautions that the CDC are recommending so we can stop this virus and not have to deal with this again. Most importantly smile and stay positive! We will get through this!

03/22/2020

To our town residents and our friends.

Our department has decided to cancel our annual fundraiser mailing and this year's Fireman's Ball that is usually held this time of year. With the uncertainties related to this pandemic as well as some people being out of work and businesses closing, we thought it best not to ask for donations and monetary support during this very difficult and unusual time. Your health and well being are above all else and we hope that we can get through this healthy, happy and stronger than ever.

Please stay strong and keep smiling. Together we will overcome.

Cheshire Community Association
03/20/2020

Cheshire Community Association

Rep. Smitty Pignatelli
03/19/2020

Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

The newest #COVID19 updates from Governor Charlie Baker:

For the latest Massachusetts updates about #COVID19, please visit the COVID-19 website: http://mass.gov/2019coronavirus and be sure to call the Massachusetts 2-1-1 informational and referral hotline #mapoli

03/18/2020

We would like to recognize Michael Biagini and Mark Biagini upon their retirement from the Cheshire Fire Department. Both served the town for over twenty years and were dedicated members of the department. Thank you both very much for your service!

Northampton Fire Rescue
03/18/2020

Northampton Fire Rescue

Here's a quick guide to help navigate symptoms and possible diagnosis' for current, common illnesses. This is just a guide and is not a definitive means for diagnosis.

According to MA DPH Commissioner, ​“80% of individuals exposed to [COVID-19] may experience mild, flu-like symptoms that can be treated at home. It’s possible to have no symptoms yet expose others to the virus; 15% may require more supportive treatment from their Primary Care Provider (PCP) and/or in-hospital care; 5% may develop severe symptoms requiring intensive care”.

Please, if you are experiencing symptoms, contact your PCP to determine the best course of action. Stay home when possible. Only call 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies. The majority of people will recover at home without needing any further intervention.

Again, please only call 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies and only go to the hospital upon the recommendation of your PCP. We all need to work together to reduce the spread of this disease and ensure the necessary resources are available for the people who need them most.

03/17/2020
Town of Cheshire

Town of Cheshire

Good afternoon everyone,

With the recent updates of the COVID-19 situation, it is prudent that the Town take certain actions to protect its employees and in light of the ever-evolving situation here in the Commonwealth, the difficult decision has been made to close town buildings to the public, effective tomorrow morning, March 17, 2020, until further notice. All town activities/programs are cancelled, as well. This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to attempt to limit in-person contact while also continuing to provide basic services to residents and business owners. The Town has also begun to take the necessary steps to cancel non-essential government meetings. This unfortunately includes meetings of all public bodies until appropriate accommodations can be made for public access.

Due to the physical configuration of our offices and buildings, it is not possible for our employees to maintain proper social barrier distances. We also operate with a very minimal staff and each position is absolutely essential to the efficient operation of the Town. In order to protect our employees, we are asking that all public interactions be strictly limited. If a meeting is absolutely necessary, we ask that appointments be made ahead of time and that you keep a log of who you have interacted with. Town Hall will remain locked and the public will be encouraged to communicate with Town staff via telephone or the internet. As we all know, this is also a critical time for local revenue. However, because staff health must take priority, we will arrange to encourage and promote online payments to all practical extent and provide a locked drop box for residents to drop off payments.

While we certainly understand this situation is not ideal, we are proceeding with the well-being of our citizens and staff in mind. We encourage everyone to closely follow information from the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH), our Board of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and exercise good judgement and caution.

#CheshireCOVID

Marlborough Fire Department
03/15/2020

Marlborough Fire Department

Please help us protect our own!

Town of Cheshire
03/15/2020

Town of Cheshire

Earlier tonight, the Town joined the Town of Adams, City of North Adams, Massachusetts, the Town of Williamstown, Massachusetts, and other communities in declaring a state of emergency in relation to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. This was done in order to ensure that our community will be eligible for any Federal and State reimbursement for certain municipal expenses and activities related to the COVID-19 response that may be taken in the interest of mitigating, managing and responding to this evolving situation. It is important to keep in mind that this is a proactive measure and done so in collaboration with our neighboring communities in the region to ensure a unified, consistent and effective response.

A full declaration will be available on the Town’s website soon.

#CheshireCOVID

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THANK YOU for bringing the Easter bunny to our neighborhoods!
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Dear Cheshire Fire Fighters: You are cordially invited to our event as our gift! Benefit Musical Reception: “Valentines for Veterans & 1st Responders” Give Your Love to Those Who Serve! The Voice of Art is so pleased to announce this special benefit event for local veterans and 1st responders on Friday, Feb. 15th, 6-8 pm. This event idea was generated from our saddening thoughts about current commercial trends concerning Valentine's Day and to create a powerful message for the ones who also deserve our gratitude and love. This Benefit Musical Reception is supported by Cheshire Academy Music Dept. and "Dames for Soldiers" on Friday, Feb 15th, 6-8 pm. This event is a fundraiser for "Art for Joy" program: Providing free therapeutic art classes to Veterans and 1st responders! A $25 Donation per person includes a beautiful concert by Cheshire Academy Music students, Dames for Soldiers' a nostalgic flair, scrumptious refreshments and door prizes. Raffle tickets are also available at the door and throughout the event! Ticket price: $25 donation (Children: $5 donation) online Or you may support us with your generous tax-deductible donation at: https://www.thevoiceofart.org/events/valentines-for-veterans-1st-responders Learn more about The Voice of Art? "Be a Voice of 2019!" https://youtu.be/5_XqFj__AgU The Voice of Art is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) visual art organization dedicated to creating art experiences that enrich the lives of local and surrounding communities’ residents. We look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, Hannah Jung Executive Director The Voice of Art Gallery & Studio 2 Town Center Plaza Cheshire CT 06410 203-379-0015 [email protected] www.TheVoiceofArt.org
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Thank you to the Cheshire Fire Department and Cheshire Police Department last night for all of their help with bringing our Bonfire Rally back for our community!
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