North Adams Firefighters Local 1781

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05/01/2020
North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

Date: Friday May 1, 2020
Authored by: Chief Jason R. Wood
Subject: Retirement of Dispatcher Maryann King

It took me some time to think about how I am supposed to choose the right words to give credit and recognition to someone who spent nearly half a century selflessly serving the City of North Adams. To that end, I came to this conclusion. It simply cannot be done.

Maryann King retired on April 29th, 2020 after spending 46 years serving the citizens of North Adams in various capacities. Thirty of those years in the Public Safety Division as Meter Maid, E911 Dispatcher and School Crossing Guard. Maryann also spent significant amounts of time on various committees for the City of North Adams. Listing Maryann’s job functions is the easy part.

Now onto the more difficult part of describing who Maryann is as a person. Maryann is the person who volunteered every time there was a retirement party to plan. Maryann is the person who sacrificed countless hours of her free time to maintain the uniforms of our police officers. Maryann is the person who was the first to step-up in helping plan functions such as National Night Out and the annual Downtown Celebration in regard to the Police Departments involvement. Maryann is the person almost all of us have talked to about our problems, whether they be professional of personal. Maryann provided a much-needed maternal touch in a predominately dominated male profession.

Speaking with Maryann recently about her retirement, I know she struggled with this decision on an emotional level. Maryann, I say this to you with sincere honor and respect. Please do not second guess your decision in retirement for a moment. Your family here at the North Adams Police Department will always be here for you. It is now time to enjoy more time with your husband. Visit your children and grandchildren more, which I know mean so much to you.

As I stated in the beginning, words cannot accurately describe what Maryann gave to the City of North Adams and the North Adams Police Department. However, I hope this attempt will at least give anyone who reads this the understanding of why I will always consider Maryann irreplaceable in many ways.

Enjoy your retirement Maryann!!

Sincerely,
Jason R. Wood, Chief of Police

North Adams 911
04/29/2020

North Adams 911

The members of NBEMS, NAFD, and NAPD were proud to show our support for New York City and our brothers and sisters at FDNY and NYPD. The banner and photo were sent down to New York City along with letters of support and encouragement from our members.

A special thank you to Nicholas J Mantello for the amazing photos, Beck’s Printing for making the banner, and Melissa O’Neil for making the frame. Also, thank you to Lt.Daniel Gigliotti and Lt. Adam O'Neil of NBEMS for leading this effort. Great work by all involved!

North Adams 911
04/20/2020

North Adams 911

A heartfelt thank you to Pete Oleskiewicz owner of Desperados Mexican Restaurant for delivering and donating dinner for the on call crew at North Adams Fire Department. A truly NAmazing guy.

Massachusetts State 911
04/15/2020

Massachusetts State 911

Awesome job North Adams Dispatchers! THANK YOU for your service and for being the first, first responder as you play a critical role in the field of public safety. You are appreciated!

#NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorWeek2020

Thank you to all a hard working Dispatchers!!!
04/15/2020

Thank you to all a hard working Dispatchers!!!

April 12-18 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, where we recognize and celebrate our Disptchers...then Thin Gold Line that bonds the Red, Blue, and White Lines. This year with our station restrictions and social distancing they’re doing more than ever. The voice on the other end of the phone and radio. Thank you Dispatchers. (Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.)

We encourage all of you to celebrate and honor yourselves, your co-workers, your bosses and your employees. Host a party, reach out to your local media and public officials, or launch an awards program. Use the tools and suggestions on this blog to help you make National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2020 a memorable one for you and your colleagues.

Thank you, again, for all the sacrifices you make to create a better and safer world for the public.

North Adams 911
04/01/2020

North Adams 911

NAFD was called to assist Clarksburg Fire and Northern Berkshire EMS in the extraction of an injured hiker off Horrigan Rd. about 1:35 pm. The rough terrain and muddy conditions made it a real team effort. Great job to all. And a speedy recovery to the hiker.

Mayor Tom Bernard
03/31/2020

Mayor Tom Bernard

Thanks to the Boston Public Health Commission for sharing shared this simple and clear graphic on social distancing. -TWB

North Adams 911
03/24/2020

North Adams 911

North Adams Fire Department was called to a fully involved Ford Ranger in front of Braytonville Garage about 4:35 pm. A driver was bringing his truck for repairs, and upon entering the parking lot, burst into flames. Fortunately no one was injured.

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts
03/21/2020

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

At this time the city has chosen to open free parking. This has been done in furtherance of stopping the spread of any illness. You will see the meters have been taped off for the time being, thank you.

03/20/2020
Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police

The below message is going around on Facebook. We do not know the source of this. We looked into it and determined that at least one such incident may have occurred in central Mass. Please be advised that anyone claiming they have to check your house for coronavirus is perpetrating as scam. If someone does come to your home making these claims call 911 to report the incident.

Message on Facebook:

Attention
The Massachusetts State Police want everyone to be aware that there are people going house to house in a white van in Hazmat suits telling people that they were sent to check every house for Corona Virus. They are taking fake vitals and stealing from people while in your home.
If you see a white van and people in Hazmat Suits, “CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY !!!”

Kitchen Fire Forces 18 to Evacuate North Adams Building
03/18/2020
Kitchen Fire Forces 18 to Evacuate North Adams Building

Kitchen Fire Forces 18 to Evacuate North Adams Building

Home About Archives RSS Feed Kitchen Fire Forces 18 to Evacuate North Adams Building 04:50AM / Wednesday March 18, 2020 Firefighters respond to an early morning fire on Union Street.PreviousNext NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire forced the evacuation of about 18 people from a boarding hou...

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
03/16/2020

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

2️⃣1️⃣1️⃣

☎️We have activated Mass211 to support residents throughout the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Massachusetts residents can call 2-1-1 at any time for real-time COVID-19 information, resources and referrals in multiple languages.

MORE via Massachusetts Department of Public Health: http://bit.ly/COVID211

03/14/2020
International Association of Fire Fighters

International Association of Fire Fighters

Help protect our fire fighters and paramedics against #coronavirus. When calling 9-1-1, tell the dispatcher/call taker if you or anyone with you has flu-like symptoms.

03/07/2020
North Adams 911

North Adams 911

Friends, This weekend we will be going on Daylight Savings Time. It is customary to change the batteries or upgrade your currant alarm to a ten year sealed battery unit. Please don't forget. your life could depend on it.

North Adams First Responders Extricate Injured Girl From Ravine
03/05/2020
North Adams First Responders Extricate Injured Girl From Ravine

North Adams First Responders Extricate Injured Girl From Ravine

Home About Archives RSS Feed North Adams First Responders Extricate Injured Girl From Ravine Staff Reports 05:48PM / Wednesday March 04, 2020 The teen was brought to the top of the hill Brayton Hill Apartments. The hill behind Brayton Hill Apartments. PreviousNext NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First respon...

North Adams 911
03/05/2020

North Adams 911

Shortly after 4:10pm Northern Berkshire EMS were called to a child over the embankment, between Brayton Hill and the Hoosac River with an injured ankle. North Adams Fire and Police also needed to respond to help with the extraction through the densely wooded area and steep embankment. Although the injuries were serious, they were not life threatening. The child was transported to BMC North for treatment. It was truly a well organized effort from all departments. As always NA Strong, Great Work !

North Adams Museum of History & Science
03/02/2020

North Adams Museum of History & Science

March 2, 1946: “Firemen Called Out 36 Times in Month”

“Thirty-six alarms were answered by the five departments during February, compared with 31 in January and 30 in February, 1945.

“During last month the fire department laid the greatest amount of two and one-half inch hose during any month in several years, according to records. This was caused by serious fires at the Manuel Costa home on the Mohawk trail February 7; the Gregory farm on Curran highway on Feb. 5; and the Norad Mill office in Braytonville last Sunday. At the Costa fire alone 2,600 feet was laid.

“The bulk of the calls, 13, came in the after noon. Eight came in after midnight and 10 before midnight. Only five came in between 6 o’clock in the morning and noon.

“Thirty-three of the alarms were by telephone, two by the alarm system and one was a sprinkler alarm. The inhalator was used successfully once.

“Apparatus traveled 124 miles and firemen were out of their stations 24 hours and 45 minutes.”

Note: In the early 1900's there were five subdivisions of the Fire Department. There were Hose and Ladder No. 1 on State Street (Headquarters), Hose No. 2 on Center Street, Hose No. 3 on the corner of Cliff and Union Streets, and two smaller units one in Blackinton and the other in Braytonville. By 1946 however, there were two left, Hose 1 on State Street and Engine 2 & 3 on Union Street. The Center and Union Street subdivisions combined in 1945 due to the lack of men.

The number of alarms answered by the fire department in 1946 numbered 356. Here are the statics for that year. :-)

North Adams 911
02/29/2020

North Adams 911

It was an all call fire at the corner of Cady and North Streets. The call came in about 5:15 AM. When the Fire Department arrived on the scene the attic was fully involved. Fire crews were quick to bring it under control. Everyone was evacuated safely.

Congratulations Ann!!! It was a pleasure working with you and thank you for your dedication to us and the City of North ...
02/28/2020

Congratulations Ann!!! It was a pleasure working with you and thank you for your dedication to us and the City of North Adams!! Enjoy your well earned retirement!!!

Ann Perry, a forty five year employee of North Adams Public Safety Dept, leaves with grand honors from the North Adams Fire and Police Departments.Today was Ann's last day as Public Safety Clerk / Stenographer. From everyone, have a long, healthy and happy retirement.

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts
02/21/2020

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

Hands Free Driving

The North Adams Police Department reminds all motor vehicle operators that the Massachusetts “hands-free” law is effective as of this Sunday, February 23, 2020. Under the law, operators of motor vehicles are prohibited from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode. Follow the link below for more information about the law and its requirements, including the penalties for violating the law.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hands-free-law

North Adams 911
02/19/2020

North Adams 911

Now for some good news, Today. Kevin Calnan, a retired Massachusetts State Trooper, of Cops For Kids With Cancer, came to the North Adams Police Dept. to make a donation to Jake (Jetpack) Tullo and his family, to help with the incredibly high cost of treatment to help Jake beat this tough situation. Friends, lets keep our friend Jake in out thoughts and prayers for a continued recovery.

A special Thank you ! to Mayor Tom Bernard , Chief Jason Wood and all the men and women of NAPD. for their assistance in making this special gift happen.

02/05/2020

Reminder, Union meeting tonight at the station @ 7PM, contract proposals! All members are encouraged to attend!

North Adams 911
01/30/2020

North Adams 911

Help us help you. One very important fact, that clear and readable numbers add to the speed of response for Fire, EMS and Police. Make sure you do your part.

North Adams Museum of History & Science
01/27/2020

North Adams Museum of History & Science

January 26, 1946: “Plastic Helmets Given Firemen”

“Fireman Lawrence P. Macksey of headquarters is seen wearing his new plastic firemen’s helmet. The helmets were distributed to all members of the department yesterday and are designed to give firemen protection from falling objects. The plastic helmets are considered better than the old style metal helmets because they do not conduct electricity should a fireman come in contact with bare wires. They are similar to plastic helmets worn by construction workers.”

North Adams 911
01/25/2020

North Adams 911

The voices in the dark. As most people know Scanner Radio is one of the most listened to forms of broadcast. Be it a home, mobile scanner or an app on your smart phone, people are listening. This is an attempt to put some faces with the assistance you hear either on the phone or scanner. And maybe a "thank you" when you see them in passing. More photos will follow as I attempt to photo all the Crew. "From this ol' photographer ... Thank you !"

North Adams 911
01/22/2020

North Adams 911

When you press those three buttons on your phone, 9-1-1, this is where it all starts. Before the tones drop in the Fire Department, before the Police hit the Blue lights and before Emergency Medical units respond the 9-1-1 dispatchers are the voices that make sure help is sent to the correct location as quickly as possible. They are also the face never seen, but that calm and organized voice that stays with you when you need it most, before EMS, Police and Fire arrive on the scene. “Thank you for all you do Dispatchers”

WCVB Channel 5 Boston
01/16/2020

WCVB Channel 5 Boston

BREAKING NEWS: 11-year-old Charlotte has been FOUND SAFE! She was found in the suspect vehicle on the Mass. Pike. Updates to come. https://on.wcvb.com/2Tt0zWC

Massachusetts State Police
01/16/2020

Massachusetts State Police

CANCEL AMBER ALERT:
UPDATE 1/15/2019 at 7:30 p.m. : State Police have located the suspect vehicle. Charlotte Moccia has been located safe and sound. Full release and additional information to follow. AMBER Alert is CANCELLED.

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UPDATE: New Photo for Suspect Vehicle in Amber Alert Abduction

This photo of a blue Honda was taken yesterday in the same area of Springfield where the abduction of CHARLOTTE MOCCIA occurred today. We believe it is the same vehicle involved in the abduction. Please note car is blue with very distinct yellow fog lights. In addition it has no inspection sticker and no front license plate.

Massachusetts State Police and Springfield Police are searching for an 11-year-old girl who was reported to have been abducted this afternoon in the area of Princeton and Amherst streets.

MSP is issuing an AMBER Alert.

Preliminary investigation suggests that CHARLOTTE MOCCIA, 11, of Springfield, was forced into a car at approximately 1:26 p.m. today, not long after she got off her school bus. CHARLOTTE is described as white, approximately 4’2” tall and 60 lbs., with brown eyes and long brown hair. She is believed to have been wearing a white fur-lined jacket, khaki pants, and a dark colored shirt possibly with the logo of the Hampden Charter School (see photos). CHARLOTTE may have her school laptop with her.

Preliminary investigation suggests that a white or Hispanic male was walking behind CHARLOTTE and forced her into the back of an older model (believed to be 2001-2005), dark blue or black Honda, possibly a Civic, with an unknown plate. The vehicle has distinctive aftermarket rims and a moonroof. Investigation indicates that the car was being operated by a white or light-skinned Hispanic female. (Photos of the actual car are below).

Anyone who thinks they see or have seen CHARLOTTE, or this vehicle or the suspects, or anyone who has information about this incident, should call 911 immediately.

We will update with any developments as necessary.

Massachusetts State Police
01/16/2020

Massachusetts State Police

CANCEL AMBER ALERT:
UPDATE 1/15/2019 at 7:30 p.m. : State Police have located the suspect vehicle. Charlotte Moccia has been located safe and sound. Full release and additional information to follow. AMBER Alert is CANCELLED.

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MSP ISSUING AMBER ALERT FOR 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL APPARENTLY ABDUCTED OFF SPRINGFIELD STREET

Massachusetts State Police and Springfield Police are searching for an 11-year-old girl who was reported to have been abducted this afternoon in the area of Princeton and Amherst streets.

MSP is issuing an AMBER Alert.

Preliminary investigation suggests that CHARLOTTE MOCCIA, 11, of Springfield, was forced into a car at approximately 1:26 p.m. today, not long after she got off her school bus. CHARLOTTE is described as white, approximately 4’2” tall and 60 lbs., with brown eyes and long brown hair. She is believed to have been wearing a white fur-lined jacket, khaki pants, and a dark colored shirt possibly with the logo of the Hampden Charter School (see photos). CHARLOTTE may have her school laptop with her.

Preliminary investigation suggests that a white or Hispanic male was walking behind CHARLOTTE and forced her into the back of an older model (believed to be 2001-2005), dark blue or black Honda, possibly a Civic, with an unknown plate. The vehicle has distinctive aftermarket rims and a moonroof. Investigation indicates that the car was being operated by a white or light-skinned Hispanic female. (Photos of the actual car are below).

Anyone who thinks they see or have seen CHARLOTTE, or this vehicle or the suspects, or anyone who has information about this incident, should call 911 immediately.

We will update with any developments as necessary.

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