Monday, June 10, 2013
The Fire Department offers free training to local businesses on how to properly and safely douse flames in the workplace with a fire extinguisher.
Peabody fire inspectors Joe DiFranco and Christopher Dowling recently stopped by the Northshore Mall to train mall employees on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. They say many businesses don't realize they offer the hands-on safety training -- Dowling said most of the mall tenants they worked with "had no idea" the service was available, and that it was free. Businesses just need to give the fire prevention office a call. Dowling said most of the companies that take advantage of the safety training are either required to do so and some of it's driven by insurance. Thanks to a grant the Essex County Fire Chiefs Association recently secured, they also have some new simulation equipment at their disposal for training purposes. The …
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Firefighters Memorial Sunday will be celebrated in Peabody and elsewhere on June 9 this year.
Peabody firefighters, their families and the department's retirees plan to gather Sunday morning at Cedar Grove Cemetery to remember their fallen brothers. Firefighters Memorial Sunday is celebrated nationwide as a day of remembrance. Since 1876, the Peabody department has lost 10 active-duty firefighters, most recently James Rice, who died battling a three-alarm house fire on Dec. 23, 2011. The ceremony will begin Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will then be served at Fire Headquarters following the ceremony.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Peabody firefighters responded to Lynn Street Sunday evening for a report of a fully involved shed.
A shed at 254 Lynn St. reportedly caught on fire Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. and was extinguished by Peabody firefighters at the scene. Initial reports indicated there was a small explosion that occurred during the fire; however, the Peabody Fire Department couldn't immediately confirm that Sunday evening. The blaz was doused within 45 to 60 minutes of first being reported, the fire department told Peabody Patch.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Multiple engines were at the scene of a large brush fire off Price Road Thursday afternoon.
Peabody firefighters made quick work of a two-alarm brush fire Thursday afternoon in the area of Downing Road and Price Road (behind Salem Country Club). The fire was contained to an empty wooded area between the end of Price Road and Lalikos Park without apparent damage to any nearby property. The fire also did not appear to reach the nearby golf course. All the city's engines were at the scene after the second alarm was struck at approximately 3 p.m. -- the wind had picked up at that point and quickly spread the flames. Mutual Aid was requested from nearby departments to cover the city's stations. Salem engines were covering Fire Headquarters and responded to two separate incidents shortly after arriving, according to firefighters at the…
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Fire Department responded to a working porch fire at a South Peabody home late last night.
Firefighters knocked down a porch fire at a Brown Street home around 12:30 a.m. on Friday. Four occupants of the residence, which was at the corner of Brown and Lynn streets, were evacuated at the time and no injuries were reported. According to reports, the porch was in the rear of the building and flames were visible when firefighters arrived at 12:20 a.m. The fire was knocked down within 10 minutes.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Police and firefighters are currently encouraging donors to purchase a brick that can have a name or dedication inscribed on it. The bricks will be installed as part of the memorial.
Slow but surely goes the fundraising for a new state-of-the-art memorial to pay tribute to Peabody's police and firefighters. Fire Captain Dale Kimball, who is spearheading the project along with police officer Justin Cecil, recently briefed city councilors on their efforts to date, taking the opportunity to make a public pitch for support to those watching at home. Firefighter Russell Lewis, who designed the website for the project, said they've raised a mere $2,000 so far by selling 20 bricks. That still leaves $148,000 to go. Kimball said the memorial is intended to "honor all public safety [officers] throughout our city...from the past [who] have died in the line of duty, for retirees, for current members and for future generations." …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Having clear access to a fire hydrant may save precious minutes in the event of a house fire in a residential neighborhood.
Peabody Fire Chief Steven Pasdon, along with city officials, encourages residents who are able to dig out fire hydrants in their neighborhoods. There are literally thousands of fire hydrants across the city, and 28-1/2 inches of snow later, most of them are completely buried, which poses a safety risk in the event of a fire while crews spend precious moments trying to find and dig out the hydrant. Pasdon said firefighters do spend a lot of time after a big storm locating and uncovering the hydrants, but again there are thousands and the department needs some help in that task. "I can't stress enough how much I implore the residents...to try and get the hydrants in front of their houses. Neighbors should collectively do it," Pasdon said. "…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The fire appeared to have started underneath decking outside the Pioneer House.
Peabody firefighters are at the scene of a small blaze this afternoon at the Pioneer House. Initial reports came in shortly after 2 p.m. of smoke showing from the exterior of the building at 2 Washington St. The building was evacuated and firefighters at the scene said material under the decking of the porch may have caught fire. The intersection of Washington and Main streets was also closed off to traffic. According to reports, the fire was knocked down within about 10 minutes and crews said they would have to ventilate the building for smoke. The fire was contained to the deck.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Peabody firefighters extinguished a burning shed on Baldwin Street Saturday afternoon.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Peabody firefighters made quick work of a structure fire that broke out in a large shed on Baldwin Street Saturday afternoon. At 3:40 p.m., fire and police units responded to 2 Baldwin St. after receiving word that flames were coming from a large shed in the rear of the property. By the time local firefighters arrived on scene, the shed was "fully involved" and crews worked for approximately 35 minutes to knock down the blaze. Fire officials are still investigating what caused the fire. Peabody Patch will post additional information as it becomes available. For all the latest breaking news and weather alerts in Peabody, sign up for our free daily newsletter.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Peabody firefighter James Rice died one year ago today, battling a three-alarm fire at 5 Hancock St.
One year ago today on Dec. 23, 2011, Peabody firefighter James Rice paid the ultimate price on the job, and for that he will forever be a hero. Just two days before Christmas last year, Rice, an 11-year veteran of the Peabody Fire Department, died battling a three-alarm fire at a multi-family home at 5 Hancock St. He was 42 and left behind his wife Amy and three young children: Alyssa, Katelyn and Ryan. In the months since Peabody was rocked by the tragedy -- the first time a firefighter was killed like that in the line of duty -- the city has grieved and rallied around his family and fellow firefighters in countless ways. Rice is remembered as a true hero, both at home and by those who only knew of his story. Fire Chief Steven Pasdon says…