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Portsmouth firefighters get new patient cot system

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Denis Canario, Jr. lies on one of the new patient cots, while William DePiero looks on.

PORTSMOUTH — Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department, the fire station now has an advanced patient cot fastening system for two of the town’s ambulances. Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien said the equipment is designed to protect responders from lift injuries, while providing patients with safer transportation to the hospital. That in […]

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Portsmouth firefighters use vacant school for training

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Evan Katz (left) and Dennis Canario Jr. carry the rescued "victim" outside Elmhurst School after a training drill last week. Looking on are Kyle Teixeira (between the two men), Brendan Phelan (right) and Deputy Fire Chief Michael O'Brien (in back).

PORTSMOUTH — With plumes of black smoke billowing out of Elmhurst School, Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien explains the situation to firefighters who have just arrived on the scene. “We have one civilian missing. Nobody’s seen him since the fire started,” he tells firefighters Kyle Teixeira, Dennis Canario Jr., Brendan Phelan and Evan Katz, who were […]

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Portsmouth firefighters get boost from federal grant

By   /  June 7, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Portsmouth firefighter Connor O'Neill displays some of the hoses now used by the department that will be replaced thanks to a federal grant.

PORTSMOUTH — Some of the hoses that firefighters are using are older than Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien. “They’re from the ’60s,” he said. Fire hoses don’t get better with age, either. The deputy chief said there’s been a 50 percent increase in hose failures over the past five years. While battling an Island Park fire […]

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Portsmouth firefighters to hand out Thanksgiving baskets

By   /  November 13, 2012  /  News  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Firefighters Local 1949 will hold their second annual Thanksgiving food baskets distribution in November to families that have fallen on hard times this holiday season. Anyone who knows of a family that could use a basket (including their own), this Thanksgiving the firefighters ask that you contact them. Send name, address, and […]

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Firefighters: Smoke detectors saved Portsmouth family

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Members of a local family whose house caught fire early Tuesday morning are safe today because they did everything right, firefighters say. The Fire Department received a 911 call at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday reporting a fire in an occupied home at 49 Hathaway Drive, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien. Firefighters arrived to […]

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Portsmouth volunteer firefighters donate last ambulance

By   /  May 17, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Posing in front of the new ambulance are (from left) Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department members Henry Rodrigues, president; Herb Rego, trustee; and Larry Faryniarz, secretary. Not pictured is Billy Bigelow, treasurer.

PORTSMOUTH — For decades it’s worked to keep the town supplied with rescue vehicles and state-of-the-art medical equipment, but now the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) is turning that task over to Joe Taxpayer. Last week the Fire Department welcomed the few remaining members of PVFD to reminisce over old times and thank them for […]

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Firefighters take ‘We Love Portsmouth’ photograph

By   /  April 22, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

A Fire Department ladder truck was used to make this picture of the "We Love Portsmouth" human heart. The Portsmouth 375th banner is in the middle.

PORTSMOUTH — Roberta Stevens was relieved to see the “We Love Portsmouth” human heart photograph finally come together Sunday afternoon. The Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee had originally planned the picture at a soup-and-salad fund-raiser on Feb. 17, but a snowstorm forced the group to cancel the event. “I made 80 bowls of soup and I’ve been […]

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Portsmouth is now ‘HEARTSafe’

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth has become only the eighth municipality in the state, and the first on Aquidneck Island, to earn the “HEARTSafe Community” designation. The Fire Department received notification of the recognition from the state Department of Health last week. HEARTSafe, a collaboration between the Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the Providence affiliate of […]

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Portsmouth family overwhelmed by support after fire

By   /  March 2, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Kevin and Aimee Sweeney with their two sons, Shaun (left) and Quinn, after Saturday's "Lap of Love."

PORTSMOUTH — Something terrible happened to the Sweeney family on Feb. 22. Then, a week later, something wonderful took place that Kevin Sweeney says has forever changed his outlook on life. About 400 neighbors, friends, family members and perfect strangers came out to Common Fence Point Saturday to take a “Lap of Love” walk in support […]

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Donations pour in for Portsmouth family

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

A sign asking for donations was put up next to the rubble.

PORTSMOUTH — One person offered a cottage to stay in, rent-free. Another volunteered the use of a car. Within hours after a fire completely leveled a two-story home in Common Fence Point Saturday, donations started pouring in for the displaced Sweeney family. “They lost their car — everything. They don’t even have a cell phone or a […]

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