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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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Gas leak at Portsmouth elementary school

By   /  July 30, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

This backhoe used by National Grid accidentally dug up a gas line next to Melville Elementary School Tuesday morning.

PORTSMOUTH — A contractor working at Melville Elementary School Tuesday morning struck a buried gas line, sending firefighters to the scene to ventilate the building and National Grid to repair the damage to its pipe. There were no children in the school at the time. School Committee Chairman David Croston said the School Department is conducting […]

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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 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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Portsmouth students ‘eggsperiment’ with physics

By   /  May 16, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Portsmouth firefighter Tim Gumkowski drops one of the egg packages from 90 feet in the air. At right is Lt. Norman Moore.

Thirty-eight students at Pennfield School crossed their fingers today in hopes their eggs wouldn’t get scrambled. From about ninety feet in the air, their custom-designed packages holding precious cargo were dropped to the ground. “This is our annual science expo,” said Matthew Bottone, Upper School science teacher. “Every couple of years we do a physics […]

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Stranded worker in cherry-picker rescued in Portsmouth

By   /  May 2, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

A firefighter in a ladder truck comes to the aid of the Henderson Electrical worker.

PORTSMOUTH — Firefighters are used to saving cats stuck in trees. But an electrical worker trapped in a cherry-picker? That was indeed the scenario late Thursday morning. An employee of Henderson Electrical was in the process of changing light bulbs in the parking lot at Clements’ Marketplace when the vehicle he was using experienced a hydraulic […]

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UPDATE: Barrington man dead, several injured in car crash on Mt. Hope bridge

By   /  December 2, 2012  /  News  /  No Comments

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One man died and several other people were transported to Newport Hospital following a head-on crash on the Mt. Hope Bridge at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday. According to Rhode Island State Police, Barrington resident Paul L. Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road was pronounced dead at the scene after the van he was driving crashed head-on into […]

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Plans expand for Elmhurst School project in Portsmouth

By   /  August 29, 2012  /  News  /  No Comments

Elmhurst School in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — For almost an hour Monday night the Portsmouth Town Council criticized some of the proposed work in an engineering and architectural study of Elmhurst School. Several plans must be developed before the town can seek proposals and bids to demolish the school on Frank Coelho Drive. The school lies on a very steep slope, […]

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