Friday, August 3, 2012
Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin and Rescue Capt. Cherra Wheeler recently gave a tour of the two new International rescue vehicles purchased by the town.
As part of the ongoing upgrades to town public safety equipment — and following the Johnston Police Department's acquisition of two new police cruisers — the Johnston Fire Department recently took deliver of two new rescue vehicles. Designated Rescue 1 and Rescue 3, the new trucks replace Ford vehicles that had become unreliable, according to Mayor Joseph Polisena. "The other rescues we had were breaking down," Polisena said during a recent interview. "It's all about giving them the tools — when [residents] call, I want to make sure they get there, and get there safely." In the accompanying video, Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin and Rescue Capt. Cherra Wheeler provide a tour of the new vehicles and speak about the benefits of getting the …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The mayor has asked the city of Providence to refund Johnston for each rescue run into the capital city.
Providing mutual rescue aid to Providence is taking Johnston rescue squads out of the town too often, "somewhat jeopardizing" Johnston residents, according to Mayor Joseph Polisena. The mayor has joined his counterparts from North Providence and East Providence in telling the capital city they can no longer send their emergency medical technicians and fire rescue trucks to Providence without reimbursement. Polisena has for $500 per rescue run into the city, which would come either from the patient's medical insurance or the city of Providence itself. "We're just looking to be compensated. I think $500 is more than fair," Polisena said. "They claim they have no money. But we have no money. Johnston taxpayers can no longer afford to …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A baby carriage and a vacant home were set ablaze on Sunday, according to police reports.
Arson is suspected in two fires that occurred within 20 minutes of each other on two properties that are about 300 yards apart, Johnston Police reported this week. The first fire took place at an apartment building at 7A Amana Drive, and the second fire began in the rear of a vacant home at 2 Day St. The Amana Drive resident told police that at about 8:45 p.m., she was sitting on her couch watching TV when she smelled smoke. She discovered that the smoke was coming from a fire that had ben set to a baby carriage just outside her sliding glass door. A neighbor extinguished the fire by filling a large container with water and pouring the water on it, according to Ptlm. Derek Parascondolo's report. The blaze damaged the wood frame of the …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Most Rhode Island communities, including Johnston, are under a critical fire weather advisory today beginning at noon.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning beginning at noon today for most of Rhode Island, including Johnston, and parts of Massachusetts. [To report a fire, dial 9-1-1, or call the Johnston Fire Department at (401) 351-1600.] According to the NWS warning, wind speeds are expected to gust to 30 mph with humidity levels near 15 percent and high temperatures in the low 80s. That combination of factors — along with the winter's low amount of snowfall — increases the chance to fires to occur and spread quickly. Today's warning is effective through 8 pm.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A Johnston man was driving Atwood Avenue when his Caravan stalled, then caught fire.
The driver of a 2006 Dodge Caravan escaped his vehicle unharmed as flames engulfed the engine compartment early Friday afternoon. According to Johnston Police, James Weeks, of Johnston, was trying to take a left turn onto the Route 6 West onramp from Atwood Avenue when his van stalled. When Weeks tried to restart the van, “he heard a loud bang come from the engine,” according to Ptlm. Matthew Winsor’s report. The engine began to smoke, and another driver reportedly yelled to Weeks that the car was on fire and he needed to get out. Weeks stated in the police report that the flames were in the engine compartment when he got out of the van. When Winsor arrived at the scene the flames were also coming from under the vehicle, according to the …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The local fire company hosts an Open House this weekend.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
April Barber, a member of our Mom's Council, sent us this announcement: A Community Awareness Day for the city of Johnston is planned for May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at Station 1, 1173 Atwood Ave. The Johnston Fire Department has recently completed ALEC Training and will be hosting an Open House for Johnston residents with developmental disabilities and their families. Representatives from the Johnston Fire Department, Johnston Police Department and First Responders will be on hand to meet individuals and their families, allowing them to become accustomed to seeing these wonderful service providers in full uniform as well as offering the opportunity to enter their emergency vehicles. Please RSVP to Lisa Rego by May 20 at (401) 595-3241. …
Monday, April 25, 2011
No injuries were reported, Chief Timothy McLaughlin said.
A Johnston fire truck hit and damaged one of the garage doors at the fire department's headquarters at Station 3 last Tuesday, requiring the replacement of the door at an estimated cost of $2,500 to $3,000, Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin said. No one was injured in the incident, he added. During an interview on April 25, McLaughlin said that Ladder 1 was leaving the station on a call when the garage door failed to open all the way. "It appeared to be some sort of malfunction with the door," McLaughlin said. The driver of the fire truck didn't see the partially-opened door since his view was obstructed by the ladder on the truck's roof, McLaughlin explained, and when the truck emerged from the garage, the ladder hit the door and damaged it. …
Saturday, April 2, 2011
DeCesare has been overseeing some administrative functions of the fire department while the town completed its search for a new fire chief.
On March 16, Mayor Joseph M. Polisena announced his choice for Johnston's next fire chief — retired Pawtucket Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin. And with McLaughlin's first official day on the job scheduled for April 11, Police Deputy Chief David DeCesare will have completed an assignment he said has been "trying," though he also described it as "beneficial" — managing some of the day-to-day administrative operations of the fire department. Following the resignation of Andrew J. Baynes in January, Polisena appointed himself acting fire chief and tapped DeCesare to assist in managing the fire department. During a recent interview in his office at the police department, DeCesare said he at first "felt like I was going to be a fish out of water…
Thursday, March 31, 2011
This is a summary of reports provided to Johnston Patch by the Johnston Police Department for March 25 to March 28, 2011.
Unidentified driver hits tree: Johnston Police Sgt. Alverson, Patrolman Leveillee, and Patrolman Michael Edwards responded to the intersection of Hopkins Avenue and Winsor Avenue Saturday, March 26 for a call of a red car hitting a tree. The accident occurred around 10:50 p.m. and when the officers arrived, the car was no longer at the scene. Debris was left behind at the base of the tree, including a fog light assembly and red debris, according to Edwards’ report. There was a “steady trail of automotive fluids on the roadway leading from the tree onto Winsor Avenue." The officers followed the fluid trail that continued down Winsor Avenue onto Hopkins Avenue, and then turned onto Hartford Avenue and then south bound on Bishop Hill Road. …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Firefighter Mitchell Palumbo participated in the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser on March 23 at McFadden's in Providence.
The attached video shows Johnston Firefighter Mitchell Palumbo getting his head shaved as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser, held March 23 at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon in Providence. St. Baldrick's is a national foundation that seeks to raise funds for reasearch and potential cures for childhood cancer. Every year, thousands of volunteers organize head-shaving events to support the foundation. For more information, visit the St. Baldrick's Foundation website or call (888) 889-BALD (2253).