The Seabrook Firefighters Memorial has been moved to the Seabrook Fire Station, and the Town remembered those that have come before us in the Fire Service in Seabrook with a ceremony on Saturday. Thanks to Chief William Edwards for making this day possible with a lot of excellent planning and work. Many thanks to the Seabrook Board of Selectmen for all of their support. It was wonderful to have former Chief Jeff Brown on hand, and deep appreciation to Chaplain Craig Everett as well as bagpipers Bill Shute and Jim MacDonald, and Newburyport Chief Chris LeClair. The weather did not cooperate much but it was a great ceremony despite that.
The ARGO Rescue vehicle, ordered by the Seabrook Board of Selectmen last year, has arrived in Seabrook. Our first responders are training on this vehicle, which will allow them to reach those in distress that are in difficult to reach areas. While it will be of significant assistance to rescue personnel on Seabrook Beach the vehicle can be deployed town-wide. A big thank you to the D’Allasandro Fund, which financed the purchase, allowing us to increase public safety at no cost to taxpayers.
The Seabrook Fire Department was recently recognized by Portsmouth Regional Hospital for outstanding EMS Services, which highlighted a call they answered that saved a life. Chief Edwards described the call.
“The crew responded to a patient who had complained of not feeling good and was found unresponsive. When the crew arrived CPR was in progress. Crew took over CPR and Defibrillated the Patient. The Patient heart rhythm showed Ventricular Fibrillation or V-Fib with agonal respirations. So the crew continued CPR. Patient was nasally intubated and had assistance breathing with a Bag Valve Mask or BVM. Patient Airway was suctioned and Patient was transported to Seabrook ED.”
The Board of Selectmen were joined by Portsmouth Regional Hospital at their last meeting to recognize the outstanding work of Seabrook EMS, with a Board Certificate presented to the Department. The Board of Selectmen extend their congratulations and thanks to the Seabrook Fire Department, and to the Firefighters who participated in the call.
The six Firefighters were Robert Baker, Troy Coleman, Richard Curtis, Barry Sargent. Christopher Tilley, and Russell Eaton Jr.
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen voted to accept an very generous equipment donation from Chartwell, the owners of Rockingham Village, who donated two Lucus Cor automatic CPR machines worth over $15,000 each, along with a new radio box system that will vastly improve information flowing to the Department upon the sounding of an alarm. The entire donation totaled over $82,000 and the Board of Selectmen expressed their appreciation to Chartwell for this very generous donation to Seabrook Fire. Congrats to Chief William Edwards for all of his work on this project.
Thanks to Chief Edwards and the Seabrook Fire Department, who carted Santa on an extensive tour of Seabrook that delighted families throughout the Town. Thanks to Police Deputy Brett Walker, who provided the escort for Santa. And thank you to Santa for taking the time from his busy schedule. Great fun!
The Seabrook Fire Department held the annual Touch a Truck event at the Fire Station last week, and it was a great success. It was a fun family event that had lots of kids attending and looking over, and touching, some of the new equipment. It featured the new Ladder/Platform Truck, which is an amazing piece of equipment. Our thanks to Papa Gino’s for the generous donation of pizza for this event. Our thanks to the Board of Selectmen, who were all on hand to help with the event. Thanks to Chief Edwards, and Deputy Perkins, for all of their work!
The Seabrook Fire Department’s new Fire Alarm Operators have begun full time duties this week. They are Taryna Cody of Seabrook, Kassandra Lee of Amesbury, James Gettman of Seabrook, and Zach Annis of Exeter.
These four new employees are functioning in our Dispatch Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, answering calls for from the public for the many services provided by the Seabrook Fire Department. This is the first time in our Department’s history that we’ve been able to offer complete 24 hour per day dispatch coverage, guaranteeing that someone will be available to answer all incoming calls from the public, and helping Seabrook Fire and EMS to ensure the quickest possible responses to those calls.
We would like to thank the Town Manager, William Manzi for his hard work in this endeavor. We would especially like to thank the Seabrook Board of Selectmen, Theresa Kyle, Ella Brown, and Aboul Khan for their support and their unanimous vote to authorize the hiring of these vital positions.
The Board authorized these four positions from the ambulance revolving fund, enabling Seabrook to fill a critical, and unmet public safety need while affording Seabrook taxpayers some relief. The ambulance revolving fund is financed through revenues raised by our ambulance service.
“We really appreciate the Board taking the time to hear our department’s needs and for working to close the gap in those needs. It’s great we are able to do this and not burden the tax payers with it.” Chief Bill Edwards
Below is the description, from the Seabrook Fire Department,of the massive fire at Seabrook Beach that destroyed Catalano’s Market. Our sincere thanks to the Seabrook Fire Department personnel, as well as those from surrounding communities, that battled this blaze in truly difficult conditions. Chief William Edwards was on the site at 3:30 am, and did a great job managing the scene, with Deputy Koko Perkins. We managed to get through this event with none of our people injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with those displaced by the fire, and to the Catalano family.
On March 15 we had a 3-Alarm Fire at Catalano’s Market on the corner of River Street and Rte 1a. We were notified of the fire at 3:13am. We had extremely cold temperatures mixed with 40-50mph winds. The structure was well involved upon arrival. Luckily all residents were able to get out prior to our arrival.
The environmental conditions and building construction made extinguishing the fire and initial fire attack very difficult. We were able to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. No residents or firefighters were hurt.
We are extremely thankful of the following departments from 3 states that came to our aid this morning.
Seabrook Fire Department would like to thank the Seabrook Police Department, Seabrook Water Department, Seabrook DPW, North Hampton Fire, Hampton Fire, Hampton Falls Fire, Exeter Fire, East Kingston Fire, South Hampton Fire, Kensington Fire, Portsmouth Fire, Rye Fire, Amesbury Fire, Salisbury Fire, Newbury Fire, Newburyport Fire, York Rehab Unit, and Seacoast Chiefs Fire Officer Mutual Aid.
All in all we had 14 different communities respond and roughly 40-50 firefighters on scene.
Our thoughts are with the Catalano’s during this difficult time.