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State laws and regulations require permits and inspections for numerous commercial and residential uses.  If you are not sure whether you need a permit or inspection call the office for assistance.  Some inspections can be arranged by phone but permits must be obtained in person and may require supporting paperwork and an application. 

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EVENTS

STATION THREE EVENTS:

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PERMIT

FEES

26F Inspection: $35


Blasting Permit: $75


Burning Permit: $5


Co Detector Permit: $35


Fire Alarm Permit: $35


LP Storage Permit: $35


New Oil Burner: $50


Oil Burner Repair: $35


Plans Review:  $35                


Plans Review: $75.

(over 7000 sq.ft.)


Sprinkler Systems:  $50            


Sprinkler: $75

(over 5,000 ft.)               


Tank Removal: $75                  


Gas Tank Removal:  $75 +             


Tank Truck Inspection:  $50

               

Re-Inspections:   $35               

Open Burning Season

January 15 thru May 1

Burning season will begin January 15, 2017 and run through May 1, 2017. The Rehoboth Fire Department issues permits seven days a week from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Fire Station 1, 334 Anawan Street (back RFD entrance).  The permit is $5, payable by check or money order only. Fine of up to $50 for open burning first offense.


  1. You MUST call 508-252-3725 every day you wish to burn between 9 AM and 4 PM to obtain permission. No calls are answered before 9 AM. Have your permit number and address readily available. In other words, please don’t tie up one of the department’s phone lines by telling them to hold on while you run and try to find your permit. And please use a land line phone or a cell phone with a strong signal.

  2. You may only burn cut and piled brush that has not been accumulated from a commercial operation. Burning of any other debris other than brush will result in the revocation of your permit. The burning of leaves is not allowed.

  3. All fires must be extinguished by 4 PM. This will be strictly enforced. Be sure to only ignite piles that can completed by 4 PM.

  4. Construct piles a minimum of 75 to 100 feet from the nearest structure and in an area where smoke will not be a nuisance to neighbors or roadways.

  5.  Please keep in mind there are State guidelines that determine whether or not burning will be allowed. Our call takers do not make that decision and cannot reverse it.


If at any time you feel your fire may be getting out of control, do not hesitate to call 911 and ask the fire department to respond. A fire can double in size every minute and delaying the response can result in damage to property and structures. If you have any questions or concerns about how to burn legally and safely, please call us at 508-252-3725.

Fire Escape Planning

Only 1/3 of all households in America have a home fire escape plan. If there was a fire in your home does your family know the different escape routes and where to meet?

   A detailed plan should discuss different escape routes based on different origins of the fire. Second floor bedrooms should have escape ladders or other means of egress from the room in case a fire is between the bedroom and the stairs.

   Before opening any doors always feel the door with the back of your hand to check if the door is warm. If you feel heat on your hand you should use another escape route.

   Opening the door will allow the fire to enter the room. When your family exits the house do you have a meeting place?

   Your meeting place should be away from the house to allow fire personnel to work the scene and should not be near your driveway or the street to avoid vehicular accidents.
   A mailbox, neighbors door another remote easily accessible area should be agreed upon so all family members can be accounted for.

STATION TWO EVENTS:

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PAST NEWS ARTICLES


RFD EXPANDS SECURITY PARTNERSHIP WITH KNOX COMPANY

For the past thirty years, the Rehoboth Fire Dept. has worked in partnership with the Knox Company for secured key boxes on commercial properties in town. Only fire officials have keys to the boxes and each municipality nationwide has key specific to the municipality. The system, now available for residences, allows the fire department access to homes for emergencies and prevents forced entry with damage to windows or doors. The first residential box was installed this month and more have been ordered by residents. Contact the fire department at 508-252-3725 for more info and visit the Knox website.



REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN ON LATEST EXTRACTION EQUIPMENT

(October 13, 2016)  The Rehoboth Fire Department was recently able to train with Firematic and HURST Jaws of Life, the newest line of auto extrication equipment.

    The RFD’s current "Jaws of Life" and associated tools, owned by the town, are 10- years-old and carried on the Special Hazards vehicle.  These tools are powered by hydraulic hoses tethered to the truck, so use is limited by the length of hoses and accessibility of victims.

    This poses a significant problem when a vehicle is deep into the woods or someone is trapped inside a building or under equipment out in a field. Firefighters must first disconnect the equipment from the truck and additional equipment must be carried out to the victim, then reattached to perform the extrication.

    The newest line of extraction equipment allows firefighters to save previous time. Known as "eDRAULIC" the equipment is operated by a high-capacity battery powered hydraulic pump in each tool. This allows for instant power and unlimited distance from the responding apparatus.


REHOBOTH FD ISSUES WARNING ON ALARM RECALL

(November 22, 2016)  The Rehoboth Fire Department is sharing important information from an alarm recall of the Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarm.

   Hard-wired into a home’s electrical system, model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010, can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working.

    In August 2015, Uxbridge, MA Deputy Chief and Fire Inspector Steven Tancrell discovered an apparent problem with this particular type of alarm and notified the Department of Fire Services. Fire Protection Engineer Jacob Nunnemacher of the Fire Safety Division provided Deputy Chief Tancrell with the information necessary to report his findings to Kidde technical support and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission which ultimately led to this recall.

     The unit has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9-volt backup battery. The alarm is white, round and measures about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. “Kidde” is engraved on the front of the alarm. “Kidde,” the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back on the alarm.

    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and contact Kidde directly at their toll-free number (855-239-0490) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidde.com for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.


REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS CONTAIN DIESEL SPILL AFTER ACCIDENT

(October 4, 2016)  Rehoboth firefighters contained a diesel fuel spill yesterday following an accident involving a tractor trailer on Route 195.

    Public safety personnel were called to the scene of an accident Monday morning after a tractor trailer ran off the westbound highway into the woods. One of the truck’s fuel tanks split open and firefighters were tasked with containing the spill.  EMS evaluated the driver who did not appear to be injured.

     Along with Rehoboth police, numerous agencies were summoned to the scene including Massachusetts State Police, Mass Highway, Mass DEP, a heavy duty recovery company, and a pollution control company.

    Rehoboth Fire cleared the scene after pumping out the truck’s fuel tanks.  Removing the rig and road clean up took several hours.


REHOBOTH FIRE CONDUCTS TRAINING, REMEMBERS 9/11 VICTIMS

(September 12, 2016) Over 40 members of the Rehoboth Fire Department attended a department-wide training yesterday morning and remembered victims of 9/11.

    All firefighters stopped training exercises at 10:03 AM for a moment of silence for all lives lost in the attacks fifteen years ago on September 11.  They also struck box  5-5-5 on the bells signifying the last alarm for the 343 firefighters lost that fateful day. 

   Following the memorial observance, firefighters completed their training session on tanker shuttle and water supply in the parking lots of Palmer River Elementary and Beckwith Middle schools.


RFD OFFERS STRAIGHT TALK, MAKES PERSAUSIVE APPEAL TO FUND AND BUILD NEW MUNICIPAL COMPLEX

(August 31, 2016) The Rehoboth Fire Department has released an appeal to the community on their website to inform residents of the critical condition of the town’s public safety building, and the dire need for a new building.

    The town’s existing public safety building, over 50-years-old, houses the RFD headquarters, Fire Station 1, the Rehoboth Police Department, Rehoboth Ambulance and EMS services, and also REMA (Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency).

    Residents are encouraged to learn about the current conditions, both inside and outside, presented in plain, straight forward language with illustrative photos and captions.

    The current public safety building “is on the critical list” and the fire department outgrew their space long ago.  Now, the lack of proper working conditions, has become “counter productive” to the mission. 

    Fire Chief Frank Barresi serves on the town’s Public Safety Building Needs Assessment Committee. The committee has spent the last three years coming up with a cost-effective solution -- a single, conveniently located municipal complex on the site of the existing building on Anawan Street.  The new building will also house the town offices, currently located in an over 70-year-old cinder block building off Peck Street.

   “Our firefighters protect the lives and property of Rehoboth citizens along with all those who visit our town,” said Barresi. “Over the last twenty years, with an ever-growing population, the RFD mission has changed dramatically.  Existing conditions make is extremely difficult and we have reached a point of no return.” 

    To read the fire department’s appeal to citizens and learn more about the situation, visit RehobothFD.com.


FIREFIGHTERS SAVE SUMMER STREET BARN

(July 4, 2016)  Rehoboth firefighters were dispatched on Saturday afternoon to Summer Street on the report of fire and smoke from the copula of a barn.

     First arriving units observed the copula atop the second floor of the barn fully involved with heavy smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished with the first arriving engine.

    Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi said “the guys made a great stop. There is some fire and water damage but the property was saved.”

    Firefighters were on scene for approximately ninety minutes while the fire was overhauled and investigated. Stations 1 & 3 were at the scene while Station 2 covered the town from headquarters. Rehoboth EMS provided rehab on a very warm day with water and paramedics.

    Rehoboth police shut down Summer Street at French until the operation was completed. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but appears to be accidental. (Photo by Syd Bauman)


TRAINING DRILL BRINGS AREA FIREFIGHTERS TOGETHER

(June 6, 2016)  Firefighters from Berkley, Freetown, Lakeville and Rehoboth participated in a training exercise on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The training simulated a tanker response to Berkley through the Bristol County Mutual Aid Agreement.

    Apparatus trucked water from a fill site two miles away and delivered it to a simulated fire scene where it was pumped onto the “fire” through a pumper and ladder truck. The training was considered a success and the departments were able to familiarize themselves with each others equipment and capabilities. Berkley responds to Rehoboth on the first request for mutual aid tankers. They were operating at a recent fire on Summer Street.


IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT OPEN BURNING SEASON

(March 1, 2016)  The Rehoboth Fire Department informs residents that open burning day rules restrictions, regulated by the State and the Fire Chief, are being expanded each year.

    Overcast skies, rain, wind at any speed and dry conditions are just some of the guidelines that need to be considered on a daily basis. 

    “You are required to call for permission to burn every day that you wish to burn,” explained Fire Chief Frank Barresi.  “If you call and are advised there is "no burning" on a particular day, then burning is not allowed.”

    Residents should be aware that call takers cannot change that decision. “We have had instances already this season where those seeking permission to burn have been argumentative and abusive to our call takers and this will not be tolerated,” emphasized Barresi.

     For more information and a complete policy on open burning please refer your permit or the fire department website at rehobothfd.com. Thank you for your consideration and be safe!


DRIVER INJURED IN VEHICLE FLIP ON ROUTE 44

(February 1, 2016) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched early Sunday morning for a motor vehicle crash on Route 44.

   On arrival officials found a motor vehicle flipped on its side with the lone occupant trapped. The pole that was struck was snapped in half at the base with wires down. 

   Firefighters used hydraulic cutting tools and saws to remove the roof of the vehicle and extricate the victim in approximately twenty minutes. The occupant was transported to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS in unknown condition.

    Route 44 was shut down in both directions and remained closed for most of the early morning while National Grid replaced the pole and wires. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Rehoboth PD.


CHESTNUT STREET HOME BURNS IN OVERNIGHT FIRE

(January 20, 2016) Rehoboth firefighters and police were dispatched shortly after 2 AM this morning to a report of a single-family house fire at 79 Chestnut Street in Rehoboth.

    Police officers assisted residents evacuate the building while firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second floor and mounted an aggressive interior attack.

   “Firefighters did an excellent job considering the temperature at the time of the call was 20 degrees and dropping,” said RFD Chief Frank Barresi.  While the fire was reported knocked down in twenty minutes, “it took over an hour to expose all of the hidden fire and fully extinguish it,” noted Barresi.

   Two of the six residents living in the home were taken to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS as a precaution for possible smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the house fire remains under investigation by the RFD. Initial observations indicate it may be accidental. The last units cleared the scene at 5:16 this morning.

   A sander was also requested from the Rehoboth Highway Department to treat the area of Chestnut Street that became iced over. The family is being assisted by the RFD Chaplain, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army with shelter and other necessities.


45TH ANNUAL FIREMEN’S BALL

The non-profit Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association will host their annual ball on Saturday, March 19 at Hillside Country Club.  As a group, the association helps raise money for the RFD as a whole including purchasing safety equipment, offering a scholarship, purchasing a ball ticket for each member of the department, and assisting firefighters in need and their families. The annual event features a program book featuring purchased ads.  Donation options include a full-page ad for $100, half page for $75, quarter page for $50 and booster for $25.  Deadline is February 15.  Please contact Captain Ken Marcotrigiano, co-chair, at 508-439-0333 to place an ad or make a donation. For tickets, contact Captain Dan Noons at 508-509-8357.


REHOBOTH FD EARNS GRANTS FOR FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION

(January 14, 2016) The Rehoboth Fire Department will receive two grants from the Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program including $4,237 for a student program and $2,716 for a senior citizen program.

    The department has been the recipient of S.A.F.E. grants for many years with Lt. Randy Larrivee managing both programs designed to bring awareness and education to local school children and elders in the community.

    The SAFE programs are designed to lower the overall fire-related risk reduction in the community. Since the inception of the program twenty years ago, child fire deaths have been reduced by a phenomenal 72 percent.  Important issues to be covered include fire prevention, general home safety, and how to be prepared in the event of a fire.

     Fire Chief Frank Barresi credits the hard work and dedication of Larrivee, and the firefighters who assist him, with the program’s local success.  "Lt. Larrivee is totally dedicated to the mission of the program and deserves all of the credit for it's success,” emphasized Barresi.  

    Anyone seeking more information or wishing to have a presentation for their group or organization can contact the RFD at 508-252-3725 or visit their website.


REHOBOTH WOMAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN HOME FIRE

(January 9, 2016) A Rehoboth woman was critically injured after being burned in a home fire on Salisbury Street early this morning.

   Police officers and and firefighters were dispatched to the single family residence at 100 Salisbury after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor the home was on fire and that a single female occupant has escaped.  The caller described the victim, who had run to the nearby relative’s home, as “completely burned.”  

    Officers Craig Warish and Douglas Brown arrived on scene within two minutes  and confirmed the living room area of the home was engulfed in fire with heavy smoke. Using portable fire extinguishers, the officers were able to safely knock down the flames and determine there were no other occupants inside the home.  They rendered medical aid to the 43-year-old victim until the ambulance arrived.    

     Rehoboth firefighters were able to fully extinguished the fire and conduct over-haul operations in the home.  It was determined the fire was isolated to the living room area of the home. The victim was transported to the RI Hospital for injuries listed as critical at the time of her arrival.

    The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by the Rehoboth Fire Department, Rehoboth Police Departments along with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshals Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit.


ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR KIDS AND THEIR ADULTS

(October 2015) Rehoboth children and their parents are invited to the annual Halloween party hosted by the Rehoboth Fire Department on Saturday, October 31 from 6:30 to 9 PM at Station Three, 104 Pleasant Street.  Along with prizes, games, snacks, rides and more, there will be a New Bring Your Pumpkin contest.  Guests are asked to bring a decorated pie, cake, dish, or muffin pumpkins.  Costumes are optional.  This is a FREE event.  Come and join in on the Halloween fun!


DRIVER  INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON FAIRVIEW

(July 24, 2015)  Trapped in her overturned vehicle, an unidentified woman was extricated by Rehoboth Fire Department personnel following a single car accident on Fairview Avenue near Oak Street yesterday morning.

    Emergency responders were dispatched to the accident scene that closed the roadway for over thirty minutes. The driver, the sole occupant, apparently first struck a utility pole before flipping over.  She was treated by Rehoboth EMS at the scene and then transported to the hospital for treatment. Her condition was not made available to the public.

    Rehoboth police are investigating the accident, the second in six days following road work done last Friday on Fairview Avenue from Tremont Street to Anawan Street.  The extensive roadwork required the posting of loose stone signs warning motorists to use caution and reduce speed.


CRASH ON FAIRVIEW AVENUE UNDER INVESTIGATION

(July 19, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched early Saturday morning to a motor vehicle crash into a pole on Fairview Ave. 

   The occupants were evaluated by Rehoboth EMS while firefighters contained a fluid spill and cleaned up debris while police investigated. Utilities were notified as the pole was snapped at the base.

   The road was shut down for approximately 45 minutes while the scene was cleared. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the RPD.


CRASH CLOSES ROUTE 44

(June 23, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Route 44 at Wilmarth Bridge Road at approximately 5:30 yesterday. Despite heavy damage to both vehicles, no one was injured. 

   Rehoboth police shut down the eastbound lane of Route 44 for almost an hour while the two vehicles were removed. Firefighters used a cutting torch to separate the rear axle of one vehicles that became dislodged in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the RPD.



ROUTE 44 TRAFFIC DIVERTED FOR CAR FIRE

(May 1, 2015) Yesterday evening the Rehoboth Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Route 44. First arriving units report the car fully involved in flames.      

   According to RFD officials, the unidentified occupants were traveling on Route 44 when their car began to malfunction. After stopping, one occupant was injured when the engine compartment ‘flashed over‘ as he opened the hood.  Rehoboth EMS transported the man to the hospital. Traffic on Route 44 was diverted around the scene for approximately thirty minutes by Rehoboth police while firefighters extinguished the car and the vehicle was removed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the RFD.


RFD WARNS ‘BURNING SEASON IS OVER’

(May 1, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department reminds residents that May 1 is the last day of burning season for 2015. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts sets the dates for open burning and they cannot be changed by local government or the Fire Chief.

   “Anyone who burns after today will be doing so without a permit thus making it illegal,” warns Fire Chief Frank Barresi.  “If the fire department responds to your property for illegal burning you will be subject to fines and possible restitution for the response,” he added.  As a reminder: commercial waste haulers do provide services for the removal of yard waste if needed.


TUESDAY MORNING FIRE ON COUNTY STREET

(March 10, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department credits an alert passer-by for calling in a report of smoke coming from a shed behind a home on County Street in Rehoboth this morning.

     Firefighters were dispatched around 8 AM and quickly knocked down the fire, saving most of the contents of the wooden shed.  According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, three engines and a tanker responded to the fire. 

   All units cleared the scene by around 9:30 AM.  Seekonk Fire Department provided an engine for coverage.  The cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but is under investigation.


SNOW CAUSES BARN COLLAPSE ON MARTIN STREET

(March 3, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel responded yesterday morning to the report of a barn collapse on Martin Street.  A riding ring attached to the barn had caved in pulling the roof in front of the stalls down with it. Because horse stalls were not accessible from the front, the rear doors were pried open and three horses removed safely. There were no injuries to the residents or the animals. The town animal control officer and building inspector were also on the scene. Rehoboth Fire Department companies cleared the scene within two hours.


REHOBOTH FIRE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(March 3, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotions of three lieutenants to the rank of Captain.

    Scott Wentworth was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 1 (Center Station). A member of the Rehoboth Fire Department for fifteen years, Captain Wentworth has served seven years as a lieutenant. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Fire Academy with certifications in Firefighter I/II and Fire Officer I.  He also is a member of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association.

   Ken Marcotrigiano was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 2 (North Station).  Captain Marcotrigiano has served the RFD for twenty-seven years with twelve years as lieutenant. He is the fire department’s EMS Coordinator and is Co-President of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association. 

   Dan Noons was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to Station 3 (South Station). A thirty year veteran of the RFD, he served seven years as lieutenant.  Captain Noons is Co-President of the Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association, and serves the Department with his two brothers, Deputy Bob Noons and Assistant Chief Al Noons.


REMINDER: KEEP YOUR VENTS CLEAR

(February 16, 2015) With the accumulation of multiple recent snow storms, the Rehoboth Fire Department reminds residents to keep all vents for fuel burning appliances clear. 

   According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the department has received numerous calls for carbon monoxide alarms.  In some cases, firefighters discovered CO at dangerous levels.  Massachusetts law requires dwellings to have working CO detectors on every level. 

    “If you need assistance with getting a CO detector or need a site visit to ensure proper placement, just call us,” said Barresi.  Those interested should call the RFD at 508-252-3725.

    On Saturday morning, RFD assisted with mutual aid to a two-alarm fire in Berkley by sending a tanker and personnel.  With a temperature of minus-eleven degrees on arrival, firefighters dealt with freezing water, hoses and trucks.  “It took a strong effort to extinguish the fire,” said Baressi.  The Rehoboth apparatus returned to the station later Saturday morning.


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT’S NEW TRUCK

(January 29, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department placed a new brush truck in service last week. Designated Brush #2, the truck will be based at Marshall Station Two in North Rehoboth.

   The 2015 Ford F-350 cab and chassis was approved under last year's capital plan at town meeting. According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the bed, pump and tank from the station’s old 28-year-old military surplus Chevrolet was swapped onto the new  chassis.

   “Rehoboth has vast areas of woods, fields and forests and the new truck will add to the department's capability to extinguish fires in those locations,” said Barresi. “The Department would like to thank Consolidated Truck & Equipment and the members of Station # 2 for donating the time and material to transition the vehicle.

OPEN BURNING 101: PLEASE KNOW THE RULES

(January 22, 2015) The Rehoboth Fire Department reports some confusion from residents on open burning rules and regulations and how to obtain and pay for a permit.  It is important to know this information if you plan to do any burning on your property lest you be fined for open burning offenses.

   Burning season runs through May 1, 2015 and open burning permit can be obtained seven days a week from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Fire Station One in the Public Safety Building located at 334 Anawan Street (back door). Each permit is $5 which lasts for the burning season. Payment by check or money order only. There is a fine of up to $50 for a first burning violation offense. If you have any questions or concerns about how to burn legally and safely, please call the RFD at 508-252-3725.

   Here is a review of the rules.  A permit holder must call 508-252-3725 every day you wish to burn between 9 AM and 12 PM to obtain permission. No calls are answered before 9 AM. Have your permit number, address and phone number readily available. In other words, please don’t tie up one of the department’s two phone lines by telling them to hold on while you run and try to find your permit.

   You may only burn cut and piled brush that has not been accumulated from a commercial operation. Burning of any other debris other than brush will result in the revocation of your permit. The burning of leaves is not allowed.

    All fires must be extinguished by 4 PM. This will be strictly enforced. Be sure to only ignite piles that can completed by 4 PM.

    Construct piles a minimum of 75 to 100 feet from the nearest structure and in an area where smoke will not be a nuisance to neighbors or roadways.

    Please keep in mind there are State guidelines that determine whether or not burning will be allowed.  Call takers do not make that decision and cannot reverse it.  If at any time you feel you fire may be getting out of control, do not hesitate to call 911 and ask the fire department to respond. A fire can double in size every minute and delaying the response can result in damage to property and structures.


REHOBOTH POLICE OFFICER NOTICES CHIMNEY FIRE

(January 15, 2015) An alert officer of the Rehoboth Police Department is credited with noticing a smoking chimney fire at a Pleasant Street residence Wednesday morning.

    The officer quickly called in the smoke report and address to the dispatcher.  Rehoboth firefighters rapidly arrived on the scene to find a small blockage burning in the chimney that was cleared and extinguished.  The scene was clearly in approximately one hour.

    "The officer could quite possibly have averted what could have become a serious fire,” said Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi.  “This was the second time firefighters responded to a residential chimney fire in less than a week.” Residents are cautioned to follow the usual fire safety advise including having chimneys cleaned and properly maintained on a regular basis. 


MASS FIRE ACADEMY CLASS ON HIGH VOLTAGE SAFETY

(January 12, 2015) On Sunday, January 11, the Rehoboth Fire Department hosted a Massachusetts Fire Academy class at Station Three with over 40 firefighters from Rehoboth and other communities in attendance. 

   The newly introduced class focused on high voltage awareness as firefighters constantly deal with power lines, transmission facilities and the equipment related to it.  “The class was a great refresher on the do's and don'ts with high voltage,” said Fire Chief Frank Baressi.  “A lot of focus was on firefighter safety itself and situational awareness.”

   According to Baressi, the Academy received over 60 requests for the new class, but the class could only accommodate one-third of those interested in attending.  Rehoboth was chosen to host the new class in part because the RFD is known for being progressive with training and has hosted Academy training in the past. National Grid provided the pictured training prop for the program.


REHOBOTH FIRE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(January 10, 2015)  The Office of Fire Chief Frank Barresi, Town of Rehoboth Fire Department, is pleased to announce the following promotions within the on-call fire department. Only the fire chief is a full-time paid employee of the town.  All other firefighters and department officers are on-call as needed and have other occupations. On-call personnel pursue training and continuing education year-round.

    Robert “Bobby” Noons, 35 year veteran of the RFD, was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. He previously served as Assistant Fire Chief and Battalion Chief under retired Chief Bob Pray, and was formally Captain of Station 3.  Chief Noons resides on Davis Street in Rehoboth with his wife and two daughters. He is employed as an equipment operator for J&J Materials in Rehoboth.

    With 32 years of service in the RFD, Jeff Rassol was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Chief Rassol was previously Captain of Station 2 for fifteen years.  He is assigned the duty of Chief of Fleet Maintenance.  Chief Rassol resides on Tremont Street in Rehoboth with his wife and daughter, and is employed as a HVAC service technician for Aero Plumbing and Heating.

    A 27-year veteran of the RFD, Al “Alfie” Noons was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Previously Captain of Station 3 for nine years, he is assigned the duty of Chief of Training.  He resides on Davis Street in Rehoboth with his wife and 3 children, and is employed as a union elevator technician for Otis Elevator.

   With 25 years of service with the RFD, Mark Haskell was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  Previously Captain of Station 1 for nine years, he is assigned the duty of Chief of Administration.  Chief Haskell resides on Pond Street in Rehoboth with his wife and two sons.  He is employed as the President of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs for Stat/SouthCoast EMS based in North Dartmouth Mass and Coastline EMS based in East Providence RI.


FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE CHIMNEY FIRE AND FRIGID TEMPERATURE

(January 9, 2015)  On the coldest day of the winter so far, Rehoboth firefighters battled a residential chimney fire together with the frigid temperature yesterday after being were dispatched to a home on Hillside Avenue in Rehoboth.

    According to Fire Chief Frank Barresi, the fire proved to be stubborn and it took close to an hour to get it under control.  He noted that firefighters “had to contend with a thick blockage in the chimney while preventing it from spreading into the walls or attic.”

    After the fire was declared under control, it took a while to remove and extinguish the smoldering material. The scene was cleared after approximately two hours. Rehoboth EMS provided rehab while the Rehoboth Police Department provided traffic control on the narrow street. Norton firefighters covered the central fire station. There were no injuries and a dollar estimate has not yet been placed on the damage to the property.


CRASH ON TREMONT STREET SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

(January 1, 2015) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve to a single motor vehicle crash on the west end of Tremont Street. A white Maserati was found in the woods with the two occupants standing nearby. Firefighters and EMS treated and transported the two unidentified occupants, with unknown injuries, to the hospital using two ambulances. Firefighters remained on scene until the vehicle was removed.  National Grid was requested to the scene for a snapped support pole. The accident remains under investigation by the RPD.


REHOBOTH FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE SAFE GRANTS

(December 31, 2014) At the selectmen’s meeting on Monday night, Fire Chief Barresi announced the awarding of two grants to the department for a total amount of $7218 to be used for awareness and education programs.

    The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services awarded the RFD the 2015 SAFE and Senior SAFE grants.  The funds will be used to present awareness and education programs for both school children and elders in the community.  Important issues to be covered include fire prevention, general home safety, and how to be prepared in the event of a fire.

    The SAFE programs are designed to lower the overall fire-related risk reduction in the community. Since the inception of the program twenty years ago, child fire deaths have been reduced by a phenomenal 72 percent. 

    Barresi credits the hard work and dedication of Rehoboth SAFE officer LT. Randy Larrivee and the firefighters who assist him with the programs local success.

    "Lt. Larrivee is totally dedicated to the mission of the program and deserves all of the credit for it's success,” emphasized Barresi.  Anyone seeking more information or wishing to have a presentation for their group or organization can contact the RFD at 508-252-3725 or visit their website.


WOOD STOVE FIRE ON WHEELER STREET

(December 16, 2014)  Rehoboth firefighters were dispatched yesterday morning to a residence on Wheeler Street in response to a report of a wood stove fire.

   First arriving crews reported fire showing from the back corner of the building. Firefighters attacked the fire immediately and had it under control in approximately fifteen minutes. The remainder of the structure had heat and smoke damage, but a brand new car appeared unscathed. 

    Crews spent another hour wetting down hot spots and removing parts of the building to expose any remaining fire. The Seekonk fire department sent an engine company to the scene to assist Rehoboth firefighters with the overhaul. Rehoboth EMS and the Providence Canteen provided rehab. The fire remains under investigation but appears to be accidental.


CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERY

Call for info and assistance with detectors

(October 30, 2014)  State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Rehoboth Fire Chief Barresi  remind residents that it’s time to pay attention to your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

   “When buying your Halloween candy this year, pick up some batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “We change our clocks right after Halloween on November 2, so remember when you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” he added.

   One of the best things we can do as we get our homes ready for winter, is to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries. A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense in a fire. Working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible. Time is your enemy in a fire.

    “When changing your alarm’s batteries check to see if your alarms need to be replaced. Smoke alarms last about ten years and older carbon monoxide alarms last 5-7,” said Coan. There are some new CO alarms that just came on the market with a sealed 10-year lithium battery. The batteries in these alarms never need changing, but the entire alarm needs to be replaced every ten years.

     Fire Chief Barresi reminds Rehoboth residents to contact the RFD if you need assistance in assessing your smoke and carbon monoxide detector needs, or need help installing or replacing detectors.  Just contact the RFD at 508-252-3725.


NEW FIRE CHIEF SWORN IN

(September 30, 2014)  Rehoboth selectmen last night welcomed the town’s new fire chief along with appointing a new director of the Gladys B. Hurrell Senior Center, and approving this winter’s new snow and ice removal policy.

    Rehoboth Fire Chief Frank Barresi was officially sworn in by Town Clerk Laura Schwall to a packed room of uniformed Rehoboth call firefighters and other area fire chiefs. 

     Previously the deputy chief of the RFD, Barresi now assumes the only full-time town employee position within the all call fire department. Both Senator James Timilty and Representative Steve Howitt were on hand for the swearing in ceremony along with Barresi’s family of three generations of firefighters.

    Barresi thanks retiring Robert Pray, a 38-year fire department veterans, who served the town as fire chief for the last eighteen years.


BARRESI GRANTED CHIEF LEVEL ACCREDITATION

(June 26, 2014)  Deputy Chief Frank Barresi of the Rehoboth Fire Department was recently granted accreditation by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, a gubernatorial appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for the level of fire chief. Barresi is pictured second from left at the recent ceremony held in Westport, MA.   “The program establishes requirements based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief,” said Everett Fire Chief David Butler, who serves as chair of the commission.  “It establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department and their community.”

    The applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission to determine if the individual has attained a minimum level of credits for education, training, and experience.

   According to State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, “the program was developed after extensive research outlining those skills important to today’s fire chief.  The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call or full-time fire service leader to meet the minimum criteria for achieving fire chief accreditation. 

   Deputy Chief Barresi said, “I am dedicated to providing the highest level of service to this community and have worked hard to continue my education and experience to bring a high level of professionalism to this position. I appreciate that this accomplishment recognizes my dedication to be the best fire service leader I can be for this community.”

    Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years. The program is open to all members of the fire service in the Commonwealth serving as Chief or Chief Officer of Department.  Additionally, in fire departments where there are less than three Chief Officers, those persons holding the next lower rank in that department shall also be eligible to apply for credentialing.  Participation in this program is voluntary and all eligible personnel are encouraged to participate.


REHOBOTH FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION

(April 1, 2014)  Members of the Rehoboth Fire Department were presented with service recognition awards at last night’s meeting of the Rehoboth selectmen.  Fire Chief Robert Pray and Deputy Chief Frank Barresi presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at five year intervals.

    Those presented with 30 year awards were: Assistant Chief Robert Noons, Lt. Dan Noons and Captain Jeff Rassol.  Twenty-five-year awards were presented to: Deputy Chief Barresi, Lt. Chris Botelho, Lt. Ken Marcotrigano, and Lt. Randy Larrivee, and Firefighter Tom Rose.  Those receiving twenty year awards included: Lt. Paul Magan, Firefighter Mike McKearney and Firefighter Nat Dyer. Chief Robert Pray, who plans to retire next year, was presented with an award for 35 years of service.