After a weeks of preparing, the application to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant was filed November 25, 2014.. Now, almost 2 1/2 years later, the long awaited payoff is on its way to Adams. Tower 4 left the factory in Holden, Louisiana today at 2:30pm. When it arrives later this week, it will be test fit into a heavily modified bay altered to accomodate it. If all goes well, after a short trip to the dealer SVI for tool and radio mounting, the new truck will return home to stay and begin its service to Adams. We'll post more pictures when it arrives, but for now check out the delivery photos and all of the pictures of its construction HERE.
Not everything in the fire service gets replaced with newer and better. Sometimes older is better.
When the 1976 Maxim was retired, the Federal Q siren mounted on the front fender found a new home on the new, 2008 E-One engine’s bumper. However, the Maxim’s bell, the traditional signaling device on old fire engines, did not get the same upgrade. It was removed and placed under the work bench in the crib at the back of the station where it would remain untouched.
In 2012, the company lost longtime firefighter Joe Dean, Jr. At his funeral, the company had used a bell borrowed from another department to render final honors by striking the four fives. Thought was given to creating our own bell for memorials, but as with many things in the fire house, things were busy and the idea languished.
In 2013, as the department’s oldest piece of apparatus was getting ready to be replaced with a new Ford, members began striping the old 1948 Chevrolet. Amongst the bits and pieces removed was another old bell and an old Sterling siren. Older members will recall the almost embarrassingly slow wind up of the old siren. And besides not sounding great, it looked horrible. It was buried deep in the recesses of the engine. The original bezel and light on the front was missing. The original shiny finish was covered in blobs of dull black paint. But we thought that this old siren could, with a little work, be the mechanical siren that Engine 1, the KME was missing.
With an increased sense of motivation, a group consisting of Andy Gigliotii, Steve Mezcywor, Dana Labee and Dave Lennon got working on rehabbing the old siren and on creating a memorial bell using one of the two old vehicle bells now available under the bench. It was decided that the bell from the Maxim was the most suitable for mounting on a wood base. Steve Mezcywor designed and assembled the base out of oak. Andy Gigliotti got the support powder coated and Dave Lennon polished the metalwork and stained and finished the base. After adding the commemorative and dedication plaques, the bell was finished and is now part of every Firefighter Sunday service.
Meanwhile, the old siren was more of a challenge. While the siren is a 12v siren, the Chevy ran a 6v system. This explains the sirens SLOW windup on that truck. Besides missing parts, the cover was severely dented and it was caked in old black paint meant to make it less visible. While striping the 3 coats of paint off the siren, it was discovered the the cover was actually copper. While it looked pretty cool after cleaning it up, it was decided that the most durable choice would be powder coating which Andy Gigliotti arranged. Andy also worked on the bearings and milled a replacement cowl to mate with a stainless steel perforated sheet screen. Dave Lennon worked on rewiring the old siren and with the help of Dana Labee, mounted the finished siren to the bumper of Engine 2 and added the required solenoid and switches. With the proper 12v power, the old girl is much quicker but she still takes a bit to get going. The sound when it does?...classic!
With the upcoming retirement of the 1988 Pierce ladder truck, perhaps there will be yet another opportunity to repurpose something from the past for the present.
Courtesy The Berkshire Eagle
By Dick Lindsay
ADAMS — Around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, three Adams police cruisers — one playing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" — and Adams Fire Department Engine 2, pulled up to 13 Cherry St. ready to play Santa's helpers.
The seven police officers and two firefighters, wearing Santa hats, exited their vehicles carrying presents for three young brothers, who otherwise might not get any next Sunday, Dec. 25.
"I'm just happy we can put a smile on their faces," said firefighter Mike Therrien. Paula Fachini fought back tears of joy, smiling as the men in full uniform put gift after gift under the family Christmas tree.
"Mommy, Santa's here," exclaimed three-year-old Chase Woods, as brothers Dominic Woods, 10 months, Alex Messer, 10, looked on.
The scene also played out in North Adams on Saturday with first responders in five other North Berkshire communities this month also participating in the special deliveries of an enhanced Holiday Elf Warm Clothing Program by the Berkshire Community Action Council.
"It's good to get up close and personal with the families," said Adams Police Officer Greg Onorato.
A new gallery of photos of our new aerial under construction has been created to show the unit as it progresses. It will contain all of the photos associated with the new truck and will be located on the Photos/Apparatus page for future viewing. Ferrara has also started posting incremental shots on its "In Production" page.
Courtesy of iBerkshires
By Jack Guerino
ADAMS, Mass. — A family in need this season got a visit from some local Santas: the Alert Hose Company.
But rather than by reindeer-drawn sleigh, the gifts arrived by fire truck this past Sunday morning.
Fire Chief Paul Goyette said this year the Fire Department sponsored a family through the Berkshire Community Action Center Elf program.
"They asked us to sponsor a family and instill some Christmas cheer to a local family," he said. "So we purchased some gifts and delivered them to a family."
Goyette said this is the first time the Fire Department has sponsored a family through the Elf program.
The donations also had a secondary purpose he said, because it is important, especially for children, to see firefighters outside of emergencies.
"A lot of the time when a fire truck shows up, it is not for a good reason and this was a good way for us to show that we are just people," he said. "The family had two young boys and we drove up and wanted to show them that we are not only here to protect them but to help out in other ways and spread some cheer and joy."
Goyette said it is important to the Alert Hose Company to give back to the community.
"We are always willing to help out in any situation or when anyone is in need," he said. "We want to give back to the community that has always helped us out."