Mike Therrien and his pit crew successfully conquered Bosquet Mt. in Pittsfield Saturday, March 3rd. His Tower 4 themed sled won the 7th Annual Lazer 99.3 & 98.5 Cardboard Carnival powered by Coors Light in a time of 12.76 seconds. The run was so fast, it powered through the slow down area and into the haybales at the far end. The sled took some minor front end damage as a result but the crew will get it squared away in time for another event at Jiminy Peak in two weeks. Check out the video of the run and a few pics below.
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By Jack Guerino
02:57PM / Wednesday December 06, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire department quickly knocked down a small fire at 246 1/2 Columbia St. on Wednesday.
Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the call came in late morning and once firefighters arrived at the single-family home, they were able to contain the blaze to one room that was used for storage by the owner.
"Knockdown was fairly quick once we got there and after we just had to do some overhaul," Pansecchi said. "It was pretty much contained in one room and there was some smoke and water damage."
Pansecchi said although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it does not appear to be suspicious.
There were no injuries and they were able to retrieve a pet cat.
"There was a cat missing and they do like to hide but once things calmed down we were able to retrieve it," he said.
Pansecchi said because the call came in during the day when manpower is often an issue for volunteer departments, North Adams, Clarksburg, Savoy and Cheshire were automatically toned.
"They all arrived but we did not need them," he said.
He said the other departments did offer support and covered the station while the Adams Fire Department put out the fire.
Adams Ambulance and Police Department were also on scene.
By Jack Guerino
ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Volunteer Fire Department received its new custom ladder truck Friday.
"We have a great group of guys excited and ready to drive it," Fire Chief John Pansecchi said.
The new truck was purchased through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Assistant Chief David Lennon, who wrote the grant, said the truck in total was just over $1 million but the $809,524 grant covered the lion's share of the purchase.
Lennon said the truck was custom built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus of Holden, La., and has a travel height of 10 feet.
"This truck is definitely custom made ... normally trucks this size have a travel height of 10 feet, 9 inches," he said. "They went way lower on this one and it went through some major engineering. There isn't another truck like it."
He added that part of the cost came from modifying the garage so the new truck could fit. He said the ceiling was notched and the floor was reinforced to hold the extra weight.
Lennon said the truck will replace the 1988 Pierce that is starting to show its age and is not compliant with current truck codes.
He said the truck is the fourth motorized ladder truck the department has owned and is the first platform ladder truck. It is the fourth platform ladder truck in Berkshire County.
Lennon said the grant was submitted in 2014 but it was worth the wait.
"It is a long process but to see something physically here is pretty amazing," Lennon said.
Pansecchi thanked former Chief Paul Goyette, who was instrumental in the grant process.