Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Dedham Town Meeting members met Monday night to discuss a number of issues including how bringing liquor licenses can increase business to Dedham Square; and why the Joseph Bus Service was too expensive for Dedham.
Three new liquor licenses to Dedham Square, and the cancellation of the JBL Bus Service were among the decisions made during Dedham's Town Meeting Monday night. In Article Three, it was recommended to eliminate the JBL Bus Service. Town meeting member Howard Ostroff believed that the bus service was still necessary for the town and suggested that $29,000 be added to include hiring a part-time driver for the service. Town Administrator Bill Keegan, however, believed that the service was too expensive for the town and since the amount of ridership did declined within the last few years, it seemed unnecessary. "There will be some people who will be impacted," Keegan said, "but there is the MBTA. It may not be the service that everyone …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Remaining calm and answering the questions asked by the dispatcher helps ensure the most appropriate, quickest and safest response by emergency responders.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Wednesday, May 15
Editor's Note: The following information was contributed by the Dedham Police Department. Dispatchers have the difficult task of quickly assessing a call and gathering large amounts of information for responding personnel. To provide police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel with as much information as possible, dispatchers ask a lot of questions, which can vary depending on the type of call. In emergency situations, callers can get frustrated by the number of questions because they are concerned that it causes a delay in personnel responding to the call. Callers sometimes do not understand why dispatchers need certain information. It is important to remember that, most often, as the dispatcher is getting information from …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Dedham Board of Selectmen and Liberty Mutual honored the firefighters that helped save a teenager from muddy waters in March.
Thursday night the Dedham Board of Selectmen and Liberty Mutual honored the firefighters who rescued a 17-year-old from a swamp by East Street in Dedham. On March 1, Dedham and Westwood firefighters responded to a teen that was stuck in muddy waters. The effort took over an hour in freezing temperatures, according to officials. "The individual was lucky that there were professionals that were trained and worked as brothers to get this boy out," Selectman Jim MacDonald said. Acting Fire Chief Bill Spillane was also proud of the firefighter's "remarkable" work. "Giving extra recognition is based on their professional actions that put them at risk and as a result was able to rescue this man from a bitter fate," Fire Chief Spillane said. …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
An outside fire extended to the attic of a two-floor home, according to reports Tuesday afternoon.
Dedham fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire inside a Stoney Lea road home Tuesday afternoon. Heavy smoke began showing shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. And outside fire extended into the structure of the home, with heavy fire extending into the attic, according to unconfirmed reports. Dedham Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Roslindale teenager treated for hypothermia.
Dedham firefighters rescued a teenager from a swamp Friday night. According to Fox 25, the 17-year-old Roslindale boy was near the train tracks and fell into the swamp after becoming disoriented. An hour after his fall, someone from a nearby building heard his calls for help and contacted rescue crews. The boy had to be treated for hypothermia at Norwood Hospital.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Dedham Firefighters saved a deer from the icy waters of the Charles River.
Over the weekend, Dedham Firefighters Steve Doherty and Jim Morrison helped pull a deer out of the Charles River while wearing water survival suites. Others involved in the scene were Deputy Chief Jim Nielan, Firefighter Jerry Bradbury, Firefighter Bob Spillane and Firefighter Ken Pike.
Friday, December 28, 2012
The driver was transported to a hospital due to serious injuries.
There were reports of a car vs. truck accident on West St. near the Needham line around 2:57 p.m. According to the Dedham Fire Department, there were two trucks and a sedan involved. "The driver of the car hit one of the trucks and then bumped off the other," the Fire Deputy said. "She was then pinned between a tree and the truck." Fire personnel required a Jaws of Life in order the take the driver out of her car. The driver sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital by the Needham Fire Department.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Marijuana Dispensaries and securing public safety were among the main issues discussed on Thursday.
In November the Commonwealth became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana. But the Board of Selectmen believes that the Jan. 1 deadline is too soon for the town to determine zoning procedures and regulations for dispensaries. "The town of Walpole suggests we submit a letter to the Senate to file for an extension for the implementation of the law," Selectman Jim MacDonald said. "And we need to ask what is a reasonable time." The Selectmen want to postpone the implementation so they can also have a special Town Meeting about the regulations. After discussion, the Board approved the motion to send a letter to the Senate to delay the implementation of the zoning laws. Another issue that was brought up, but was not on the agenda, was…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
As a result of the new policy, Engine 4 was shut down today because only 8 out of the required 11 personnel reported for duty.
For the past week, Town Administrator Keegan has been working with Acting Fire Chief Spillane, Finance Director Murphy and the Firefighter's Union to discuss the amount of overtime that was accumulated. The town usually spends between $400,000 and $450,000 per fiscal year, according to reports. But due to unplanned vacancies, transfers to other departments, injuries and illnesses, the department has been working with a reduced staff. For that reason, the overtime cost to the Department can top $1 million by the end of the fiscal year. "At full staff the Fire Department normally has a compliment of 15 personnel per shift," Town Administrator Keegan said. But in order to maintain all four pieces of apparatus, the department needs to have…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
It started as a small kitchen fire, and ended with an explosion.
Dedham Fire Department received a call at 3:45 p.m. The family who resided at 84 Curve Street, reported a small kitchen fire on the second floor of the two-family home. But by the time fire trucks arrived at the scene, no one thought that this fire would lead to an explosion. "It was smart for the family to call ahead when they did....all were able to get out safely," Dedham Fire Chief, William Cullinane said. "We were all surprised... we didn't think it was going to be this bad." According to Chief Cullinane, they are still investigating the exact cause of the flames. However, they believe that this was done by accident. At this time names are not being released, but when we tried to ask the victims how the fire started, one of the …