• October 19 2018,  Saugus

    Fire Department Open House:

    Fire Department Open House: Residents, town officials celebrate brand-new Saugus Fire Engine (Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued this week by Town Manager Scott Crabtree’s Office.)   Dozens of Saugus children, residents, town officials, employees, and business owners gathered together to celebrate the town’s brand-new fire engine at an unveiling ceremony last Saturday, October 13, during the Fire Department’s Open House. Children donning firefighter helmets and clutching red balloons posed in front of the bright red, shiny new engine while parents eagerly snapped photographs. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree presented the state-of-the-art apparatus to the crowd, and applauded the elected and appointed Town officials, and the community for…

  • October 12 2018,  Saugus

    A special day for Saugus

    New fire truck on display tomorrow at Fire Department’s Open House; public invited to free fire safety program  By Mark E. Vogler The Saugus Fire Department gets to celebrate this year’s Open House with the addition of a new fire engine to its fleet. Town Manager Scott Crabtree has scheduled an unveiling ceremony for the new Pierce 1250 GPM Pumper – a $695,000 investment – which will replace a 22-year-old fire engine. The new fire engine will be stationed outside the Saugus Fire Department at the Public Safety Building, which is located at 27 Hamilton St. in Saugus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 13) during the…

  • August 3 2018,  Saugus

    Fire officials cite cooking issues as the cause of two recent house fires

    Twice within three days last month, issues that began in the kitchen contributed to house fires, according to Saugus Fire Department reports. On July 27, firefighters responded to 7 Falmouth St. for reports of smoke coming from one of the apartments. Firefighters located a resident in the apartment and a second alarm was ordered. “The cause of the fire was determined to be a cooking fire,” Capt. Christopher Rizza wrote in his report. “The resident possibly became incapacitated while cooking and the unattended food on the stove caught fire. The resident suffered from inhalation burns,” according to Rizza. The resident was transported to the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. Two days later…

  • July 20 2018,  Saugus

    Starting out

    Five new Saugus firefighters begin their careers this week  By Mark E. Vogler Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury liked what he saw Monday afternoon as he watched the five rookie firefighters practice their ladder drills against a wall at the back of the Central Fire Station. “We got a pretty good group,” Chief Newbury said of the men who began their careers with the town’s fire service this week. “One of them is an Army veteran. And we also have a ‘legacy’ hire whose dad was a fire captain here. There are a couple of 30-something guys, and there are three Saugus High School graduates,” he said. At age 35,…

  • July 13 2018,  Saugus

    “Spontaneous combustion”

    Officials determine oily rags caught fire and ignited 3-alarm blaze at Juniper Drive home  By Mark E. Vogler A pile of oily rags on the back deck of a two-story wooden frame ranch house caught fire in the summer heat, igniting a three-alarm fire at 81 Juniper Dr. early Tuesday afternoon. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury said in a joint press release issued Wednesday that the cause of the fire that left about $700,000 in building damage – almost double what the three-bedroom ranch house was valued at – “was the spontaneous combustion of rags being used to stain the back deck.”…

  • February 9 2018,  Saugus

    Deputy Fire Chief D’Eon completes management training program at Firefighting Academy

    The Saugus Fire Department’s Deputy Chief, Thomas D’Eon Jr., last week was one of 36 fire service leaders from across Massachusetts who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. This 14-week program was developed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standards for chief fire officers, and is delivered jointly by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. It is a comprehensive course providing training in the non-fire suppression aspects of managing fire departments. D’Eon, a 13-year veteran of the town’s fire service and husband of Selectman Jennifer D’Eon, received his promotion to…

  • January 12 2018,  Saugus

    Responding to the Storm

    Editor’s Note: Here are some highlights from the Saugus Fire Department dispatcher log responding to events related to the Jan. 4 storm. 12:26 p.m. Flooding, 14 Milton St. 12:33 p.m. Multiple calls for 20 and 26 Houston Ave. are currently flooded. At 96 Ballard St., there is a dock floating in the street. Police notify DPW to block off Ballard Street and Salem Turnpike. 12:42 p.m. Police report Johnson and Spencer streets flooded. Revere and Lynn police departments blocking off streets at their end. 12:48 p.m. Ladder responding to the scene with a boat. 12:54 p.m. Lincoln Avenue at Spuds shutdown. Lynn police notified to shutdown Lynn side. 1 p.m.…