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DUI Driver Shears Pole on Route 9


The driver of this Ford pick-up was taken away in handcuffs early Tuesday morning after shearing a utility pole on Route 9 in Goshen.  The accident was reported by a passing motorist who witnessed the driver travelling in an erratic manner.  The accident occured just west of the intersection with South Main Street near Accufab.  The driver was treated for minor abrasions to his arm by members of the Highland Ambulance squad. 

The Goshen Fire Department responded with 56-E1 and 56-R1.  After arriving on the scene, firefighters disabled the vehicles battery then created a safe one-way travel zone in the westbound side of Route 9.   Department members were released shortly after a flatbed from Leibenow's in Cummington towed the pick-up away.

(May 1, 2007)

Easter Morning Fire Destroys Duplex



Photo courtesy of Stephen McGrath - Westhampton Fire Department


Goshen firefighters responded to a mutual aid call from Easthampton Fire with the Hampshire County Air Supply truck early Sunday morning.


Easthampton firefighters responded to the initial call at 5-7 Arlington Street in their city for a structure fire which came in just after midnight.  According to reports from the scene, a working fire was discovered on the back porch that was making its way into the main portion of the building.  A second alarm was sounded which brought firefighters from Northampton, Southampton and Westhampton to the scene.  Firefighters from Williamsburg were called to do station coverage for Northampton.


As a result of an interior attack of the fire, twenty-one SCBA (Self-contained Breathing Apparatus) air bottles were filled over a 4-hour period.  Most of the bottles were of the 4,500-PSI variety, which provide firefighters with approximately 45 minutes of air when donned.


(April 8, 2007)

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Car Collides With Town Highway Truck, Route 9 Closed


Highland Ambulance personnel transported the driver of this Subaru Forrester to Cooley Dickinson Hospital this morning.  Reports from the scene indicate that the Subaru was traveling westbound on Route 9 in front of George Propane when it crossed the centerline and collided with the back end of a dump truck owned by the Town of Goshen.  Both vehicles ended up in the snow bank on the eastbound side of the road approximately 200 feet apart.  Damage to the vehicles was significant enough to require tow trucks from Cichy’s Garage in Williamsburg and Liebenow’s Garage in Cummington.  Tim Pease, Goshen Highway Superintendent, was behind the wheel of the town truck.

Members of the Goshen Fire and Goshen Police Departments coordinated efforts to re-direct traffic around the accident scene during the morning commute.  Route 9 was closed down for approximately one hour to protect personnel on scene when the rising sun made it difficult for eastbound traffic to see. 

(March 21, 2007)

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Chief Sue Labrie Addresses Local Girl Scouts at 95th Anniversary Celebration


Chief Sue Labrie was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of local Girl Scouts and their families at the Williamsburg Congregational Church.  The group had gotten together to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America which began in Savanah Georgia in 1912.  Here is what Sue had to share with the group: 


"I would like to thank you for inviting me here tonight.  My name is Sue Labrie.  I am the Fire Chief of the Goshen Fire Department.  I’d like to introduce my family, my husband, Bob, and my daughters, Sarah, Alyssa and Hannah.  It is an honor to speak to such a wonderful group.  I say that because it is obvious the parents in this room take a great interest in the lives of their daughters and that these daughters are involved in an organization that tries to make the world a better place."


"Girls today can do anything.  You no longer hear the words “you can’t do that, you’re a girl.”  Women today do everything from running large companies to helping run the country - from flying in outer space, to firefighting and everything in between.  There is nothing you can’t do if you put your heart into it.  Life is full of opportunities you only have to have the courage and confidence to give new things a try."


"As a girl in high school, I liked to run and to ski.  My school didn’t have a girl’s cross-county running team or a girls ski team, so I joined the boy’s teams.  I was welcomed on the teams as I did well for them.  I joined the fire department in 1989 with no background in firefighting.  I was a computer systems analyst who sat at a desk in front of a computer.  However, I wanted to make a difference and give back to the community I had moved into.  I was immediately welcomed by the other volunteer firefighters.  They saw I could pull my own weight and I became a valued member of the department.  17 years later, when the opportunity arose, I became the chief because I felt I could make an even bigger difference in that position.  As the chief, I am trying to make my community safer through public education and pre-incident plans.  I am also trying to make my firefighters safer through training, obtaining new equipment and establishing operating guidelines.  I was a Girl Scout."


"Today, Girl Scouting is kicking off “Make the World a Better Place Week”.  What a great theme.  When you go hiking or camping in the woods it’s best to “leave no trace”.  That is not true when it comes to living your life.  I have been trying to “leave a trace” through my years of teaching fire and life safety to children and adults.  I have to believe that in 10 years of teaching prevention, I have made a difference.  I know that my students have used what they learned to prevent fires and injuries.  I hear it all the time from their parents.  For instance, a parent will stop me at the post office to let me know their child told them to move things away from the wood stove or to unplug the toaster or coffee maker when they were done with it.  I tell them their child was right and did what I taught them and I am proud of them.  Then the parent seems proud of their child too for listening, learning and applying their knowledge to keep their family safe."


"Through my activities with the fire department I feel I have helped make the world a better place and it makes me feel great.  I hope that through scouting and the support of your families you will build the self-confidence to try new things, that you will look around you for new opportunities to learn and that you have the courage make your dreams come true."


(Monday, March 12, 2007)

Whale Inn Corner Scene of Nighttime Accident




With a stiff breeze and temperatures hovering in the low teens, Goshen Firefighters were called to the scene of a single car motor vehicle accident on Route 9 at the Whale Inn corner at approximately 11:27PM last night.  The driver and passenger were headed eastbound towards Williamsburg when their front right tire blew causing the driver to lose control and skid off the roadway. Goshen Police are trying to determine the cause of the front end damage to the vehicle that was not the result of the tire blow out.


The driver and passenger were taken by Highland Ambulance personnel to Cooley Dickenson hospital in Northampton with minor injuries. 


(February 23, 2007)



Early Morning Car Accident Hits Close to Home




Goshen Fire, Police and Highland Ambulance personnel responded to this single car motor vehicle accident this morning at 6:57AM.  The driver was heading eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle, skidded through the Goshen Fire Dept parking lot over an open culvert and down an embankment into an adjacent field.


The driver of this Ford Explorer was taken to Cooley Dickenson hospital in Northampton with minor injuries.  He received prompt attention because Highland Ambulance personnel, who use the Goshen firehouse as their base of operations, were already at the station for duty.


While Route 9 did remain open, emergency vehicles and caution signs controlled traffic around the scene while two tow trucks wrangled the car back to the pavement.


(February 22, 2007)

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9 Departments Work to Save Conway Home





CONWAY - Crackling sounds in a cavity behind the wood stove caught the attention of the owner of this house on Main Poland Road in Conway early this morning.  Reports from the scene indicate that the homeowner attempted to put out the fire while waiting for area fire departments to arrive.  The first arriving company from Conway found heavy smoke coming from the structure and mounted an interior attack.  They made it up to the second floor when the ceiling above them started to collapse.  Blasts from the air horns on their attack pumper summoned the firefighters to evacuate the building.  Shortly thereafter, the fire erupted through the roof of this 2 year old house.


Goshen firefighters initially responded to a mutual aid request at approximately 1:30AM from Conway Fire for the Hampshire County Air Truck.  While traveling to the scene, another call went out for Goshen to respond with our tanker to provide needed water to the fire scene.  They were joined by departments from Ashfield, South Deerfield, Deerfield, Shelburne, Buckland, Whately and Williamsburg.


(February 9, 2007)

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Hawley Street Fire in 'Hamp Leaves 5 Homeless




An early morning fire at 67 Hawley Street in Northampton has left 5 people homeless.  Residents of the house reported the blaze around 3:30AM.  Goshen firefighters initially responded to a mutual aid request at approximately 5:15AM from Northampton Fire for the Hampshire County Air Truck.  Shortly before arriving on scene, another call went out for Goshen to respond with our engine to provide station coverage at the Florence Fire Station.  The crew of E1 was later called to stage at the Hawley Street site and assisted firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Amherst and Hadley in overhauling the home.


During our time there, we were able to fill 25 SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) bottles that were used by firefighters when they entered the smoke filled structure.  Careless disposal of smoking materials is being investigated as a possible cause of the fire.

(January 19, 2007)

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Santa Comes to Town Riding 56-E1


Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Goshen Town Hall Wednesday night on his trusty old attack pumper.  It seems the reindeer had trouble negotiating Route 9 so Firefighter Dustin Culver raced into action to help Santa (a.k.a Todd Haskell) meet his appointed rounds.  Approximately 75 children and parents from Chesterfield and Goshen were on hand for the event which was sponsored by Goshen Recreation Unlimited and Chesterfield Recreation.

(December 20, 2006)


Prospect Street Fire, Northampton MA


Goshen firefighters were called in to assist the Northampton Fire Department with station coverage while they battled this early morning fire on Prospect Street.  Firefighters were summoned to the scene through the activation of a Health Watch monitoring alarm shortly after 2 a.m.  The 90-year old owner of the home was rescued by firefighters and transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

(December 11, 2006)

Chief Attends Flammable Liquids Training in Nevada


Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie (front row kneeling, second from the left) attended a "Flammable-Liquid Fire Fighting Techniques for Municipal and Rural Firefighters" class at the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy last week.  The school received a U.S. Department of Energy grant to train municipal and rural firefighters in industrial fire fighting techniques used to fight incidents often associated with terrorist threats.

While terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, were devastating and drew great attention, many less-visible locations throughout the United States have been identified as vulnerable to terrorist tactics as well. Such municipal and rural "soft targets" susceptible to simple explosives, vandalism and sabotage include pipeline pumping and transfer stations, truck and rail terminals and various nuclear and industrial facilities in communities large and small.

The concepts learned in the classroom were augmented and applied through hands-on live-fire training on the school's prop field.

The 32-hour training course emphasized:

  • Training in industrial fire control through classroom instruction and hands-on participation on a fire-suppression team
  • Understanding of terrorist behaviors, and tactics common in terrorism incidents
  • Chemistry of flammable liquids and gases, and real-life simulations that reflect facilities, characteristics and conditions encountered in liquid-fuel fires
  • Hose handling and effective streams for combatting pressurized and pool fires
  • Dry chemical extinguishers with water/foam and the use of combination devices and multiple agents
  • Use of equipment already available and/or easily obtainable by most fire departments

Fire fighting in such industrial situations often involves large quantities of flammable or combustible liquids and can be very different from incidents normally encountered by municipal and rural firefighters. Yet these are the very firefighters responsible for protecting these highly vulnerable locations. 

(December 4-7, 2006)

Black Ice Forces Closure of Route 9


An early morning accident along Route 9 in Goshen forced the closure of the state highway for just under an hour Sunday morning.  A late model Honda Accord was traveling westbound just in front of the Goshen Stone Company when black ice on the roadway caused the driver to lose control, spin and hit the guardrail (gray car on left).  The first firefighters to arrive, after realizing how poor the road conditions were at the scene, called on 56-E1 to block the road to protect responders.  Within seconds of closing the roadway another vehicle driving into the scene started skidding on the ice and careened off of the fire truck (red car on right).   The driver of that vehicle was cited for driving faster than road conditions allowed.  The State Highway truck was dispatched to spread salt on the icy roads before both lanes were reopened to traffic.  No injuries were reported from either incident.

(November 26, 2006)

Black Ice Causes Multi-car Accident - Country Journal - 11/30/2006

Four Hospitalized After Crash in Williamsburg


Firefighters and EMTs from Williamsburg, Northampton, Chesterfield and Goshen, as well as the Highland Ambulance Service, pulled all four people out of the car with the aid of hydraulic tools. The roof of the car had to be removed in order to gain access to the occupants, one of whom was pinned beneath the dashboard.

(July 12, 2006)

Crescent Street Fire, Northampton


Goshen Firefighters were initially called to Northampton for station coverage while the their Fire Department fought this blaze on Crescent Street.  It wasn't long before being called to the scene to pump water from a hydrant in front of Smith College.

 (November 06, 2005)

Hatfield Structure Fire


Goshen Firefighers responded to this Mutual Aid call to Hatfield on the morning of January 24, 2005 with the Hampshire County Mobile Air Supply truck  (Hampshire County Air).  Hatfield Firefighters initially used an interior attack to battle this blaze but were called out of the building when the floors became unstable.  The fire began in the basement of the home in the vicinity of the family's wood stove.

(January 24, 2005)

Rice Family Fire, Nash Hill Road, Williamsburg


Goshen Fire personnel responded to a Mutual Aid call to Williamsburg with our attack pumper (56-E1).  Approximately 1,500 feet of Large Diameter Hose (LDH) was laid from the bottom of Nash Hill Road up to the fire scene to supplement several attack lines and a deluge gun.

(December 11, 2004)

108 Nash Hill Road, Williamsburg


Shortly after 3AM on April 3, 2004, Goshen Firefighters responded to Williamsburg with a tanker truck (56 - Tanker 1) and worked alongside members of the Chesterfield, Northampton and Williamsburg Fire Departments.  The fire began in the chimney of the house and moved quickly through the walls and spread to the attic.

(April 3, 2004)