Firefighters Extinguish Chilmark House Fire
Sara Brown

A roof fire at a Chilmark home was quickly extinguished Wednesday afternoon by up-Island firefighters. The fire broke out during heavy rain and thunderstorms.

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Backyard Bash Is an Institution — Chilmark Style
Chloe Reichel

Multigenerational clans of Chilmarkers flocked to the field behind the Community Center Wednesday for the volunteer firefighter association’s annual Backyard Bash.

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Chilmark Considers Safety Building Site
Alex Elvin
Picking up on efforts that began more than a decade ago, a committee in Chilmark is taking another stab at finding a location for a new fire station.
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Volunteer Firefighters Throw Party of the Year in Chilmark
Sydney Bender

Hundreds of adults and kids flocked to the Chilmark Community Center Wednesday for the town’s annual volunteer firefighter association’s Backyard Bash.

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Chilmark Gets New Fire Tanker Truck
Mark Alan Lovewell
Chilmark's new fire truck can carry 3,000 gallons of water and pump 1,500 gallons a minute. It was custom made by Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus of Woodville.
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Four Alarm Barbecue in Chilmark

Go to a party, eat great food, hang with neighbors and do good at the same time. It is, as the saying goes, a no-brainer. Or better known as the Chilmark Firemen’s Association Back Yard Bash.

The bash is an annual event to raise money for the all-volunteer town fire department. And since it doesn’t rain anymore, except for this past weekend, that is, the fire department is more essential than ever.

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Attracting Volunteer Firefighters Becomes a Challenge for Towns
Max Hart

Around the Vineyard, the number of volunteer firefighters serving their communities is falling.

Ten years ago, the Tisbury fire department was running with a full complement of 51 volunteer firefighters. Today the number has dropped to 41.

Three years ago, the Chilmark fire department boasted a full staff of 38 volunteers. Today the number of firefighters responding to a call is almost half of that.

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Volunteer Firefighters Grill and Reminisce At Backyard Bash
Megan Dooley

In the middle of March, lifelong Chilmarker Mike Holtham was pulling out from his winter home on Quansoo when a group of fire trucks sped by, sirens blaring. Curious, he made a split-second decision to follow the trucks, which were headed to a fire on a road nearby.

“I know every person that lives on that street right now,” he remembered thinking as he approached the scene. “Now there’s no excuse,” he thought.

The next day, Mr. Holtham walked into the Chilmark fire station and signed up to be a volunteer firefighter.

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Chilmark Fire Chief Praises Response
Peter Brannen

It’s been an exhausting week for Chilmark fire chief David Norton, but during a brief respite at the station yesterday, he took a few minutes to look back on the events, Monday afternoon that are now well recorded in newspapers and cameras around the Island and beyond.

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Gas Grill Cause of Small Fire at Blue Heron Farm

Chilmark firefighters quickly quelled a small fire at Blue Heron Farm early Tuesday morning. Chilmark fire chief David Norton said the call came in at 3:30 a.m. from an automatic fire alarm in the farmhouse. The fire was in the wall of the main house near a porch that had a gas grill on it. Firefighters had the fire out within a matter of minutes, Mr. Norton said. “Very small, very contained, extinguished quickly,” the fire chief said. He said the cause of the fire was the gas grill.

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