Oak Bluffs Ambulance Fund Comes Under Scrutiny
Noah Asimow

For much of the past decade, the Oak Bluffs ambulance reserve fund has held hundreds of thousands of dollars for the town.

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Oak Bluffs Selectmen's Statement on Fire Department Matters
What follows is the complete text of the statement read by Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday night.
 
In an effort to reassure that the town is acting responsibly in regard to complaints involving the fire chief, the following points should be made:
 
Management Issues
 
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Oak Bluffs Selectmen Stick to a Statement On Firehouse Controversy
Noah Asimow
Under pressure to clarify the status of fire chief John Rose following a settlement involving sexual harassment claims, selectmen stood behind their embattled department head.
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Selectmen Were Uncertain Over Handling of Fire Chief Matter
Noah Asimow
Meeting over a period of months beginning last summer, the Oak Bluffs selectmen were deeply torn over whether to fire John Rose for inappropriate behavior and lying about it, executive session minutes show.
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FBI Inquiry Focuses on Oak Bluffs Fire Department
Barry Stringfellow and Noah Asimow
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting an inquiry into the Oak Bluffs EMS and fire department, multiple sources familiar with the investigation have confirmed.
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Oak Bluffs Settles Sexual Harassment Claims Against Town Fire Chief
Noah Asimow

The town has settled sexual harassment and discrimination claims against its fire chief John Rose, agreeing to pay former fire department administrator Cynthia Hatt $97,500.

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Mass Casualty Drill Planned on the Water off Oak Bluffs

Emergency services personnel will be conducting a mass casualty incident drill off Inkwell Beach on Sunday morning.

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Gas Explosion in Oak Bluffs Sends One to Hospital
Holly Pretsky

An early morning propane explosion in Oak Bluffs sent one person to the hospital and damaged a home in the Camp Ground Monday morning. The explosion happened at about 6:30 a.m. in a newly renovated Camp Ground home on Central avenue, according to Oak Bluffs fire chief John Rose.

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Ocean View Hotel is Destroyed by Fire in the Night
Vineyard Gazette
The Ocean View Hotel, one of the landmarks of Oak Bluffs, was completely destroyed by fire in the early hours of this morning, as firemen from three towns fought in a brutal 7-degree temperature to contain the blaze.
 
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Fire and EMT Volunteers
The Oak Bluffs Fire and EMT Departments are holding a volunteer recruitment day on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the firehouse located at 6 Firehouse Lane in Oak Bluffs.
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