Firefighters Contain West Chop Basement Blaze
Steve Myrick

Tisbury firefighters responded to a fire on West Chop Monday morning and found a basement filled with heavy smoke. The fire was quickly contained.

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Firefighters Knock Down Tashmoo Boat Fire
Sara Brown

Island fire departments joined an all-out response Friday morning to a boat fire in Lake Tashmoo. Officials said there were no injuries and damage was largely contained to the boat.

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Vineyard Haven Family Escapes Fire Unharmed
Steve Myrick

A family’s diligence practicing fire drills and working smoke detectors helped a Vineyard Haven family escape a fire on Irene’s Way in the early morning hours Thursday.

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Passing the Torch, Two Longtime Firefighters Hang up Their Hoses
Ivy Ashe

Russell Maciel was on the job for 44 years before stepping down as assistant fire chief in Tisbury. Daniel Feeney, a captain in the department, also retired on Dec. 31.

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Community Helps Family After House Fire
Sara Brown

The Vineyard community is rallying around a Vineyard Haven family after a weekend house fire left the family uninjured but destroyed all their belongings.

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Small Diesel Spill in SSA Parking Lot Quickly Contained
Sydney Bender

Tisbury police and fire officials closed a section of the Steamship Authority parking lot following a small diesel fuel spill Wednesday morning. Fire chief John Schilling said he received a call from the Steamship Authority at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday alerting him that a truck had spilled fuel.

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Fired Up to Answer Call of Community
Sydney Bender
They drive the engines, rescue people, put out fires and know CPR. They have to be prepared for anything — a car under water, a person in cardiac arrest, or a family trapped inside a burning building. Or it could be a false alarm. Meet the Island's call firefighters.
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Tisbury's Old Fire Station Comes Down
Ivy Ashe

The walls came down on the old Tisbury fire station on Beach street in Vineyard Haven Wednesday morning. So did the roof.

Town crews did the work as the first part of the demolition project, Tisbury town administrator John (Jay) Grande said.

“It’s very critical that we at least get phase one done and get down to the [cement] slab,” he said. In June, the slab will be removed and the space will be graded and prepared for a temporary gravel parking lot.

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Saying Goodbye to Tisbury Fire Station
Katie Ruppel

In February of 1958, the Tisbury fire department rushed in freshly polished trucks to extinguish the first fire call from the new station on Beach street. Last week the fire department made its last run from the fire station. For pizza.

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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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