Tisbury Names New Fire Chief
Louisa Hufstader
Tisbury selectmen appointed a new fire chief Tuesday with none of the formality that is customary when the town names a top public safety official. Greg Leland takes the job July 1.
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Firefighters Win Grant

The Tisbury Fire Department will buy a washer-extractor for contaminated turnout gear.

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Tisbury Fire Chief Prepares for Retirement
Louisa Hufstader
After 18 years as Tisbury fire chief, John Schilling will retire at the end of June. No decision has been made yet on who will replace him, but his departure is reflected in the budget he presented to selectmen this week.
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Two Boats Destroyed in Fire at Lake Tashmoo
Holly Pretsky

Two boats were destroyed in a fire at Lake Tashmoo Sunday morning at about 3:10 a.m., Tisbury fire chief John Schilling said. Both vessels, a 32-foot Pursuit and a 28-foot Cape Dory, were a total loss.

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Volunteer Firefighters Graduate from Accelerated Training Course
Holly Pretsky
Fifteen volunteer firefighters from Edgartown and Tisbury graduated on Wednesday evening from an accelerated firefighter 1 and 2 course. The graduation ceremony was held at the Edgartown school.
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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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