Featured – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Featured – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Residents Invited to Celebrate Retirement of Assistant Chief Dupuis https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/31/rochester-residents-invited-to-celebrate-retirement-of-assistant-chief-dupuis/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/31/rochester-residents-invited-to-celebrate-retirement-of-assistant-chief-dupuis/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 17:41:10 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1714 Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dupuis will be retiring from the Rochester Fire Department after 30 years of service to the city. Members of the public are invited to a ceremony celebrating his career and retirement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15. The department will also host an open house beginning …

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Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dupuis will be retiring from the Rochester Fire Department after 30 years of service to the city. Members of the public are invited to a ceremony celebrating his career and retirement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15. The department will also host an open house beginning at 8 a.m. that same day at Fire Headquarters, 37 Wakefield St.

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Rochester Police Officer to Light Cauldron at Special Olympics State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/29/rochester-police-officer-to-light-cauldron-at-special-olympics-state-summer-games-opening-ceremonies/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/29/rochester-police-officer-to-light-cauldron-at-special-olympics-state-summer-games-opening-ceremonies/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 20:19:35 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1710 Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to signify the start of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games later this week.

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to signify the start of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games later this week.

The lighting of the cauldron will serve as the culmination of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, during which the Flame of Hope will be carried more than 500 miles by participating law enforcement officers from throughout the state.

On Friday, June 1, residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Rochester officers running Rochester’s portion of the Torch Run. Officers receive the torch from members of the Farmington Police Department on Route 11 at the town line at approximately 6:30 a.m.

They will run the torch on an eight-mile stretch from Route 11, through downtown, up Rochester Hill Road and will then hand off the torch to the Somersworth Police Department.

The Flame of Hope will conclude its journey at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium. The Opening Ceremonies parade will begin at 8 p.m. in the stadium, and Officer Danie will light the cauldron to officially open the games.

“Officer Danie has been fantastic in his role as our community engagement officer, and I know he is eager to be involved in an incredible event that brings so many people together,” Chief Toussaint said. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a meaningful tradition that we’re all proud to take part in, and we’re all looking forward to it again this year.”

Officer Justin Seckendorf of the Rochester Police Motor Unit will also represent the department at the opening ceremony, where he’ll ride a department motorcycle in the motor parade for the Olympians.

During this year’s Summer Games, 800 athletes from across New Hampshire will compete in numerous events.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run:
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support the Special Olympics. The mission of LETR is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

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Open Burning Prohibited in Rochester Today https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/11/open-burning-prohibited-in-rochester-today/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/11/open-burning-prohibited-in-rochester-today/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 16:26:21 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1663 ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose reports that no outside burning is allowed in Rochester today.  Due to critically high fire danger, a red flag warning is in effect and outdoor burning is prohibited throughout the city. Very dry air will result in low humidity which, paired with northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, would …

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ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose reports that no outside burning is allowed in Rochester today. 

Due to critically high fire danger, a red flag warning is in effect and outdoor burning is prohibited throughout the city. Very dry air will result in low humidity which, paired with northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, would allow fire to grow quickly.

The danger is expected to subside by this evening once forecasted rain arrives, but residents are asked to exercise extreme caution to prevent fires from starting throughout the afternoon.

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Sixth Annual Wings and Wheels Coming to Skyhaven Airport Next Month https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/08/sixth-annual-wings-and-wheels-coming-to-skyhaven-airport-next-month/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/08/sixth-annual-wings-and-wheels-coming-to-skyhaven-airport-next-month/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 14:20:23 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1634 ROCHESTER -- Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that the Rochester Police Department will host the 2018 Wings and Wheels event next month. 

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ROCHESTER — Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that the Rochester Police Department will host the 2018 Wings and Wheels event next month.

WHEN

Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE

Skyhaven Airport, 238 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester

WHO

  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rochester Rotary Charities
  • Pease Development Authority
  • Waste Management
  • Multiple food trucks and community vendors
  • Entertainment from Matt Gelinas, Sole City Dance, the BJ Hickman Family Magic Show, McDonough Grimes Irish Dance and musicians The Toes

WHAT

The Rochester Police Department, along with several partner organizations and sponsors, will host its annual Wings and Wheels event featuring a variety of fun, family-oriented activities.

The sixth annual event will include plane and helicopter rides, multiple demonstrations and performances throughout the day and a large selection of food trucks and concessions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the Car, Motorcycle and Aircraft Show, which showcases hundreds of vintage and custom vehicles and aircrafts that families can see up close.

Wings and Wheels will also feature a buffalo wing eating contest — with the winner earning a free helicopter ride — as well as skateboard demonstrations, skateboard painting, crafts, games and raffles.

“This event is something we look forward to every year, and we’re excited to invite members of the community for a day of fun activities that help support a good cause,” Chief Toussaint said.

While there is no cost of admission, attendees are encouraged to make a donation that will benefit local Rochester non-profit organizations and programs like SHARE Fund, FeastBox, Howie’s Field of Dreams and many more.

“Rochester Rotary is proud to be a part of this fun family event,” said Rochester Rotary member and event Co-Chair Jenn Marsh. “It is a great way to bring the community together in a unique and special way that’s enjoyable for people of all ages.”

For more about the event, please visit www.wingsandwheelsrochesternh.com/.

 

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American Red Cross Donates Smoke Alarms to the Rochester Fire Department https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/american-red-cross-donates-smoke-alarms-to-the-rochester-fire-department/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/american-red-cross-donates-smoke-alarms-to-the-rochester-fire-department/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:06:26 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1564 Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department received 18 donated smoke alarms that will be distributed to residents in need. 

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Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department received 18 donated smoke alarms that will be distributed to residents in need. 

The American Red Cross donated the smoke alarms to Rochester Fire, which will carry them on each of its fire trucks and distribute them on an as needed basis. 

“Every single home needs to have working smoke detectors, and this donation will help residents and potentially save lives,” Chief Klose said. “We are grateful for the American Red Cross and its support of our department.”

Unlike a separate program made possible by a grant, firefighters will be able to provide the alarms by the Red Cross to any household without working alarms, as long as supplies last.

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Photos: Rochester Police and Fire Departments Celebrate Public Safety Dispatchers https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/10/rochester-police-and-fire-departments-celebrate-public-safety-dispatchers/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/10/rochester-police-and-fire-departments-celebrate-public-safety-dispatchers/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:56:49 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1552 On behalf of Police Chief Paul Toussaint, Fire Chief Mark Klose and Director of EMS at Frisbie Hospital Gary Brock we take this opportunity to thank the Rochester Public Safety Communications Specialists.

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On behalf of Police Chief Paul Toussaint, Fire Chief Mark Klose and Director of EMS at Frisbie Hospital Gary Brock we take this opportunity to thank the Rochester Public Safety Communications Specialists.

The Rochester Public Safety Communications Center is staffed with exceptional employees, who are well trained and dedicated to the profession. They work all hours of the day; weekends and holidays, often missing milestone events with family. This team plays a critical role in all that we do. The initial call always begins with them. They are the lifeline people do not see, behind the scenes and away from all the sirens and emergency vehicles.

On any given day in the City of Rochester a small group of men and women are all that links citizens to a lifeline in their hour of need. Dispatchers are speaking with callers to learn critical details that are important to responding emergency services. Without the ability to manage chaos over the telephone, public safety agencies would be helpless and outcomes could often be worse.

The job is stressful and tough. They are often criticized and rarely thanked. Yet, they go home at the end of their shift, and they come back the next day to do it all over again. Each and every day they are doing good work for the citizens of our communities. We want to publicly thank the professional team in Rochester’s Communication Center; Andrea, Andrew, Ellen, Jen, Jody, Kayla, Maddie, Michelle, Nicole, Sarah, Tiffany, and our per diems Candace, Keri and Rebecca —THANK YOU for what you do—the rest of us could not do what we do without you!!

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Rochester Fire Department Advises Residents of Fundraising Scam https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/06/rochester-fire-department-advises-residents-of-fundraising-scam/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/06/rochester-fire-department-advises-residents-of-fundraising-scam/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:41:35 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1449 Residents should be a aware of a scam involving an individual falsely claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of the Rochester Fire Department. 

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Chief Mark Klose reports that residents should be a aware of a scam involving an individual falsely claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of the Rochester Fire Department. 

A resident reported receiving a phone call yesterday from someone soliciting donations on behalf of the department, however neither Rochester Fire nor the Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451 are currently conducting any fundraisers.

Residents should disregard any calls they receive claiming to come from either group requesting donations. 

“I want to be certain that residents don’t fall victim to a scam while believing they’re supporting a good cause,” Chief Klose said.

To avoid falling victim to these telephone scams, Rochester Fire recommends that residents follow these tips outlined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  • If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
  • If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FTC.
  • Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. You can also visit the FTC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.
  • Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. Access the registry online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

These scams can also be reported to the FTC at 877-382-4357, as well as the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7127.

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Rochester Fire Department Celebrates Promotions, Retirement and New Members https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/30/1391/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/30/1391/#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:39:16 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1391 The Rochester Fire Department promoted two of its members, welcomed four new firefighters and staff and celebrated the retirement of one of its longtime call firefighters. 

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The Rochester Fire Department promoted two of its members, welcomed four new firefighters and staff and celebrated the retirement of one of its longtime call firefighters. 

At a ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, Jarrod Wheeler and Mike George were promoted to the ranks of lieutenant and captain, respectively. Lt. Wheeler is a seven year member of the department, while Captain George has been with the Rochester Fire Department since 2002.

Rochester Fire also celebrated the retirement of Call Firefighter Ron Giles following a 30-year career and welcomed new Firefighters Dave Levesque and Tyler Thurber, Secretary Jessica Gray and Chaplin Jeff Hunt.

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Rochester Fire Department and Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451 Provide and Install Free Smoke Alarms For Eligible Residents https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/29/rochester-fire-department-and-rochester-professional-firefighters-local-1451-provide-and-install-free-smoke-alarms-for-eligible-residents/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/29/rochester-fire-department-and-rochester-professional-firefighters-local-1451-provide-and-install-free-smoke-alarms-for-eligible-residents/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:46:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1388 Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department is participating in a federal grant program that will allow firefighters to provide and install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for residents in need. 

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Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department is participating in a federal grant program that will allow firefighters to provide and install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for residents in need. 

The Rochester Fire Department will offer free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents of owner-occupied homes where senior citizens and/or children reside. In the coming weeks, Rochester firefighters will visit eligible homes and assess their need for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, then install the devices throughout those dwellings. 

 

Rochester is one of just 21 communities selected to participate in the Get Alarmed New Hampshire Fire Prevention and Safety Grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

To qualify, single family homes must be owner-occupied and either have children age 5 and under and/or adults over the age of 60 living in the home. Residents of rental properties should contact their landlords if they have any concerns about smoke detectors in their home. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the populations most at risk of dying in a in residential fire are children under the age of six and adults over the age of 59. 

“Fires spread extremely fast, and having smoke alarms is the most basic step anyone can take to protect themselves from tragedy,” Chief Klose said. “I’m grateful that we were selected to participate in this program, and I encourage anyone who qualifies to reach out to us and have our firefighters come assess their needs.”

“All too often we encounter homes with missing smoke alarms or alarms that are older than ten years old. The opportunity to increase the level of safety in homes across the city with a no cost option to our great residents is a win win for everyone,” said Rochester Professional Firefighters President Sam Morrill.

From 2005 to 2015, New Hampshire had 107 residential fire fatalities. In 69 percent of those cases, the homes did not have working smoke alarms. In the City of Rochester alone, three people died in fires inside single family homes without working smoke alarms in the past three years.

To sign up for a free home safety inspection and installation of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, please call the Rochester Fire Department at 603-335-7545.

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