Public Safety – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Thu, 17 May 2018 18:50:33 +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 Public Safety – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 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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One Hurt in Crash at Intersection of Meaderboro and Evans Roads https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/26/one-hurt-crash-intersection-meaderboro-evans-roads/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/26/one-hurt-crash-intersection-meaderboro-evans-roads/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:11:54 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1265 On February 26, 2018 at approximately 4:55 A.M. Rochester Police, Fire and Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Meaderboro Road and Evans Road. The initial report was that a single vehicle had struck a tree. Officials on scene determined that a 2006 Toyota Scion …

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On February 26, 2018 at approximately 4:55 A.M. Rochester Police, Fire and Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Meaderboro Road and Evans Road. The initial report was that a single vehicle had struck a tree.

Officials on scene determined that a 2006 Toyota Scion being operated by Mark Howard, 48 of Farmington, New Hampshire was travelling South on Meaderboro Road when he swerved to avoid a deceased animal in the roadway.  Howard lost control of the vehicle due to the icy road conditions and he struck a tree head on. The Scion sustained significant front end damage. Howard was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with minor non-life threatening injuries. The roadway was shut down for a short period of time to allow the vehicle to be towed from the scene.

If anyone has any information in reference to this accident they are asked to contact Officer Seager at the Rochester Police Department at (603)330-7128.

For Chief Paul Toussaint
Captain Jason Thomas

 

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Rochester Police and Fire Respond to Milton Road Crash https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/20/1233/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/20/1233/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:46:01 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1233 On 2/20/18 at approximately 9:41AM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 184 Milton Road for a reported two car motor vehicle accident. The investigation revealed Dakota Smith, (age 20 of Rochester, NH) was operating a Chevy 2500. The Chevy was turning left onto Milton Road and the vehicle lost traction causing the back end to spin into the southbound lane.

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On 2/20/18 at approximately 9:41AM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 184 Milton Road for a reported two car motor vehicle accident. The investigation revealed Dakota Smith, (age 20 of Rochester, NH) was operating a Chevy 2500. The Chevy was turning left onto Milton Road and the vehicle lost traction causing the back end to spin into the southbound lane. At that same time Mary Gentle (age 63 of Milton, NH) was operating a Nissan Versa traveling south on Milton Road. The two vehicles then collided in the roadway. As a result of the collision Small was evaluated on scene by EMS, but was not transported to the hospital. While emergency personnel were on scene the south bound lane of Milton Road was shut down. The Versa also was towed from the scene as a result of the damage. The case is still under investigation at this time. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7128.

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Rochester Police to Host Citizens Police Academy https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:40:58 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1228 Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department's Citizens Police Academy.

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is an 11 week program that begins on March 13 and runs through May 22. The program is designed acquaint civilians with the duties that law enforcement — including detectives, prosecutors and juvenile diversion officers — perform on a daily basis.

Academy participants will also get an in-depth look at the Rochester Police Department’s different units, including forensics, SWAT, accident reconstruction and its K9 officer. The program also offers an opportunity to experience hands-on training with the department’s computerized simulator and indoor shooting range.

The program also enables residents to better understand the rules, regulations and policies that police officers are sworn to follow, and provides a stronger sense of the broad range of responsibilities and challenges Rochester Police officers face in serving the community.

“This is an opportunity for residents and police officers to meet in a friendly setting and get to know one another on a more personal level,” said Capt. Todd Pinkham, who oversees the program. “I’m eager to welcome this year’s academy class, and I’m confident that it will once again be a fun and positive experience for citizens and officers alike.”

Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Residents can visit Rochesterpd.org to print the required authorization forms. Applications can be submitted via email, fax, mail or in-person at the police station. All forms should be submitted to the attention of Capt. Pinkham. Prospective participants will be required to undergo a brief background and criminal records check.

Class size is limited, and applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 22.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older, or 15 if accompanied by a parent.

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