Fire – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Fire – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Ride-Along with Rochester Firefighters Offers Insight Into Their Daily Lives https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/27/1046/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/27/1046/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:07:07 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1046 The Rochester Fire Department has invited the city's elected officials to join firefighters for a ride-along, which would give them an up-close view of the type of calls for service they respond to every single day.

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Fire Department Invites Elected Officials to Visit and See Its Work Up Close

ROCHESTER — It was 11 a.m. on a Monday, but the men on the Rochester Fire Department’s D Shift haven’t gotten around to eating breakfast yet.

They had been dispatched almost constantly since early that morning, responding to the types of medical calls that have been a major factor in the dramatic increase in call volume firefighters have had to handle in the years since many of the shift’s veterans first joined the department.

As of noon on Dec. 18, Rochester Firefighters had answered 2,776 calls for the year, putting them just four calls shy of last year’s total and over 2,000 more than the department answered in 1997.

So far that morning they responded to calls at 7:55, 8:57, 9:19, 9:55 and 10:40. By the late afternoon, they’d responded to two more calls for help.

“The old way of thinking, that we just sit here playing checkers and wait for the bell, is long gone,” Capt. Joe Burns said as he sat in his office catching up on morning reports. “We see a bunch of different stuff here.”

Mondays mean that Engine 5 is due for a top to bottom maintenance check, which Firefighter Jerry McKay — working overtime to cover a short-staffed shift — is leading just outside Capt. Burns’ door. He starts by washing the apparatus, which has just returned from its fifth medical call on a snowy morning, before checking its interior and lifting the cabin to do a complete check of the parts that make it run.

Firefighter Micah Ruel washes Engine 5, which had already responded to five calls on a snowy morning last week. The department conducts extensive maintenance checks on each of its vehicles on a weekly basis. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Deputy Chief Dennis Dube leads an ice rescue training session as Firefighter Duane Marsh wears one of the department's ice rescue suits. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Rochester firefighters responded to a report of a smell of fire at an apartment house last week. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Capt. Joe Burns oversees the Rochester Fire Department's D Shift. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Deputy Chief Tim Wilder inspects an apartment after the Rochester Fire Department responded to a report of the smell of fire. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Last week, Firefighter Duane Marsh was on his third shift since joining the Rochester Fire Department. The department has invited city leaders to participate in its ride-along program in order to see what its members do on a daily basis. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department)

Those checks will be repeated for every other front-line apparatus on a daily rotation, since the department can’t afford surprises when emergencies arise.

Fire Chief Mark Klose and his staff are hoping that the city’s elected officials will capitalize on an invitation to join the department for a ride-along, which will give them an in-depth and hands-on understanding of the work Rochester’s firefighters do every day.

“We don’t sit in a cubicle, and we never know what we’re going to see every day,” said Chief Klose, who took the reins of the Rochester Fire Department this past summer after nearly three decades working in Bedford. “It’s important for people to know that just because the doors are closed doesn’t mean we aren’t busy.”

Though the job has changed dramatically, with calls for medical assistance and general aid now far outpacing the number of fires they’re summoned to extinguish, Rochester’s firefighters still say they’re working their dream job.

“Someone’s bad day is our good day because when there’s nobody else to call, they call us,” said Firefighter Pat Couch, the shift’s most senior firefighter.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid, and if I had to do it all over again, I would,” Capt. Burns said. “I wouldn’t change a thing. This job has been everything I hoped it would be and wanted it to be.”

By 1 p.m., all of the members on shift, including those assigned to the Gonic station, arrived at station one for a scheduled training on ice rescues. Deputy Chief Dennis Dube was interrupted early on in his lesson by the tones that signal a need for help. The call, a report of an odor of fire in a building that houses apartments and an abandoned barber shop, is known to firefighters simply as “smells and bells.”

Within minutes, the department’s second-floor training room and the entire shift had moved into two engines and a ladder truck, which rolled to a stop in front of the scene of the call a short distance from station one.

The crew was on scene for approximately an hour, working to determine the source of the odor while navigating narrow hallways blocked by mattresses and other obstructions. Firefighters narrowed the source of the odor to a furnace in a rear portion of the former barbershop and shut it off.

As they worked around the building, Chief Klose pointed out the variety of responsibilities firefighters have as they arrive at a scene, including determining whether there is an active fire and — if there is — what neighboring buildings are at risk and what needs to be done to keep fire from spreading.

Once that work was done, Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief Tim Wilder walked through the building with Jim Grant, Rochester’s director of building, zoning and licensing services, to determine what code enforcement issues exist within the building and begin working with the owner to correct them.

“For a department this size covering a city of this size,” Captain Burns said, “I would put us up against anybody.”

After clearing the scene, the shift members returned to the station and to their scheduled training session. Deputy Chief Dube, whose office floor is full of training-related materials, finished his walkthrough of the techniques they’d need for the exercise they’d be completing later in the week.

Then, the group moved to the apparatus bay to begin practicing with the equipment they’d need for an ice rescue. Firefighter Duane Marsh, working only his third shift since joining the department, got the ice rescue suit on just in time to hurriedly remove it and head for Engine 5 to respond to another call — a medical emergency at a home they’d been dispatched to earlier that morning.

Though no two days are identical for Rochester’s firefighters, Monday, Dec. 18 was fairly typical for the department, and they hope that city leaders will set aside time to experience a day in their lives to more fully grasp the challenges and responsibilities.

The responsibilities, the unexpected calls, their camaraderie and their shared impact on the community are ultimately part of what keeps Rochester firefighters coming back for more, even after harder days.

“I still love coming to work. I’ve got a great bunch of guys working for me who know what I expect from them and know how to do the job the right way,” said Captain Burns, a 30-year veteran. “Not everybody can come in and do this, with all of the stuff we see day in and day out.”

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Rochester Fire Department Recognizes Firefighters for Years of Service https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/20/rochester-fire-department-recognizes-firefighters-years-service/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/20/rochester-fire-department-recognizes-firefighters-years-service/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:49:43 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1041 The Rochester Fire Department has launched a new effort to recognize its members for their longevity with the department. 

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ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department has launched a new effort to recognize its members for their longevity with the department. 

The first set of honors was delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the department’s holiday potluck dinner, with firefighters and officers earning longevity pins for their Class A uniforms, as well as certificates or plaques depending on how long they’ve worked in Rochester. 

“This is something that we’re instituting because it promotes professionalism and serves as a reward for the sacrifices our firefighters make on behalf of the people of Rochester,” Chief Klose said. “The firefighters expressed an appreciation for the recognition, and I think it’s important to create opportunities to honor them for the courage, commitment and character that they show each and every day.” 

From now on, firefighters will earn a new level of recognition at 10 year milestones. Firefighters will earn a pin with a silver star for every 10 years they’ve served, while officers will earn a pin bearing one gold star for every 10 years of service to Rochester. 

10 Year Honorees

  • Captain Eric Lenzi
  • Lt. Mike George
  • Steve Plante
  • Lt. Nick Marique
  • Beth Blake
  • Jason Laferte
  • Bruce Snyder
  • Micah Ruel
  • Darryl Jeffers

20 Year Honorees

  • Assistant Chief Mark Dupuis
  • Captain Mark Avery
  • Ken Chick
  • Missy Ayers
  • Brian Snyder
  • Jeff Comeau
  • Jim Jacques
  • Pat Couch

30 Year Honorees

  • Captain Joe Burns
  • Ron Giles

40 Year Honorees

  • Ron Lachapelle (55 years of service)

In addition to their service pins, Snyder, Couch, Jacques, Comeau, Burns and Lachappelle were recognized with plaques commemorating their years of dedication to the department.

Rochester City Clerk Kelly Walters also attended last week’s potluck, where she oversaw the swearing-in of Firefighters Joe Riley and Kevin Banks, who recently returned from military deployments overseas, as well as newly-hired Firefighters Seth Wentworth, Josh Biron, Matt Woodbury, Duane Marsh and Curt Fitton.

New Rochester firefighters, as well as those returning from deployment, were sworn in at a ceremony last week. (Courtesy Photo)

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Photo: Rochester Fire Department Supports the End 68 Hours of Hunger Program https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/photo-rochester-fire-department-supports-end-68-hours-hunger-program/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/photo-rochester-fire-department-supports-end-68-hours-hunger-program/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:58:32 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1004 ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program. The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s …

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ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program.

The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s program, assisted by City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick and sponsored by the Rochester Rotary Club, provides children with meal bags that include two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

This is the second time that the Rochester Fire Department has helped the program by stuffing bags with assorted food, such as cereal, crackers, vegetables, peanut butter and oatmeal.

“We’re grateful that we can help out this cause that supports so many children in our community,” Chief Klose said. “We thank City Manager Fitzpatrick and the Rotary Club for leading this initiative and we look forward to volunteering in the future.”

When the program’s volunteer numbers were low, City Manager Fitzpatrick asked Chief Klose if on-duty firefighters would be willing to help. On each occasion, the on-duty shift, which has happened to be the D Shift both times, has volunteered. Most recently, Lt. Mike George and firefighters Jason Laferte and Matt Parker helped stuff 125 bags in about 30 minutes. The department’s prior participation in the program was led by Lt. George, firefighter Micah Ruel and firefighter Josh Biron.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is entirely volunteer based and contributes 100 percent of its funds to feeding at-risk children. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit their website at http://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/.

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Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)

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Rochester Police and Fire Respond after Pickup Truck Crashes into House https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/06/rochester-police-fire-respond-pickup-truck-crashes-house/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/06/rochester-police-fire-respond-pickup-truck-crashes-house/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:07:32 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=990 On behalf of Chief Paul Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following: On 12/6/17 at approximately 12:05 AM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 200 Lowell Street for the report of a vehicle which struck a house. On arrival officers located a GMC 2500 which had collided with …

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On behalf of Chief Paul Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following:

On 12/6/17 at approximately 12:05 AM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 200 Lowell Street for the report of a vehicle which struck a house. On arrival officers located a GMC 2500 which had collided with the residence of 200 Lowell Street. The collision caused significant damage to the structure. The occupants of the vehicle fled prior to police arrival. A k9 track was conducted however nobody was located. The vehicle was towed from the scene as a result of the damage. Nobody inside the residence was injured as a result of the collision. 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.

FOR CHIEF PAUL TOUSSAINT
Sgt. Thomas Powers

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Rochester Fire Department Welcomes Hundreds to Fire Safety Festival https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/16/rochester-fire-department-welcomes-hundreds-fire-safety-festival/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/16/rochester-fire-department-welcomes-hundreds-fire-safety-festival/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:39:11 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=721 ROCHESTER — The Rochester Fire Department welcomed several hundred residents Saturday at its first Fire Safety Festival, which showcased fire prevention techniques and safety tips for adults and kids alike. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Fire Department, in partnership with Papa Gino’s, offered a variety of safety demonstrations and interactive activities, including: How to properly …

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ROCHESTER — The Rochester Fire Department welcomed several hundred residents Saturday at its first Fire Safety Festival, which showcased fire prevention techniques and safety tips for adults and kids alike.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Fire Department, in partnership with Papa Gino’s, offered a variety of safety demonstrations and interactive activities, including:

  • How to properly use a fire extinguisher
  • The impact that sprinklers have in helping to suppress a fire
  • How an arson K-9 aids investigations into suspicious fires
  • A mock vehicle extrication
  • A chance to walk through the Rochester Fire smoke trailer

The day also included a landing of a helicopter from Lifeflight of Maine.

“I’m glad that so many members of our community were able to come and meet the members of our department and see the type of work we do,” Chief Klose said. “Our firefighters went above and beyond to welcome everyone and make the day fun and exciting.”

 

 

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Rochester Fire Department and Papa Gino’s Partner for Fire Safety Festival https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/05/rochester-fire-department-papa-ginos-partner-fire-safety-festival/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/05/rochester-fire-department-papa-ginos-partner-fire-safety-festival/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:43:31 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=597 ROCHESTER — As part of National Fire Safety Month, the Rochester Fire Department will welcome local families to its free Fire Safety Festival next Saturday. The Fire Safety Festival, which is made possible through the support of Papa Gino’s, is meant to teach families fire safety and prevention tips. The festival will be held at …

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ROCHESTER — As part of National Fire Safety Month, the Rochester Fire Department will welcome local families to its free Fire Safety Festival next Saturday.

The Fire Safety Festival, which is made possible through the support of Papa Gino’s, is meant to teach families fire safety and prevention tips. The festival will be held at the Central Fire Station at 37 Wakefield St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 14.

“This event allows us to reach out directly to members of our community and provide them with critical fire safety and prevention tips,” Chief Mark Klose said. “By coming to our open house, families will have a chance to learn what to do to protect their loved ones in case of a fire while also having fun and getting to know our dedicated firefighters.”

Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 23rd year sponsoring fire safety festivals throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety procedures. In that time, Papa Gino’s has helped educate more than 2 million people about the importance of fire prevention and safety.

During October, Papa Gino’s restaurants will provide guests with fire prevention themed coloring sheets and certificates for kids, while supplies last.

For more information about the Fire Safety Festival, call Kaitlin at 603-335-7545.

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Rochester Police Respond to Crash Involving COAST Bus https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/09/01/rochester-police-respond-crash-involving-coast-bus/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/09/01/rochester-police-respond-crash-involving-coast-bus/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:22:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=509 Rochester Police, Fire and Frisbie EMS responded after a car rear-ended a COAST bus in the area of Nola Avenue and Rochester Hill Road.

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On August 31th, 2017 at about 12:41 PM, the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of Nola Ave. and Rochester Hill Rd. for a report of a motor vehicle collision with air bag deployment involving a passenger vehicle and a COAST bus.  The initial investigation revealed that Renee Dupuis, age 53 of Rochester, was traveling southbound on Rochester Hill Rd., also known as Route 108, when her vehicle collided with a COAST bus that was stopped at a COAST bus stop.  The front end of her vehicle struck the rear end of the COAST bus, causing Dupuis’ vehicle to underride the rear bumper of the COAST bus.  

As a result of the collision, Dupuis was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with undetermined injuries.  Her airbags did deploy during the collision.  Two passengers on the bus to include one child were transported to Frisbie as well as a precaution.  The bus was driven from the scene but Dupuis’ vehicle had to be removed by a wrecker.  The roadway was closed temporarily during the investigation.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.  A medical condition is not being ruled out at this time.  Anyone with any information is urged to contact Ofc. Geoff Moore.

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Rochester Fire Department to Host First Fire Safety Festival https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/30/rochester-fire-department-host-first-fire-safety-festival/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/30/rochester-fire-department-host-first-fire-safety-festival/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:08:24 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=507 The Rochester Fire Department will host its first Fire Safety Festival to educate the public about fire prevention and protection.

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ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department will host its first Fire Safety Festival to educate the public about fire prevention and protection.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Rochester Fire Department invites residents to the Central Fire Station, 37 Wakefield St., to participate in a variety of demonstrations including:

  • Fire sprinkler efficiency
  • How an arson K-9 aids fire investigations
  • A mock vehicle extrication using the Jaws of Life
  • Proper use of fire extinguishers

The Rochester smoke trailer and numerous fire apparatus will also be on site for residents to explore.

“I am excited to welcome everyone in the community to come and get an in-depth look at the diverse kinds of work we do as firefighters,” Chief Klose said. “The festival should be a fun and engaging way for people to learn about multiple aspects of fire safety.”

Additionally, Papa Gino’s will provide free pizza slices while supplies last. The public is encouraged to come and participate in a fun-filled day of fire safety.

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Rochester Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/26/rochester-fire-department-extinguishes-house-fire/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/26/rochester-fire-department-extinguishes-house-fire/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 17:26:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=498 Rochester Fire Department Mark Dupuis, Interim Chief 37 Wakefield Street Rochester, NH 03867 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 603-471-3154 Email: john@jgpr.net Rochester Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire ROCHESTER — Interim Chief Mark Dupuis reports that the Rochester Fire Department extinguished a residential basement fire this morning. At approximately 10:26 a.m., …

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Rochester Fire Department
Mark Dupuis, Interim Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 603-471-3154
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire

ROCHESTER — Interim Chief Mark Dupuis reports that the Rochester Fire Department extinguished a residential basement fire this morning.

At approximately 10:26 a.m., the Rochester Fire Department responded to a home on Hilton Lane for a report of smoke coming from the basement.

The Rochester Fire Department extinguished a basement fire at a residence this morning. (Courtesy Photo)

Engines 3 and 5, and Truck 1 responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke coming from the basement of the home and made an interior attack. All occupants of the home had safely evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire, which originated in the boiler room in the basement. The home has smoke damage throughout, but fire and water damage are confined to the basement area.

No injuries were reported. Residents are staying with family while repairs are made to the home.

“Firefighters did an excellent job of quickly extinguishing this fire to prevent any further damage to the rest of the home,” Interim Chief Dupuis said. “Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of this incident.”

The cause of the fire remains under active investigation by the Rochester Fire Department.

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Rochester Fire Department Unveils New Website https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/07/28/rochester-fire-department-unveils-new-website/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/07/28/rochester-fire-department-unveils-new-website/#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:42:47 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=466 ROCHESTER -- Interim Chief Mark Dupuis is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department has launched its new website, giving residents an updated and modern space to access department news, resources and safety information.

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Rochester Fire Department
Mark Dupuis, Interim Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, July 28, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 603-471-3154
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester Fire Department Unveils New Website

ROCHESTER — Interim Chief Mark Dupuis is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department has launched its new website, giving residents an updated and modern space to access department news, resources and safety information.

The new site has a clean, user-friendly design featuring large photos, a news blog and easy access to fire prevention resources.

“Our new website will provide the community with an updated platform to follow what’s happening in the department and access important safety information,” Interim Chief Dupuis said. “I hope residents will take a moment to browse the new site, become familiar with its features, and read our latest news posts.”

Sections featured on the website include department history, a complete roster and permit information. Residents can also visit the news blog to stay up to date with all of the latest fire department news and updates.

The website was designed and created by John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC (JGPR) as part of the company’s ongoing contract with The City of Rochester to provide communications and digital services for the city. JGPR designs websites and performs communications, social media, and media relations services tailored to government agencies, police and fire departments, non-profits, and small businesses. The company and city will next be unveiling the Rochester City News Portal before the company embarks on a new website design for the Rochester Police Department.

Members of the Rochester Fire Department also attended a training session recently with JGPR, where they learned how to use the WordPress software to make updates to the website in a timely fashion.

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