Greenville reports fewer chimney fires

Posted April 12, 2010, at 11:24 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:01 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — While the severity of fire calls was significant this past year, the actual number of calls the Greenville Fire Department received was down 10 to 12 percent over the previous year.

There were not many chimney fires over the winter, unlike previous years, Fire Chief John Cobb said recently. “It’s really been a good stretch of conditions for us operationswise.”

Cobb said the department is working toward a communications upgrade required by federal law, just like every other rescue department in the state. The Federal Communications Commission has mandated all emergency providers to upgrade their equipment from wide band to narrow band by Jan. 1, 2013.

Town officials are seeking a grant that would help fund the changeover to narrow band for local police, fire and ambulance services, Cobb said. The true price is not yet known, but Cobb expects it to be costly.

While that work progresses, firefighters have committed themselves again to raise at least $3,500 toward the community’s Fourth of July fireworks.

Last year, the firefighters raised $4,000 for the fireworks display and some of the same fundraising events are planned this year, according to Cobb.

He said a car wash tentatively has been scheduled for around Memorial Day. In addition, donation buckets will be placed in area stores, and the department will accept private contributions. Anyone who wants to contribute may call the town office at 695-2421 or any firefighter.

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