Monday, June 10, 2013
All three people involved refused medical treatment Sunday evening; the boat apparently sank while trying to tow a distressed kayaker to shore.
Two Warren men, both 23, and a Cranston woman, 29, refused medical treatment Sunday evening after a 14-foot boat sank in Narragansett Bay off Rumstick Point. “The parties swam to shore as our Rescue Boat arrived at the sunken vessel,” said Barrington Fire Lt. Jason Fanion. The two Warren men in the boat apparently attempted to tow the distressed woman to shore in her kayak, Lt. Fanion said. “We got a 911 call Sunday night at 7 pm for a kayaker in distress and people in the water,” he said. “911 was able to ‘ping’ the caller’s cell phone and we were given coordinates for our GPS, which put the caller 300 feet off Barrington Beach." “We responded as part of the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force (Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Warwick and …
Monday, April 29, 2013
An 80x300-foot swath of thick woods was burned late Sunday afternoon not far from homes on Prince's Hill Avenue in Barrington.
Barrington firefighters battled a smoky brush fire deep in the woods west of Prince’s Hill Avenue late Sunday afternoon that threatened four homes on that street. The brush was so thick and dense, said Barrington Fire Lt. Jason Fanion, the incident commander, that firefighters had difficulty pinpointing the exact location for a while. “We couldn’t even get in there,” he said. Attempts to find the fire were made from Prince’s Hill Avenue, Foote Street and the nearby sewer pumping station. When the fire was finally located, he said, “Our priority was to keep it away from the homes.” The wind was blowing in the direction of the homes, he said. Fanion estimated that the fire came within 50 yards of the properties. Firefighters eventually …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A basement fire caused almost no damage to the Newport Creamery restaurant on County Road in Barrington late Monday night but it did close adjacent businesses Tuesday morning.
A basement fire found after closing Monday night caused almost no damage to the Newport Creamery restaurant in Barrington. The fire did shut down all of the businesses in the Village Center along County Road until mid-Tuesday morning. But they were back open by late morning after inspectors restored electrical power to the building. Barrington Fire Department Lt. Jason Fanion, the incident commander, said: "We received a 911 call for a reported basement fire from a worker (about 10 pm). When I arrived on scene there was heavy smoke on the entire first floor. "We made our way to the basement and found a storage room in the middle of the basement. "I called East Providence's Engine 2, Engine 4 and Ladder 1 to the fire scene to assist in …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
New Lt. Scott Carroll is the son of retired Barrington firefighter David Carroll; he was promoted at Monday's Town Council meeting.
The son of a Barrington firefighter is a new lieutenant in the department. Firefighter Scott Carroll was promoted to lieutenant at the Barrington Town Council meeting Monday evening, Feb. 4, by Fire Chief Gerald Bessette, who issued the oath. His promotion during a brief ceremony came in front of his wife, Katey; two sons, Brody and Brock; and his parents, including retired Barrington firefighter David Carroll. “One thing I’ve failed to say is how hard these firefighters work to get to this position,” said Bessette in introducing Carroll. “As I read Lt. Carroll’s résumé, you’ll see he’s done a lot of work in fire service to get to this point.” Carroll is a Barrington High School and High Point University graduate. He is certified as a …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Barrington Town Council ratifies new 3-year contracts for police officers, firefighters and dispatchers without an OPEB -- medical insurance after retirement.
The Barrington Town Council ratified three union contracts on Monday evening, Oct. 1, that will save taxpayers millions of dollars down the road. The votes were all unanimous, 5-0. The millions of dollars in future savings will come in a “give back” by the police and fire departments of “other post-employee benefits” (OPEB) -- medical insurance after retirement, in Barrington’s case -- for new officers, firefighters and dispatchers. “That liability was in the same breath as pension reform,” said Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr., who negotiated the new contracts. “We stopped the liability for all new employees.” OPEBs will continue to place unsustainable fiscal demand on communities, DeAngelis said. “It’s a good deal for the taxpayers,” he …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Barrington harbor patrol, rescue vehicles and police officers join Narragansett Marine Task Force in responding to report of 'vessel in distress'.
A man who jumped off his boat after it went aground on a sandbar in Narragansett Bay Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19, sparked a response from Barrington’s harbor patrol, fire department, and police department and the new Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force. When all was said and done, however, the report of a “vessel in distress” was much ado about nothing, said Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessette. “There really was nothing to it,” Bessette said. “He apparently ran his boat aground on the Conimicut sandbar. Then for some reason, he jumped off the boat. He was just trying to get his boat off the sandbar.” The call to Barrington dispatch came in about 4 pm. The caller said the vessel was much closer to Nayatt Point in Barrington waters than …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Barrington firefighter Jason Fanion is promoted at Monday night's Town Council meeting.
Barrington firefighter Jason Fanion was promoted to lieutenant Monday night, July 30, at the start of the Town Council meeting. The brief ceremony was highlighted by the pinning of Fanion’s new bars on his uniform by his wife, Heidi. His children looked on. Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessette swore in Fanion as a lieutenant and provided a brief look at his achievements and responsibilities. Among his duties, said Bessette, are serving as an EMT/cardiac and a fire instructor, and managing the department’s website www.barringtonrifire.com/.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Fireworks in Rhode Island are more prevalent than ever now; here are some safety tips if you plan to have fireworks for your Fourth of July celebration in Barrington.
The Fourth of July is on Wednesday. And fireworks – more prevalent than ever in Rhode Island now with sellers popping up in tents on the Wampanoag Trail -- are a traditional part of Independence Day celebrations. “Many Americans get caught up in the excitement of the Fourth of July, and forget that fireworks are also dangerous explosives,” said Monica L. Monica, an ophthalmologist and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “The safest choice is to attend a professional fireworks display, and make it a point to supervise children at all times.” If you plan on creating your own fireworks display, first read through these EyeSmart fireworks safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Even sparklers -- …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The annual Barrington Firefighters 5k & Family Fun Day draws hundreds of runners, walkers and anyone looking for some fun to the high school.
The weather cooperated and hundreds of runners, walkers and fun-lovers turned out Sunday morning, June 3, for the annual Barrington Firefighters Charity 5K and Family Fun Day at the high school. Children also raced in 50-yard and 100-yard dashes. Scores of walkers walked a 2-mile course to benefit Heartworks of Barrington. See the video to see what you missed if you didn't show up.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Barrington Firefighters Local 1774 is sponsoring its annual 5K Charity Road Race and Family Fun Day to benefit local charities, including Heartworks in Barrington.
Run, walk, have some family fun with Barrington firefighters on Sunday. And help to benefit some worthwhile charitable endeavors. "It's our fourth 5K and our second Family Fun Day," said Joe Giardina, who coordinates the annual charity event by Barrington Firefighters Local 1774 with Ted Paull. The event takes place at Barrington High School. Proceeds generated from the race, the 2-mile walk and two dashes for kids will be donated to local charities through the Barrington RI Firefighters Charity Fund. This year’s featured charity is Heartworks in Barrington – a non-profit group created in the months and years following September 11, 2001. "All of the proceeds from the walk will go to Heartworks," Giardina said. Heartworks helps those in …