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Lenox Dale Station Facelift
The Lenox Dale station received a facelift recently. Members donated their time to repaint the buildings exterior trim. New signs for the station, funded by the membership, were then installed.

Are you tough enough?
Three Lenox Firefighters proved they are as they completed the 2012 Tough Mudder at Mount Snow in Somerset Vt. Members Caitlyn Dinan, Justin Mercer and Josh Saunders joined other area firefighters and friends to run the 2012 Tough Mudder.

The event asks "Are You Tough Enough?" and that isn't a question to be taken lightly as participants run a 10 to 12 mile long obstacle course designed to test their all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Winding up and down the slopes of Mount Snow, runners are dunked in ice water, climb walls, cargo nets and monkey bars, dodge electrified cables, run through fire and of course walk, run and crawl through an endless supply of mud.

Why do they do it? For fun, for laughs, for fitness, or as a personal challenge to finish something you wondered if you could actually accomplish. Even better, they do it for someone else. To date, the Tough Mudder has donated over 3.5 million dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project. Those funds have been used to support thousands of injured veterans upon their return from military service.

Next year the Mudder moves to Boston, but the question remains the same. Will you be tough enough?


April 19, 2016

SCBA Replacement
The Lenox Fire Department was fortunate to receive a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant in the amount of $128,400.00 to replace all of our outdated self contained breathing apparatus, also known as SCBA.

The grant, written by a committee consisting of the Chief and several officers is the latest of several successful attempts by the Fire Department to obtain AFG funds. In the past the department has received grant awards that allowed the purchase of vehicle exhaust removal systems for all three fire stations, and personal protective equipment.

The new SCBA replaces some nearly 20 year old units. The old units lacked several required safety features including a heads up display that allows a firefighter to monitor the status of his or her air supply with small indicator lights in the SCBA mask. The new units are also compliant with modern Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear requirements. The new SCBA will be in service after training and orientation.

Truck 7 In Service
Truck 7 is now in service and available for wild land responses as well as service calls.

Dec 29, 2011 - Lenox Ambulance In Service
For the first time since May 19th 2011 when our ambulance was involved in a collision with a sleeping driver, Lenox has it's own ambulance in service. Previously a leased ambulance was in use.

The cab and chassis of the old unit were destroyed in the crash, but the patient compartment was determined to have sustained only minor damage. After repairs, the patient compartment has been re-mounted on a 2011 Ford E-450 Superduty chassis.

Severe Weather
Just after 8 pm on June 8th, Central Berkshire County was struck by a severe thunderstorm and accompanying high winds. Lenox firefighters responded to almost 40 requests for assistance in Lenox and Stockbridge over the next 24 hours.

Several homes were damaged after they were struck by falling trees, some heavily. During the ensuing power outage members responded to calls for trees and wires down on vehicles and roadways, fire and carbon monoxide alarm activations, motor vehicle crashes, medical assistance, and lifting assistance. In one instance firefighters physically carried nearly one dozen residents of an assisted living facility up or down stairs after the facilities elevator was rendered unusable.

Lenox Crew Assists with Tornado Damage
At 1838 hrs on June 1st, Lenox Engine 6 responded as part of Central Berkshire County Task Force 12C to assist emergency services in areas effected by the Tornadoes. 

The Central Berkshire County Task Force, consisted of 6 engines representing the communities of: Cheshire, Dalton, Hisdale, Lanesborough, Lenox and Windsor, 1 ladder and 1 brush unit, both from Pittsfield, and Command elements from Great Barrington and Pittsfield.

Task Force 12C first reported to West Springfield, before being diverted to Monson. While deployed, units responded to calls for Search and Rescue, EMS, Public Assistance, and a service call. Engine 6 returned to Berkshire County on June 2nd.

March 7, 2011
Around 0700hrs Lenox Fire was dispatch to High St for a fire in the basement. Engines 1, 3 and 6 responded in minutes along with 17 personnel. Engine 1's crew investigated to find a natural gas fed fire coming from a malfunctioning furnace. Gas to the furnace was shut off, extinguishing the fire. The malfunction was caused by a flooded basement. Ventilation of carbon monoxide from the residence and evacuation of water in the basement was completed. Lenox units operated on scene for approximately 1hr.

March 6, 2011
Around 1300hrs Lenox Fire was called to 197 East St to remove water from a retaining pond near the high school because water was backing up into the theater. Engines 1 and 62 responded along with 12 personnel. Engine 62 began drafting upon arrival while two portable pumps were set up to aid in transporting water across the road. The cause of the problem was a blocked drainage pipe that was cleared by a Lenox DPW backhoe. Lenox units operated on scene for approximately 3hrs.

New Engine 1 In Service
On February 28, 2011 Engine 1 went into service at Central Station after members completed familiarization training during department drill night.

Lenox Engine 1 is a 2010 Seagrave Marauder II Custom Pumper with seating for 4, a 15kW hydraulic generator and a 1500GPM pump. The unit carries 600 gallons of water, a full compliment of engine company tools, ground ladders, a high pressure air bag rescue system, and Hurst "Jaws of Life" extrication equipment.

Engine 1 runs first due out of Central Station and is primarily staffed by on duty personnel.

February 28, 2011
Around 1200hrs Lenox Fire was dispatched to the 400 block of Pittsfield Rd for a fire in a residence. Engines 3, 6, 62, Truck 5 and Lenox Ambulance responded in minutes along with 25 personnel. After receiving information from a resident on the location of the fire Engine 3's crew made a quick knock with a 200' 1 3/4" line. Lenox units operated on scene for approximately 3hrs.

Berkshire County RIT Cooperative
The February 26th Berkshire County RIT coop drew 37 members from 11 departments including Adams, Agawam, Blandford, Cheshire, Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey and Williamstown.

Members navigated the Pittsburgh drill, as well as participated in evolutions including stair evacuations, ladder rescues, and spins & drags.

Fire Service Photography was present and has a large number of photos available @ www.fireservicephotography.com

Our next RIT skills morning will be on March 26th, beginning at 0830 at the Dalton Fire Dept, 20 Flansburg Ave.

For additional info contact: trainingdivision@lenoxfire.com

February 7, 2011
Around 0645hrs Lenox Truck 5 was dispatched mutual aid to the Town of Lee for a structure fire. Upon arrival Truck 5 set up for master stream operations. The remaining crew began ventilation operations to protect the adjoining structure. Lenox personnel functioned as RIT for a period of time after ventilation tasks were completed. Lenox Truck 5 operated on scene for approximately 4.5hrs.

Later in the day Lenox Engine 6 was assigned to Lee Central Station to cover calls.

January 29, 2011
Around 2100hrs Lenox Fire was dispatched for a general fire alarm activation on Pittsfield Rd. Engine 3, 6 and 62 responded in minutes along with 8 personnel. Engine 3's crew investigated and found the activation was caused by a fireplace problem in a guest room. Engine 62's crew provided ventilation to clear smoke from the room. Lenox units operated on scene for approximately 30 minutes.