By Penny Hilton
A Several Part Series on the evolution of the New Gloucester Fire Department from the early 20th century to the present. Part One, 1899 – 1939, is history as interpreted through annual town reports of New Gloucester, Gray, and Auburn; New Gloucester Town Meeting Minutes; books on the history of these towns, plus Pownal; a number of articles and data from the State of Maine and other reputable on-line resources. Corrections and additions are welcomed. While not a source for the information below, Acadia Transformed: New Gloucester, Maine and the Rise of the City, 1740 to 1930 by Geoffrey Rosanno, was extremely helpful in confirming some of my conclusions, and a fascinating examination of New Gloucester.
The town of New Gloucester at the turn of the last century was a well-established rural community which had evolved from agrarian self-sufficiency to being part of the complex network of rural towns supplying the metropolitan centers of Portland and Lewiston Auburn with dairy and farm products, workers, and new customers. With many farms, more well-acred “homesteads”, some mills, a blacksmith, three churches and several one-room schoolhouses, New Gloucester spread over 47 square miles, with a sparse network of dirt roads connecting everyone. The town was governed by a board of three selectmen who were elected at the annual town meeting, when all the town’s most important decisions were made. As revealed in town reports down through the years, these voters were not a hasty bunch. They were inclined to put new ideas on hold at town meeting for several years before finally discarding an unpopular notion, or, in some cases, voting yes. One of the ideas that took years to become accepted as a routine town matter was municipal fire protection. Continue reading
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Meet wild animals
Meet Josh Sparks of Sparks’ Ark and the array of wild animals he rehabilitates. His talk is open to ages 3 and up in the Mount Washington Room of The Commons at Pineland Farms from 1-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16. Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, for $5 per person. For more information, call 650-3031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Gloucester residents Devon Nuzzo, 10, left, Rylee Farwell, 3, Amy Farwell and Mya Farwell, 1, enjoy their visit to the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Open House on Oct. 19. Hundreds of visitors were treated to a free barbecue, live fire demonstrations, games, free T-shirts for kids and face painting.
Annual Harvest Supper
Lunn-Hunnewell Amvets Post 6 Auxiliary in New Gloucester is hosting its annual Harvest Supper on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5-6 p.m. at the Amvets Hall, Route 100, New Gloucester. The menu includes ham, potatoes, carrots, squash, turnip, cabbage, onions, rolls, coffee, tea and punch, as well as homemade apple crisp for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for under 6. Proceeds are to be used to sponsor the auxiliary’s veteran’s hospital projects.
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The New Gloucester Fire Rescue was dispatched to a woods fire that was spreading to a garage at approximately 5:30pm on Friday May 27, 2016. Fire officials first on scene reported heavy fire from the rear of the 25′ x 60′ structure. The structure contained an oversized 2 car garage with a partially finished second floor used as an office. It took fire fighters over two hours to contain all the flames. The fire was difficult to extinguish due to the access of water and a partially collapsed metal roof. The collapsed roof contained some of the fire until fire fighters could make access. Fire Fighters used foam to help suppress the hot spots and also used over 25,000 gallons of water. The New Gloucester Fire & Rescue responded with 14 Fire & EMS. New Gloucester was assisted by Poland Fire Rescue Department, Gray Fire Rescue, Pownal Fire & Rescue Departmentre , @Durham Fire & Rescue, and North Yarmouth Fire Rescue. The cause of fire will remain as unknown. No one was hurt on the emergency scene. The building was a complete loss and it is estimated at a value of $150,000.
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Four people were injured Saturday in a head-on crash of two vehicles on Route 100 in New Gloucester.
The crash took place at about 11:15 a.m., according to a news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Keep reading
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Homeowners Escape Blaze
New Gloucester, Maine – On Friday April 1, 2016 at 6pm, the New Gloucester Fire & Rescue was dispatched to 454 Morse Road for a reported garage fire. The emergency call was placed by neighbors and passer-byes. Upon New Gloucester’s arrival, the fire had spread from the two car garage to the Cape style home. Fire Crews had the bulk of the heavey fire knocked down within 30 minutes of arrival. The fire had consumed the garage upon arrival and had entered the home’s first and second floors. Approximately 15,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire along with 25 gallons of fire suppressing foam. The water was trucked in from the Pineland Campus’ fire hydrant system. New Gloucester was assisted by Gray, Windham, Auburn, Poland, Durham, North Yarmouth and Pineland Security. The home, garage and contents are a complete loss with an approximate value of $450,000.
“The homeowners were credited with closing the door that separated the garage and home, and evacuating as soon as they knew the garage was on fire,” stated Captain Scott Doyle with New Gloucester Fire & Rescue. “People are encouraged to close doors as they exit a burning building, as long as life safety is not at risk, this can prevent further damages and contain the fire,” added Captain Doyle.
No one was injured during the incident. There were no pets in the home.
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Serious Crash Injured One
New Gloucester, Maine – On Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 7:51PM the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 1156 Lewiston Road (100/202). Fire & EMS personnel first on scene reported one vehicle with an occupant trapped with heavy damage to the vehicle. New Gloucester personnel closed Route 100/202. The vehicle in the crash was a 4 door sedan. Fire & EMS crews assessed the scene and patient, developing a plan of extrication. Due to the heavy damage to the vehicle and positioning of the occupant, the extrication of the patient took over an hour. Over a dozen of New Gloucester’s Fire & EMS members worked the scene. LifeFlight of Maine was requested to the scene due to the anticipated length of time for the extrication and the patient’s possible injuries.
“The Fire & EMS crews found the extrication very challenging due to the extent of the damage to the vehicle and injuries to the patient and positioning,” replied New Gloucester Captain Scott Doyle.” “Patient extrications require a true, methodical process in order to accomplish a safe and successful removal of a patient. Every action has a reaction when cutting vehicles,” added Captain Doyle.
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Several animals died in a mobile home fire Monday afternoon in New Gloucester that firefighters had a hard time reaching because of slippery conditions.
Capt. Scott Doyle of the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department said the residence is at 36 Moose Ridge Road, a private road off Snow Hill Road. Doyle said a steep hill covered with snow was the only way firetrucks could get access to the home. Keep reading
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