Friday, June 8, 2012
Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch will retire, effective June 30.
Portsmouth's Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch will retire at the end of this month and prepare for another leadership role in his longstanding, firefighting career. "It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter of my intent to retire effective June 30, 2012," Lynch writes in a letter to the town administrator. The letter is dated May 25. "While I am saddened to be leaving the service to the town of Portsmouth, I am excited that a challenging new opportunity has been presented to me as the fire chief in a nearby Massachusetts town." Lynch has been hired as fire chief of the Medway Fire Department in Medway, MA. "I wish to thank the people of Portsmouth for the privilege of serving them proudly for 25 years," Lynch writes. "I would also…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Members of the Portsmouth Fire Department raised money for The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity that raises money to help children with cancer.
It's official. Portsmouth's Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch has said so long to his mustache of 33 years for a good cause. Lynch recently agreed to shave his 'stache if his team collected $1,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity which raises money to fund research to find cures for childhood cancers. "I've never even seen him without his mustache," said Lynch's daughter, Brittany. The team went above and beyond the goal, raising $2,080. The team's members also include Andrew Jones, Michael Pinksaw and Josh Berube. As part of the fundraiser, the team had their heads shaved (and one face) at a special St. Baldrick's event on Wednesday night at McFadden's Restaurant. Featured above are photos and a video from the …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Portsmouth Fire Department -- whose chief was a finalist for Sharon fire chief this summer -- buys the vehicle.
Selectmen in Sharon, MA, have sold one of their surplus ambulances to a Rhode Island fire department with a familiar leader. Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey Lynch was among three Sharon fire chief finalists this summer. Selectmen chose Athol Fire Chief James Wright instead. Selectmen voted 3-0 Tuesday night to declare the 2002 ambulance surplus and sell it to the Portsmouth Fire Department for $14,000. Selectman Walter "Joe" Roach Jr. said Sharon officials advertised the vehicle on the Fire Chiefs Association Web site. Only Portsmouth and the Fall River Fire Department, which offered $12,000, responded, he said. Chairman Richard Powell said selectmen had discussed declaring the ambulance surplus, but wanted Wright to assess his needs first…
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Portsmouth Middle School will open as an emergency shelter on Saturday at 4 p.m. for residents.
Island Park and Common Fence Point residents are being asked to evacuate from their homes on Saturday afternoon before Hurricane Irene arrives. The town of Portsmouth has issued a mandatory evacuation for Island Park, Common Fence Point and all trailer parks, including Sunny Acres, effective on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Portsmouth Middle School will open as an emergency shelter on Saturday at 4 p.m. Residents are being urged to leave their homes and seek shelter with friends or family members first. If unable to seek shelter, residents should then head to the Portsmouth Middle School. The middle school can temporarily house 500 people, according to Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch. Another section of the school may be opened to …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Town officials held a meeting Thursday morning to discuss and prepare for the oncoming storm.
Town and emergency management officials met Thursday morning to discuss ongoing preparations for Hurricane Irene, as well as to discuss any possible evacuations of Prudence Island, Hog Island and Island Park. Portsmouth Patch will provide an update on this meeting later today. According to Portsmouth's Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch, emergency officials have been in constant contact with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross. Officials are discussing the possibility of evacuations, but it is still too soon to call for any, according to Lynch. Lynch said he would know more about preparations following the outcome of Thursday's meeting. For now, he is urging residents to prepare for …
Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch recommends following these instructions from the National Weather Service.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast shows that Rhode Island is in line for a direct hit by Hurricane Irene as the powerful first hurricane of the season makes its way up the Atlantic seaboard this week. While it's still early to determine when exactly Hurricane Irene will hit, Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch is recommending residents follow the National Weather Service's hurricane preparedness plan. The plan includes packing up water, food, batteries and more just to prepare for any disaster. Lynch and the National Weather Service recommend preparing the following: Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days — non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices — foods for …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Portsmouth and Middletown Fire Departments are competing to see who can collect the most at their blood drive.
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Friday, July 15, 2011
A friendly competition between two Aquidneck Island fire departments promises to bring hope to several Rhode Islanders and their families. Portsmouth and Middletown Fire Departments are holding blood drives on Friday, July 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at their individual fire headquarters: 39 Wyatt Road, Middletown, and 2300 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Both blood drives are open to the public. “We have a firsthand view of the bad end of things,” said Middletown Firefighter Kevin Brooks. “It’s nice we can do something to help with the recovery. The competition is nice because it will help get the numbers up for both of us.” Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey Lynch echoes Brooks’ comments, noting how as first responders fire department personnel …