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N.H. Senate frowns on House move to link landfill moratorium with disability pension bill
05-28-2024 2:53 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The House of Representatives’ attempt to revive the landfill moratorium bill by linking it to a pensions bill for public safety employees was seen as an unfair move by the state Senate.House Bill 1620 which looked to impose a moratorium on landfill...

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Dennis Comeau sworn in as Bow’s fire chief
05-23-2024 3:07 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After working his way up over the years, Dennis Comeau was set to be officially sworn in as the fire chief in Bow during a ceremony Thursday night.Comeau has been with the Bow Fire Department since 2019, starting out as a firefighter and then becoming...


Driven by capital projects, city budget proposal would boost spending by $40 million
05-10-2024 6:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With capital expenditures more than doubling, total spending in the city of Concord would increase by more than $40 million next year under the city manager’s proposed budget, while several major projects still wait in the wings. If approved as...


To snuff out cancer, NH firefighters seek regular screenings
05-05-2024 10:34 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

One hundred New Hampshire firefighters will be screened for cancer this week at the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire’s convention, kicking off an effort to develop long-term, regular testing statewide. Cancer is now the leading cause of...


Update: Victim identified in Lantern Lane fire in Concord
04-26-2024 9:10 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord man who died after his residence on Lantern Lane caught fire Thursday has been identified as 60-year-old Alan Thorgerson.Concord firefighters were dispatched to the two-bedroom home in the Crestwood neighborhood of manufactured homes just...


Quickly extinguished fire leaves Concord man in critical condition
04-25-2024 5:19 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

One man was sent to Concord Hospital in critical condition after a fire on Lantern Lane Thursday afternoon.Triggered by a fire alarm just after 3 p.m., Concord Fire escalated its response after seeing smoke at the back of the two-bedroom home upon...


Former Concord firefighter sues city, claiming years of homophobic sexual harassment, retaliation
04-21-2024 11:35 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A former Concord firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city claiming that coworkers and supervisors sexually harassed him for years, including by using homophobic slurs, and retaliated against him when he complained.After Christopher Golomb...


‘Money is a driver’: Amid inflation and tight labor market, city fighting to stem employee outflow
04-17-2024 5:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In another move to stem the flow of city employee turnover, Concord city councilors approved a package of increased leave and other perks last week. Previous efforts — including bonuses and a temporary increase in overtime pay for police, weekly cash...


Concord firefighters among first in the nation to get PFAS-free equipment
03-18-2024 5:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

When former Concord firefighter Chris Andrews introduced himself to city councilors, he described himself as “a cancer survivor — at least for now.”At the outset of his career, new types of protective gear, including the addition of breathing...


‘Stronger in different ways’: For the first time, CRTC’s emergency services program has mostly female students
03-09-2024 1:08 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In every other class they attended, they were known to their teachers and fellow students as Adyson, Ruth, Ava, Olivia, Lillian, and Addison. But to each other — inside a maze mimicking a burning house, blindfolded as they navigated a narrow passage...


Concord dentist office basement fire quickly extinguished
02-21-2024 2:07 PM

A fire in the basement of a dentist’s office in Concord was quickly extinguished in part because of the building’s sprinkler system Wednesday morning, Concord Fire Chief John Chisholm said. Concord Fire was dispatched just after 9:20 a.m. and smoke...


Pedestrian killed outside Dunkin’, passenger injured in two separate Concord crashes
02-21-2024 11:16 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A pedestrian died after being struck by a car outside the Dunkin’ on Fisherville Road in Concord Wednesday morning.Later in the day, another serious accident was reported on Hopkinton Road involving two vehicles.Police responded at 5:50 a.m. to an...


Firefighters redirected from Dunbarton fire to burning Warner home
02-16-2024 4:20 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Bradford fire chief Bryan Nowell arrived at the scene of a two-alarm fire in Warner to find the three-bedroom log home engulfed in flames.Just before 8 p.m. Nowell was on the way to assist with a fire in Dunbarton when he received the Warner call and...


Video: Wind-fueled fire destroys Hopkinton home
02-14-2024 7:40 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Fueled by forceful and frigid winds, a fire that began in the garage quickly consumed a farmhouse on Barton Corner Road in Hopkinton Wednesday afternoon.A woman and two dogs in the home when it caught fire after 2 p.m. were able to evacuate safely,...


One dead, two injured in Concord crash on Hopkinton Road
02-12-2024 10:12 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

One person died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Hopkinton Road near St. Paul’s School on Monday morning, while two others were transported to Concord Hospital with injuries, according to Concord Police.The collision occurred at the edge of a...


Concord basement fire quickly extinguished, no one hurt
02-09-2024 12:05 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Firefighters from Concord and seven other communities quickly subdued a basement fire on Foster Street early Friday morning. The home’s only occupant was uninjured, according to Concord Fire Chief John Chisholm.The emergency call came in just after 2...


State launches tuition reimbursement program to recruit and retain first responders
12-18-2023 2:41 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

To retain and recruit more police officers, firefighters and EMTs, New Hampshire has launched a program offering tuition reimbursements at the state’s community colleges for those looking to enter the field.The First Responder Tuition Reimbursement...


Update: Hopkinton ‘dream home’ goes up in flames, family thankful no one was hurt
11-30-2023 9:24 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Rick and Cindy Buck decided to relocate from Pennsylvania to Hopkinton to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren in Bow.The retirement home they built 18 months ago on Granite Valley met a heartbreaking fate on Wednesday evening as it was...


A closer look at fire/EMS retention and recruitment in Merrimack County
10-04-2023 10:58 AM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

The classic image of a firefighter plucking a kitten out of a tree is no more.Tasked with responding to a growing number of catastrophic car crashes, deadly overdoses and emergency medical calls and a shrinking number of calls for actual structure...


Two back-to-back fires in Penacook raise suspicion of arson
07-24-2023 7:39 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

By late morning Monday, Anthem the arson dog had sniffed out no proof that two fires in Penacook – less than a mile apart and reported within two hours of each other – were deliberately set.While Concord Fire Chief John Chisholm said no conclusions...


City to vote on new contract with Concord firefighters
07-09-2023 12:00 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Concord firefighters will see a 4% wage increase next year as part of a two-year union contract that city councilors will be asked to approve on Monday night. The two-year contract between the city and the International Association of Fire Fighters, a...

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