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Police & Fire

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Fire at 100 Clark Street, Brattleboro

Press Release

Date: 02/02/18
Nature of call: Electrical Fire

Address: 100 Clark St
Time of Call: 11:55am

Type of Building: 2 story – 2 family residential dwelling
Number of Residents: 6


Ask-a-Cop: Can I Find Out Why I Got A Ticket and How He Knew I Was Speeding?

"I just have a quick question regarding traffic violations.

So I was visiting VT for the first time and ended up getting pulled over in Windsor VT.

Pulled out of the hotel's parking lot where i could see the police vehicle about 200ft down the road on the opposite side. The speed limit there was 25mph.

Waited until other cars passed by and i got out of the hotel's parking lot. Proceeded towards the police vehicle down the road.

I noticed immediately that the cruiser was right behind me, following me very closely for about .3 miles where he pulled me over.


VT Alert Upgrade

Vermont Alert (www.vtalert.gov) has gone through a significant upgrade to further improve its alerting capabilities for Vermonters. As part of the upgrade, you must re-register for the new system if you still want to receive alerts and notifications. The Town of Brattleboro also has the capabilities of sending local emergency messages to residents by way of phone, email and text message. If you have not previously registered, you are encouraged to go to www.vtalert.gov and register. VT Alert is the notification system for emergencies, Amber Alerts, weather, road conditions, and more.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Brattleboro Fire Department at 254-4831.


Brattleboro Central Fire Station Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Construction on the renovated and expanded Central Fire Station is complete. A ribbon cutting and open house had originally been scheduled for next Friday, January 19. However, due to a calendar conflict, the event has been rescheduled to be held on Friday, February 9. The Town of Brattleboro and the Fire Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the facilities, meet the firefighters, and attend the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, as follows:

Central Fire Station Open House
and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday, February 9, 2018


Central Fire Station Open House Date Change

Good Afternoon –

I am writing to advise of a new date for the public event to celebrate the opening of Brattleboro’s renovated and expanded Central Fire Station. The event will be held on Friday, February 9, from 3-7pm with the ribbon cutting ceremony happening at 3pm sharp and open house, tours, and refreshments continuing until 7pm. The timing is intended to make it possible for many Town residents to participate, including those who have to work until 5pm. This timing worked well at the Police Station so we plan to do it again at the Central Fire Station.


Allyn Olney Retirement

It's with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude that the Brattleboro Fire Department is announcing the retirement of Firefighter Allyn Olney. Firefighter Olney joined the Call Force in June of 1986 was hired to the Career Staff in October of 1987, serving the citizens of Brattleboro for the past 30 years. Al has been a very special employee, a dedicated firefighter and a role model for all. Al received the “Firefighter of the Year Award” in 2004 and a “Meritorious Unit Citation” for his work as part of a group during a very difficult patient extrication at a fatal car accident in 2014. Known for his calm and laid-back demeanor, Firefighter Olney has embraced the role of “senior firefighter”, taking new employees under his wing, and sharing his knowledge, wisdom and history with all of us.


Two Similar Brattleboro Sexual Assault Cases Being Investigated

The Brattleboro Police Department put out this press release today:

"In the last three months, the Brattleboro Police Department has opened investigations into two sexual assault complaints which share some similar characteristics. Those characteristics include:

Occurring in residential areas of town (although not in the same neighborhood)

Early morning hours

Adult females who live alone

Assault took place in the victim’s residence

Assailant was unknown to the victim


Molly Stark Motel Fire Press Release

Date: September 14,2017
Nature of Call: Structure Fire
Address: 829 Marlboro Road
Time of Call: 11:09am
Type of Building: Motel building
Number of Residents: 19
Number of Alarms: 2nd alarm at 11:12am
Under Control: 11:57am


Fire at Molly Stark Motel

If you've been hearing sirens this morning, it is likely that they were on the way to the Molly Stark Motel at 829 Marlboro Road.

It was a 2 alarm fire at about noon.

NH Fire Alarm tweeted that "Heavy Fire On Arrival"

You might want to avoid Rt 9 for the time being.


'Active Shooter Alert' At Dartmouth-Hitchcock

"Active shooter alert" reported at Dartmouth Hitchcock at 2 pm. Reformer says

"The has issued a be-on-the-lookout for a blue Ford Focus with RI plates, 91S, subject involved in an active shooting at

The hospital was put on lock down.


Brattleboro Police - New HQ Open House

Construction on the new Police Station is complete and the department will soon be operating out of the new building. The Town of Brattleboro and the Police Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the facilities, meet the Police Officers, and attend the Ribbon Cutting and “Button Pushing” ceremonies.

Police Station Open House
and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday, September 15, 2017
Open House from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Brief Remarks, Ribbon Cutting, and Button Pushing at 3:00m
Light Refreshments Will Be Served


Brattleboro Storm Damage Report

At approximately 4:15pm a strong thunderstorm moved through the area with very gusty winds. The storm brought down numerous trees and power lines, mostly centered in an area of Putney Rd from the Veterans Bridge north to the town line.

The Brattleboro Fire Department answered 15 calls for assistance during and immediately after the storm, including trees and wires down, fire alarms and an odor of smoke. Areas that sustained tree damage as well as isolated power outages included but are not limited to Stockwell Drive, Black Mountain Rd, Kipling Road, Cedar St, Upper Dummerston Rd, Cresent Drive and several areas along Putney Rd. There was no property damage or injuries reported.


New Police Facility

A short rant about the way I look at the new police facility.

Did we NEED new facilities? No.

It's the American way. It's not about needing anything, rather keeping up with the "Joneses" so to speak. "There is this fancy new thing, or that fancy new thing, I mean every other department has it. We need that, we're supposed to have that." In my opinion it's consumerism on a grand scale. It's not needed and I don't honestly think we will benefit from it one bit. How much of our money will they spend on fancy new devices and a sharp modern looking building? How will that enhance our protection or services? Do we think this new facility will actually benefit us in any tangible way?


10 Overdoses

According to Mark Carignan of the Brattleboro Police, officers have been at the scene of 10 overdoses in about 24 hours.


73 Main Street Fire Press Release

Date: April 27, 2017
Nature of call: Smoke coming from the back of the building
Address: 73 Main St
Time of Call: 8:29am
Type of Building: Mixed occupancy commercial
Number of Residents: 11 apartments
Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm–8:36am/3rd alarm–8:53am Under Control: 9:21am
Injuries: No
Fatalities: No


Thursday Morning Confusion - Fire on Main Street

There's  a fire at 73 main street that has traffic all gnarled up.


West Brattleboro Fire Station Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Construction on the new West Brattleboro Fire Station (Station 2) is complete and the Fire Department is now operating out of the new building. The Town of Brattleboro and the Fire Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the station, see the equipment, and celebrate this important milestone for our community.

West Brattleboro Fire Station
Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Open House from 9am-Noon
Brief Remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:30am
Light Refreshments Will Be Served

If the weather permits, the station and surrounding grounds will be open throughout the open house.  In the event of inclement weather, activities will take place in the interior of the station.


Expired Tags

Just found myself driving behind a Vermont state trooper vehicle. It was an unmarked van, but the plate said that it was a state trooper plate, #530.  

It also had an expired sticker, indicating the vehicle needed to be renewed a few months ago, by 10/16.

I was tempted to pull them over and issue a warning, but my car has yet to be fit up for such purposes.


55 Brisk Lane Fire Report

Date: 02/21/2017
Nature of call: Building Fire

Address: 55 Brisk Lane
Time of Call: 7:54am

Type of Building: 150’ x 60’ Industrial Warehouse

Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm @ 7:58am 3rd alarm @ 8:10am


Tractor Trailer Crash Closes I-91 South for 1.5 Hours

From the VT State Police report:


On 02/09/2017 at approximately 12:39 pm, members of the Vermont State Police (Westminster Station), VT DMV and the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to Interstate 91 (I91) in the Town of Brattleboro for a reported TT-Unit which had jackknifed and was blocking the southbound lane.  


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