Bedford Fire Department Responds After Smoke Found in VA Hospital

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Fire Department

Chief David Grunes reports that the Bedford Fire Department responded after smoke was reported inside the VA hospital this afternoon.

At 3:37 p.m., Bedford firefighters were dispatched to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road, after a fire alarm was activated inside Building 6 at the complex.

Captain Mark Sullivan was the on-scene commander. Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke on the first floor of the building, and later located it on the second and third floors of the building as well. Bedford firefighters assisted hospital staff with relocating patients to a separate area of the hospital from the one affected floor that was occupied.

Shopping on Cyber Monday? Keep Package Deliveries Safe with these Tips from the Bedford Police

Submitted on behalf of The Bedford Police Department

As the holiday season approaches, more and more families are turning to the convenience of online shopping for presents. Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department would like to remind residents of some best practices they can employ to ensure that the gifts they buy online will make it into the hands of loved ones, not thieves.

Hunting Stand Discovered in Hartwell Town Forest

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A Bedford resident enjoying a post-Thanksgiving hike with the family’s dogs discovered an illegal hunting stand near a marked trail in the Hartwell Town Forest on Friday, November 23.

Neighbors have heard shots recently but thought they originated at Hanscom Field or on Massport land.

Stop the Bleed and ASHER Training Offered by the Bedford Fire Department

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Fire Department and its Paramedics will offer Stop the Bleed training to the community at 7 pm on January 16 in Flint Room at Town Center. Pre-registration is required Please contact Captain Mark Sullivan. (781) 275 – 5266 ext 103 or mailto:msullivan@bedfordma.gov.

Fire Chief David Grunes and Captain Sullivan welcome conversation with residents or businesses interested in further information on Stop the Bleed or the ASHER ~ Active Shooter and Hostile Event Response ~ standard.

Police Step Up Patrols Near Retail Establishments for Holiday Season

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

With the start of the 2018 holiday season, Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department’s annual Operation P.A.C.E. (Pro-Active Community Enforcement) has begun, bringing increased marked police cruisers and a mix of uniformed and plainclothes officers to the town’s retail plazas in an effort to prevent crime and deter shoplifting.

Established in 2014, Operation P.A.C.E. works to curb retail theft, shoplifting, breaking and entering into motor vehicles, purse snatching, robbery, and traffic and parking related problems.

Multiple marked and unmarked cruisers will be regularly stationed at the plaza on Great Road near Shawsheen Road and the Bedford Marketplace at 160 Great Road, as well as other locations.

Bedford Police Offering At-Home Drug Disposal Option

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Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department launched a new drug disposal initiative.

Through a partnership with the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, the Bedford Police Department now offers DisposeRx free of charge to residents. DisposeRx is an at-home method that provides residents with a way to destroy and dispose of drugs.

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