Barnstable Fire Department Celebrates Promotions, Commendations

Promotions, appointments and exceptional service...
Barnstable firefighters turned out in force to mark promotions and achievements. (BFD photo)

From the Barnstable Fire Department

Barnstable, MA - On December 5, 2019 at 1700 hours, the Barnstable Fire Department held a brief pinning ceremony at the fire station to recognize several personnel that have been recently promoted and appointed within the department.  In addition, four personnel were presented with Commendation Awards for exceptional service.

Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Tyson, was promoted to Captain-Paramedic.  Captain Tyson has over fifteen (15) years of fire service experience and previously served as Acting Captain and EMS Officer in the department.  Captain Tyson has multiple advanced degrees including an Associates Degree, two Bachelors Degrees, and a Masters Degree.  In addition, Captain Tyson has an extensive background and experience as a Juvenile Fire-setter Intervention Specialist, and is one of the leaders in the redevelopment of the county-wide juvenile fire-setters program here on Cape Cod.  In 2012, Captain Tyson was awarded a department Commendation and earned the American Red Cross Hero Award for saving the life of a 54 year old person in cardiac arrest.  Captain Tyson was pinned by his wife Lauren, with his son Grady looking on.

Firefighter-Paramedic Keith Stranger was appointed and welcomed to the department.  Firefighter Stranger has over thirteen (13) years of fire service experience.  Firefighter Stranger was previously a Lieutenant/Shift Commander and EMS Officer with the West Barnstable Fire Department.  Additionally, Firefighter Stranger has also worked as a Paramedic in two (2) other very busy municipalities.  Firefighter Stranger has extensive knowledge in EMS as well as experience in Pre-Incident Planning.  Firefighter Stranger was pinned by his wife Kaitlyn, along with their daughters Kelsey and Mackenzie.

Firefighter-EMT Frederico Nogueira was appointed and welcomed to the department.  Firefighter Nogueira has over six (6) years of fire service experience, previously working on the West Barnstable Fire Department.  Firefighter Nogueira is a first-generation firefighter and has the skills and attitude that make him an exceptional firefighter and EMT.  Firefighter Nogueira has experience teaching as a recruit fire instructor and rapid intervention instructor.  In addition, Firefighter Nogueira is fluent in both English and Portuguese, and is also a Journeyman Electrician.  Firefighter Nogueira was pinned by his mother Kelly Fonseca, with his friends and family looking on.   

In addition to the appointments, four (4) members were presented with Commendation Awards for their exceptional service during an emergency incident.  On November 8, 2019 at 02:51 hours, the Barnstable Fire Department was dispatched for a Priority 1 incident in a very remote area of the woods in the Hyannis Ponds area on Mary Dunn Road.  Firefighter EMT John Fleming, Firefighter Paramedic Matthew Goodwin, Firefighter Paramedic Nicholas Black, and Firefighter EMT Frederico Nogueira responded to the incident.  The four members, carrying nearly 100 lbs of medical gear and traversing natural and unstable terrain, with limited visibility at night, walked nearly one mile into the wooded area to gain access to the patient.  Once at the patient, the crew administered aggressive advanced life support and the patient regained consciousness.  Once the patient was stable, the crew placed the patient on a longboard and extricated the patient and their equipment back to the ambulance for transport to the hospital.  These members worked as a team and with limited manpower under adverse conditions, made a positive difference in the outcome of this incident. 

The Barnstable Fire Department is very fortunate to have members like these working in this District.


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