Tree-toppling beavers add to busy week for Rockport FD

By Louis Bettcher | Jul 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Rockport Fire Department Members of the Rockport Fire Department work to remove debris from Rte. 90 following a car crash on July 12.

Rockport — Over the course of seven days, members of the Rockport Fire Department were kept very active and responded to a wide range of incidents in town. In addition to a spate of car accidents and a fire at the base of a telephone pole, a couple of badly-behaved beavers caused a tree to fall on Main Street.

On the morning of July 10 the fire department responded to Fern Way in Rockport, where a Subaru had rolled off the road and into a ditch. When emergency responders arrived on the scene, firefighters and members of the Rockport Police Department worked with Steve Laite from Camden Exxon to right the vehicle, which had come to rest on its side between a row of large stones and a line of trees.

At approximately 5 a.m. the following day, the department received a call that a tree had fallen and was laying across Main Street. Upon arriving at the scene and examining the base of the tree, it was obvious that a beaver had spent the evening gnawing away at the tree until it toppled. The firefighters worked with Central Maine Power and were able to remove the tree from the road. Fourteen members of Rockport Fire responded to the call, and the tree was cut into smaller pieces and moved into the woods.

Hours later firefighters were called to the scene of a grass fire on Route 17. At the base of a telephone pole near the Rockport Diner, the dry grass had caught fire. The fire was extinguished before it had a chance to spread or cause any significant damage to the utility pole.

The next day firefighters were called back to the area, at the intersection of West and Meadow streets, to a car crash in which two pickup trucks were badly damaged. The front of both vehicles was caved in, and responders worked to reroute traffic from the busy intersection, also across from Rockport Diner. Once the vehicles were removed from the road, firefighters worked to sweep all of the debris from the crash out of the roadway.

During this time period, members of the Rockport Fire Department also completed their yearly mandatory driving training. An extensive obstacle course was set up in the parking lot of Camden Hills Regional High School, and the firefighters had a chance to test drive the department's recently acquired Squad 25 Typhoon pumper. After all of this activity, members of the department are looking forward to their annual barbecue at the Rockport Fire Station on July 19.

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