This Week’s Events

This week’s events are Region 4 Meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at the Heath Union Church at 6:30pm. Then on Thursday, September 22 is Region 1 Meeting at 7:00pm at the Onset FD. On Saturday, September 24, is the Great Barrington Fire Department’s Open House from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the station. Check the calendar page for complete
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Traffic Incident Management (SHRP2) Free First Responder Safety Training

MassDOT invites you to attend this free Traffic Incident Management Training Event Clearing incident scenes quickly and safely with a well-coordinated, multidisciplinary team of first responders and transportation personnel is an important means of reducing the risk of secondary crashes and congestion delays. Traffic Incident Management Training helps improve traffic incident response. Better incident response
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Danger in the Dust

Fifteen years after 9/11, responders, recovery workers, and others are reporting markedly higher rates of cancer—a direct result, many believe, of Ground Zero exposures FIFTEEN YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, terrorists flew two commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers in New York City as part of a multi-pronged attack on the United States. When
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Onset Deputy Chief Osswald earns Credentialing

Two is better than one. And soon, four will be better than two. That is the attitude of the Onset Fire Department toward boasting qualified fire chiefs on its staff. While Fire Chief Raymond Goodwin remains in good health and has no imminent plans to retire, sustaining the department’s stability in the event of an
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Join a Nationwide Tribute for Fallen Firefighters

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters Part of National Memorial Service Since the early days of the fire service, bells have been used as a way to summon firefighters to a station, communicate the type of emergency or announce the end of a shift.  When a firefighter died in the line of duty, a special
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A Message from the MCVFA President

Dear MCVFA Chiefs and Delegates/Alternates: It is tradition at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association (MCVFA) to recognize and honor those call/volunteer firefighters and EMT’s, both active and retired, who have passed in the prior year. This year’s MCVFA Annual Meeting is Saturday, October 29, 2016.  Please let us know if any
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FEMA releases Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Dates

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant application period will open Tuesday, Oct. 11. Since 2001, AFG has funded firefighter and other first-responder equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The application period
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September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the nonprofit 9/11 Day with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute
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MCVFA Officer Elections Notification

The Elections Committee respectfully submits to the membership of the MCVFA the slate of nominated and qualified candidates for the elected positions listed. Nominations of qualified candidates will be accepted from the floor at the respective meetings. Per Article 2, Section D of the Bylaws, if a Delegate or Alternate cannot attend a regional or
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Grow Your Ranks Part 1: Optimize your Web Site to Drive Recruitment Leads

In this three-part series, Dave Iannone discusses how to boost your volunteer fire/EMS department’s online recruitment efforts through your web site, Facebook, and Google for Nonprofits. Your volunteer fire/EMS department’s web site is the gateway for potential recruits to learn about your agency, its members, response types, the benefits of joining, and most importantly, the
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