November 30th, 2015

Congratulations to Lt. Ed Mattson for 17 years of dedicated service as a part time dispatcher. Ed also had 21 years of full time service, giving him a total of 38 years of service to Fire Mutual Aid.


November 28th, 2015

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY – 73 years ago today – Cocoanut Grove Fire in Boston. 492 people died and over 100 were sent to hospitals. Check out this web site:


November 24th, 2015

The Windham Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Rick Weitzel and USDA State Director Ted Brady stand in front of the department’s new tanker, which was recently purchased with a USDA Rural Development loan. Photo from Brattleboro Reformer.



November 24th, 2015

The Marlborough, NH Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Edward H. Wilson, Jr. Retired Deputy Fire Chief and a 43 Year Member of the Department. Calling Hours will be held, Friday November 27th 2015, from 1700 to 1900 at Foleys Funeral Home, Keene, NH. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday November 28th 2015 at 10:00 hrs at St Margaret Mary’s Church, Keene, NH. The Burial will follow the service at The Meeting House Cemetery, Marlborough, NH. Personnel are requested to meet at the Marlborough Fire Station, Friday November 27th, 2015 at 1630 and Saturday November 28th, 2015 0930 in Full Dress Uniform.


November 21st, 2015

Forty three years ago today on November 21, 1972 – Woolworth Store Fire on Main St. in Brattleboro. An excerpt from back then – Woolworth and Grant buildings. “A massive pre-dawn fire, its heart feeding on a basement paint storage area, destroyed Woolworth’s store on Main Street today, sending four firemen to the hospital. Brattleboro Fire Chief T. Howard Mattison declared the fire under control at 8 a.m., he said, “It was a near miss” at one point that none of his men were seriously injured or killed. Injured firemen included Randal P. Sage, 26, Wayne Shepard, 19, Louis Perham, 24, and Philip Rancourt Jr., 18, all with first and second degree burns of the face, head and ears.” Future Fire Chief David Emery was caught for a while in the burning basement as well. Call came into Fire Mutual Aid to send assistance at 04:46 hours. Bud Maynard was the dispatcher on duty. Back then, there was only one dispatcher on duty late at night.
Newspaper clippings courtesy of Robert Spirka