COOL PICTURE

June 14th, 2017

The Hyland Hill Fire Lookout Tower as seen from 180 feet up from the top of the antenna tower. Photo by the tower climber, Julianne Caron-Dale (MAR-3)

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FITCHBURG MA. JULY 4TH PARADE

June 13th, 2017

I am writing on behalf of the Fitchburg Fire Department and would like to invite all the SWNH mutual aid cities and towns to our annual 4th of July Parade. Especially the towns closest to us; New Ipswich, Greenville, Mason, Brookline, Rindge, and Jaffrey. The more the merrier!
The parade will be held on Tuesday July 4th at 1000hrs
We ask that all companies participating meet at our Summer St. Station 42 Summer St Fitchburg MA. for no later than 0845. We will have coffee, donuts and some awards will be given out. We lead the parade so companies will not be tied up long at all. We are looking for modern apparatus, antique trucks, any hand tubs towed on a trailer would be excellent! Every year we have a great turnout and have close to 40+ trucks. We hope this year is no different! Any questions feel free to email me at pjr35c6@yahoo.com. Thanks and I hope you can get the word out for us.

Lt. PJ Roy
Fitchburg Fire Department
Engine 2 Group 4

FOR SALE

June 9th, 2017

2006 Ford Expedition. 106,000 miles. Sold as seen. $5000.00 or best offer. Please e-mail Chief Philip Tirrell if interested at ptirrell@firemutualaid.com
Do not call the dispatch center.

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ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

June 6th, 2017

On this Date in History – 19 years ago today – Jones Farm Fire on Main St. in Rindge. Dispatchers on duty were Tom Redin and Jim Young. Listen to the fire: https://chirb.it/L1snI4

HOSE & NOZZLE DEMO DAY

June 5th, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS

June 5th, 2017

Congratulations to Lt. Matt Yeatman for 17 years of dedicated service to Fire Mutual Aid.

NEW KEENE CAR 1

June 1st, 2017

Photos by Chief Howard.

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WILMINGTON FD HONORS RETIRED ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF

May 30th, 2017

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By Chris Mays cmays@reformer.com
WILMINGTON — Rain showers did not dampen the spirits of community members observing Memorial Day by way of parade and ceremony.

Nor did it keep them from honoring former assistant fire chief and lifelong resident Richard Covey, who suffered from a stroke last year, with two awards.

“In 1970, when then-chief Barker Willard started the junior fire program, [Covey] was in the first group to join,” said Brian Johnson, firefighter and former fire chief, when presenting Covey with the American Legion Citizenship Award. “This allowed high school students to become part of the fire department and become firefighters and assist at fires. After graduation, he stayed with the fire department working his way through as a firefighter, as apparatus driver, as a pump operator and eventually as an officer.”

Covey had become assistant chief in the mid 1980s, marking a 32-year commitment to the position. He helped navigate the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, and took on extra responsibilities in training and committee work throughout the years.

There’s not a truck at the department that Covey “wasn’t part of designing, making sure it got built correctly and receiving it,” Johnson said. About two years are spent on this task, starting from when the decision to replace a vehicle is made to the point where the new one is delivered. That was the proof Johnson used to convey Covey’s “tremendous commitment” to the department.

“Thank you,” Johnson said. “But the biggest thing he did, every day just about after work, he’d stop by the station. ‘What happened? What do I need to know? Just in case I’m in a position I need to make a decision, I want to be up to date.'”

Covey was a founding member of Deerfield Valley Rescue.

“You have to realize if you take an ambulance call in Wilmington, it’s not a 15-minute deal,” Johnson said. “You’re always looking at two hours plus.”

Covey also served on the town cemetery committee and was an active participant in the annual Town Meeting tradition. Johnson said Covey would ask the tough questions, voice a concern and make comments at Town Meeting.

Covey’s family joined him at Memorial Hall and the fire station after the parade. He’s a husband, father and grandfather.

“Thank you for all your support,” Covey said from a wheelchair as the crowd that filled Memorial Hall gave him a standing ovation.

“You’re welcome,” several firefighters standing next to him replied.

Covey made a similar expression of thanks at the fire station before Assistant Fire Chief Scott Moore presented him with the Lifetime Member award.

“Richard, for your outstanding dedication, we just want you to know you will always be a member of this department,” Moore said. “And the things that go on here, a lot of it’s because of you and we appreciate everything you’ve done.”

Fire Captain Bill Spirka had another “token of appreciation” for Covey.

“We voted that you should have your helmet,” Spirka said. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and the department.”

CONGRATULATIONS

May 30th, 2017

Congratulations to Dispatcher Erik Kazlouskas (Dispatcher 5) for 17 years of dedicated service to Fire Mutual Aid.

VERMONT TRAINING

May 24th, 2017

All NFA Direct Delivery courses are free of charge and students are required to submit a general admission application by the application deadline.

Course listing:
Course: Decision Making for Initial Company Operations
Location: Waterbury Fire Station
Course Date: October 7 & 8, 2017
Application Deadline: August 23, 2017

Course: Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success
Location: St. Michael’s College
Course Date: January 6 & 7, 2018
Application Deadline: November 22, 2017

Course: Shaping the Future
Location: Vermont Fire Academy – Pittsford
Course Date: January 13 & 14, 2018
Application Deadline: November 29, 2017

Course: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth
Location: Middlebury Fire Station
Course Date: January 27 & 28, 2018
Application Deadline: December 12, 2017

Course: Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders
Location: Brattleboro Fire Station
Course Date: January 27 & 28, 2018
Application Deadline: December 12, 2017

Course: Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking
Location: Hartford Fire Station
Course Date: February 10 & 11, 2018
Application Deadline: December 27, 2017