All photos provided by Chief Tirrell, Fire Mutual Aid.
Acworth Fire/Rescue held an open house and ceremony to honor length of services of personnel and to honor Retired Chief Elbert Knicely for 50 years of service, 44 of those years as Chief.

Pictured are fire officers from Acworth at the Ceremony

Acworth Fire Officers at Ceremony 083113

Pictured is Retired Chief Knicely with his award

Chief Knicely with his award  083113

Pictured is Retired Chief Knicely and Fire Mutual Aid Chief Phil Tirrell. The two worked together for decades at mutual aid fires in Acworth and Lempster. (Chief Tirrell was the Lempster Chief for over 30 years)

Chief Knicely and Chief Tirrell at Ceremony 083113

Pictured is Retired Chief Knicely and his wife.

Chief Knicely and his wife at the Ceremony 083113

2013 Fire Act Grant Workshop Locations Announced

This is a program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. The following workshops are being offered to assist local departments in preparing their FireAct grant application.

Presentation topics will include:
•Programmatic changes since FY 2012
•Funding priorities
•AFG funding opportunities
•Application evaluation criteria
• registration

Additional information
•Registration is not required to attend.
•Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length
•AFG Regional Representatives should be contacted with any questions regarding workshops in their region


Monday – September 9, 2013 – 6:00pm – Springfield Fire Department, 77 Hartness Avenue, Springfield, VT 05156

Tuesday – September 10, 2013 – 6:00 PM – Vermont Fire Academy, 93 Davison Drive, Pittsford, VT 05763

Wednesday – September 11, 2013 – 6:00pm – Hartford Emergency Services Training Room, 812 VA Cutoff Road, White River Junction, VT 05001

Thursday – September 12, 2013 – 6:00 PM – Williston Fire Department, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495

Monday – September 23, 2013 – 6:00 PM – Lancaster Fire Department/EMS Building, 19 Mechanic Street, Lancaster, NH 03584

Do you know where your alarms are being monitored?

The fact of the matter is that it could be monitored almost anywhere in the country; probably in some big city at some big alarm answering center.

So what is the problem you ask?
Maybe nothing at all if the long distance telephone service to their area is not overloaded or not functioning. And even if it is, to them you are just a blip on their computer screen; just a telephone number. They know nothing about where you live or who provides your emergency services. If their information is old or incomplete, you could be left high and dry trying to get help when your alarm trips.
When your alarm comes to us, it comes in on a local telephone line, within seconds we dispatch you help.

No one can get you help faster than us!
We are the Southwestern New Hampshire Fire Mutual Aid Dispatch Center and we are the people that dispatch your fire and ambulance help in 78 communities in southwestern New Hampshire and southeastern Vermont.
Doesn’t it make sense to have your home or business alarm monitored at the same location that actually sends you help when you have an emergency?

Please call us at 603-352-1291 to find out how to have your alarm answered at our emergency dispatch center.


Congratulations to Lt. Matt Yeatman, Dispatcher 3 for 12 years of dedicated service full time to Fire Mutual Aid. Matt started as a part time dispatcher on 6/5/2000.


14 years ago today on August 23, 1999 – Sawyer Farm Fire on Route 124 in Jaffrey. Large cattle barn fire. Approximately 100 head of cattle perished in the fire.


The West Dover Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of retired firefighter Patrick E. Mulhall. There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will be held tomorrow, August 23 at 1100 at St. Michael’s Church in Brattleboro. There will be a gathering following the service at the Quality Inn on Route 5 in Brattleboro. Personnel are requested to meet at St. Michael’s Church at 1030 in full dress uniform if available. Any West Dover personnel please contact 93C1 @ 802-380-7731.