Southwestern NH District Fire Mutual Aid is accepting resume`s for full-time Communications Specialists for the purpose of developing a hiring list for future openings. Resume`s should be mailed to Chief Philip Tirrell, PO Box 443, Keene NH 03431 before August 21, 2015. Resume`s may be dropped off at the dispatch center at 32 Vernon St. in Keene with prior notification.


Course Announcement

After taking this course students will be able to describe the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is used by firefighters, explain the importance of PPE, describe how PPE is properly maintained, identify the hazards of smoke and other toxic environments, and explain why respiratory protection is an essential need of fire service personnel. Students will be able to describe the different types of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), identify it’s limitations, explain the procedures for maintenance, inspections, refilling, and donning. Students will practice the skills of donning, doffing, performing inspections and maintenance, and operating in a SCBA. This course includes both classroom and practical skill activities. At the conclusion of the program, the students will participate in SCBA confidence building drills inside of the Drager trailer, which is a mobile maze and obstacle course.

To register, download the General Admission application and return it to the Vermont Fire Academy.

Course Location and Details

Wardsboro Fire Department:
9/2/15 (1800 – 2200)
9/9/15 (1800 – 2200)
9/16/15 (1800 – 2200)
9/23/15 (1800 – 2200)
9/26/15 (0800 – 1700) – Practical

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hazardous Materials Operations

This course provides the student with the basic skills necessary to safely and effectively manage the on-scene operations involving the uncontrolled release of dangerous chemicals. As such it focuses on those individuals in local jurisdictions who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion to contain the release from a safe distance, keeping it from spreading, and preventing exposures. The course is designed to meet the training responsibilities as outlined by OSHA, CFR 1910.120 and NFPA 472 for the Operations Level.

This course is open to responders who are SCBA qualified. To register, download the Hazardous Materials Operations Admission Application and return it to the Vermont Fire Academy.

Course Location and Details

Wardsboro Fire Department:

9/30/15 (1800 – 2200)
10/7/15 (1800 – 2200)
10/14/15 (1800 – 2200)
10/21/15 (1800 – 2200)
10/24/15 (0800 – 1700) – Practical

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 9, 2015


5 years ago today on August 3, 2010 – Multiple alarm church fire in South Londonderry Vermont. Dispatchers on duty were Lt. Tom Redin and Dispatcher Kassie (Dupre) Lunderville
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11 years ago today on August 3, 2004 – Chesterfield Tire Fire on Route 9 at Brook Rd. Dispatchers on duty were Neal Collier and Jim Young.
06 Tire Fire 080304