Archive for February, 2016

SAVE THE DATE

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Wednesday April 20th will be the Annual Meeting of Southwestern NH District Fire Mutual Aid in the evening. Stay tuned for the announcement of our guest speaker. Please save the date and be in attendance for a great program!

NH FIRE CREW TRAINING

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

NH Fire Crew Training

RT-130 Safety Refresher
This is the yearly refresher that all fire fighters need to take to stay current whether you go out on a crew or not. It needs to be taken each year.
Date: Saturday March 5th RSVP by Feb. 26th
Location: Bear Brook Warehouse, Allenstown NH (Bear Brook State Park)
Time: 9am to 5pm

Date: Saturday March 12th RSVP by March 4th
Location: Bear Brook Warehouse, Allenstown NH (Bear Brook State Park)
Time: 9am to 5pm

Date: Wednesday March 16th RSVP by March 9th
Location: Bear Brook Warehouse, Allenstown NH (Bear Brook State Park)
Time: 9am to 5pm

Bring a lunch. NO shelter deployment. This is class room only.

S-110 Rookie Class
This class needs to be taken by any new members of the Fire crew. If it was taken last year and you did not go out with the crew you do not have to take it again. You will need to take the RT-130.
Date: Saturday March 19th RSVP by March 11th
Location: Bear Brook Warehouse, Allenstown NH (Bear Brook State Park)
Time: 9am to 1pm

Each class will have limited space, for 24 students. RSVP is requested no later than one week prior each session.
You can call the office at 603-271-2214 or email Jen Little at Jennifer.little@dred.nh.gov

LEMPSTER FIRE/RESCUE AWARDS

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Saturday night was the Lempster Firefighters Association awards banquet with the following people receiving awards
Jim Richards 45 years of service
Phil Tirrell 45 years of service
Ron Clark 40 years of service
Dave Loring 30 years of service
Barbara Chadwick 30 years of service
David Richards 15 years of service
Brandon Langlois 10 years of service
Loretta Loring 10 years of service
Tim Meyette 10 years of service
Mark Magoon 10 years of service
Al McNeill 10 years of service
Jon Thomas 5 years of service
Life Member award
Phil Tirrell
Barbara Chadwick
Life Saving Award
Jon Thomas
Al McNeill
Chris Young
Adam Kobelski
David Richards
Ron Clark
Tom Moore
Special Award
Dave Loring
Ron Clark
Al McNeill

VERMONT TRAINING

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Upcoming Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Opportunities

L958 Operations Section Chief:
Location: Berlin
Dates: March 8 – 11, 2016
This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective OSC on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) responding to the incident and the command needs of the incident, 2) effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an Operations Section Chief on an All-Hazards ICS Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge.

Link to Additional Resources

DisasterLAN:
Location: Waterbury
Dates: March 17, 2016
DisasterLAN is the web-based incident management system designed for use in emergency operations centers with which Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security interfaces. This course will teach you how disasters are managed from the State Emergency Operation Center, to include interaction with stakeholders such as local municipalities and regional planning commissions, mechanisms for public warning, resource requests and information flow, developing and maintaining situational awareness.

Link to Additional Resources

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation (HSEE):
Location: Rutland Regional Medical Center
Dates: March 29 – 31, 2016
The HSEEP Basic course provides a comprehensive overview of exercise design along with practical skill development. Using the same terminology and processes, this course will provide activities that will give participants an opportunity to interact with many of the templates and other materials that are provided by the National Exercise Division to ensure exercises are conducted in a consistent manner.

Link to Additional Resources
L950: Incident Commander:
Location: Vermont Fire Academy, Pittsford
Dates: April 11 – 15, 2016
This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective IC on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) responding to the incident and command needs of the incident, 2) effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an Incident Commander on an All-Hazards ICS Incident Management Team. 3) Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable partic

Link to Additional Resources

For more information please contact Kimmie Cruickshank at Kimberly.Cruickshank@vermont.gov

VERMONT TRAINING

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Firefighter I Challenge Exam

Individuals who have not completed an approved Vermont Fire Academy sanctioned Firefighter I Course, but who feel they have obtained the necessary training by some other means; or whose previous certifications are more than 2 editions in arrears of the current NFPA 1001 standard, may challenge the Firefighter I Exam. To be eligible to take the Firefighter I Challenge Exam, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age at the test date and submit proof of the following training with their challenge exam application:

Current Adult and Child CPR with AED Certification
Current First Aid with Environmental Emergencies Certifications
Hazardous Materials Operations that qualifies as current with NFPA 472.
Highway Safety
Wildland Firefighter (9 hours)
ICS100: Introduction to Incident Command System (Online Web Based course)

Challenge Exam Part 1: Written Exam
The written exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions based on the knowledge requirements outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70. Candidates are permitted two attempts at passing the written exam. A second attempt may take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford.

Challenge Exam Part 2: Practical Skills Exam
The practical skills exam consists of 10 practical skill stations based on the requisite skills outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory skill performance in each of these skill stations. Two attempts per skill station are permitted at the initial skills exam. Candidates are permitted one retest opportunity consisting of two additional attempts for stations that are failed plus an additional randomly selected skill station. The retest opportunity must take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford. If the candidate fails to pass either the previously failed skill station or the additional random skill station, then the challenge process ends.

Firefighter I Certification is granted once a candidate passes both the written and practical skills exams.

Download the Challenge Exam Application

Firefighter II Challenge Exam

Individuals who have not completed an approved Vermont Fire Academy sanctioned Firefighter II Course, but who feel they have obtained the necessary training by some other means; or whose previous certifications are more than 2 editions in arrears of the current NFPA 1001 standard, may challenge the Firefighter II Exam. To be eligible to take the Firefighter II Challenge Exam, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age at the test date and submit proof of the following training with their challenge exam application:

Proof of valid Vermont Firefighter I Certification or certification that is recognized as equivalent to Vermont standards.
Current Adult and Child CPR with AED Certification
Hazardous Materials Operations Certification that qualifies as current with NFPA 472.
ICS200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Online Web Based Course)

Challenge Exam Part 1: Written Exam
The written exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions based on the knowledge requirements outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70. Candidates are permitted two attempts at passing the written exam. A second attempt may take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford.

Challenge Exam Part 2: Practical Skills Exam
The practical skills exam consists of 10 practical skill stations based on the requisite skills outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory skill performance in each of these skill stations. Two attempts per skill station are permitted at the initial skills exam. Candidates are permitted one retest opportunity consisting of two additional attempts for stations that are failed plus an additional randomly selected skill station. The retest opportunity must take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford. If the candidate fails to pass either the previously failed skill station or the additional random skill station, then the challenge process ends.

Firefighter II Certification is granted once a candidate passes both the written and practical skills exams.

Download the Challenge Exam Application

Firefighter I Challenge Examination:
Location: Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford
When: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 0830 until finished
Application deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Firefighter II Challenge Examination:
Location: Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford
When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 0830 until finished
Application deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

VERMONT TRAINING

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Fire Officer I/II Course
Location:
Hartford, Vt. Town Hall, (hosted by the Hartford, Vt. Fire Department)

Course Schedule:
Orientation: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (0830 – 1600)
Week 1: May 9 – 13 (0830 – 1700)
Week 2: May 23 – 27 (0830 – 1700)
Week 3: June 6 – 10 (0830 – 1700)

Application Deadline: Close of Business on Monday, March 28, 2016
This is a Pilot delivery therefore space is limited to a maximum 15 students. Due to course demand, seats will be awarded to applicants based on fair department disbursement and the applicant’s need for certification. An applicant’s Chief or Training Officer may be consulted during the decision making process.

Prerequisites:
Responder Hazardous Materials Operations Certification that qualified as current with NFPA 472.
Current National Certification in Firefighter II
Current National Certification in Fire and Emergency Services Instructor I
NIMS Certification: ICS-200

Link to General Admission Application
Course Description:

This program provides the current Fire Officers and aspiring officers timely information that aids in the performance as a company officer. This educationally sound, objective-based course addresses and complies with the National Fire Protection Association Standard, NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2014 Edition.
Topics covered include developing the proper mind set, accountability and responsibility, cultural diversity, safety and wellness, crew resource management, public relations, functional leadership, incident command, affirmative action issues, budgeting process, strategic planning, and strategy and tactics.
The course also includes a research component where the participants complete 12 research projects on assigned topics based on their own fire departments protocol, policies and practices. An additional 40 to 80 hours of course work is required in addition to the course hours listed above.

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY – 1 year ago today – 2nd alarm fire at Stratton Ski Area Base Lodge. Dispatchers on duty were Lt. Tom Redin and Dispatcher Virginia Gilman. Photos by Wardsboro Chief Chris Liller.

CHIEF DONALD HOLBROOK

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Now hanging in my office at Fire Mutual Aid Headquarters is this portrait. It is Chief Donald Holbrook who started Meadowood County Area Fire Department and played a role in the starting up of Southwestern NH District Fire Mutual Aid. Had never seen a picture of him in a Fire Mutual Aid class A uniform. This picture was found at a flea market in Florida by a gentleman who noticed the label on the back, “Scotty’s Camera Shop Cypress St. Keene NH”. He called the Keene fire station and talked to Captain Burke and described the portrait. I think he paid around 5.00 for it and offered to ship it to Captain Burke free of charge. When it came Captain Burke called me to come see it and then he gave me the portrait to have for Fire Mutual Aid. A big thank you to KFD Captain Burke.
Deputy Chief Tom Redin
Donald Holbrook

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY – 28 years ago today on February 18, 1988 Fire Mutual Aid Dispatchers Paul Szoc and Bill Nichols helped locate and save a life in North Walpole. Read the news article:

3RD ALARM FIRE IN NEW IPSWICH

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

2/17/2016 – New Ipswich and surrounding towns fought a 3 alarm house fire this morning at 811 Turnpike Rd. Photo from Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker.
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