2019 - 2020 National Fire Academy Direct Deliveries

Course: Preparation for Initial Company Operations

Location: Londonderry Rescue Squad Building

Course Dates: October 26 & 27, 2019

Application Deadline: September 6, 2019

Course: Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations

Location: East Montpelier Fire Station

Course Dates: November 2 & 3, 2019

Application Deadline: September 13, 2019

Course: Preparation for Initial Company Operations

Location: Enosburgh Fire Station

Course Dates: December 14 & 15, 2019

Application Deadline: October 25, 2019

Course: Decision Making for Initial Company Operations

Location: Newport City Fire Station

Course Dates: February 8 & 9, 2020

Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

Course: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth

Location: Putney Fire Station

Course Dates: February 15 & 16, 2020

Application Deadline: December 27, 2019

Course: Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction

Location: Vermont Fire Academy, Pittsford

Course Dates: May 13 & 14, 2020

Application Deadline: March 27, 2020

Class times are 0800 - 1700

All National Fire Academy Direct Delivery courses are granted funded, lunch is not provided.

To enroll in a course please submit a general admission application by the application deadline listed above to the Vermont Fire Academy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Vermont Fire Academy

93 Davison Drive

Pittsford, VT 05763

Phone: (802)483-2755

Fax: (802)483-2464


It is with deep regret that Fire Mutual Aid announces the passing of past dispatcher Dennis Williams. He worked here in the 1980's. Read the obituary:

Dennis (Denny) Wiliams, 71 died July 27, 2019 at his home. He was the third child of Howard and Edith (Tenney) Williams. He was born in Greenfield, MA on August 10, 1947. He lived in Northfield most of his life and moved "over-the-hill" to Winchester, NH later in life. He attended Pioneer Valley Regional School. He then joined the US Navy and left with an honorable discharge.

He went on to work for the Northfield Highway department, dispatched for Southwest Fire Mutual Aid in Keene, NH, helped set up the County Dispatch at the Franklin Co. Hospital in Greenfield, MA, delivered fuel for Shanahan Fuel of Greenfield, MA and worked as an oil burner technician for A.R. Sandri of Greenfield, MA. While working in Keene he purchased property in Nelson, NH and built a home there. When he joined the Northfield Fire Departmemt, it became a family affair with his father Howard Williams as Chief. Dennis retired after 32 years of devoted service to the town and was a lifetime member of the fire department.

As a much younger "adult" he enjoyed being quite a prankster. I'm sure there are several of his buddies that could tell some very interesting stories of their adventures. He enjoyed many trips to Maine. Some were for hunting or fishing, others for visiting relatives. One time while with his brother-in-law Don, they were riding along a dirt road only to look out Den's open window to see a "friendly" bear within inches of him.

Dennis will be sadly missed by his sisters. Alice (Girard) Gottardi of Greenfield, MA, Carol Holden and her husband Don of Northfield, MA, Janet and Rene Burdet of Cornville, ME, Nancy Brackett of Skowegan, ME, Martha Robinson and her husband George of Burnham, ME, and his brother Jim and his wife Coleen of Maiden, NC. Uncle Denny leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who loved and cherished him as he loved and cherished them. He made each one of them feel as if they were the most special one and they carry many fond memories of his hugs and the special attention he gave to each of them. He also leaves his Aunt, Viola Williams and a multitude of cousins.

Beside his parents he was also predeceased by brothers-in-law Richard Girard and John Gottardi, and nephew Kyle Holden.

Funeral service will be Friday (8-2-2019) at 2:00 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA. The Rev. Michael Gantt will officiate. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Northfield, MA.

There will be a calling hour on Friday (8-2-2019) from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Northfield Fireman's Fund, 93 Main St., Northfield, MA 01360

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The Keene Fire Department is seeking applications for Firefighter/Paramedic/AEMT/EMT to respond to emergency calls to protect life and property. The position is required to perform skilled work including but not limited to; fire suppression, technical rescue, vehicle extrication and provide medical care to sick or injured. The position includes driving of emergency EMS and Fire apparatus.  Candidates must possess the ability to operate in stressful situations.


Applicants must meet State of New Hampshire Administrative Rule 701 for Firefighter Entrance Requirements. Successful completion of CPAT as well as being a candidate on the NH Statewide Firefighter Eligibility List or a lateral transfer of full-time career personnel pursuant to Administrative Rule 703.01 will be accepted. Candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must be NH or Pro-Board Certified Firefighter Level I and Nationally Registered EMT to apply. Preferred qualifications: Firefighter II and AEMT/Paramedic.


Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to pass a physical exam, drug screen, motor vehicle record check, criminal background check and polygraph.


New hires must meet the residency requirement (within 30 minutes of the city) as established by the fire department within the first year of employment. Additional conditions of employment may apply. 


At the conclusion of this process candidates that successfully complete the hiring process will be placed on a hiring list for future openings.


The City of Keene offers an excellent benefit plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurances. Additional benefits include 24-hour shifts, paid training, tuition assistance, paid vacation, personal, and sick time.  The starting pay range is $43,134 - $48,594 annualized.


Complete the online application, include email address and telephone number, and attach your resume with cover letter at Applications will be accepted through the end of day, Friday, July 26, 2019.