FEMA has opened the application period for the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants on November 12. These grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. Grant guidance and information is now available on the FP&S web site. The NVFC will also be hosting a webinar on November 19 to help departments navigate the application process. Stay tuned to the NVFC web siteFacebook, and Twitter for details.

WRENTHAM — The town has a new fire chief, Antonio “Tony” Marino.

Marino, 49, had been named deputy chief this past summer and previously served as a captain and longtime firefighter with the department.

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet announced Marino’s appointment at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting, and selectmen voted unanimously to confirm it.

“He has demonstrated a commitment to the community and fire/emergency medical service excellence throughout his career,” Sweet said. “I look forward to the professionalism he will bring to the position and the department.”

Marino was recommended for the fire department’s top post by a search committee and was one of three finalists, and the only internal one, from 22 applicants. Read More...

Two Great Barrington firefighters have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy's Call/Volunteer program. At the ceremony on Monday, Oct. 29, call firefighters Mike Bissaillon and Iovan DeRis graduated alongside call and volunteer firefighters from throughout Massachusetts.

The Call/Volunteer academy program is a rigorous 240-hour course that is held twice per week as well as most weekends over a four-month period at the academy's Springfield campus. Time is spent in the classroom and on the drill yard, where students acquire the basic knowledge and skills for firefighting. All of the training concludes with live firefighting in the burn building. Participants graduated with their Firefighter I & II and Hazmat – Operations Level Responder certifications. Read More...

The NVFC values its members and strives to offer benefits and programs that address the critical needs of the fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. In order to continue providing the best services possible for our members, the NVFC is making some updates to its member benefits and dues rates. Read article.

The Fall River Fire Department is pleased to announce that one of their very own, Jason Campbell, has been chosen by the Department of Fire Services Award Committee to be one of the recipients of the 2018 Firefighter of the Year Award.

According to a letter written by Chief John Lynch, Jason Campbell is receiving the award for his actions at the 179 East Main Structure fire on June 26th of this year.

Campbell was called to the house by Building Inspector Glenn Hathaway to assist in a complaint of violations, including faulty smoke alarms. While he was inspecting the third floor with the tenant, a fire broke out from the stairwell that was leading to the attic. Campbell quickly evacuated the tenant out of the structure. It was discovered, however, that the tenant’s brother was still inside the building. Despite the danger, Campbell raced back into the building to the floor where the fire was taking place and led the brother to safety. Campbell then proceeded to go to the second floor to warn a tenant and Inspector Todd Young of the fire on the above floor. Both were unaware due to non-working smoking alarms. Jason then transmitted a timely alarm via portable radio.

In February, 1999, the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission announced the Massachusetts Firefighter Service Awards, created to annually recognize and honor the Commonwealth's firefighters for years of service. 

The Firefighter Service Award is available to any Massachusetts firefighter who has served for any period of time totaling 20 or more years, in five-year increments. The award is available to career, call, and volunteer members of every fire department in the Commonwealth who meet the applicable criteria for their respective award.

Posted from the Fall River Development News on November 9, 2018

Nominations for the Massachusetts Firefighter Service Awards are made by the heads of the fire departments and are in one of three categories: Massachusetts Career Firefighter Service Award, Massachusetts Call Firefighter Service Award, and Massachusetts Volunteer Firefighter Service Award. Each award recipient receives a certificate signed by the State Fire Marshal, Chairman of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, and head of the fire department. There is an Appeal for Consideration Form which is self-explanatory. In addition, an award pin was designed by the Fire Service Commission for each of the three categories for purchase and distribution by the head of the fire department to fire service award recipients.

As a fire chief, how would you want a member of your community to respond when asked what they think of your department or agency?

Most likely, you would want to hear something positive or constructive. But what if the feedback you're receiving isn't exactly accurate?

In their presentation at the International Association of Fire Chief's Fire-Rescue International conference in August, Chiefs John Binaski and Michael Despain will discuss how fire and EMS departments can present data that's easily and quickly understood by elected officials, the media and the community at-large. Their seminar, “Measuring and reporting your agency's real value to the community,” will be held August 8. Read More...