2016 MCVFA State Meeting and Seminars
The 2016 MCVFA State Meeting was held on Saturday, October 29 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA.
Moderator Jim Winn, Call Deputy Chief, Greenfield F.D. (ret.) called the membership to attention as the colors were presented by Firefighter Kevin Hempstead (Clarksburg Vol. Fire Dept.), Deputy Chief Dave Evans (West Newbury F.D.) and Past President and Capt. Mike McCullough (Lakeville F.D.). Following behind the Color Guard were members of the MCVFA Executive Board, State and local officials and Fire Service organization representatives.
After the colors were posted and the playing of the National Anthem, the membership was welcomed by Mass. Corps of Chaplains Deputy Chief Chaplain Bruce Arbour who then delivered the Opening Prayer and a Remembrance of the Anniversary of 9/11. The Scripture verse was given by Chaplain Jane Dunning – Shelburne Falls F.D. MCVFA President Kevin Connolly then presented the Reading of the Last Alarm. MCVFA Region 4 Secretary Matthew Lemieux delivered the reading of the Final Roll Call as Past President Mike McCullough rang the Memorial Bell for each name, followed by the signal – 5-5-5 – for the Final Alarm.
Deputy Chief Chaplain Arbour then offered a Memorial Prayer which was followed by the Memorial Song: “Amazing Grace”.
To close the ceremony, MCVFA Chaplain Ryan Cheney gave the benediction. At this point the Color Guard proceeded to escort the Chaplains from the venue.
Shortly thereafter, the 2016 State Meeting was called to order by President Kevin Connolly, introducing the dignitaries present, who all gave a short welcoming speech and were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation. Life members and past presidents were also recognized and thanked for their service to the Association. The membership followed by conducting Association business with reports given by the various committee chairs.
Following a delightful lunch, Chief Chris Norris, Coordinator for the Call/Volunteer Recruit Training Program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy gave an excellent presentation - Massachusetts Firefighting Academy: Training Opportunities for the Call/Volunteer Fire Service. This was followed by another outstanding program delivered by Joe Nedder of Cross St. Associates, the topic being - 1st Due Company Officers: The 10 Foundations Stones of Knowledge They Must Possess and Why.
There were several vendors on the premises and we thank them for their support and presence. All in all, the entire day went well and except for some glitches, enjoyed by all who attended.