The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in conjunction with other agencies sponsors a one-day Junior Firefighter Academy each year. This year, the Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department will be collaborating with the Berkshire County Fire Chief’s Association and the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters’ Association (MCVFA) to host a one-day academy for area junior firefighters and fire explorers. These youths are the future of the fire service and deserve our support to encourage them to remain on fire departments. This academy could serve to motivate these youths to reach their ultimate potential and keep them motivated to remain in the fire service.

September 16, 2017

7:30 a.m.
Registration, welcome and introductions at the Lanesborough Fire Station

7:45 a.m.

Leave fire department for stations

8:00 a.m.

Start 4 groups of 6 juniors rotating through stations - Each station = 45 minutes w/15 min. intermission/travel time 1 goes to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, 4 to 1, etc. each station changes at 45 minutes past the hour to travel to next station and start promptly on the hour.

Station 1 - Extrication at Sayers Gravel Pit Potter Mountain Road - Crews will demonstrate extrication techniques and Rescue Jack Vehicle Stabilization

Station 2 - Junior Firefighter Challenge at the Lanesborough Elementary School, 188 Summer St.

Station 3 - Ladder Truck and ground ladder evolutions, Lanesborough Elementary School

Station 4 - Technical Rescue Team- technical rescue

11:45 a.m.

Move to school

12:00 noon

Lunch provided for attendees and instructors - Static and active displays at Lanesborough Elementary School

12:45 p.m. 

Reconvene program

Station 5 - Rural Water Evolution, flowing water, pump two fill sites

Station 6 - EMS and packaging

Station 7 - GPS & ATV Rescue

Station 8 - DCR Demonstration of wildfire extinguishment techniques and equipment.

4:45 p.m.

Conclude stations; Meet back at the Fire Station for debriefing

5:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony - Officers of Berkshire Fire Chiefs Association, MCVFA Officers

For more information contact: Deputy Fire Chief Butch Garrity, at 413-684-4405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The MCVFA provides training and education programs around the state on a variety of topics. The purpose of the MCVFA Training Committee is threefold. First, the committee promotes the MCVFA as the voice of the call/volunteer fire and EMT service in Massachusetts. The second purpose is to increase the membership of MCVFA. The final and most important purpose are to reduce the number of injuries and deaths of fire and EMS responders by providing training in safety and other fire and EMS related topics. This training takes place via workshops and programs covering a wide range of fields: administration, chaplains, health and wellness, Haz-Mat and emergency response.

The committee provides information to fire and EMS personnel in a timely, convenient and cost-effective manner. The committee strives to place classes near all call/volunteer firefighters and EMT’s, enabling the maximum amount of people to attend. Each year new workshops and programs are added, with constant critiques and reviews to discover what the volunteer fire and EMS services are looking for in training. The MCVFA organizes classes each year with many in attendance.


Massachusetts Required Training for Firefighters 
Massachusetts Training/Certification Minimum Legal Requirements for Firefighters – Career, Call & Volunteer as of August 21, 2017.
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