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The Box 52 Association Proudly Presents the Plymouth Area Fire Department Bus Tour

Including: Plymouth (5 stations), Kingston, Bourne, Onset, Wareham and Marion

Saturday May 30th, 2015 rain or shine!

Tickets are $30.00 per person with a box lunch

Departs from Quincy 0700 hours, Returns 1730 hours
(departure time might change to 0730, stay tuned)

For more information, or tickets contact:
Bill Wilderman: CLICK FOR EMAIL
or Frank San Severino: CLICK FOR EMAIL

Dead line for reservations is Friday May 17th!


The New England FOOLS Proudly Present the Return of Spring Training

“Celebrating Tradition Over Trends…”

Saturday May 2nd at Kennebunk Fire/Rescue, 80 Thompson Rd Kennebunk

Sunday May 3rd at the Seacoast Fire Training Site, Captain Thomas Rd Ogunquit


Registration begins at 0700

$165 non-FOOLS members; $150 FOOLS members

After a 5 year hiatus, the New England FOOLS have brought back their wildly popular and successful Spring Training Hands-on training event.


The 2 ½” Hose Line- The most underutilized but important attack line on the rig is the 2 ½” attack line. In this evolution, Personnel will be shown the best and most practical ways to deploy and operate 2 ½” hose lines for interior fire attack and defensive operations.

Stretching and Operating the 1 ¾” pre-connect- Personnel practice deploying and operating the 1 ¾” handline throughout a structure including advancing to upper floors. Special consideration will be shown to getting the line off the rig and to the structure entrance. The advantages and disadvantages of this line will be discussed in depth.

Forcible Entry – For this evolution, personnel will be instructed on forcible entry operations. Members will practice forcing inward and outward swinging doors and also be challenged by non-traditional locking devices.

Forcible Entry: Rotary Saw Operations- Personnel will review rotary saw usage and care and will then practice saw operations on garage door cutting along with cutting multiple other locking and security devices.

Roof Ventilation- Personnel will be instructed on and practice completing roof ventilation operations on peaked and flat roofs.

Power Saw Use and Station Maintenance- Presented by Cutters Edge. This addresses the Hands-on Operation, Care and Station Maintenance of the Fire-Rescue Saw. Weekly and after use maintenance procedures will be demonstrated and discussed. In-house evaluation included. Power saw safety will be stressed.


Engine Co Fire Attack

Engine Co Back-Up Line

Truck Co. Forcible Entry

Truck Co. Roof Ops

Truck Co. Rotary Saws F/E

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Haverhill Firefighting Museum - Opening Day May 9, 2015

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum's Opening Day Celebration is Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 75 Kenoza Ave. in Haverhill, MA.

The museum will unveil its new History of Firefighting Timeline Exhibit from colonial times to present day, which was created in part through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The museum will also kickoff its new Adopt a Hydrant program.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome to tour the museum, get a photo with Museum Mascot Dottie the Dalmatian, and enjoy the ever-improving Children’s Corner equipped with a fire engine children can play in, toys, a fire reel and hose children can pull and connect to the fire truck, and a dress-up area.

A working fire truck from the Haverhill Fire Department will be on site. The Haverhill area regional fire safety smoke house will be there to teach children how to stop, drop and roll to safety beneath smoke should a fire occur. Children can also participate in a bucket brigade and experience what it was like to put out fires during early times.

The museum gift shop will be open and refreshments will be available for purchase, so come join in the fun!

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and $10 for families. Admission is free for service men and women. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Memberships will be available for purchase. Annual memberships offer unlimited admission plus 10 percent off in the museum gift shop. Membership rates are $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $10 for students, and $100 for a benefactor membership, which includes two free tickets to the museum’s annual chili cook-off in the fall.

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum, located in the historic Armory Building at 75 Kenoza Ave., is home to one of the largest collections of Firefighting History in New England. For more information, please call 978-372-4061 or visit online at *Condensed Calendar Listing

Opening Day Celebration at Haverhill Firefighting Museum on Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the museum, 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA. Unveiling of the new Firefighting history timeline exhibit created in part through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, announcing of the Adopt-a-Hydrant program. A working fire truck from Haverhill Fire Department will be on site, as well as the regional fire safety smoke house for children to learn to crawl to safety. Photos with Mascot Dottie the Dalmatian, Children's Corner with a wooden fire truck children can play in, a hose and reel to pull and attach to the truck, and a dress up area. Refreshments available for purchase. Museum gift shop will be open. Cost is $5 adults, $2 children under 12, and $10 for families. For more information please call 978-372-4061 or visit

Honor The Charleston Study Change Following Tragedy

Laconia Fire Department & Laconia Professional Firefighters Local 1153 are proud to present:

In Honor of the Charleston 9: a Study of Change Following Tragedy
By: Dr. David Griffin

In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy is based off of the best-selling book with the identical name, which includes doctoral research that will help all organizations, whether public, private, for-profit, or non-profit to determine whether organizational change is needed in their respective organization. Students are taken on an emotional ride from the dark days of fighting fire in Charleston, SC, where nine firefighters perished in the line of duty, through today where the organization is now a national model for change. All organizations need to learn the lessons from Charleston to ensure that they do not experience this type of tragic incident. This course utilizes never before seen video footage from June 18, 2007, as well as the radio traffic that coincides. It was developed and is presented by the first due pump operator/engineer on the scene of this multiple line of duty death incident.

The event will be held at the Lakes Region Community College, Route 106 in Laconia on May 18, 2015. Class starts promptly at 9 AM. The price is $75.00 per person. Coffee breaks and lunch are included!

Pre-registration is recommended and can be completed at Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid at Application is included.

Any questions call Laconia Fire at 524-6881

Dr. David Griffin is a captain and training officer with the City of Charleston Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the operator of the first due engine on June 18, 2007 when nine of his fellow firefighters perished in the line of duty. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from The Citadel, a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development. He is the author of the Best Seller In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, a global speaker and instructor, a certified Fire Officer with The Center for Public Safety Excellence, is currently in the Executive Fire Office Program at The National Fire Academy, and owner of On a Mission, LLC at



Adirondack Emergency Vehicles, the Vermont and Upstate New York Ferrara dealership, is looking to hire a part time sales rep in the State of Vermont and any interested candidates should forward their resume to


While many folks were dealing with the cold and back-to-back snowstorms, Firefighters from five different fire departments were called to 1047 Pleasant St. in Palmer Monday night to battle a 2-alarm fire that claimed the life of one woman. In the midst of this deadly blaze, some folks were jumping out of the windows, but one resident, after saving himself, went back and saved two others. Though he is a member of Palmer Fire - with a home department just down the street - Bevan Forbes went back in, on his hands and knees to help save the lives of others without any gear on. Despite his act of heroism, Forbes lost everything. Though material items can be replaced, it will take a lot of resources that he and his wife do not have. On behalf of that firefighter who remained on scene with his fire family trying to see if there was anything else he could do, I am asking for your support to help Bevan and his wife start over. Any amount helps as they need to replace everything. All funds received will be personally distributed to help them get their feet back on the ground. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Save the date:

At McNeilly EMS Educators. Municipal employees get a 10% discount.

Fall River Fire Museum, Inc.
7th Annual Fire Truck Show
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Free Admission
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To be held at the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum
2 Water St. Fall River, Ma.
Static Display of Antique and Modern Fire Trucks
Refreshment Stand

Lifesaving Resources ( has some ice and water rescue classes coming up in Maine and Massachusetts. Visit their website for further info or to sign up.

International Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy:
May 14 - 17 (Portland, Maine)

Water Rescue Technician Courses:
1. April 25 (Kennebunkport, Maine)
2. September 26 (Kennebunkport, Maine)

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Courses:
1. April 25 - 26 (Kennebunkport, Maine)
2. September 26 - 27 (Kennebunkport, Maine)

Haverhill Firefighting Museum Seeks Volunteers and Board Members

Are you interested in the history of firefighting, the history of Haverhill or in museum collections in general? If so, board members at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum are interested in speaking with you. Our museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of firefighting artifacts that Illustrate the history of firefighting in New England from colonial days to present times. Volunteers are needed to help at events, with displays, on the days the museum is open, and for school field trips. For more information about the museum in general, please visit To learn more about our collection, view the Power Point presentation on the "Support the Museum-Become a Sponsor" page. For more information about volunteer opportunities or about serving on the museum board, please call Cindy at 978-994-1854.