Kevin Connolly, President
For Immediate Release
Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association to Host Annual Meeting
HADLEY — President Kevin Connolly is pleased to invite all firefighters and EMTs, as well as friends of the fire service, to the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association’s annual meeting this fall.
Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 8:45 a.m. (Registration opens at 8 a.m.)
Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley
- MCVFA leaders
- Expert presenters on mobile integrated health, community EMS programs and firefighter safety
The MCVFA annual meeting serves as an annual opportunity for members of the fire service — especially those from call or volunteer departments — to come together and sharpen their skills by learning from their peers.
This year, the annual meeting will feature seminars led by accomplished experts in mobile integrated health and community EMS programming, as well as firefighter safety. The meeting will also serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to departed members of the fire service through the traditional Firefighter Memorial Program that will kick off the day’s events.
W. Scott Cluett III, Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) Program Manager at the Office of Emergency Medical Services, will present on MIH and community EMS programs. His presentation will highlight the critical resources the Department of Public Health makes available to EMS providers across the Commonwealth. Cluett will offer a glimpse into existing EMS and MIH programs and how they impact the communities they serve, as well as lay out a blueprint for developing an ambulance service in a small community.
Veronica Mard, Impact Instructor at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, will lead a seminar on Safety for the Firefighter and EMT. Her program is designed to stress the importance of safety in all aspects of the work firefighters perform while serving their communities. The lessons Mard will share, though geared toward firefighters, are also highly valuable for emergency medical technicians.
“The annual meeting is an excellent way for our members and those in the fire service to come together and learn from one another in a unique setting,” Connolly said. “I encourage firefighters and EMTs to join us so that they can expand their professional networks and take home valuable skills that they’ll use every day when they return home.”
In addition to the seminars, the event will include free skin cancer screenings administered by a local dermatologist as part of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s screening program. The meeting will also provide valuable updates on MCVFA business.
Attendees are encouraged to register in advance online. The event costs $20 to attend, and lunch will be provided. A variety of fire and EMS vendors will be on hand for the day as well.
Attendees will be eligible for one OEMS Con-Ed credit for each seminar and three points toward Chief’s credentialing.
The MCVFA promotes the welfare of Massachusetts Call and Volunteer Fire/EMS companies and their members. Established in 1990 we have grown from 14 departments to more than 130 fire and emergency services organizations representing over 3400 members. For more, visit the MCVFA website at mcvfa.org.