Registration Closing Soon for Holbrook Junior Police Academy

Holbrook Police Department
William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Registration Closing Soon for Holbrook Junior Police Academy

HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith is reminding the community that registration for the Holbrook Junior Police Academy will be closing at the end of the week, and there are only a few spots left.

The academy is open to students entering sixth and seventh grade, and will be held at the new Holbrook Middle High School campus July 30-Aug. 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The program is offered through the department’s Community Outreach Program, which features various events and services throughout the year meant to strengthen ties with Holbrook residents.

During the junior academy, students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, drug awareness and first responder skills, as well as physical training sessions and field trips.

“There are only a few spots left for our first junior police academy so make sure to get your applications in soon,” said Community Outreach Officer Michael Eshner. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn all about what it means to be a police officer in a fun and hands-on way — we’re hoping to have a great turnout!”

The cost for registration is $50 which covers operating costs and a student uniform that will be issued to each junior officer and is required to be worn each day of the academy.

Registration is open through Friday, July 20 on a first come, first served basis with priority given to Holbrook residents.

Applications are available online by clicking here, or at the front desk at the police station. For more information, click here for a copy of the academy flyer.

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Shrewsbury Firefighter Graduates from State Call/Volunteer Training Academy

Shrewsbury Fire Department
James Vuona, Fire Chief
11 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-9003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Shrewsbury Firefighter Graduates from State Call/Volunteer Training Academy

Left to right: State Rep. Hannah Kane, Firefighter Craig Mawdsley and Chief James Vuona. (Courtesy Photo)

SHREWSBURY — Chief James Vuona is pleased to announce that Craig Mawdsley graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy last month.

Firefighter Mawdsley graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighting Training program Class 71. He was recognized along with 33 other graduates during a ceremony held on June 27 at the Department of Fire Services.

Additionally, state Rep. Hannah Kane presented Firefighter Mawdsley with a citation for his achievement on Monday, July 9 at Shrewsbury Fire Headquarters.

A Shrewsbury resident, Firefighter Mawdsley has been with the Shrewsbury Fire Department for a year and is now also pursuing his EMT certification.

“Firefighter Mawdsley has put in hundreds of hours of hard work to complete this course and I am proud of him for finishing such a rigorous program,” Chief Vuona said. “I look forward to continuing to watch him grow in his career as a firefighter and know he will continue to serve our community well.”

During the training, firefighters learned the basic skills they need to respond to fires, including how to contain and control them, public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling.

To graduate, firefighters were required to complete 240 hours of training, all on nights and weekends, while demonstrating proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack in situations ranging from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multi-room structural fires.

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Shrewsbury Fire Department Shares Success of Nutrition Program

Shrewsbury Fire Department
James Vuona, Fire Chief
11 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 6, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-9003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Shrewsbury Fire Department Shares Success of Nutrition Program

SHREWSBURY — Three years ago, the Shrewsbury Fire Department revamped its nutrition program to encourage better eating habits at the fire station that would reflect the lifestyle of a firefighter, which varies greatly from day-to-day.

Through lectures, group meetings, recipes and meal plans, newsletters and availability to answer any nutrition-related questions, nutritionist Dana Harrison — who specializes in programs for fire departments — developed a realistic and sustainable nutrition program for Shrewsbury’s 38 full-time firefighters, which has been in place since May 2015.

According to a study by the National Volunteer Fire Council, rates of overweight and obesity among firefighters range from 73 percent to 88 percent. Several factors can increase a firefighter’s risk for weight gain and obesity including shift work, chronic sleep deprivation and irregular meals times, which can all negatively impact eating patterns. This type of shift work and sleep disruption can also interfere with consistent physical activity both on and off duty.

“In order for firefighters to take better care of the communities they serve, they must start with taking care of themselves through the food that they eat,” said Harrison. “With all of the stressors that firefighters face, nutrition is a modifiable factor that can improve their overall well-being and help in adopting a healthier lifestyle both on and off shift.”

Shrewsbury Fire Chief James Vuona has taken a progressive approach by promoting health through National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fitness standards and has focused on multiple initiatives which emphasize cultural change, accountability, and medical and fitness standards.

“The health of our firefighters is so important, especially given the challenges they face every day on the job,” Chief Vuona said. “Over the past three years, Dana’s program has allowed us to incorporate nutrition into the core of our health and fitness programs, and we have already seen significant benefits that I know will continue to have far-reaching impacts throughout the careers and lives of our firefighters.”

Since the program began in 2015, all of Shrewsbury’s career firefighters have participated and Harrison continues to pay regular visits to the department, hosting two large-scale workshops per year. By learning about the importance of good nutrition, firefighters have become more aware of their food choices and increased healthier cooking habits.

Recently, Shrewsbury firefighters participated in a workshop that included grocery shopping and meal preparation, applying lessons learned from previous nutrition trainings like reading nutrition labels, healthy ingredient swaps and creating a healthy and balanced meal on a budget.

Thanks to a generous donation from Whole Foods in Shrewsbury, each group was given a set amount of money to shop for ingredients to create a combined group meal.

For more information about Harrison’s firefighter nutrition program, visit her website by clicking here.

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Bedford Police Searching for Stolen Motor Vehicle Suspect

Bedford Police Department
Robert Bongiorno, Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Bedford Police Searching for Stolen Motor Vehicle Suspect

BEDFORD — Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly broke into an auto repair shop and stole a van last night.

At approximately 11:46 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, Bedford Police were dispatched to Riggio’s Auto Repair, 180 The Great Road, for a report that a van had been driven out of the building, crashing through a garage bay door.

Upon arrival, officers observed damage to the building with the inspection sticker bay door on the ground in the parking lot, and that the glass of another bay door and window to the retail part of the store was broken.

An initial investigation indicated that the man made entry into the building through the hole in the glass of the second bay door, and that the van was driven out of the inspection sticker bay door.

Officers attempted to search the area for the missing vehicle but were unable to locate it.

The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build, short hair, a tattoo on his right forearm, and wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

The stolen vehicle is a black 2004 GMC Safari van with Massachusetts registration RAR10 and “Riggio Auto Repair” written on the side. It was last seen leaving the Riggio’s Auto Repair parking lot and travelling west on The Great Road.

This case remains under active investigation by the Bedford Police Department. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Bedford Police at 781-275-1212.

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