News and Events

Monthly meetings of the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association are held on the second Thursday of each month at 1900 (that's 7:00pm) at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex, 38 North Central Street. If you are interested in joining the Association and helping Plainfield's emergency responders, be sure to stop by our monthly meeting. 

If you are interested in joining Plainfield Fire-EMS and becoming a firefighter, EMT, or medical first responder in Plainfield, or want to get involved in any way, be sure to stop by any Thursday evening.

See the calendar for dates of special events and of the next monthly meeting.

See below for news.

It Wasn't Easy, But it worked!

posted Oct 5, 2017, 1:09 PM by Brian Holt Hawthorne

Labor Day weekend's 47th Annual Firefighter's Barbecue was one to remember.  

After many previous years of mostly fair weather, this year's event became a huge challenge for the members of the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighter's Association(PVFA). As the Sunday weather forecast deteriorated as we moved closer to the event, PVFA members made plans to make the event happen in spite of the forecast. After attempting to rent a large tent unsuccessfully on Saturday, the decision was made to move the serving of the barbecue dinner, running of the annual auction and live music to the interior of the Plainfield Public Safety Complex on North Central St. on Sunday. The meal would still be cooked on the fire association's giant outside grill behind the library as always.

On Saturday, along with picking up and delivering all the food supplies, creating the homemade cole-slaw and barbecue sauce, wrapping 400 potatoes, putting 400 ears of corn in water filled coolers; a first ever design, created By Ed Morann, was constructed around the fire pit. When the rain started early Sunday morning, after allowing the fire pit to get started, a tin roof was installed on the steel frame. This was done during pouring rain and in smoke coming up from the grill. It worked! Soon we started the cooking of 1200 items-chicken, potatoes and corn on the cob. Overcoming cool temperatures, the barbecue sauce was added to the chicken. All foods were then stored on pallets in the fire department's rescue trailer and driven up to the Safety Complex.

The day before, in addition to the tasks described above, most of the many sized picnic tables were moved up from the pavilion behind the library to inside the truck bays at the Safety Complex, allowing for dry seats for barbecue ticket holders. All these tables were then moved back down to the pavilion after the barbecue ended. Cummington Fire Dep't. delivered extra tables Sunday morning. With one group of firefighters cooking  the meal in the rain, a separate group association members, spouses and friends were setting up the interior of the Safety Complex to serve dinners, listen to live music and enjoy the huge silent auction all within a dry, comfortable environment. A new gravel path was constructed from the ball field to the complex parking lot. Cars parked on the field allowing easy access to the event.

In the end, the members and friends of the PVFA pulled off an amazing day for the hundreds of ticket holders who attended the event, under extreme challenges. 

I thank all of them and all of you who joined us on a Barbecue to remember.

David Alvord
Barbecue Chair   
Plainfield Asst. Fire Chief

47th Annual Plainfield Firefighters Barbecue Tickets Now On Sale

posted Aug 18, 2017, 11:56 AM by Brian Holt Hawthorne   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

The Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association (PVFA) will host it's annual Chicken 
Barbecue, Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 2017, behind the Shaw Memorial Library on Main Street. Dinner will be served starting at 1pm. As always, the meal will include a 1⁄2 barbecued chicken, locally grown baked potato, corn on the cob, homemade cole slaw, dinner roll, slice of watermelon and a beverage; all for $12/adult and $6/children under 12. All Plainfield firefighters and EMTs have tickets to sell. As the total number of meals served is limited, tickets should be purchased before the event.

This year's event will include live entertainment, funded by the Massachusetts and Plainfield Cultural Councils. The annual Firefighter's silent auction will feature multiple locally donated items to choose from, tickets on sale at the gate. The 42nd Annual Plainfield Road Race will run at 1pm. Open to all, the 1.1 mile course around the center of town is a deceptively hilly course. Free registration at serving tent.

Many Plainfield groups will again take advantage of the Firefighter's Barbecue and have events going on simultaneously during the afternoon. This includes the Shaw Memorial Library Annual Book Sale, ArtsFeast, LBS Tag Sale at the Shaw-Hudson House, and Sanderson Academy PTO bake sale all offering items for sale and display.

The Firefighters Barbecue is Plainfield's signature annual event, bringing together most of the town's residents and friends for an afternoon of good food and entertainment. The Barbecue is one of the largest annual fundraisers of the PVFA, supporting operations of the town's volunteer
Fire/EMS department. The department will have it's new vehicle accident stabilization equipment and Rescue Trailer on display during the Barbecue. Join your neighbors and friends and support your town's volunteer first responders.

For further information, Contact Asst. Chief David Alvord at 413-634-5470 or
dalvord@gazettenet.com. Medical officer Ellen DuPont at 413-634-5343.

PVFA launches 2016 fund drive

posted Nov 23, 2016, 7:54 AM by Brian Holt Hawthorne

The Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association relies on donations from the general public to provide support to the volunteer Fire-EMS department in Plainfield. Please take a look at our latest fund drive letter, and consider a donation today.

PVFA elects officers and committee members, honors long-time service

posted Nov 10, 2016, 6:28 PM by Brian Holt Hawthorne   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 6:29 PM ]

At the PVFA's 2016 annual meeting, the Clinton Fiske committee recommended four people receive the Fiske award for their decades of service to the Fire-EMS department and to the PVFA. The membership agreed and honored Andy Stevens, Rob Shearer, Mert Taylor Jr., and Theresa Thatcher.

The PVFA membership elected John Westwood as President, Debbie Stevens as VP/Secretary, and Andy Stevens as Treasurer. The association elected Mert Taylor Jr. to a three-year term on the Clinton Fiske Committee, and re-elected Brian Hawthorne to a three-year term on the Boryta Committee.

New PVFA website is live

posted Oct 9, 2016, 8:46 AM by Brian Hawthorne

The Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association website (http://pvfa.org) has been updated to use Google Sites as of 10/9/2016. If you are reading this, then you are on the new website. This new website provides us with an easily updateable calendar of events and news page, and will also support members-only features for tracking project to-do lists. Google Sites is part of the Google for Non-profits product, which allows registered 501(c)3 organizations free access to Google's new G Suite.

PVFA has been proud to provide free web hosting space for the Town of Plainfield's Fire-EMS department for many years. The town now has its own official website. Much of the information that PVFA had been hosting on the website has now been moved to the Plainfield Fire-EMS section of the town's website, making clear the distinction between the non-profit Association and the town's Fire-EMS Department. This separation will make it easier for the town fire chief when applying for federal grants, and for the Association when soliciting donations from individuals and foundations.

2016 Fire Rescue Trailer is in service

posted Oct 8, 2016, 7:38 PM by Brian Hawthorne   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 5:45 AM by Brian Holt Hawthorne ]

Thanks to our many generous donors, PVFA was able to research, fund from donations, procure, and outfitted a custom 2016 U.S. Cargo 18' customized heated trailer (9900 lbs GVW, 4' side door, drop ramp) at no cost to the town. The trailer is now in service, and carries the 4x4 off-road rescue vehicle, Rescue Alive ice/water rescue sled and six cold water ice rescue suits, a generator, and other items.

Hampshire County EMS honors Plainfield responders at annual awards banquet, 5/19/2016

posted Oct 8, 2016, 1:03 PM by Brian Hawthorne

On May 19, 2016, Hampshire County Emergency Medical Services held its annual awards banquet to recognize personnel for years of service and to present awards for outstanding life saving efforts. Along with awards to many other area personnel, HC EMS presented "Save" awards to nine Plainfield responders for their mutual-aid efforts at a two-car head-on collision on Route 9 in Cummington in 2015. Police Chief Stacey Hudson, Fire Chief Dennis Thatcher, Fire Lieutenant Matthew Hardwick, Fire Lieutenant Merton Taylor Jr., Medical Officer/Firefighter/EMT Ellen Dupont, Firefighter/EMT Brian Hawthorne, Firefighter Claude Dupont, Firefighter Jamie Wooldridge, and Firefighter Tyler Shearer received awards, and were personally thanked by the driver whose life they helped save.

The Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association applauds the efforts of these dedicated volunteers. This story is a reminder of how much all of us in small towns rely on our neighbors. We salute the many Cummington Fire and Highland Ambulance personnel who were the primary responding companies on this call and who were also recognized, and we thank Cummington Fire Chief Bernard Forgea especially for his dedication, professionalism, and for honoring Plainfield's responders with these awards.

PVFA still needs a bit more help to outfit a Fire/EMS Rescue Trailer

posted Oct 8, 2016, 1:02 PM by Brian Hawthorne

The response to our 2015 annual fund drive letter has been heartwarming. Thank you, if you already donated! PVFA has ordered the rescue trailer, and it is now being built. Once we take delivery, there will be a need for a bit more money to cover final equipment and setup. For information on how you can help see the fund drive letter.

PVFA Annual Meeting held on Nov 12, 2015

posted Oct 8, 2016, 1:01 PM by Brian Hawthorne

The annual meeting of PVFA was held on Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex. Debbie Stevens was reelected President, John Westwood was reelected Vice-President/Secretary, and Andy Stevens was reelected Treasurer of the Association.

PVFA purchases thermal imager, gear rack, and equipment for brush truck, 2015

posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:59 PM by Brian Hawthorne

Over the past few years, the annual PVFA fund drive has raised funds for outfitting a new brush truck, updating a thermal imager, and many other important needs.

The brush truck is used for fighting wildland fires and for access to otherwise inaccessible places. PVFA purchased a new brush guard frame and winching system at a cost of $2600 to complete the outfitting of this piece of equipment.

https://sites.google.com/a/pvfa.org/pvfa/home/_draft_post/brushtruck.jpg

PVFA purchased a new Argus Mi Thermal Imaging Camera with extended warranty at a cost $9500, to replace the fire department's aging thermal imager.

https://sites.google.com/a/pvfa.org/pvfa/home/_draft_post/thermalimager.jpg

PVFA purchased a new gear storage facility that is now fully in use at a cost of $2700. This system allows gear to dry more quickly after a fire, helping to make the gear last longer.

https://sites.google.com/a/pvfa.org/pvfa/home/_draft_post/gearrack.jpg

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