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.
News and Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The annual meeting of PVFA was held on Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex. Debbie Stevens was elected President, John Westwood was reelected Vice-President/Secretary, and Andy Stevens was reelected Treasurer of the Association.
Plainfield hosted a post-incident review of water supply operations at the recent structure fire in Ashfield. Several local departments participated.
PVFA has installed a "Personal Weather Station" at the public safety complex. Note that due to the type of equipment installed and its location, this weather station is not rated for "Public Information purposes," and may not be available at all times. With that disclaimer, anyone curious about the readings from the weather station can see them at Weather Underground.
Ellen Dupont and Debbie Stevens recently completed their EMT-B training and passed both practical and written exams. We are proud of the dedication and hard work that they both put into this achievement and everyone is thankful for two more volunteers to help respond to emergency medical calls in Plainfield.