PVFA needs your help to outfit a Fire/EMS Rescue Trailer
See our annual fund drive letter for information on how you can help!
See our annual fund drive letter for information on how you can help!
Monthly meetings of PVFA are held on the second Thursday of each month at 1930 (that's 7:30pm) at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex, 38 North Central Street. If you are interested in becoming a firefighter, EMT, or medical first responder in Plainfield, or want to get involved in any way, be sure to stop by at our monthly meeting or any Thursday evening.
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.
Many thanks for all who attended and supported the Annual BBQ and Raffle Fundraiser. Your ticket purchases and raffle donations make possible an important fundraiser for the PVFA.
Don't forget to buy your tickets for the best barbecue in the Hilltowns, and support your local firefighters. Tickets are available from any Plainfield firefighter. You get half a barbecued chicken, corn, potato, coleslaw, watermelon, dinner roll, lemonade, ice tea, and more! If you won't be in town that weekend, why not consider purchasing a ticket for a less fortunate family, or just make a donation? Don't forget the amazing raffle! If you have something you would like to donate, just let any Plainfield firefighter know. We are often too busy to remember to ask regular donors, so so don't feel like your donation isn't important if nobody calls you. We need all your donations! Please call us!
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.
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.
The PVFA hosted a Basic EMT Refresher from Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 through Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex.
The annual meeting of PVFA was held on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 1930 (that's 7:30pm) at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex. Claide Dupont was elected as President and John Westwood as Vice-President/Secretary of the Association. Andy Stevens was re-elected as Treasurer. Congratulations to all three, and many thanks for being willing to serve.
Last week at the annual Hampshire County EMS Awards Night held in Northampton, members of the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department were recognized by the group with a "Save Award" for a medical emergency call in town last November. At that call, responders arrived to find a person lying outside in respiratory arrest resulting from septic shock. Responders immediately started emergency procedures to assist the patient. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, the patient was immediately loaded into the town ambulance, Plainfield R10, and transported to the hospital, intercepting with Highland Ambulance for paramedic assistance. The patient was stabilized at Cooley Dickenson Hospital in Northampton before being transferred to a Boston hospital for more advanced care. After a long rehabilitation, the patient is now back home in Plainfield. Awarded "Save Awards" for their efforts with this call were firefighters Claude, Ellen, and Jen Dupont, Cam Lacey, Lt. Matt Hardwick, and EMTs Brian Hawthorne, Captain Mert Taylor, Jr., Asst. Chief David Alvord and Chief Dennis Thatcher, as well as the Highland Ambulance crew.
In addition to the award above, two Plainfield fire officers, Asst. chief David Alvord and chief Dennis Thatcher were awarded Service Awards for 30 and 35 years, respectively, as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The first annual PVFA Spaghetti & Meatball Supper was held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 5-7pm at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex, 38 North Central Street in Plainfield. Over 100 people were served and everyone had a great time.
The Clint Fiske Award was established in 1994 to recognize exceptional and long term efforts towards the support of the PVFA and PVFD. This year, three nominees were given the award. Those honored are Howard Bronstein, John Westwood, and Bernie Forgea of Cummington. Name plates have been created and are in place on the Clint Fiske Ward plaque on display at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex.
Every year, police, fire, highway and other emergency workers and volunteers in the hilltowns have the opportunity to attend an Emergency First Responder (EFR) training course. This includes training in medical and trauma skills that go beyond basic first aid, as well as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED). Since these personnel are often the first on scene for car accidents, household mishaps and medical problems, their EFR training saves lives by providing an important level of care before the ambulance arrives. This year, Plainfield hosted the Hilltown course in the training room of the Public Safety Complex.
Plainfield has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The $66,968 grant will be used to purchase new turnout gear, replacing aging protective coats and pants that are more than 20 years old in some cases. The new gear provides vital improvements to help protect personnel from the dangers of fighting fires. The grant will also fund a computerized firefighter training course, necessary to keep train new firefighters and keep experienced firefighters up-to-date with the latest techniques and theory. Without this grant, the Fire Department would have had to ask the taxpayers of Plainfield to fund the purchase of the new gear.
The Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association recently acquired a 3,300 gallon tanker, one of the largest tankers in the Hilltowns, for the Town of Plainfield. The 1984 tanker was originally used by a fire department in Pennsylvania, and has been well maintained. Members of the fire department have made the few necessary repairs to put it in service, and it has already responded on fire calls. PVFA used $15,000 raised from several years of its fundraising efforts (annual donations and Chicken Barbecue, for example). The departments old tanker was rusting badly, and was at risk of dumping its 2,000 gallons of water inside the fire station at any time. The replacement became available and PVFA jumped at the chance to purchase it. The new tanker has a stainless steel tank, three electrically controlled dump valves, dual wheel axles, and a Detroit diesel engine. With only a few houses in the center of town served by fire hydrants, shuttling water to fire scenes by tanker is a crucial step in fighting most fires in Plainfield. This new tanker will get more water to a fire more quickly, which can make an important difference in firefighters' ability to stop a house fire before it spreads too far.
There was a Vehicle Extrication training exercise on Thursday 12/16/2010.
The annual meeting of the PVFA was held on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex. Among other business, elections for Association officers were held. Ellen Dupont was elected as President and John Westwood as Vice-President/Secretary of the Association. Andy Stevens was re-elected as Treasurer. Congratulations to all three, and many thanks for being willing to serve.
Plainfield Fire-EMS sponsored an EMT Refresher in October 2010 for area EMTs at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex. The refresher was held at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex at 38 North Central Street in Plainfield from 6pm-10pm on Wed and Thurs, 10/13-14 and 8am-5pm on Sat and Sun, 10/16-17.
Plainfield Fire-EMS recently acquired at no cost to the town a surplus off-road fire-rescue vehicle from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation(DCR) Bureau of Forest Fire Control. The Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association purchased and donated to the town a Kimtek slip-on unit, with water tank, pump, and space for a Stokes basket or back board. Firefighters Cam Lacey and Matt Hardwick (pictured) donated their time and effort to get the "Mule" running and to install the additional equipment.
The 40th annual Plainfield Firefighters' BBQ was held on Sunday, September 5, 2010. Tickets sold out and a great time was had by all!
The annual meeting of the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association was held on Thursday, November 12,2009 at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex. Among other items of business, the Association elected officers. John Westwood will serve as President for a 2nd year, Brian Hawthorne was re-elected as Secretary/Vice-President, and Andy Stevens was re-elected as Treasurer.
Over the past month, the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department hosted a 40 hour wildland fire training program conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation(DCR) Bureau of Forest fire Control. The course was taught by Bureau Chief David Celino who also is the Fire Chief of Colrain and other DCR instructors. Over 40 firefighters from throughout Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties attended the course which included mostly classroom sessions, but also a final all day live training drill that took place on the grounds of the Ashfield Rod and Gun Club in Plainfield. The Wildland program included federal S-130 firefighter training and S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire behavior training courses that involved two written tests and the hand's on training the last day of the course. Those successfully completing the course can next pass a physical test and receive the "Red card" certification that entitles them to join the Massachusetts Wildland Fire team that is on call to fight fires throughout North America if mobilized.
The new flagpole at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex was dedicated to the memory of Arvilla Dyer, for all of her years of service to town and country.
The 39th Annual Firefighters' Barbecue was held behind the Shaw Memorial Library on Main Street, Plainfield, on Sunday, September 6, 2009 (Labor Day Weekend). For many years this has been Plainfield's largest and most popular annual event. Many activities now take place around the Barbecue, including Plainfield Artsfeast, the annual Plainfield 1.1 mile road race, annual Shaw Memorial Library book sale, and new this year, through the support of the Plainfield Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council, live local music will be performed during the afternoon festivities.
As always, the feature event, the Firefighters' Barbecue will offer a half barbecued chicekn, baked potato, homemade coleslaw, corn on the cob, Hebert dinner roll, watermelon and a beverage; all for $10/adult and $5/child under 12. A great price for a great meal! Tickets are available from any Plainfield Firefighter, EMT, or Police Officer. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance as only 500 meals will be served.
The Firefighters' Barbecue is a fund-raising event for the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association in support of the efforts of our volunteer firefighters and EMTs who protect the lives and properties of the residents of our town.
On the night of 11-12 December 2008, an ice storm hit the Berkshire Highlands, leaving powerlines down, roads blocked, and everyone in Plainfield and surrounding towns without power. The local highway department, fire/ems department and many local citizens worked together to clear roads so that WMECO crews could get access to restore power. The new Public Safety Complex served as Plainfield's Emergency Operations Center during the state of emergency, and as a shelter and warming station for local residents and workers. Although it was a difficult time, it showed how a town can pull through adversity if everyone pulls together. Photos of the aftermath of the ice storm are available.
The new pumper/tanker to replace Plainfield's trusty 1973 Ford Maxim, 62-E3, has arrived! Look for more photos and details coming soon!