Next PVFA Monthly Meeting on June 9, 2016
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.
Hampshire County EMS honors Plainfield responders at annual awards
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
The response to our 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
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 Annual Firefighters Chicken BBQ Fundraiser held on Sunday
September 6, 2015
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.
PVFA Annual Firefighters Chicken BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday
September 6, 2015
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!
PVFA purchases thermal imager, gear rack, and equipment for brush
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
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.
PVFA Annual Meeting held on Nov 13, 2014
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.
Ashfield Structure Fire Water Supply Post-Incident Review on
January 8, 2014 at 1900
Plainfield hosted a post-incident review of water supply operations at
the recent structure fire in Ashfield. Several local departments
New weather station now online from Plainfield Public Safety Complex
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
Congratulations to Plainfield's Newest EMTs
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.
EMT Refresher 10/18-21/2012
The PVFA hosted a Basic EMT Refresher from Thursday, Oct 18, 2012
through Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at the Plainfield Public Safety Complex.
PVFA Annual Meeting on Nov 8, 2012
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
Plainfield Firefighters and EMTs recognized by Hampshire County for
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.
First Annual Spaghetti & Meatball Supper
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.
Three New Clint Fiske Award Honorees
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.
Plainfield Hosted Annual Hilltown Emergency First Responder Course
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
Plainfield receives FEMA Grant
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.
PVFA purchases used tanker for Plainfield
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.
Vehicle Extrication Drill, December 16, 2010 at 6pm
There was a Vehicle Extrication training exercise on Thursday
PVFA Annual Meeting Held, November 11, 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.
EMT Refresher held in October
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 acquires off-road fire-rescue vehicle
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.
PVFA BBQ Sunday, 9/5/2010
The 40th annual Plainfield Firefighters' BBQ was held on Sunday,
September 5, 2010. Tickets sold out and a great time was had by all!
PVFA Annual Meeting Held
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.
Flagpole Dedication to Arvilla Dyer, September 20, 2009
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.
39th Annual Plainfield Firefighters' Barbecue on September 6th
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
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.
Ice Storm hits Plainfield and surrounding towns
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.
New 62-E3 is here!
The new pumper/tanker to replace Plainfield's trusty 1973 Ford
Maxim, 62-E3, has arrived! Look for more photos and details coming