The Town of Wendell requested assistance in their transition to a shared Fire Chief. This assistance included two inter-related parts: 1) assistance with development of agreements and scope of fire chief as part-time employee of two towns; 2) transition assistance from current chief to new, shared chief. The transition project was funded through the Massachusetts Local Technical Assistance program. A final case study of the project is now available.
The Opioid Task Force has an updated referral guide for treatment in the area.
Click here to see it.
MassDOT is pleased to announce the availability of the draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Federal Fiscal Years 2015 to 2018. The STIP is a compilation of roadway, bridge, intermodal and transit projects as developed by the Commonwealth’s ten MPOs and the three non-MPOs. The STIP can be viewed at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield and the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, 12 Olive Street, Suite 1, Greenfield or on-line here.
The comment period will begin on August 7, 2014 and end on September 7, 2014. Comments can be mailed to STIP Coordinator, MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza Room 4150, Boston, MA 02116 by fax to 857-368-0639 or by e-mail to Sreelatha.Allam@dot.state.ma.us.
Come be a part of the response! The Franklin County Citizens Corps will hold a training for medical and non-medical personnel, who want to volunteer in times of disaster, on the following date:
- Saturday, January 16th 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
The training will be held at the Montague Public Safety Complex, 180 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
Medical Reserve Corps volunteers assist in medical emergencies such as disasters, catastrophic incidents, mass vaccinations and prophylaxis for potential epidemics. Roles are assigned depending on the license and qualifications of the volunteer. But even those without licenses can help in numerous ways. There are a set of required trainings and then an expectation that the volunteer will keep up with necessary trainings as time goes by. The MRC holds occasional drills, an annual meeting, and short monthly meetings which are generally optional, but each volunteer must attend at least one a year.
• Complete the MRC Training course and course evaluation.
• Complete a Application packet including policy and procedure agreements
• Credentialed and pass a CORI/SORI check
• Complete a Personal and Family Preparedness Plan
• Complete ICS/100 and NIMS/700 within one year of joining the MRC
• Complete CPR/First Aid training (if not already certified) within one year of joining the MRC
• Attend one MRC unit activity per year – training, meeting, or drill.
The MRC Training itself involves the following:
• Health, Safety and Personal Preparedness
• Vulnerable and Special Needs Populations
• Psychological First Aid
• NIMS and Incident Command Overview
• Points of Distribution (POD)
• Roles and Responsibilities of the MRC Volunteer
For more information, or to register, contact Robert Quinn-O’Connor.
Join us for an in-depth discussion on the ins and outs of being on a Selectboard. Two veteran Franklin County Selectboard members will lead the discussion, providing valuable insights from their experience. Bring plenty of questions and topics you wish to explore.
See the flyer for more information: Selectboard Essentials 101
The Franklin County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) is hosting its annual hazmat tabletop exercise the evening of 9/10/14. The goal of the exercise is to test a new set of standard operating guidelines developed from the Franklin County Ethanol Response Plan and to test Montague’s new Community Wildfire Protection Plan.