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Fire Department News - Country Journal - 01/10/2008


Reprinted with permission from the pages of the Country Journal

January 10, 2008

by Lisa Connell

Fire department news

GOSHEN Fire Chief Sue Labrie gave her regular update to the Selectboard for the months of November and December this week.  She has been so successful in getting grants that Selectman Larry Miller almost jokingly suggested she should write grants for the town.  Labrie, who writes the grants herself, had recently gotten a DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $25,460 “to finish the Plymovent Diesel Exhaust Removal System in the station,” and had obtained a $15,000 CEDAP grant “for Stedi-eye Gyro Stabilized Day/Night Binoculars and Stedi-Eye Night Vision Eyepieces,” all of which are military grade and allow firefighters to see in the dark.


On top of all of this, a very generous anonymous donor who is a seasonal resident at Hammond Acres gave the fire department $5,283.75 for them to purchase a “portable rescue boat, two cold water / ice rescue suits, lifelines for the rescuers and a tether line for the boat.”


The Selectboard was very impressed by the donation, and Labrie said that this is the first time the department has had professional cold-water rescue gear, normally they just had low-tech equipment.  She added that the firefighters hope to do some trainng with it with the Northampton Fire Department at the Oxbow.  And overall, “We’re really, really happy about that.”


She also reported, “It has been a very busy two months.  There were 22 calls for Goshen Fire; one structure fire in Goshen, seven medical emergencies, one motor vehicle accident, three carbon monoxide alarms sounding, two fire alarms sounding, one oil burner malfunction, and seven mutual aide structure fires in other towns.”


In addition, the new truck committee finalized the truck specs, sent them out to bid, awarded the bid to a company in New York and signed the contract.  And the fire department is working on getting the latest Hampshire County Air Truck in service.  The truck, used to fill the firefighters air tanks, is used for Hampshire County but just happens to be housed in Goshen.


(Thursday, January 10, 2008)