Well. The clock has turned ending another very busy year at the Brattleboro Fire Department. With 2,285 calls for help under our belts, comings and goings were a big part of this very busy year. The retirement of Captain Bill Johnson, and the departure of Firefighters Seymoure and Scott brought several familiar faces were added to fill the empty positions. Probationary Firefighters Andrew Blazej, Matt Hubbard, and Matt Casabona have worked tirelessly over the last 8 months to complete their probationary firefighter requirements. Also, moving up to fill the vacant officers positions, Captain Mark Geno and Lieutenant Dan Hiner are coming to the end of their first years in their new roles.
Also going on at the department, Chief Bucossi, Assistant Chief Lynch and a handfull of members making up the building committee have put in numerous hours working on designs for the desperately needed replacement of both the downtown and West Brattleboro fire stations. The fate of the project is still in the air as efforts to move the project forward are still on hold.
The new year has several additions to the department's daily (yet, oh so important) operations. Leading the charge is the addition of the departments new Facebook account. Due to the efforts of Firefighter Shawn Hammond, the department's "FB" page is up and running. We invite you to visit by clicking the links or searching "Brattleboro Fire Department on Facebook. The department is also persuing the possibility of a Twitter account with updates to come on that.
In keeping with our departments tradition of recycling and working to eliminate waste, Firefighter Josh Jones has implimented the department's compositing, and scrap metal recycling programs. Efforts to reduce landfill waste and save the town money by composting have been a big change to daily routine but with a benefit to all (and a lot of emails from FF Jones) it will be successful.
Another new addition to the Central Station is an upgrade to the wireless internet. With Chief Bucossi's approval to upgrade the old system, using the internet for trainings, meetings and seminars in the departments meeting hall no longer requires setting up the CAT5 cable from several rooms away. Instructors can now access wireless throughout the station. This upgrade was also done by department members saving outside setup costs.
2014 was also the first year the Brattleboro Firefighters hosted the Firefighters for Fitness 5k Trail Run. This (now annual) run through the Retreat Trails in Brattleboro was headed by Firefighter Michael Heiden, with the help of a committee of department members, and donations from number of local businesses. It was a huge success and we are looking forward to doing it again this year!
With so many other projects taking place and improvements being made, it's impossible to list them all here. We at the department invite you all to stop by and visit anytime. Ask questions and take a tour. We are here for you! Thank you all for your support and we look forward to a great 2015 here at the BRATTLEBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT!
With the Impending closing of VT Yankee, Brattleboro will soon be losing the ability to conduct mass notification to citizens using the "Code Red" system, from which we created the Brattleboro Emergency Notification System (BENS). Because of this, the town of Brattleboro will be transitioning to a new mass notification system named: VT-Alert.
When will this happen?
It is the goal of the town to start using VT-Alert on June 1, 2015.
What is VT-Alert?
VT-Alert is a tool to provide you with critical information when you may need it most. It is an all-hazards alert adn notification web-based portal. It is proviced by the State of Vermont as part of an ongoing commitment to provide Vermonters with information so that you will understand the risks and threats that you may face and know how to respond accordingly.
Why do I want VT-Alert?
Even if you have signed up for Code Red/BENS in the past, you MUST sign up for VT-Alert if you want to continue to receive emergency information. By Signing up for VT-Alert, you can receive notification information via your phone, the web, your cell phone, email, and other technologies.
As Brattleboro Moves away from using Code Red, VT-Alert will be used by local officials as a means of mass notification to alert citizens of warnings and emergency information on things such as severe weather, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions. Additionally it provides information regarding response actions being taken by local and state agencies and protective actions that you should take to protect you, your family and your property.
How do I sign up?
Signing up for VT-Alert is free. Go to the web site: http://www.vtalert.gov. There you can create an account, choose what types of alerts you want to receive and how you want to receive them.
Your information is protected and never shared with anyone else. You can modify what type of information you receive or unsubscribe at any time.
Please fee free to call Brattleboro Fire Chief Michael Bucossi at 802-254-4831 with any questions you may have.
Facebook for Brattleboro Fire Department
It has happened! Through continuing efforts to keep the public informed of what is going on with the Brattleboro Fire Department, and the Town of Brattleboro, we are expanding our social media. The Brattleboro Fire Department now has a Facebook page! We hope that you will stop by, like our page, and visit often to see what we are up to!
Flu Season is Here
Now that flu season has arrived, it is important for everyone to be educated.
Flu shots are a great way to protect yourselves from lost work, absence from school, your health and the health of those around you. You can find information on the flu and how to protect yourself by clicking on the picture below.
Over the past few years, Brattleboro has had an increase in pedestrian/vehicle accidents. In response to these incidents which have resulted in numerous serious injuries and four fatalities, the town has formed a committe dedicated to studying the problem and coming up with solutions to reduce these accidents.
The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to provide some safety tips to help.
Pedestrians: First and most importantly... Be Seen! Brattleboro is very diverse with it's pedestrian population. Runners/Joggers, commuters, parents/children, dog walkers, shoppers, etc. Providing drivers with the ability to see you is essential to preventing accidents. Reflective armbands are available. For information, call the Brattleboro Police Department.
||Secondly: ALWAYS use the crosswalks provided. Not only is it the only safe place to cross the streets, J-walking is illegal and can result in a fine. When crossing when a walk signal is available, wait for the signal. And Never cross from in between parked vehicles. This seriously limits drivers visibility of you. When crossing, wait for vehicles to stop. Just because you have the right of way when crossing doesn't mean the vehicle is automatically going to see you. Make sure first.
|Third: Use the sidewalks provided. Walking in the road is dangerous on the town's busy streets. Give drivers less to worry about and yourself less of a chance of getting hit by staying out of the road. Remember, you don't necessarily have the "right of way".
||Many people take to the streets of Brattleboro on their bicycles. For exercise, business, sport, etc. If you find yourself on the roads on a bicycle, remember that you are required to adhere to the rules of the road... the laws, that is. Follow all traffic signs/signals, don't pass between motorvehicles, and give the right of way when due. Also, as with pedestrians, remember to always wear bright clothes to improve your chances of not getting into an accident.
|Drivers: Pay attention. Anything that takes your attention away from the road should wait until you are stopped. Texting, talking on the phone, it all needs to wait until you're done with your journey. Obey all traffic laws, and always be aware of the pedestrians around you.