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PRESS RELEASES/OTHER ARTICLES
In 2015 sixty eight firefighters were killed in the line of duty and firefighter cancer rates are ever rising. These numbers are widely studied and known throughout the industry. Steps are being taken to reduce LODD's annually, and are working. Firefighter cancer awareness is at an all-time high, we know that firefighters are 2 ½ to 3-times more likely as the average person to be diagnosed with cancer.
What few know, and fewer acknowledge, is that there were 132 suicides by active and former U.S. firefighters and paramedics in 2015. None of us are untouched by this.
Firefighter behavioral health has long been whispered about, and it is time to bring it to the forefront of our discussions and encourage each other to ask for help, before it is too late.
This weekend of training is dedicated to those Brother firefighters who have succumbed to their demons and left us too early.
Join the New England FOOLS for this national-level training right here in northeastern Massachusetts, easily accessible from all over New England. Coming together for this weekend will be some of the premier fire instructors from around the Country including:
Assistant Chief Jim Crawford from Midway SC
Admission will be $85 for FOOLS members, $100 for non-FOOLS members, continental breakfast and lunch included.
Proceeds will benefit programs nationwide that address Firefighter and First Responder mental health and suicide prevention.
Applications and fliers available via email: President@NEFOOLS.org.
Cash, check, PayPal and municipal purchase order accepted.
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The Town of Yarmouth, Maine has a 2008 PL Custom Type III E-Super Medallion 170” Ambulance for sale. This vehicle has 121,000 original miles and has been meticulously maintained. Service records, pictures and Original plans/spec’s available upon request.
**Stryker MX 8 Manual Stretcher included**
Asking $22,500 OBRO
For more information, contact Chief Mike Robitaille or Deputy Chief Rich Kindelan at (207) 846-2410
The Stoneham Massachusetts Auxiliary Fire Department, an all-volunteer support services unit, is currently seeking the donation of a used, retired, or surplus vehicle that would be suitable for use as a Lighting Unit. A long anticipated donation of a surplus lighting unit from a local municipality fell through after nearly three years of red tape and waiting. As a result, the auxiliary is currently without a vehicle and without funds to purchase one. We are appealing to the firefighting community, municipalities, corporations as well as private donors who might be able to help locate and obtain a vehicle suitable for donation. Past Lighting Units have been retired box type ambulances/rescues, utility trucks, etc. Any vehicle vehicle suitable for transporting portable generators, portable lighting equipment and related cabling would be considered. If anyone can help, or has any solid leads on potential donations, please contact the Stoneham Auxiliary Fire Department via email at Stoneham.AuxiliaryFD@gmail.com
Firefighter Cal Di Stefano's mother was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. She is currently at Yale New Haven Hospital, fighting for her life. A Gofundme account was created to help with the financial burden that his father will incur. His 401k has been drained to pay for healthcare coverage and premiums over the years. Any help that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. CLICK FOR GO-FUND-ME PAGE
The Manchester (NH) Airport Fire Department has 15 sets of silver structural firefighting gear that is approx 5 years old that they are disposing of. They would like to donate it to a fire department out of the country that would need them. If anyone knows how to go about doing this or collects gear for this purpose, please contact Captain Andrew Engwer at CLICK FOR EMAIL.