Post 85 enables high school aged young men to gain exposure to fire and emergency services careers, while gaining valuable leadership skills and community awareness. Members must be 15 years of age or have completed the 8th grade. Prospective members are placed on a two-month trial period. During this trial period, "trial members" learn about Post 85 and evaluate whether or not the organization is right for them. Our members evaluate how the trial member will fit within the organization. Trial members attend meetings, events and emergency incidents, but cannot vote at meetings or hold officer positions. If the trial member decides after their trial period that Post 85 is right for them, they are then eligible for full member status.
While many of our members have gone on to successful careers in emergency services fields, all members gain valuable skills and experiences that they can call upon and utilize in any career or in their personal life. Our members learn leadership skills in many ways, including annually elected officer positions. These officer positions run our weekly general business meetings, as well as our day-to-day operations. Members also have the opportunity to chair committees for special events and activities, and to manage resources at emergency incidents. Through our close involvement with the Town of Westborough, members become involved in countless hours of community service. Community service activities have included assistance with the town’s Fourth of July and Holiday Lighting celebrations, Earth Day projects and fire hydrant testing programs. The skills learned and experiences gained at Post 85 are rarely found in other extracurricular activities.
Training and education are at the top of the list of priorities at Post 85. As with any organization, people are its most important asset and Post 85 invests hundreds of hours each year developing that asset. All members receive training internally and externally from the Post. Internally, all members are trained in American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid. This medical training far exceeds what is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ first responder law. Individual training sessions, or "minis", are conducted on a formal basis concentrating on very specific pieces of equipment and their operation. External training mostly includes combined evolutions with the Westborough Fire Department and surrounding communities. These sessions are scheduled in the summer months on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Also, members have attended courses in salvage, portable extinguishers, hose lines, and ropes and knots at the Meadowood Training Facility in New Hampshire.
Post 85’s members are an extremely well-trained, enthusiastic, mature group of young people who, with all that is offered in this world today, are dedicated to helping other people in time of disaster anytime of day or night, rain or shine and these people will continue to serve the Town of Westborough and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on a volunteer basis for many years to come.
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