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Emergency Service Squad

Westborough, Massachusetts

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2006 Events

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CPR Training

December 26 & 27, 2006

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Members were Certified in National Safety Council - First Responder CPR and AED.  Members were trained in one and two-person CPR for the professional rescuer, assistance for choking victims, usage of AEDs (defibrillators) and the administration of emergency oxygen.   

Ski Swap

December 8-9, 2006

Each year, the Post sponsors the Westborough Ski Swap.  The public can sell their used skis along with certain invited vendors.  Post members run this popular event.  This year's ski swap was very successful.  Thank you to all who attended and supported the swap.

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Knox Trail Emergency Preparedness Expo

September 16, 2006

The Post exhibited at the 2006 Knox Trail Council Emergency Preparedness Expo.  Along side local, state and federal agencies such as the ATF, FBI, Mass State Police and Mass Fire Academy, the Post demonstrated the use of SCBA to Scouts. Scouts were able to experience air packs for themselves under the assistance and guidance of our members. 

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Rappelling Trip

August 19, 2006

Post members went on a rappelling trip to College Rock in Hopkinton, MA.  Members set up a rope system, and had a great time rappelling off a shear-rock formation approximately 50 feet high. 

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Mutual Aid to


August 14, 2006

The Post was activated by the Shrewsbury Fire Department for a mutual aid response to an apartment complex fire on Arbor Drive.  The Post assisted the mutual aid companies from several surrounding towns and the city of Worcester by refilling air bottles, providing refreshments for rehab and clearing an access road which had become overgrown with bushes and trees, allowing fire apparatus entry and egress to and from the scene.

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Shepherd Road

August 13, 2006

Post members responded to a house fire at 5 Shepherd Road at 3:45 AM.  Members provided scene lighting and provided refreshments for rehab.

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Rappelling Training

July 25, 2006

The Post is preparing for a rappelling trip on August 19th.  Post members have been reviewing ropes, knots, hardware and techniques at meetings this summer.  In this picture, members are practicing rappelling on a flat surface to get the feel of controlling their descent in a controlled, safe environment.

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Lightning Strike


July 11, 2006

A pine tree at the corner of Phillips and Summer Streets was struck by lightning.  Post members cleaned debris from Summer Street as community service.

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July 4th, 2006 Each year, the Post assists the town with its July 4th celebration.  The Post's involvement varies from year to year depending on the events occurring.  Over the years, we have provided lighting services, fire watches during fireworks, trash cleanup, first aid for road races, run field day booths, participated in parades, run power to band-stands, etc.  You name it, we've done it! 

This year, we assisted the Block Dance by feeding electricity to vendors, providing lighting to booths and cleaning up trash from Memorial Cemetery and West Main Street. 

The Post sells lightsticks and water as an annual fundraising event. The sales are managed by Post Members, who made this year's booth a success.  Lightsticks are available year-round from the Post.  If you missed us at the Block Dance and would like to purchase lightsticks, click here for more information.   Click here for more photos.

Open House On June 16th, the Post held what we hope will be an annual open house.  Congratulations to Tommy Whalen who won a drawing for an Apple iPod
Gibbons Presentation Post members used time between their final exams to demonstrate their skills to Gibbons Middle School students on June 15th.  Post members organized and coordinated a demonstration to the students during lunch as part of a membership drive.   8th graders moving on to high school are now eligible for membership in the Post.  Click here if you are interested in joining.  Special thanks to the officers for pulling off this event.  Great job!

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Memorial Day The Post marched in the Memorial Day 2006 Parade and assisted at the Fire Department's annual open house.  The Post provided free water to parade participants, which was welcomed on such a hot day.
Rotary Spring Festival Road Race Support On April 30th, the Post assisted the Rotary Club with their annual Spring Festival 10k Road Race.  The Post was available for First Aid, passed out water and assisted with traffic.  The Post set up three locations along the route to assist in the event.

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Lighting Drill at Westborough High School On April 18th, the Post held a drill at the Westborough High School.  Post members were tasked with lighting the exterior of the High School with no help from the adults.  In short order, the members established a command structure, developed a plan, and then implemented it.  They used multiple generators, a thousand feet of cord, junction blocks and a dozen lights.  Had this been a real incident, the scene would have been well lit for fire operations.  The team critiqued itself after the event, looking to find ways to improve on what was already a smooth operation.

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Ice Water Rescue Training On February 26th 2006, the Post participated in a professional ice water rescue class.  The class was taught by Mike McCarthy of Applied Rescue Techniques of Sandy Hook, CT.  During the morning classroom session, members learned about ice conditions, scene hazards, rescue equipment and techniques and cold weather emergency first aid.  The afternoon session was conducted at Lake Chauncy.  A hole was cut in the ice and the members donned immersion suits.  Each member participated as a victim, rescuer and self-rescuer.   Special thanks to Mike for making this happen! Click here for more pictures.

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