Explorer Post 85

Emergency Service Squad

Westborough, Massachusetts

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December 22, 2009

The Post shoveled fire hydrants as a community service project.  Everyone should take the time to make sure that the fire hydrants on their street are free from any obstructions, including snow, bushes and debris.  The time saved in the event of an emergency could make the difference between saving your life or home!

Ski Swap

December 11 & 12, 2009

The Post held it's Annual Ski Swap.  This year was the 42nd annual.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the event.

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Holiday Lighting

November 29, 2009

  The Post assisted the Town of Westborough's annual holiday lighting.  The Post provided lighting and general assistance for the event.

Harvey's Incident

November 7, 2009

The Post assisted at a chemical fire at E.L Harvey & Sons.  The Post provided water and general assistance to the Westborough Fire Department.

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Arts In Common

October 3, 2009

The Post assisted the Westborough Cultural Council with their first annual Arts In Common.  The Post assisted with the setup and take down of the event.  The event featured music, dancing, arts and crafts. 

Scouting Day

September 12, 2009

The Post demonstrated its program along side other town Scouting programs.  The event was well attended.

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August 18, 2009

The Post went diving at Old Garden Beach in Rockport, MA.  Conditions were excellent, and we were able to see a diverse amount of sea life.  Everyone got more comfortable with the gear and skills.  For many, this was their first day of diving since their checkouts.  A good time was had by all.

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Can Drive

August 1, 2009

The Post held its annual can drive.  The Post sorted more than 20,000 cans and bottles.  We collect cans throughout the year.  They can be dropped off at any time during the year by placing them in front of our box container.  Thanks to all the members who put in two very busy days.   

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Block Party

July 3, 2009

The Post assisted the Town of Westborough with its annual July 4th Block Party.  The Post assisted by providing support for setting up the event and putting away tables and chairs after the event.  The Post ran a booth selling lightsticks.  Thanks to all who purchased lightsticks.  If you would like to purchase lightsticks throughout the year, please see our fundraiser page.

Gibbons Middle School

June 19, 2009

The Post presented to the Gibbons Middle School.  Students were allowed to tour vehicles, view our equipment and ask questions of our members.

Henry Danis Retirement Party

June 11, 2009

The Post attended the retirement party for Henry Danis.  Mr. Danis served as the Town Manager for Westborough for 15 years.   The Post presented Mr. Danis a certificate recognizing his service to the town and to the Post.

Memorial Day Parade May 25, 2009

The Post marched in the Westborough Memorial Day Parade with the Westborough Fire Department.  The Post provided free ice-water to parade participants and thirsty spectators.  After the Parade, the Post assisted the Fire Department with its annual open house.

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Rotary Club Spring Festival May 3, 2009

The Post assisted the Westborough Rotary Club with their 2009 Spring Festival.  Among other things, the Post was assigned to provide assistance with the hot air balloon ride.  Post members assisted with the setup and cleanup of the balloon and monitored safety lines attached to the balloon throughout the event.

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Civic Club Fishing Derby May 2, 2009

The Post assisted the Westborough Civic Club with their annual Spring Festival Fishing Challenge at Minuteman Park on the shores of Sandra Pond.  The Post assisted with the setup and cleanup for the event, as well as providing water safety monitoring for those participating in the derby.

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Spring Cleanup April 25, 2009

Each spring, the Post does a stem to stern cleanup at its facility.  This year's cleanup was no different.  Anything that didn't move was cleaned.  Thanks to all members who participated.

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Brush Fire Training April 18,  2009

The Post assisted a local property owner with the removal of brush.  The Post used the opportunity to train its members on brush fire techniques and the use of the Post's brush fire equipment.  This included the proper operation of our backpack pump.

CPR Training

March 7, 2009

Post members were certified in CPR for the professional rescuer.  Members learned valuable life saving skills.  This included helping choking victims, rescue breathing, CPR and use of an AED.  This was a great class.  Many thanks to Eric and Jerry for pulling the class together.

Ice Rescue Training

February 28, 2009

The Post participated in ice water rescue drills with the Westborough Fire Department at Lake Chauncy.  Post members got a first hand view of techniques and tactics used for rescuing those who have fallen through the ice.  Post members manned shore lines used in the active rescue, as well as safety lines attached to 'victims'.  The Post also set up and manned two heated warming shelters. 

We thank the Westborough Fire Department for allowing us to participate in the event.

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Mt Sunapee Ski Trip

February 8, 2009

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The Post went skiing at Mount Sunapee Resort.  Members had a great time skiing.  The members were able to use a portion of the proceeds from the 2008 Ski Swap to fund the trip.  Everyone all had a great time.

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