Explorer Post 85

Emergency Service Squad

Westborough, Massachusetts

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Lease Renewal

October 16, 2012

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The Post presented article 29 before the Special Fall Town Meeting.  The article was presented to authorize the Town to enter into a five-year extension of our current lease.  The article was passed and the lease extension has been signed.  Thank you to all who signed our citizens' petition, the Board of Selectmen, Municipal Building Committee, Advisory Finance Committee, Town Manager and Town Attorney for their support and assistance in this process.

80 Flanders Road

October 8, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department for a water cleanup at a Flanders Road business. The Post used water vacs, geyser pumps and squeegees to help remove the water condition.
Arts In Common

September 29, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Cultural Council with the setup and cleanup for their annual Arts In Common festival.  Despite the wet conditions, the event was another success.
Millbury Fire Muster

August 25, 2012

The Post participated in a fire muster in Millbury, MA.  Post members demonstrated their skills against other Explorer Posts from the region.  A good time was had by all.

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Old Sturbridge Village Muster

July 14, 2012

The Post participated in a fire muster at Old Sturbridge Village.  The Post competed against other youth teams throughout the region, participating in hose races, water brigades and a hand tub demonstration.  All had a great time.

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Adams Street Drill

July 10, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a joint drill on Adams Street in Westborough.  A resident who was to have a house demolished allowed the Fire Department to drill with the structure.  The Post provided lighting, airpack refilling and a rehab station.

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July 4th Block Party

June 29, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough July 4th Committee with its annual July 4th Block Party.  The Post assisted with the setup of tables and chairs and provided electrical cords for booths.  The Post also set up its own booth, from which it sold light sticks.

First Aid Training

May 20, 2012

The Post learned valuable life-saving and self-help skills.  Members learned how to deal with emergency health issues as first responders.  Thanks to Jerry for running the class.

Spring Festival

May 6, 2012

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The Post assisted the Westborough Rotary Club with its annual Spring Festival. The Post assisted with the setup and cleanup for the event.

Fishing Derby

May 5, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Civic Club with their annual Fishing Challenge at Sandra Pond.  The Post assisted in the setup of the event.  The Post also provided safety patrols and had an information booth for our group.

Earth Day Cleanup

April 21, 2012

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The Post participated in Earth Day activities.  The Post collected several bags of trash from the Route 9/30 interchange.  Though it was a lot of work, Post members felt great about cleaning up the area.

Stop & Shop Fire

April 15, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department with a fire at the Stop & Shop on Lyman Street.  The Post provided generators, a positive pressure fan for smoke removal, water and general fire-ground support.

Cedar Swamp Brush Fire

April 13, 2012

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The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department with a fire at Cedar Swamp.  The Post provided water, rehab, lighting and general fire-ground support for this large brush fire.

Town Meeting

March 17, 2012

The Post set up an information booth outside the Town Meeting, where members of the community were able to educate themselves on our program.  Thanks to all that stopped and checked us out.

5200 Homestead Blvd Fire

March 11, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at an outside fire that extended to the facade of the apartment complex.  The Post provided airpack refills, water and general fire-ground support.

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135 East Main Street Fire

February 21, 2012

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a fire at the Park Village apartment complex.  The Post refilled airpacks and provided water for firefighters from Westborough and several surrounding towns.

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Chain Saw Demonstration

February 21, 2012

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The Post was invited to attend a chain saw demonstration and safety training at Boston Lawnmower.  Demonstrations were performed by a manufacturer's representative from Stihl.  Members learned proper technique for saw use, how to maintain saws and saw safety.  Thank you to Boston Lawnmower for coordinating the event.

CPR Training

February 18, 2012

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Post members learned CPR for the professional rescuer.  Many thanks to Jerry for teaching the class.

44th Annual Ski Swap

December 9th & 10th, 2011

The Post held the 44th Annual Westborough Ski Swap.  We had a great event again this year.  For those of you who missed it, mark your calendars for December 7th & 8th, 2012!  Thank you to all who participated for making it another great year.

Holiday Lighting

November 27, 2011

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The Post assisted the Town of Westborough with its annual Holiday Lighting.  The Post provided scene lighting for the annual event.  Kids were able to see Santa Claus and all enjoyed some holiday cheer. 

MEMA Bunker Power Outage

October 29, 2011

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The Post assisted the State of Massachusetts during a power outage due to an early season snow storm.  Power was out for much of the area, including the MEMA communications tower at its bunker in Westborough.  The Post provided electrical equipment to bring the communications repeater back online, aiding communication across the State.

Arts in Common

October 1, 2011

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The Post assisted the Westborough Cultural Council for its annual Arts in Common arts festival.  The Post assisted close to 40 vendors setup and cleanup.  The Post assisted vendors by moving their artwork and displays to/from their cars and setup many vendor tents.  

Civil War Encampment

September 23 & 24, 2011

The Post assisted the Westborough Historical Commission and Westborough Historical Society with a Civil War Encampment.  The Post assisted with the setup of the event, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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Scout Fair

September 10, 2011

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The Post participated in the annual Westborough Scout Fair held at the former Tufts Machine Shop.  The Post spoke with prospective Scouts and Explorers.  It was a great event.  

Tropical Storm Irene Support

August 28, 2011

 

The Post provided support to the Town of Westborough and Commonwealth of Massachusetts during Tropical Storm Irene.  The area was hit hard with wind and rain with many trees down and power outages. 

The Post provided electrical equipment to bring back online both Westborough's and the State's emergency frequency radio repeaters located at the MEMA bunker.  This aided statewide communication during this regional event. 

The Post also provided power through the night at the Westborough Food Pantry.  The Post provided power to their refrigerators and freezers, preventing the food from spoiling.

Brimfield, MA Tornado Cleanup July 30, 2011

 

The Post volunteered to assist the Recover, Repair, Rebuild (RRR) Tornado 2011 effort, which was organized to help clean up after the devastating tornado outbreak on June 1st.  The Post was assigned to Old Sturbridge Road in Brimfield, where we assisted two homeowners clean up fallen trees on their property.  The damage was extensive to say the least.  One home had been blown from its foundation.  The other may be demolished due to extensive damage.  Along with over 40 volunteers at our site, we made a dent in the mess the storm left behind.

The Post provided chain saws, yard tools, a shelter, coolers, site coordination and manpower.  The Post also provided first aid for two volunteers, one of which had been overcome with the heat and the other that was cut by a chain saw. 

Though it was a long, hot and hard day's work, we all left feeling good for having helped.  We connected with great people that had volunteered their day to help.  This included the guys from Ted's of Fayville who supplied a heavy wrecker to pull trees up from the creek bed and Warren who supplied his personal skid steer.  Best wishes to homeowners Kim, Sid and their families for all that lay ahead.  We wish you well.  Thank you to the RRR effort for organizing such a great event. 

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Cedar Swamp Brush Fire July 17, 2011

 

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a brush fire in Cedar Swamp. The fire started near the CSX rail line and quickly spread into the swamp due to the dry conditions and light wind.  A dozen communities, along with MA State resources, worked together to put out the fire.  The Post assisted with fire suppression, brush fire equipment, water, generators and lights.

Old Sturbridge Village Fire Muster

July 16, 2011

The Post participated in a Fireman's Muster at Old Sturbridge Village, competing against other Posts in the region.  The Post did well, placing 3rd in the bucket brigade, hose roll and wet race.  The Post had a great time.  Special thanks to the folks from Holden for organizing the event.

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July 4th Block Party

July 1, 2011

The Post assisted the 4th of July Committee with the town's annual Block Party.  The Post helped by setting up tables and chairs for the event.  The Post then helped clean up after the event.  During the Block Party, the Post set up a booth and sold lightsticks.   It was a fun event.

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Gibbons Demonstration

June 20, 2011

 

The Post went to the Gibbons Middle School to let the students know what we do and how to join the Post.   Members had a great time interacting with the Middle School students.  Hopefully we'll get a few new recruits! 

Westborough State Hospital Drill

June 7, 2011

 

The Post participated in the Westborough Fire Department RIC drill at the Horizon building at the former Westborough State Hospital.  The Post provided on-scene lighting, refilled air bottles, provided water and a generator for a positive pressure fan.  The joint exercise was a great drill for firefighters and Post members alike.  Thanks go out to WFD for inviting us to participate.

Garage Fire on High Street

June 1, 2011

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The Post provided service for a garage on High Street which caught fire when struck by lightning.  The same storms that caused tornado damage in the western part of the state also caused several lightning strikes in Westborough.  The Post assisted at the scene with lighting, ice water and general assistance on scene. 

Lyman School Drill

May 31, 2011

The Post drilled at the former Lyman School.  Post members set up a mock incident, lighting up the building and setting up a rehab location.

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Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

 

The Post participated in Westborough's Memorial Day celebration.  The Post marched in the parade and provided free water to parade participants as well as the public.  The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department with its annual open house, where we displayed our vehicles to the public.

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Rotary Spring Festival

May 1, 2011

The Post assisted with setup and cleanup for the annual Rotary Spring Festival.  The Post setup tables, chairs and moved flea market items at Bay State Commons. The Post also assisted with the setup and cleanup for the ReMax hot air balloon.  Unfortunately, conditions were too windy for the balloon and rides were not offered.   

Civic Club Fishing Derby

April 30, 2011

The Post assisted the Civic Club with their annual Fishing Challenge.  The Post assisted with the setup and cleanup for the event, as well as general assistance for the event.  

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Earth Day Cleanup

April 16, 2011

The Post assisted in the Earth Day cleanup.  The Post cleaned the area of Bellows Road and the interchange of routes 9 and 135.  The Post picked up several bags of trash, helping to cleanup both intersections. 

Pawtucket Red Sox

April 8, 2011

The Post went to Pawtucket, RI to see the Red Sox take on Rochester at the annual emergency services night.  Though the PawSox lost, a good time was had by all. 

First Aid Training

March 5, 2011

Post members were recertified in first aid for the first responder.  Members learned valuable life saving skills.  These skills can be useful for helping family members and the public, as well as for self-help.  Thanks to Advisor Jerry Jette for putting the class together.

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Hydrant Shoveling

January 23, 2011

January 23rd was one of many days during which the Post shoveled fire hydrants around Westborough.  January was particularly snowy and hydrants were buried under several feet of snow.  As a community service project, the Post cleared the snow around hydrants.  You should make note of hydrants near your home and keep them clear.  Shovel a path to the hydrant and be sure to have three feet around all sides of the hydrant shoveled out.  This can save valuable time for firefighters.  It could mean the difference between saving your house or having a complete loss!

CPR Training

January 2011

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The Post recertified its members in CPR for first responders.

Ski Swap

December 10th & 11th, 2010

The Post held the 43rd Annual Westborough Ski Swap at the Hastings Elementary School.  Thanks to all who participated, including Whites from Princeton and Rogers from Lincoln, NH.  We had a great sale.  Thanks again to all.

Holiday Lighting

November 28, 2010

The Post assisted the Town of Westborough and the Westborough Rotary Club with the Annual Holiday Lighting ceremony on the Westborough Rotary.  The Post assisted by providing lighting, electrical cords and traffic cones.  It was a nice night with Santa, holiday music and cheer.

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Rappelling

November 13, 2010

The Post went to College Rock in Hopkinton, MA for a morning of rappelling.  Members first rappelled off a 20' face to get the feel of it.  We then progressed to a 50' face with an overhang.  Members pushed themselves to overcome their fear of height and to trust the systems they had trained on.  A good time was had by all.

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Arts in Common

October 2, 2010

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The Post assisted the Westborough Cultural Council with their second annual Arts In Common.  The Post assisted with the setup and take down of the event.  Post members helped vendors carry their items to their assigned locations and assisted with the setup and tear down of tents. 

SCUBA Trip

July 30, 2010

The Post went diving at Folly Cove in Rockport, MA.  Members went on 2 dives reaching depths of 45 feet. Conditions were great and all had a great time.  Thanks to all who participated.

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100 Longmeadow Road

July 26, 2010

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The Post assisted the Westborough Police Department at a natural gas leak.  The Post provided traffic control by blocking Meadow Road at the Police Department's request.

E.L. Harvey & Sons

July 24, 2010

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department with a fire at E.L. Harvey & Sons on Hopkinton Road.  The fire was in a sorting facility.  The conditions were hampered by hot and muggy conditions.  The Post provided lighting, airpack refills and rehab.

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Allen Hall

July 23, 2010

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The Post provided rehab services at an incident at Allen Hall at the Westborough State Hospital.  A sprinkler had been activated, requiring the relocation of patients at the facility.  The Post was activated to provide water for the Westborough Fire Department, Police Department, State Police and State Hospital workers.

Can Drive

July 10, 2010

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The Post held its annual can drive.  It was a successful year thanks to the many donations received over the year.  Remember, cans may be dropped off any time.  Please see our fundraising page for details.  We are happy to pick up your cans and bottles.

Drowning at Suasco Pond (Mill Road)

July 4 & 5, 2010

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a multi-agency response rescue/recovery.  Two canoeists were rescued on Sunday night.  Unfortunately, a third canoeist drowned and had to be recovered the following day.  The Post assisted with lighting, water, easy-up tents, ice, bench seating, tables, hornet spray, etc.  The weather played a significant part in this incident with temperatures in the mid-90s.

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Block Party

July 2, 2010

The Post assisted the Town of Westborough with its annual July 4th block party.  The Post set up tables and provided lights.  The Post was activated on scene to assist with a citizen who lost consciousness.  The Post sold lightsticks as a fundraiser.

Gibbons Presentation

June 16, 2010

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The Post demonstrated their program at the Gibbons Middle School.  Gibbons students were given the opportunity to ask questions about the Post, how to become a member and were able to tour our vehicles.

Lightning Strike at 3200 Homestead Blvd

June 6, 2010

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a working structure fire at 3200 Homestead Blvd.  A lightning strike started two fires in ceilings in the building.  The Post provided salvage covers to protect property, provided water and general assistance. 

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Memorial Day

May 31, 2010

The Post marched in the annual Memorial Day Parade alongside the Westborough Fire Department.  After the parade, the Post assisted with the Fire Department's open house.

Spring Festival

May 2, 2010

The Post assisted the Westborough Rotary Club with their annual Spring Festival.  The Post assisted with the setup of booths and general support for the event.

Fishing Derby

May 1, 2010

 

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The Post assisted the Westborough Civic Club with their annual Fishing Challenge.  The Post assisted with the setup and cleanup of the Challenge, as well as monitoring the shore for water safety.

Northborough Brush Fire

April 11, 2010

The Post was called to assist the Northborough Fire Department with a brush fire.  Post members assisted in fire suppression, provided water and general assistance.

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First Aid Training

April 10, 2010

Post members received first aid training from Firefighter/Paramedic and Post Advisor, Jerry Jette.  Many thanks to Jerry for taking the time to put together a great course.

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Training with WFD

April 6, 2010

The Post provided air and lighting to support training with the Westborough Fire Department.  WFD was using the Massachusetts Fire Academy's maze trailer, testing firefighters skills at negotiating through hazards in blackout conditions.

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Storm Drain Cleaning

March 30, 2010

 

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The Westborough DPW requested the Post's assistance during heavy rains to clean out storm drains.  A long period of heavy rains created flooding throughout town, clogging storm drains with debris.  The Post cleaned drains along West Main Street to the Grafton line.

6 Bowman Lane

March 20, 2010

 

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The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a structure fire at 6 Bowman Lane.  Members provided airpack refills, lighting and rehab.

24 Hopkinton Road Brush Fire

March 20, 2010

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a brush fire at 24 Hopkinton Road.  Members helped with the extinguishment of the fire, provided water and general assistance.

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11 Denfield Drive

March 13, 2010

The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a fire at 11 Denfield Drive.  Members provided airpack refills and rehab.

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Ice Water Rescue Training

March 6, 2010

The Post participated in the Westborough Fire Department's Ice Water Rescue training at Lake Chauncy.  Post members were able to don survival suits and perform simulated rescues.  Many thanks to WFD for allowing us to participate.

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155 Oak Street

February 25, 2010

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The Post assisted the Westborough Fire Department at a structure fire at 155 Oak Street, providing lighting and rehab.

Mt Sunapee Ski Trip

February 17, 2010

The Post took a trip to Mt Sunapee New Hampshire for a day of skiing.  The trip was funded by our annual Ski Swap.  We had a great day of skiing.  A good time was had by all.

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CPR Training

January 30, 2010

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

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