Groveland Fire Rescue Department http://grovelandfd.com Official Website of the Groveland, Mass. Fire Rescue Dept. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:45:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i0.wp.com/grovelandfd.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2017/06/cropped-groveland-fire-patch.png?fit=32%2C32 Groveland Fire Rescue Department http://grovelandfd.com 32 32 From MEMA: High Temperatures Today and Potential for Strong or Severe Thunderstorms Later http://grovelandfd.com/2018/06/18/from-mema-high-temperatures-today-and-potential-for-strong-or-severe-thunderstorms-later/ http://grovelandfd.com/2018/06/18/from-mema-high-temperatures-today-and-potential-for-strong-or-severe-thunderstorms-later/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:45:15 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1874 From the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: Please see the attached forecast bulletins from the National Weather Service offices in Albany and Norton concerning the high temperatures and heat indices today and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. From the National Weather Service in Norton: Hot and humid conditions are on […]

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From the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

Please see the attached forecast bulletins from the National Weather Service offices in Albany and Norton concerning the high temperatures and heat indices today and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

From the National Weather Service in Norton:

Hot and humid conditions are on tap today with our first taste of excessive heat this summer season as heat indices will range from 95-103°F for interior areas of S New England.

  • HEAT ADVISORIES posted which have been expanded to include the city of Boston and surrounding metro-area, as well as the mid CT River Valley.

This in addition to the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into evening with embedded threats of cloud to ground lightning, strong to damaging winds, and/or brief heavy rain.

  • There is presently a MARGINAL to SLIGHT RISK for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, mainly over northern and western areas of MA and CT.
  • There is also a MARGINAL RISK for excessive rainfall over northern and western areas of MA.

Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Heat Advisory
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT
 

 

Areas affected: Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Suffolk; Western Norfolk
Heat Advisory
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Hampden; Southeast Middlesex; Western Essex
Air Quality Alert
Issued: June 17 at 11:00PM EDT
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Hampden; Western Norfolk
Air Quality Alert
Issued: June 17 at 7:00PM EDT
Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth

MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.

Preparedness and Safety Information

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/thunderstorm-and-lightning-safety-tips

Extreme Heat Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-heat-safety-tips

Tornado Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips

Stay Informed

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times:http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

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Groveland Firefighter Brian Belfiore Awarded for Saving the Life of Haverhill Man http://grovelandfd.com/2018/05/24/groveland-firefighter-brian-belfiore-awarded-for-saving-the-life-of-haverhill-man/ http://grovelandfd.com/2018/05/24/groveland-firefighter-brian-belfiore-awarded-for-saving-the-life-of-haverhill-man/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 20:55:20 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1854 QUINCY -- Interim Fire Chief Kurt Ruchala is proud to announce that a member of the Groveland Fire Department was honored this week alongside some of the best and brightest stars in emergency medicine.

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Groveland Fire Department
Kurt Ruchala, Interim Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Groveland Firefighter Brian Belfiore Awarded for Saving the Life of Haverhill Man

QUINCY — Interim Fire Chief Kurt Ruchala is proud to announce that a member of the Groveland Fire Department was honored this week alongside some of the best and brightest stars in emergency medicine.

(Left-to-right: Groveland Fire Lieutenant Daniel Briscoe, Firefighter Brian Belfiore, and Interim Fire Chief Kurt Ruchala, at the Steward Health Care "EMS Stewards of the Community" awards night in Quincy on Tuesday, March 22. (Groveland Fire Department/Courtesy Photo)
(Left-to-right: Groveland Fire Lieutenant Daniel Briscoe, Firefighter Brian Belfiore, and Interim Fire Chief Kurt Ruchala, at the Steward Health Care “EMS Stewards of the Community” awards night in Quincy on Tuesday, March 22. (Groveland Fire Department/Courtesy Photo)

Firefighter Brian Belfiore was presented with the EMS Stewards of the Community Award from Steward Health Care for his quick thinking in saving the life of a man who suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow during one of last winter’s major storms.

On Jan. 4, during the “bomb cyclone” that occurred during the January 2018 North American blizzard, Firefighter Belfiore was operating a plow truck in the City of Haverhill when he heard on his fire department radio that a man had gone into cardiac arrest only a block away while shoveling snow.

Firefighter Belfiore took immediate action and arrived on scene seconds later, along with Haverhill Fire Chief William Laliberty, who is a neighbor of the victim. Together, and in low-visibility conditions the two trained emergency medical technicians performed CPR on the man until the arrival of a Trinity EMS ambulance. The victim was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, and he has since made a full recovery.

“Firefighter Belfiore’s actions in January represent the best of our profession. He relied on his training and skills when every moment counted, and he saved a life,” Chief Ruchala said.

Firefighter Belfiore is a 13-year veteran of the Groveland Fire Department. He serves as the department’s EMS Officer and is responsible not only for managing the operations of emergency medical services in Groveland but for also ensuring that other firefighters are properly-trained and that the department’s medical supply inventory is fully-stocked.

The awards were given on Tuesday, May 22 during a ceremony at The Tirrell Room in Quincy. A total of 24 professionals received awards, including Firefighter Belfiore and Chief Laliberty and two Trinity EMS paramedics who responded to the incident, recognizing each as “a leader and EMS Steward of the Community” according to the award inscription.

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Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay Retires After 44 Years http://grovelandfd.com/2018/04/02/groveland-fire-chief-robert-lay-retires-after-44-years/ http://grovelandfd.com/2018/04/02/groveland-fire-chief-robert-lay-retires-after-44-years/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:36:04 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1837 Groveland Fire Department Kurt Ruchala, Interim Fire Chief Public Safety Building 181 Main St Groveland, MA 01834 For Immediate Release Monday, April 2, 2018 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay Retires After 44 Years GROVELAND — Fire Chief Robert B. Lay has retired from the Groveland Fire Department after a […]

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Groveland Fire Department
Kurt Ruchala, Interim Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 2, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay Retires After 44 Years

GROVELAND — Fire Chief Robert B. Lay has retired from the Groveland Fire Department after a long career.

Lay has served as a firefighter for 44 years, and has spent his entire firefighting career in Groveland. Groveland’s fire chief is part-time, so in addition to his career in the fire service, he worked full-time for Supermedia LLC from 1973 until his retirement in 2011.

A lifelong Groveland resident, Lay joined the fire department in 1973. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1990, captain in 1993, and deputy chief in 2011 before being named chief in 2014. He leaves a very different fire department than the one he joined in the 1970s.

Retired Groveland FIre Chief Robert B. Lay
Retired Groveland FIre Chief Robert B. Lay

“As communities change, fire departments need to grow and change too. It is my sincere hope that I leave the Groveland Fire Department as a more modern public safety agency that is prepared to meet the needs of our residents now and into the future,” Chief Lay said. “I am proud to have served alongside so many wonderful men and women who leave their homes and families when the alarm sounds in Groveland.”

As Groveland has grown and developed, its population has changed, and the needs of its citizens have changed in kind. The role of call/volunteer fire departments like Groveland’s has been altered significantly. As the rate of building fires has dropped nationally, firefighters are being increasingly called upon for community services, public education and medical emergencies.

Under Lay’s leadership, Groveland earned its Class V ambulance license earlier this year for the Groveland and South Groveland rescue squads, allowing the department to better respond to crises in town by administering medications to those having acute medical emergencies. Nearly 1/3 of the department’s 31 firefighters are now certified as Emergency Medical Technicians, and by year’s end 2/3 of the department plans to be certified.

As call/volunteer departments have struggled nationally with declining membership rates, the Groveland Fire Department has added more than a dozen members during  Lay’s tenure. And despite the fact that women only account for 3.4 percent of career firefighters, Groveland Fire is 20 percent female. Last year,  Lay hired five female firefighters, and each successfully graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a mark of skill and professionalism in the field.

“It has been a pleasure working alongside Chief Lay as my neighbor and colleague,” said Georgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell. “Working together, mutual aid and emergency medical service has been improved in both of our communities and elsewhere in the Merrimack Valley. Chief Lay has been a true partner, and I wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.”

Lay’s retirement was effective April 1. Assistant Fire Chief Kurt Ruchala has been named interim fire chief for the near term, and the town will soon announce plans to conduct a search for a new permanent fire chief. Ruchala is a 33-year veteran firefighter who previously served 11 years with the Rutland Fire Department before moving to Groveland. He is a certified fire officer and member of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, having been appointed by former Gov. Deval Patrick in 2012 and re-appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015.

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Groveland Police and Fire Departments Rescue Driver After Car Crashes Into Pond http://grovelandfd.com/2017/12/16/1797/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/12/16/1797/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:49:07 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1797 The Groveland Police and Fire Departments responded after a vehicle crashed into the water in Johnsons Pond this afternoon. 

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Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834Groveland Fire Department
Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groveland Police and Fire Departments Rescue Driver After Car Crashes Into Pond

GROVELAND — Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen and Fire Chief Robert Lay report that the Groveland Police and Fire Departments responded after a vehicle crashed into the water in Johnsons Pond this afternoon.

At approximately 1:28 p.m. Groveland Police and Fire were dispatched to the area of 201 Washington St. for a report that a vehicle had come to rest in Johnsons Pond. Upon arrival, Detective Steven Petrone entered the water and removed the female driver from the car and subsequently assisted Officer Daniel Richmond as he pulled her across the ice to shore.

Groveland Firefighters and EMTs evaluated the woman on scene and entered the water in order to bring the vehicle ashore.

The driver was subsequently transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. No first responders were injured during the rescue operation.

Groveland Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

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Groveland Fire Department Receives License to Deliver Lifesaving Medications During Acute Medical Emergencies http://grovelandfd.com/2017/12/12/groveland-fire-department-receives-license-deliver-lifesaving-medications-acute-medical-emergencies/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/12/12/groveland-fire-department-receives-license-deliver-lifesaving-medications-acute-medical-emergencies/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:59:37 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1790 GROVELAND -- Chief Robert Lay is pleased to announce that the Groveland Fire Department has earned its Class V ambulance license and is able to respond and administer medications to those having acute medical emergencies.

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Groveland Fire Department
Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groveland Fire Department Receives License to Deliver Lifesaving Medications During Acute Medical Emergencies

The Groveland Fire Department received its Class V ambulance license and is now able to deliver lifesaving medications to people having acute medical emergencies. Left to right: Chief Robert Lay, Firefighter and EMS Coordinator Brian Belfiore and Firefighter Jennifer Hicks. (Courtesy Photo Groveland Fire Department)

GROVELAND — Chief Robert Lay is pleased to announce that the Groveland Fire Department has earned its Class V ambulance license and is able to respond and administer medications to those having acute medical emergencies.

Squad 1 at the Headquarters building and Squad 2 in the South Groveland Station are now equipped with Albuterol, glucose, EpiPens, Narcan, glucometers and aspirin, which EMTs can deliver to those suffering from chest pain, bee stings, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, opioid overdoses and more.

Prior to earning its Class V license, the Groveland Fire Department was a first responder agency with a limited ability to manage more serious medical conditions that are often encountered in the field. Groveland Fire personnel would often have to wait for Trinity, the town’s partner ambulance, to provide the lifesaving medications, which at times could be several minutes after the fire department’s arrival.

“Improving our delivery of emergency medical services in Groveland remains one our top priorities and obtaining this license was one our strategic imperatives,” Chief Lay said. “This license is a significant step forward for the department and the community to which it serves.”

Currently 12 out of the department’s 31 firefighters are trained as EMTs and will operate Squad 1 and 2. Another 10 firefighters are in the process of receiving their EMT certification — and once complete, more than 2/3 of the fire department will be able to deliver life saving medication to residents.

Additionally, Groveland has been a HeartSafe accredited community since 2016. This program designates cities and towns that continue to improve the survivability of sudden cardiac arrest and prevent it before it occurs. This directly ties into Groveland’s Class V license, as EMTs’ ability to deliver medications like Albuterol, glucose and EpiPens will further prevent sudden cardiac arrest from occurring.

“As a HeartSafe Community, it is imperative that we continue to find ways to deliver outstanding patient care and increase the survivability for all of our residents and visitors,” said Groveland’s HeartSafe Coordinator Taylor Balletto. “The Class V license mandates high training standards for our personnel, and allows for administration of medications that can prevent an out of hospital cardiac arrest. It will serve us well as we continue to improve these initiatives.”

The Groveland Fire Department would like to thank the Board of Selectmen for its support during the licensing process, which took more than a year to complete, along with Holy Family Hospital, which provides medical direction and oversight for the Groveland Fire Department.

“I am, and have always been excited to work with the Groveland Fire Department,” said Holy Family Hospital EMS Manager Christopher Wood. “Their hard work and dedication to quality patient care every day does not go unnoticed.”

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*Media Advisory* Groveland Fire Rescue and Police Departments to Host Public Safety Open House http://grovelandfd.com/2017/10/23/media-advisory-groveland-fire-rescue-and-police-departments-to-host-public-safety-open-house/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/10/23/media-advisory-groveland-fire-rescue-and-police-departments-to-host-public-safety-open-house/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:46:32 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1772 Fire Chief Robert Lay and Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen are pleased to invite Groveland residents to the upcoming Public Safety Open House.

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Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey T. Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834
Groveland Fire Rescue Department
Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory*

Groveland Fire Rescue and Police Departments to Host Public Safety Open House

GROVELAND — Fire Chief Robert Lay and Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen are pleased to invite Groveland residents to the upcoming Public Safety Open House.

WHEN: 

Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1-4 p.m.

WHERE:

Public Safety Building, 181 Main St., Groveland

WHO:

  • Groveland Fire Rescue Department
  • Groveland Police Department

WHAT:

Groveland’s first responders will welcome residents to the town’s inaugural Public Safety Open House, where they will have a variety of opportunities to learn safety skills and get to know the firefighters and police officers that serve their community. 

The event will feature live demonstrations on the importance of staying low to the ground in a fire — including an interactive trailer, on loan from North Andover, that simulates real smoke conditions. Firefighters will also highlight the importance of planning for two ways to escape from a home during a fire, as well as assisting with creating a family escape plan.

Residents can learn how to use a fire extinguisher and there will be a staffed child safety seat inspection station. Both departments will also open their vehicles to anyone curious to see the inside of a fire truck, ambulance or police cruiser, and Groveland Police will offer an inside look at their new dispatch center.

“We’re excited to welcome the whole community and give them hands-on training on important fire safety techniques,” Chief Lay said. “Our firefighters will be leading activities throughout the afternoon that will be fun and informative for people of all ages.”

The event will also feature a raffle, hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments from the Boy Scouts of America.

“I hope everyone makes plans to come and meet us and learn about what our officers do to serve the community,” Chief Gillen said. “We look forward to every opportunity to get to know residents and answer their questions about public safety.”

Residents are also encouraged to bring canned goods, batteries and clothing, which will be donated to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

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Groveland Fire Rescue Announces CPR Class http://grovelandfd.com/2017/08/26/groveland-fire-rescue-announces-cpr-class/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/08/26/groveland-fire-rescue-announces-cpr-class/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:10:37 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1708 Groveland Fire Rescue is pleased to announce its next public CPR class to be held this Fall as part of the HeartSafe Community Program. The class will be a “Heartsaver” CPR/AED/First Aid class. Class will be held on Sunday October 22nd, 2017 from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. and will be taught with the American […]

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Groveland Fire Rescue is pleased to announce its next public CPR class to be held this Fall as part of the HeartSafe Community Program. The class will be a “Heartsaver” CPR/AED/First Aid class. Class will be held on Sunday October 22nd, 2017 from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. and will be taught with the American Heart Association curriculum by certified instructors.

Location- Training Room, Groveland Fire Rescue HQ- 181 Main Street, Groveland Ma 01834

Time- October 22nd, 2017, 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.

To sign up, please visit our website, grovelandfd.com, and fill out the CPR class request form under the “Education” section. Class is $50/person and covers the cost of instructors, course materials, and certification processing for both First Aid and CPR.

This class is NOT a class for Healthcare Providers. If you need a BLS for Healthcare Providers class, please contact us using the same form as mentioned above and let us know. We will work to get one scheduled for you.

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*Joint Press Release* Groveland Fire and Police Departments Respond to Two-Car Crash on Route 97 http://grovelandfd.com/2017/08/18/1648/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/08/18/1648/#comments Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:46:34 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1648 GROVELAND -- Fire Chief Robert Lay and Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen report that the Groveland Fire and Police Departments responded to a two-car crash this evening on Route 97.

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For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 18, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Press Release*

Groveland Fire and Police Departments Respond to Two-Car Crash on Route 97

Groveland Fire and Police Departments responded to a two-car crash on Route 97 this evening. (Courtesy Photo Groveland Fire Department)

GROVELAND — Fire Chief Robert Lay and Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen report that the Groveland Fire and Police Departments responded to a two-car crash this evening on Route 97.

At approximately 5:20 p.m., dispatch received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 97 at Center Street.

Upon arrival, fire and police crews learned that a 75-year-old man from New Hampshire driving a Mercedes was traveling from Georgetown to Groveland on Route 97. The second vehicle, a 2010 Infiniti, driven by a 21-year-old man from Lawrence, was on Center Street heading toward Salem Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the Mercedes.

Ambulances from Trinity and the Georgetown Fire Department also arrived on scene.

The driver of the Infiniti and his male passenger were both transported to the hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. The driver of the Mercedes declined medical treatment.

“This was a great collaborative effort between the fire and police departments,” Chief Lay said. “We arrived quickly on scene and worked together to assist the patients in need. We’re thankful that no one was seriously injured.”

The intersection of Route 97 and Center Street is currently under construction, which has partially obstructed the stop sign. A new traffic pattern is in the process of being installed to better manage the flow of traffic.

“Route 97 is a busy road, especially during rush hour, and the current road construction only adds to confusion for out of town drivers,” Chief Gillen said. “We remind all drivers to be cautious in that area and to remain alert at all times.”

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Groveland Fire Department Appoints New Assistant Chief http://grovelandfd.com/2017/08/09/groveland-fire-department-appoints-new-assistant-chief/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/08/09/groveland-fire-department-appoints-new-assistant-chief/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:51:29 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1643 Groveland Fire Department Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief Public Safety Building 181 Main St Groveland, MA 01834 For Immediate Release Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net Groveland Fire Department Appoints New Assistant Chief GROVELAND — Chief Robert Lay is pleased to announce that Kurt Ruchala has been named as the […]

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Groveland Fire Department
Robert B. Lay, Fire Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groveland Fire Department Appoints New Assistant Chief

Assistant Chief Kurt Ruchala. (Courtesy Photo)

GROVELAND — Chief Robert Lay is pleased to announce that Kurt Ruchala has been named as the Groveland Fire Department’s first assistant chief.

Assistant Chief Ruchala joined the fire service in Rutland in 1984 before joining the Groveland Fire Department in 1996 as a firefighter. He has risen through the ranks of the department during his two decades in Groveland, earning promotions to the rank of lieutenant in 1998 and captain in 2011.

“Assistant Chief Ruchala has gone above and beyond the call of duty in every way with his commitment to the fire service” Chief Lay said. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this opportunity, considering his dedication to the community as well as the role he has played in our ongoing organizational transformation.”

In addition to his work in Groveland, Assistant Chief Ruchala has served on a variety of boards and committees dedicated to fire prevention and protection. He was first appointed to the Massachusetts Fire Training Council in 2012 by Gov. Deval Patrick and reappointed by Gov. Charles Baker in 2015. 

Assistant Chief Ruchala started in his new position on July 1, taking an active role in strategic planning for the department as well as leading the development of a comprehensive training plan.

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Merrimack Valley Police and Fire Departments Issue Warning About New Snapchat “Snap Map” Feature http://grovelandfd.com/2017/06/28/merrimack-valley-police-fire-departments-issue-warning-new-snapchat-snap-map-feature/ http://grovelandfd.com/2017/06/28/merrimack-valley-police-fire-departments-issue-warning-new-snapchat-snap-map-feature/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:23:42 +0000 http://grovelandfd.com/?p=1629 Local police and fire informing parents of a new Snapchat feature that allows users, including children, to share their exact location with others.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Police and Fire Departments Issue Warning About New Snapchat “Snap Map” Feature

The following is a message from West Newbury Police Chief Arthur Reed, West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer, Salisbury Police Chief Thomas W. Fowler, Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Souliotis, Newburyport City Marshal Mark Murray, Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire, Newbury Police Chief Michael A. Reilly, Newbury Fire Chief Douglas Janvrin, Merrimac Police Chief Eric M. Shears, Merrimac Fire Chief Ralph Spencer, Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen, Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay, Georgetown Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore, and Georgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell. It is respectfully submitted for publication.

Local police and fire departments are teaming up to inform parents of a new feature on the Snapchat social networking tool that allows users, including children, to share their exact location with others on the mobile phone app.

The Snap Map feature is automatically included in the latest update of Snapchat, and it allows users to view the locations of their “friends” while they are active on the app. The feature also includes the ability for users to share their photos and videos publicly, even if their profiles are otherwise private.

The Snap Map’s tracking capability can be disabled by activating “Ghost Mode.”

Here is how to enable “Ghost Mode” and disable pinpoint GPS tracking:

  • Pinch the screen on the main camera portion of the app.
  • Once the map is activated, click on the icon in the upper righthand corner of the screen
  • Press the slider next to the “Ghost Mode” label at the top of the menu

If left active, the Snap Map will pinpoint and display a user’s location whenever they are actively using the app, and will also display a person’s most recent known location.

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